What to know and where to go in Metro Detroit

Checking out Improv; Peacocks and Pilsners, Rite-Aid reactions and more

Welcome to Friday! On the podcast: Jer shares his experience at Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale, highlighting its pride-themed event and the importance of supporting independent arts in Metro Detroit. Devon talks about his recent visit to the Detroit Zoo with his daughter, discussing the new attractions and the joy of seeing animals through a child's eyes We discuss Amar Pizza in Hamtramck getting a nod from The New York Times as one of the best pizza places in the U.S. We highli...

Your Sunday Stories: Look inside spots around town (and we're getting an otter slide)

Hey, it's Jer. It's mercifully less hot this morning than it has been all week, and it's kind of wonderful. I don't mind summer, but north of 90 is when my soul kinda starts to slowly melt. I have a couple of places we've been, some stories to tell you about, and then I'll send you on your way. If this is your first time here, don't forget to sign up for future notes for free. We'd love to have you. 🧠 What to know 💻 Did you know in Detroit that about 200,000 residents — many of them sch...

Bye, Monty Williams. Who's next for the Pistons? (BONUS PODCAST)

We get into the surprising (to some) decision by the Detroit Pistons to part ways with head coach Monty Williams. Despite a hefty $65 million contract, new management decided it was time for a change. Fletcher shares his reaction to the move, admitting that he didn't see it coming, though he was never on Team Monty - and gets into the reasons behind Williams' leaving. The conversation touches on the challenges Williams faced, including re-interviewing for his own job and failing to convinc...

PODCAST: Juneteenth and Crossing City Borders in Metro Detroit

It's Juneteenth, and normally we take Federal holidays off. But today, we're getting into a conversation about the holiday, the scope of our coverage in Metro Detroit, the changes in our area, as well as the importance of listening to people who’ve been around when you're new to working in a community. We tackle some common feedback that Daily Detroit should focus solely on the city Detroit proper. We talk about why we cover the region, and argue that Metro Detroit's interconnectedness m...

Summer in the City: New Openings, Sushi, a Coffee Shop and a Bourbon Garden

Today, we're diving into the vibrant summer scene in Detroit. Devon and Jer kick things off by discussing the new restaurant and bar scene, including the exciting opening of Easy Peasy, a new concept located in the old Cornerstone space downtown. They’re now offering a lunch sushi program from Detroit Sushi, making it a must-visit spot. We also highlight the Monarch Club's fantastic cocktails and the importance of using reservation apps to snag last-minute tables at popular spots. Jer sha...

Holistic Approaches to Poverty (ft. Ryan Hertz of Lighthouse Michigan)

Today on your Daily Detroit, we're chatting with Ryan Hertz, the head of Lighthouse Michigan.  Ryan tells us about the amazing work Lighthouse is doing for affordable housing and emergency services in Oakland County and beyond. We begin with how Lighthouse Michigan started. It's a combination of two old human service organizations. They aim to provide emergency shelter, food services, and affordable housing. Ryan talks about the big problems that cause homelessness and the new ways Lighthou...

PODCAST: Restaurants may need to show their cards // Royal Oak approves apartments // A new hat in the Detroit mayoral race?

Welcome to your Daily Detroit, your essential guide to what’s happening in Southeast Michigan. It’s Wednesday, June 12, 2024, and we’re broadcasting from our studio at TechTown. First off, a huge congratulations to Hajime Sato of Sozai in Clawson for winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef! It's fantastic to see a spot in the suburbs, like Clawson, getting recognition alongside Detroit. We also talk about the vibrant restaurant scene in Oak Park and the regional growth that lifts everyo...

Can we grow Michigan? // Third Street Bar to reopen // New apartments on Bagley

Hey all - Jer here. Let's get into what's happening around town. As always, my thoughts are in italics. 🎧 On the podcast: Can we grow Michigan? As long as I've done this project, growing Michigan, and getting it into gear to be competitive against the rest of the country has been a topic. Honestly, it sometimes feels like I'm screaming down into the void as someone who is usually pushing for things to be better. Because as much as we love our city, region and state, there's much to be prou...

What will it take to grow Michigan? (ft. Hilary Doe)

As long as we’ve done this show, growing Michigan, and getting it into gear to be competitive against the rest of the country has been a topic. Honestly, it sometimes feels like I'm screaming down into the void as someone who is usually pushing for things to be better. Because as much as we love our city, region and state, there's much to be proud of… There is work to do. There has been for years. After all, Michigan is second to last in the nation for attracting people from other states. Mix...

Inside Detroit's historic Indian Village (And tour it this weekend!)

Today we’re diving into one of Detroit’s most historic and charming neighborhoods: Indian Village. Joining us in the studio at TechTown is Mark Reynolds, the chairperson of the 2024 Indian Village Home Tour.  Have a listen in the player below: Get ready for a fundiscussion about the allure, history, and future of Indian Village. * Mark Reynolds' Journey to Indian Village: Discover what drew Mark to move from the suburbs to Indian Village and why he became so involved in the community. *...

Tackling funding transit, addressing the housing crisis and making retirement saving easier (ft. Rep. Mike McFall)

It's been a busy week up at the 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference, put on by the Detroit Regional Chamber. But what are some of the things happening that could impact you? State Representative Mike McFall of the 8th District stopped by and talked about what's moving through Landing and made the proposed budget. We'll dive into the latest policy discussions and legislative efforts impacting Metro Detroit and beyond. In this episode, we cover: Redistricting Changes: Representative McFall di...

Gilbert is going to "give it all away" (and more from the Mackinac Policy Conference)

From the Porch of the Grand Hotel at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Jer and Devon talk about the latest happenings around Metro Detroit. There's a mix of heavy and hopeful news on this one. In this episode, we cover: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Scandal: Fresh developments reveal that up to $40 million may have been embezzled from the nonprofit fund. The FBI is investigating, and the potential fallout could impact local black developers and businesses. Dan Gilbert’s Philanthropic Vision: A...

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