Downtown Detroit :
April not only means baseball is back for another season. It's also the spring version of Detroit Restaurant Week, 10 days of lovely food and drink options at 19 premier locations. Food specialist Noelle Lothamer sets the table.
In the last few years, there has been a visible influx of creatively based, high growth businesses opening in, moving to or setting up an office in the greater downtown Detroit area. Jon Zemke tracks the exciting progress in this special report.
Race relations top the list of issues that need absolute real talk. There are many who believe Detroit can be a leader in building cooperation and harmony as we rebuild the city. Matthew Lewis reports from a room filled with plenty of believers.
Leor Barak is the driving force behind the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, which has a mission to connect Jews and non-Jews to each other -- and to Detroit. Tunde Wey of UIX has the story.
Jay Hack walks everywhere he needs to go downtown, for food and drink, for religious services, for sporting events - though his business is in the suburbs, where most of his friends remain. Dennis Archambault reports from the tower.
Some of us traveled, some of us got cozy with a book or two, others ventured downtown to see the glittering, metal 'D" drop on New Year's Eve. Now we're all ready to rock Detroit anew for 2013, says Walter Wasacz.
Right on time for the holiday season, join us Monday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m. at Cliff Bell's downtown to hear from Detroit proprietors who are known for their stellar customer rapport and inviting spaces.
Hark! 'Tis the season to show your loved ones just how much you care. 'Tis also a great time to show some city love by spending your dollars locally. We came up with a list of some cool retailers where your love will go a long way.
Jay Walljasper tours Detroit through the eyes of the revitalization fellows he's profiled and comes back with an up close and personal look at the city.
Jay Walljasper introduces us to Katy Wyerman, who combines a planning and economics background in her job at Non-profit NextEnergy, which supports the City of Detroit with implementation of green technologies.
Join Global Detroit to meet authors and immigration attorneys Stephen Yale-Loehr and Laura Danielson at a cocktail event, talk, and book signing this Thursday, 5 - 7 p.m., at the Westin Book-Cadillac.
With the Nov. 6 election right around the corner, let’s gather Oct. 29 at the U-M Detroit Center to talk about how we can make government more effective for all. Seating is limited.
Ideas for a non-motorized future are rolling forward, cycling businesses are forming and improving the quality of life. This looks like another "wow" Detroit enterprise trend gaining traction. Dennis Archambault reports from the fast lane.
Organizers from Paxahau Productions and Model D are once again combining on a Detroit Restaurant Week promotion that is simply too fine to ignore.
In our latest installment in a series of stories on a group of scholars, doers and makers in Detroit here to make a difference, Jay Walljasper profiles, well, a bunch of people with a growing attachment to this fascinating place.
In only its second year, the Detroit Design Festival has become one of the city's top must-see, must-do happenings. That sounds great, but organizers Matt Clayson and Melinda Anderson tell Walter Wasacz its longterm potential is even greater.
Laura Hogikyan attends Harvard College, where she studies the classics. This summer, she studied the classic Detroit experience at downtown's D:hive.
Model D takes its annual Labor Day break next week, right on time to spend our weekend at the ever-fab Detroit Jazz Festival. Writer Veronica Grandison started getting excited months ago.
Recent graduates of the IT in the D training program are ready to hit the ground running developing sofware and exploring entrepreneurship possibilities. Jon Zemke made it to the ceremony and came back with some tasty testimonials.
Cobo Center's $300 million renovation project is well under way. We take a look at long overdue infrastructure upgrades that are cutting costs and energy consumption while also transforming Cobo into a model for efficiency.
We asked for more coffee and, well, we got it. It's brewing in Corktown, downtown, Midtown and Hamtramck. And we know there is room for more. Noelle Lothamer comes up with a tasty list of recent openings (or soon to open).
The "hive" was buzzing with ambitious doers leading everything from youth programs to community art projects to startup businesses and micro-lending programs. Impressive crowd, says Claire Nelson. Tony Eggart was there with his camera.
Entrepreneurship isn't what it used to be. The scene today is explicitly about social engagement and collaborative leadership. This special report finds examples in three key Michigan places where new models for growth are being created and nurtured.
