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Detroit sign talk, Belle Isle trash robot and Tigers early season review

The new Detroit sign on I-94 is the talk of the town, and Robin Runyan with Fletcher Sharpe is here joining Jer to do just that. Plus we get into a new trash robot on Belle Isle, and do kinda in-depth breakdown on what we think about the Detroit Tigers early in the season.  The rundown: 00:54 - New Detroit sign on 94, how are we feeling? How are you feeling? And it's stopping traffic 06:49 - Will the Belle Isle trash robot be welcomed? More on Urbanize Detroit: https://detroit.urbanize.c...

Sam Woll tragedy // Riverwalk connects to Belle Isle // Lions MNF prediction

A lot to process from this weekend. 00:17 We start the show talking about the tragic death of community leader Samantha Woll. There’s national attention, and we hope somehow the good she did is remembered. 07:36 – The Uniroyal Section of the Detroit Riverwalk opened this weekend. Jer was there, and we discuss the long-term impact of it. 15:59 – Coming off a hard loss, the Lions need to rebound for Monday Night Football next week here at Ford Field. We discuss the loss, predictions agai...

Enough Belle Isle beach signage? // Detroit Grand Prix first year thoughts // DCFC and Dario Suarez

Today's show is a busy one. First, we talk about the signage situation on Belle Isle beach, as there was an E.Coli outbreak and swimmers, according to reports, didn't know. So what level of signage should there be? More: https://www.wxyz.com/news/belle-isle-beach-is-close-due-to-e-coli-but-hundreds-are-still-there-this-weekend The Detroit Grand Prix ran their first downtown race in awhile over the weekend. We share first thoughts, and are generally positive on the locale change and future poss...

The Detroit Kite Festival Returns To Belle Isle On Sunday, July 15

It’s time to pull out your kites because the Detroit Kite Festival is returning to Belle Isle for its second year. The Detroit Kite Festival will take place on Sunday, July 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 pm. The Detroit Kite Festival will have kites for sale as well as to borrow incase you don’t have the funds to buy a new kite. You can also try your hand at building your own kite in the Kite Making Tent, which is in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts. Want to try your hand at...

15 Photos Of The Work To Restore Belle Isle's Lake Okonoka, Connect It To Detroit River

You might not have made it over to Belle Isle State Park since the fall season has started, but if you do, you’ll see that a ton of work is happening over by Lake Okonoka. A $5 million restoration project is well underway that will restore the long stagnant lake near the Belle Isle United States Coast Guard Station. When you actually get out there to see the work, it’s breathtaking to see a lake you’ve seen for years completely drained. If you’ve been on a canoe or kayak trip through...

Let's Go Fly A Kite On Belle Isle During The Inaugural Detroit Kite Festival

There is something about seeing kites flying in the sky that brings back memories of my childhood. I remember going to the park as a family to fly our kites on particularly windy days. My little brother and I would spend the time trying to see who could keep their kite in the air the longest. It has been a long time since I’ve flown a kite. However I know it is only a matter of time before I start showing my son the joys of seeing a colorful kite dance in the wind. The Detroit Kite Festiva...

The Campaign Is On To Restore Newsboy Shelter On Belle Isle From 1911

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Belle Isle Conservancy are looking to restore a historic shelter on the island and say they’re in need of your help. There is currently a fundraiser to raise $50,000 by June 30 to restore the Newsboy Shelter (Shelter #1). This shelter was built in 1911 and is one of the oldest structures on Belle Isle. The Newsboy Shelter got it’s name due to the proximity to the newsboy statue that was dedicated to the city of Detroit in the early 1900s b...

Fallen Trees To Be Removed By Helicopter From Belle Isle To Control Oak Wilt

A rare flatwoods forest on Belle Isle is in danger due to Oak Wilt, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources along with the Belle Isle Conservancy is undertaking a four-phase project to control the fungus. A helicopter is going to be used to transport felled logs out of a sensitive habitat area at Belle Isle Park. This measure is being done to prevent damage caused by heavy equipment to the rare forest. The helicopter will transport felled logs to a staging area on the island. The wo...

Detroit Kite Festival On Belle Isle Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Get Off The Ground

One of the things that goes hand and hand with warm breezes and beautiful parks are kites. But what if the island park had a whole kite festival? To that end, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Detroit Kite Festival announced today a new crowdfunding campaign to support the Detroit Kite Festival, scheduled to take place July 16, 2017 at Cricket Field on Belle Isle. If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $7,500 by Sunday, April 9, the project will receive a mat...

Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of February 3-5

Welcome to February! I’m hoping that Punxsutawney Phil does not see his shadow this week. I know we’ve had a pretty tame winter so far, but I am ready for spring to arrive. Black History Month at the DIA – Detroit  The Detroit Institute of Art will be showing numerous films throughout the weekend as part of the Pioneers of African American Cinema series. On Sunday, February 5 the Sunday Music Bar will feature saxophonist Benny Rubin Jr. in the Kresge Court. He will be performing at 1:00 p...

10th Annual Belle Isle Garden Party To Benefit Whitcomb Conservatory

The Belle Isle Conservancy, along with leaders of the Grosse Pointe area’s garden club communities, is hosting the 10thannual Garden Party on Belle Isle on Tuesday, September 13th from 5:30PM-7:30PM. The annual event raises funds for various projects benefiting the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. Proceeds from this year’s event will support the restoration of the Lily Pond and its surrounding garden. The restoration will improve the quality of the pond’s infrastructure, as well as provide...

Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Week Of August 12-14

This weekend is chock-full of activities, so it might be hard to pick just one. Honestly, I had a hard time narrowing the list down to five, so I’ve thrown in a bonus event as well. Have a great weekend, and try to stay cool. Paddle Board Races – Belle Isle We’ve already covered this event at the beginning of August, but the day has almost arrived to participate in this fun race around Belle Isle. There will also be a fun beach party filled with food, games, vendors, and New Belgium Bee...

7 Places Around Detroit With Mob Stories

Walking casually past many of the buildings and sites in Detroit, you’d never know they hold a violent past. However, many of the city’s iconic landmarks and attractions have had their own brush with organized crime. The Mafia and its rivals, notably the Purple Gang, had their favorite haunts and places where they committed terrible crimes. Fortunately, time has largely removed the traces left behind by the criminals, and the collective memory has forgotten the sites’ negative associations. Ho...

Detroit Zen: A Couple Of Minutes With The Koi On Belle Isle

The Aquarium on Belle Isle, originally opened in 1904 and at one point was America’s oldest-running aquarium (it was shut down for a few years starting in 2005 due to budget issues), has a very cool koi pond next door between it and the Whitcomb Conservatory. The Aquarium was designed by none other than the godfather of Detroit architecture, Albert Kahn. The pond houses nearly 300 fish, with some estimated at being 80 years old – and they like to take an interest in people staring at them –...

Belle Isle Art Fair Debuts August 6 & 7

Ready to see the beauty of Belle Isle accented by unique artwork from local and regional artists? Plan to attend the first ever Belle Isle Art Fair on August 6 and 7. The fair will take place next to the Scott Fountain near the Southern tip of the park and is a great outing for families, art connoisseurs, or people who just want to get out and enjoy the sunshine. “This is one of the most beautiful locations you can imagine to view artwork – or the city skyline We’re so thrilled to be part of...

Check Out 11 Postcards From Belle Isle's Past

One of the fun things about the Internet is finding things that give you a window that lets you see in on the past. One of those windows are postcards. These samples are from the Detroit Publishing Company and are, according to the New York Public Library, now public domain. Digitized just last year, there’s a plethora of great images from Detroit that we’re going to share in the coming weeks. Belle Isle is one of Detroit’s jewels. Whether it’s kayaking around it, enjoying the canals in it,...

Alpaca Ranch Could Come To Belle Isle, Put Abandoned Golf Course Back To Use

At first, it’s easy to brush the idea of an Alpaca Ranch on Belle Isle off as completely absurd. While the thought of such a move may seem strange, a Detroit couple believes that this is one new idea that deserves a chance. Detroiter David Shock, the creator of the idea of “Alpaca Land Detroit,” thinks Detroit needs more cute. The concept was a response to the family’s personal love of Detroit and alpacas. Shock is no stranger to rehab projects. He and his wife recently purchased an old fact...

What To Do This Weekend In Detroit For December 11-13, 2015

We’ve entered the heart of the holiday season, the time when folks start to feel the pressure of months of shopping procrastination. If you’re like me, you’ve been holding out until now to dive into the grueling world of holiday shopping, and it’s finally time to scrape what’s left of the shelves and make your best attempt at manipulating wrapping paper and tape to get your mediocre gifts into proper form for giving. That’s why this week’s list is almost all about shopping. One fantastic...

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