Drawn to being part of growing, active communities, and to a life that’s more about giving back than getting ahead? Well, budding entrepreneurs and social innovators, Matthew Piper says D:Hive can take you where you need to be.
Detroit was the first major city to have a publicly owned transit system. If the Detroit Bus Company succeeds, it may also be the first to offer a viable privately owned alternative.
Detroit creatives, join us tomorrow (June 27) for our speaker series at D:hive, where you'll meet innovative people and learn about cool projects they're taking to the next level. Register now. Space is limited.
We were there. You were there. It seemed like the whole world was there to dance the weekend away at Hart Plaza. OK, we exaggerate. Only about 107,000 people were there (a new record, by the way). So was video producer Jacob Mendel.
While electronic dance music is the primary focus of Movement weekend, it's not the be all and end all for Paxahau, the promotions team behind the festival. Walter Wasacz takes a look at what else they're up to.
The Detroit summer party season unofficially kicks off with the Movement Festival, produced and promoted by our friends at Paxahau. We'll be there May 26-28 and so can you. Find out how inside.
Being your own boss means being responsible. Two films were shown last week honoring two Detroit businesses, Avalon International Breads and City Living Detroit, that are all about leadership and responsibility. Leah Johnson was there taking notes.
Over 1,000 crazy fans went nuts at Cass Tech Saturday night for the Detroit City Football Club's inaugural match with AFC Cleveland, a natural Great Lakes rival. Marvin Shaaoni was there dodging raindrops with his camera.
Behind every start-up entrepreneur is a risk-tolerant investor. In Detroit, that’s likely to be the Detroit Development Fund, which has provided loans for small businesses like Astro Coffee and Good Girls Go to Paris. Dennis Archambault adds up the details.
The conference included three days of speaker sessions by a diverse range of researchers and scholars, with several of the sessions related specifically to the history and architecture of Detroit.
Frank X. Arvan, president of the Detroit chapter of the American Institute of Architects, aims to get a lively discussion going on design each month. Please join in, the more robust the merrier.
Every six months Detroit has a food party. No, make that a fine dining and drinking festival featuring dozens of restaurants in the greater downtown area. Noelle Lothamer says 'bon appetit!' and previews two hotspots filled with culinary fun.
Getting the right look for our new HQ was important. So we went with old new stuff. Or is it the other way around? Let Claire Nelson tell us how we furnished our new pad and what it takes for you to do the same.
Erik and Israel Nordin are spreading a contemporary urban look around the region. It begins with gritty industrial processes that are characteristically Detroit, but ends in objects that are graceful, smooth and personal. Matthew Piper gets an eyeful.
There seems to be growing understanding that the state will not improve until the state’s most important city and region improves. We're talking about Detroit, of course, a critical spoke in the public transit wheel. Francis Grunow takes on the issue with a carrot and stick.
We started talking about "gazelles" and ended up meeting a panel filled with them at last week's Model D Speaker Series. Seven young entrepreneurs talked about why they started up their businesses in Detroit -- and why you could be next. Walter Wasacz took digital notes.
Model D startup editor Jon Zemke asked the right questions and seven panelists who are behind six growing businesses had all the right answers. Video producer Tom Hendrickson came back with some moving pictures.
"Just. Good. Food." That might be Colors Detroit motto, but Noelle Lothamer makes a persuasive case that the new downtown restaurant is much more than that. It's part of a new enterprise model that promotes diversity and treats workers with the respect they deserve.
Join Model D Wednesday at the newly renovated M@dison Building, home to Detroit Venture Partners and a growing family of companies, for a conversation about getting from startup to second stage. Registration begins now.
Lights, camera and plenty of film and video action has publisher Claire Nelson going to screenings at museums and alternative retail spaces or finding the works on YouTube and Vimeo. Good thing for us she collected all the links and put them in this story. Enjoy the show.
Literally minutes after Model D TV producer uploaded this video to Vimeo, it was making its rounds around the web. That's just the way we like it. Seems everyone wants to take a peek inside the rehabbed Madison building. If you haven't seen it already, go for it.
Newcomers to Detroit share many of the same growing pains, says Sarah F. Cox, a 2011 transplant from Brooklyn. But the kindness of strangers pointing people in the right directions helps to overcome the disorientation of being in a strange new land. Just remember, everyone: you're welcome.
In 2011, the food scene began to sizzle all over town: Eastern Market, downtown, Midtown, Corktown, Mexicantown and in the underground. Check out this Marvin Shaouni slideshow again and begin thinking about what's next for 2012. Salut, Detroit.
Noelle Lothamer spent the balance of 2011 discovering new food and drink businesses in Detroit--and enjoying every morsel. Here is her recap of a great culinary year along with a few sneak previews of more good times to come.
It was a tough topic handled from all angles with vigor and "emotional intelligence." Not everyone agreed Detroit is experiencing gentrification but it's a good bet all can agree it's a subject worth the deep dive. Well done, everyone.
A centerpiece of Model D's Next Big Thing bash last month was the Hatch Detroit retail contest. We had four finalists, all worthy of winning a chunk of startup change. Joe Posch tells us in his own words how thrilled he is that Hugh was chosen and talks about planning for his physical space.
While the memory of the Next Big Thing is still fresh, we thought we'd hit you one more time with some splendid moving pictures of this splendid event at downtown's Whitney Building. Roll that camera, Tom Hendrickson.
The two-year charter revision process has been one of the most open and transparent efforts Detroit has ever seen, writes Vince Keenan. Now it's time to cast your vote on Proposal C.
From beginning of the night until the end, one word described the scene at downtown's Whitney Building: Wow. Over six hours we celebrated six years of publishing, 300 issues of Model D, and all you emerging social innovators and outside-the-box creatives. Well done, Detroit, well done.
A million little things, brought together by communication and collaboration, is what the future looks like to us. It runs on energy made of ideas, action and participation. Join us Friday at the David Whitney building to see where you fit in.
Jerry Paffendorf is an idea man. Not the typical idea man with grand ambitions and little execution who thinks his ideas would be great for other people. Paffendorf actually turns his dreams into reality. Jon Zemke asks all the right questions.
Magnificent when it was built nearly 100 years ago, magnificent the David Whitney building remains today, a testament to enduring Detroit modernism. Francis Grunow sets the historic scene for Model D's Next Big Thing event this Friday, Oct. 21.
Our October Speaker Series featured a conversation with national land-use strategist, developer and Brookings Institution fellow, Christopher Leinberger. Was it good? Better than that. Walter Wasacz taps out notes on his iPad.
Our food specialist Noelle Lothamer visits three dining rooms in three nights and comes away impressed with the results. Read all about it, savor the memories via Marvin Shaouni's images -- and begin thinking about next spring's DRW.
Detroiters like to go out, and most of us crave new, quirky, creative spots to explore. Video producer Tom Hendrickson knows where to look to find what's next. He brings us a little taste of the growing number of cultural amenities in this Model D TV episode.
These ideas, both real and imagined, demonstrate the importance of public space -- not just for a "pretty" city, but for a city that values civic engagement and the exchange of ideas. Claire Nelson reports from the margins.
These four panelists say they came to do various kinds of business in Detroit with eyes wide open and because they want to matter. Now they are changing the entrepreneurial landscape, one idea, one action at a time. Inspired, Ashley Woods reports.
They're coming from New York, and from Ann Arbor and the 'burbs, to live in downtown Detroit. They're coming for the food, making friends in elevators, walking to ballgames and begging for more coffee. Sarah F. Cox meets three of the hundreds of new residents choosing a vertical lifestyle.
Everything you needed to know about Detroit Restaurant Week but were afraid to ask is right here, along with a chance to still win a $50 gift certificate from Model D and Paxahau. We have one more week for this tasty promotion.
The eight-day design festival will feature lectures, exhibitions, fashion shows, workshops, interactive installations, art battles, studio tours, and performances at 50 different venues across Detroit. Can you feel all that energy coursing through the city grid? We can.
Imagine a million little things making a big difference in Detroit. We like to think of ourselves as advocates for making that happen. Tickets are moving fast. You have less than a week. Get yours now.
This month's Model D Speaker Series took on the topic of Detroit music and, for a solid two hours, the conversation was turned up to 11. Audrey Armitage reports from the dance floor.
It's mid-summer in the city and J. Anton Blatz and Rene Wymer are staying hot by hanging out with the Roosevelt Park Conservancy, Single Barrel Detroit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and other DIY movers, shakers and crowdfunders. Go on, we dare you to read this month's amped-up adventures and try to keep up.
Startup editor Jon Zemke jumps on what could be the story of the summer: the rapid-fire redevelopment of lower Woodward Corridor skyscrapers and other prime real estate. News is breaking seemingly every day off the desk of point person Dan Mullen, who sits down with Model D to tell us what could be next.
No community-based project is too small for this unique, independent downtown firm, which combines market research with urban planning and economic growth strategies. Dennis Archambault gets inside the matrix to show us how it all gets done -- and what it must do to keep the innovative work going.
As hundreds of people lined the downtown course, competitive racers of all ages zipped around city streets from Saturday morning until late afternoon. Marvin Shaouni brought his camera and came back with some speedy images.
A crush of people, ideas, lively discussion and robust debate were all part of our Speaker Series event last week at downtown's Park Bar. Our summer intern Audrey Armitage was there taking copious notes and filed this recap along with managing editor Walter Wasacz.
After the massively successful Motor City Pride and march we keep the heat turned up with our next next speaker series event on Gay Detroit. It's tonight at downtown's Park Bar. And there is an afterglow, doggy style. Sign up now.
Getting around the city by cycling is not just fun or exercise. It's a practical transportation option that is gaining traction in the erstwhile Motor City. We had a great discussion about it with a number of experts. Ashley Woods reports from curbside.
When nearly 100,000 people came to Hart Plaza to party the Memorial Day weekend away, Model D photographer Marvin Shaouni was there with his camera, documenting the dancing, the DJs -- and the Dirtbombs. Eh, how many days left until Movement 2012?
Movement, Detroit's massive electronic music festival, fires up this weekend at Hart Plaza. Model D's Jon Zemke talks to the man whose promotions and production team has been helping sustain the techno nation since the 1990s.
One of the world's largest outdoor dance music events hosts over 100,000 people, spins off into dozens of off-site parties and activates downtown commerce besides. It's crazy fun and not to be missed says Walter Wasacz, who's attended every festival since 2000.
Producer Tom Hendrickson went searching for hot properties along the Woodward Corridor and came back with some beauties. Looking for a place to rent or, better yet, buy? Turn on Model D TV and behold the growing number of options.
The Detroit summer party season unofficially kicks off with the Movement Festival, produced and promoted by our friends at Paxahau. We'll be there May 28-30 and so can you. Find out how inside.
A busload of people came from the other side of the state to check out high-octane activity that included ArtX, Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference and Detroit Restaurant Week. Did our colleagues from sister pub Rapid Growth have fun? Did they ever.
Our pseudonymous comrades roam the city in search of rare grooves, exceptional art, 21st century development on a 19th century block and try to find ways to get 90-year-old freight elevators to work again. Take it away, Blatz and Wymer.
The group's vision is to be the premier organization that creates
positive perceptions, spurs economic development and cultivates a more
vibrant, energetic Detroit. That's what we want to hear. Sign up to win inside.
This edition of SimmerD comes to you in living color from the spring edition of Detroit Restaurant
Week. Photographer Marvin Shaouni and writer Noelle Lothamer go on a
whirlwind tour, taking you inside seven of the 18 participating
restaurants to give you a tasty tour of the scene.
Real estate for big ticket clients is jumping right where it should -- in downtown Detroit skyscrapers, old and new. Video producer Tom Hendrickson points his camera where the action is in this new episode of Model D TV.
Our food and drink specialist gets a sneak preview of the next sumptuous 10 days ahead by visiting two Italian kitchens -- one classic, another a relatively newcomer to the culinary scene. We confess getting pangs of hunger seeing "zingy caponata of squash, tomatoes, olives and chunks of garlic" used in a sentence. You too? Bon appetit.
From underground to upscale, micro-batch to mass-market, what are the emerging opportunities for Detroit's local food scene? Come to this event tonight with an appetite for knowledge and find out.
Largely reared in the suburbs, young Jews are inspired by cultural and religious history and the promise of building new social networks in the city. Dennis Archambault reports from the intersection of the past and the future.
This month's event at the Boll Family YMCA downtown was a big hit. Buzz editor Ashley Woods was there with a packed house to take it all in.
Former Model D managing photographer Dave Krieger has been busy working on one film set after another the past few years. He makes an appeal to the governor and the state legislature to keep the lights, cameras and action rolling.
If you haven't been there yet, well, c'mon, we'll head to MCW with you for some fruity bargains. It's downtown, a block south of Campus Martius on Woodward Avenue. Let's go.
Detroit is a city of families. With over 80,000 students
enrolled in DPS, and many more in private and charter schools, lots of
kids (and their parents) live here, too. Come to this event, see what the D has to offer you.
Creative wintering in Detroit can be fun, writes our pseudonymous cultural reporter J. Anton Blatz, especially if an urban ski crawl and beer-drinking afterglow is in the cards. Let it thundersnow, we say, let it thundersnow.
This town is having some culinary fun right now -- and we want to be in middle of every kitchen or barroom story we can. Noelle Lothamer brings you the first of what we plan as a series about feeding the insatiable belly of Detroit.
Kevin Borsay and Shawn Santo are pioneers on the local retail scene, combining genuine 313 engagement with pushing the power of the Detroit brand around the world and back again. Kim North Shine reports from the sales floor.
It's a unique time in Detroit's history. We have a confluence of large-scale structural challenges and a growing tide of DIY creative responses. We have the attention of national media and funders, and a public process underway to re-imagine and re-do the city. But this window of opportunity won't last forever -- how are we seizing it?
We're getting away from it all next week to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, and we expect you will be doing the same. To make up for our absence, we tossed together a little FilterD extra to get us through the rough spots. Hint: go see the Gories (pictured) and everything will be all right. Trust us. We'll see you Nov. 30.
The commercial landscape in Detroit is changing one business at a time. Open City and Model D want to help you get yours planned and up and running in a sweet location. Find out how at our next speaker series event, Nov. 16 at downtown's Cliff Bell's.
A series of public forums earlier this fall showed community engagement in passionate action. Mayor Dave Bing's Detroit Works Projects is an ambitious attempt to get city residents and leaders to buy into the city's future. Maureen McDonald reports.
Nearly everywhere we go this week, people are talking about food. When they're not eating it, that is, complemented by various tasty beverages. Detroit Restaurant Week, produced by our friends at Paxahau, features dozens of traditional and non-traditional eateries. Writer Noëlle Lothamer and photographer Marvin Shaouni went to one of each for this scrumptious report.
Greek immigrant Dennis Kefallinos came Detroit as a 15-year-old in the 1960s and made the American Dream come true for himself and his family. He began developing in Greektown and pushed his vision north to the Russell Industrial Center, where Model D's Jon Zemke caught up with him for this live one-on-one chat.
Love wine? So does David Armin-Parcells and business partner Mark Szymanski, who have turned that love into a cozy downtown boutique that sells delicious reds and whites at great value. Nicole Rupersburg sips and tells in this report from lower Woodward Avenue.
like R.E.C. Boyz, Mpowerment Detroit, KICK, LOCS, SPICE, and Ruth Ellis Center; and events like Hotter Than July, Fierce Hot Mess and Macho City are helping to change the social queerscape in Detroit. Terry Parris Jr. reports.
The cards are falling into place to bring light rail all the way down Woodward from downtown Detroit to 8 Mile Road, thanks to a big federal push. If it works as planned, you could be riding the line by 2016.
Which neighborhood will reign supreme in the inaugural Detroit City Futbol League championship, the Copa Detroit? We find out this Saturday, July 31, on Belle Isle. Find out more about the league in this week's Model D TV video. Vuvuzelas optional.
We love when Model D readers ask questions about Detroit. We receive them all the time via email and our Facebook page so, instead of simply answering them directly, we've decided to share our (ahem) collective wisdom to all in an intermittent feature called 'Ask Model D.' This week, development news editor Kelli B. Kavanaugh takes on egg rolls, cheap places to crash and shopping carts.
Events like Dally in the Alley, Jazzin' on Jefferson and People's Art
Festival are driven by people's passions, neighborhood
collaboration and community activism. Here's our list of homegrown festivals and events that you don't want to miss this summer.
Yes, we said Ms. DJ. On the eve of Detroit's biggest electronic music party, Model D takes a moment to talk with some of the festival's women DJs about the city, the scene, Movement, and their music.
So what Puccini is not on your iPod, the Michigan Opera Theatre has a place for you. Events like BravoBravo! and the young professionals group C4 aim to get more younger people through the Detroit Opera House doors, and into the city's arts scene.
So what Puccini is not on your iPod, the Michigan Opera Theatre has a place for you. Events like BravoBravo! and the young professionals group C4 aim to get more younger people through the Detroit Opera House doors, and into the city's arts scene.
Whether it is on foot, by bus or via Segway, Inside Detroit has been showing newcomers, oldsters and out of town tourists a new side of the city. Now the nonprofit is adding human resources intros, a gift shop, music collection and a welcome center to its mission.
Developers and Detroit development officials have big dreams and big hopes for the Capitol Park area downtown. From a restoration of the park to new offices, lofts to places of cultural interest, this could be the city's next development hot spot.
Laurent Diemunsch is not a fancy pants, big time real estate mogul. But the French airline employee had a few Euros to invest and saw potential in Detroit. "I can see what this city can become," he says.
With arts companies already 'living on the knife's edge," as one director put it, Detroit theater companies like Plowshares, Matrix and PuppetART are finding ways to survive and thrive. It's time to get creative, change things up, think viral, and keep telling great stories.
Detroit cocktail enthusiasts are getting back to roots drinks: bringing old cocktails out of obscurity and giving new drinks a classic twist. We visit several watering holes to find some old-school Detroit drinks and new takes on bar favorites.
Even though winter lasts about 13 months in Michigan, give or take a few, some of the best things in Detroit this winter are only around for a short time. Here are some not to miss.
In this webisode, we visit a new downtown space for teaching, producing, rehearsing and exhibiting the arts -- the Arts League of Michigan's Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center.
Detroit's big running events -- and even those that have participants braving chilly weather -- are growing. But organizers say success isn't just in the numbers.
Hauntingly beautiful music will fill the DIA's Diego Rivera Court this Friday when Christen Lien performs original compositions with her viola, which she plays through a looping machine and other electronic effects. Call it sonic art moderne in one of the world's most distinctive settings. Get all the lovely details inside FilterD, where you'll find lots more to do in the week ahead in metro Detroit.
How do we know Detroit's the new media darling? Time Magazine is staked out in The Villages, every day the web lights up with a new Detroit story, and, above all, someone made a drinking game about it. So Model D sought out a
collection of journalists -- all from across the pond -- who came here to get the big story. Here's what they found.
When the Kales Building was rehabbed into apartments downtown, it took the vacant Kresge HQ and transformed a corner of the city. Model D TV takes a look inside.
Tim Hortons is expanding its chain of restaurants in Detroit. The
restaurant famous for its coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and
convenient drive-thrus has set up shop on East Jefferson Avenue across
from the Belle Isle bridge.
Detroit's underground cycling scenes don't always get along, but everyone comes together for Alleycats -- races through the city's hub and spokes. For 35 fast miles, a couple hundred cats claw their way through Detroit on two wheels.
17 Restaurants and only six days left. Where will you eat During the city's inaugural Restaurant Week? Model D TV has visited many of the participating restaurants. Check them out here.
Detroit's historic Capitol Park at State Street and Griswold Avenue
will soon be re-born as a leisure destination after years of serving as
a major transit hub. The Downtown Development Authority, in collaboration with the Downtown
Detroit Partnership, has launched a $1.1 million renovation that will
make the park visitor-friendly and serve as a potential anchor to
attract news businesses to the area.
Economist magazine has ranked Detroit the seventh best city for business travel in the world. The city placed among fine company, just behind Vancouver, Toronto, Adelaide, Honolulu, Perth, and Auckland, beating out Atlanta, Montreal, and Vienna in the top ten.
On the eve of the culinary event of the year -- Detroit Restaurant Week -- foodie and wine connoisseur Putnam Weekly of Southwest Detroit talks about the state of good eats in the city.
Detroit now has options. If the city should decide to turn off its trash incinerator, there's a big opportunity to be green. But can a cash-strapped metropolis be green and stay out of the red?
Model D and Open City Detroit ask: Where is the entrepreneurial opportunity in Detroit? Sorry, but the event is full.
Next American City asked Model D to map out a Detroiter's day in the city. We tracked community development star, entrepreneur and bike enthusiast Karen Gage. Read the story, which also appears in this month's NAC magazine.
The Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA) has approved
brownfield tax incentive plans for four projects, representing a
potential redevelopment of $19 million in the city of Detroit.
They just couldn't wait, so members of the executive team of Quicken
Loans are moving into rental space in Downtown Detroit next spring.
Compuware Corporation is making room for 1700 of them in its new
headquarters building at Campus Martius, in the heart of Downtown.
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has accepted a $100,000 grant
from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Downtown
Urban Revitalization Program to install solar-powered lights to
brighten the facades of several downtown buildings.
Oooh, look at all the pretty tensile structures. The stunning Rosa Parks Transit Center is the subject of this week's Model D TV. Producer/director Tom Hendrickson talks with one of the project's architects about the look and function of the new transit hub.
Internationally known fashion photog Piper Carter has traveled the world with her camera for almost two decades. Family brought her back to Detroit, but once here she's discovered a city far cooler than she expected.
Jeff T. Wattrick, the former project manager of The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, says the long-term cost is too high when the city chooses demolition over preservation. The city needs to take the long tail view and has bigger fish to fry in the short-term, he says. We invited him to share his thoughts with Model D this week.
George Jackson W. Jackson Jr., president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., says the city can have it both ways: preserving historic buildings when it makes sense and building new when the time is right. As Detroiters debate big projects like old Tiger Stadium and the Lafayette Building, we asked him to share his POV with our readers.
Ken "Blanks" Harrell had this idea for a show: Bring Detroiters together on air to talk in a positive way about ideas, people, arts and business. He didn't want to just entertain, he wanted to start something bigger, a movement to change the city.
Brave New Voices gives talented Detroit teens a stage, a mic and an opportunity to find their voices and become part of the city's slam poet scene.
With crisis comes change, and in Detroit, community development corporations are changing how they do business. In some areas, the neighborhood organizations' missions have shifted more toward what they need most right now: protecting their neighborhoods by fighting off foreclosures and filling vacancies.
A year ago Jonathan Quarles might have wondered how Turin, Italy could have any
lessons for Detroit, Michigan. But, since then, Turin-based Fiat Motors
has purchased a bankrupt Chrysler, LLC. And that alone might be reason to
look closer at an automobile center in Europe.
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and its President and CEO George W. Jackson, Jr., recently accepted a Revitalization of the City Award
from Friends School in Detroit. The award spotlights individuals and
organizations improving the quality of life for Detroit residents
through community engagement and economic development.
The Rosa Parks Transit Center has opened Downtown to rave reviews from
local media. The Detroit Free Press called the Center "an airy gem,"
based on the visitor-friendly glass and steel building for waiting
passengers and the huge flowing canopies that protect them when they
board their bus. Columnist Jeff Gerritt said, "Its beauty and function
say something important to transit riders: You are respected."
The timeless face behind many of Detroit's best anything goes dance parties since the early 1990s, Adriel Fantastique is the master of ceremonies for Skintight, Fierce Hot Mess and Family.
When the banks won't answer the door, the smallest of small businesses
can go knocking on the doors of Detroit's microloan programs, which are
changing the face of the city one coffee shop or high tech start up at
Summer's here in the city. We're taking some time off to get out there in the heat and play in Detroit. Check in with FilterD
for hot tips on what to do in the D during the next two weeks. We'll be back refreshed and ready to roll July 14. See you then.
For years, the building on Second Avenue just north of the Fisher
Theatre and former General Motors headquarters was home to a
CBS-affiliated radio and television station. When the commercial
station left, Detroit's public television station moved in. Now, thanks
to some help from brownfield tax incentives, redevelopment opportunities are presenting themselves.
Are out-of-state speculators the only people buying and dilapidated homes the only thing selling in Detroit? Are Detroit real estate agents' fortunes all but lost? Nope.
Michigan’s economy is rooted in the last century. So for clues on how
to modernize, we travel to an even older industrialized place
that's seen the auto industry disappear. Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus
reports from the English Midlands.
They say good things take time, and this will. Revising the city's charter could spell great things for Detroit. But what type of change will come of it, and who will make those decisions? Voters, a lot of that is up to you.
Well, here we are again. Wings vs. Penguins for the Stanley Cup. Time to check in with our friends -- or, in these times, frenemies -- at Pop City in Pittsburgh and see if they've got anything to cheer about. (Probably not the scores of games 1 and 2. Ha ha.)
Why do you stay? What will keep you here? When GLUE asked the question and threw a party in Midtown, Detroit, we stayed around for the answers. Listen, watch and learn.
We've been talking a lot about biking the city lately (like all of last month's speaker series). So how about 18 miles of just doing it? Hit the city streets with Model D at the Colin Hubbell Memorial Bike Ride on June 20.
Detroit is and has long been a pizza town -- nobody does Sicilian style like we do. Ah, but now there's a new crop of gourmet pizza places in the city, challenging and surprising our tastebuds. We brave this new world, for you. Tough job, we know.
Old doesn't mean it can't be green. Many notable buildings and historic rehab projects are taking old spaces and putting in innovative, sustainable systems in them -- from City Hall to the Green Garage.
Let the wonks figure out what the young and the restless humans want from their city. What about their best friends? We go to some of the city's top pooches to get the word about the best dog-friendly spots and find out how the city can better meet their four-footed needs.
The Dequindre Cut is super cool, and it's just one piece of a whole system of trails, greenways and nonmotorized paths planned in the city. Model D TV talks with one of the people behind the plan, Todd Scott of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.
Jason Huvaere makes his passion -- electronic music -- his business. This weekend, the techo entrepreneur and head of Paxahau Event Productions will watch throngs of fellow fans dance and revel at the Movement festival in Hart Plaza. We catch up with him for a few fast questions.
The restoration of the Globe Trading Company building in the East
Riverfront District of Detroit took another step forward recently when
the State of Michigan recommended it be placed on the National Registry
of Historic Places.
Streetscape improvements made over the last four years in downtown
Detroit have been enthusiastically embraced by pedestrian crowds, and
more will be coming later this year. Support from the federal
government's economic stimulus package will enhance plans that were
already in place for significant projects near lower Woodward and
When the Iron Chef invites you for a cocktail, it's wise to say yes. We find out what celebrity chef and new Detroit restaurateur Michael Symon likes in his cocktail glass at his new Book Cadillac restaurant, Roast.
Want more Roast? Check out the Detroit hot spot with Model D TV in this week's video clip.
We play to win, and we like to watch our teams win. Sometimes with a beer in hand, sometimes with a martini. Sometimes in formal wear, sometimes in jean shorts. OK, never really in jean shorts. Here's the lowdown on your best bets for catching the game.
If there's a cocktail to make true walkability, Detroit is low on some ingredients. But new projects and initiatives directed at transit, streetscaping and nonmotorized pathways are aimed at getting more people on their feet in the city.
Detroit Cheers is a new local currency -- the city version of exchanging
grain for flour or darned socks for a loaf of bread. Only it's more
like beer for pizza, or housewares for a bike tune up.
Check out the new 24 Grille -- one of the new restaurants in the Book Cadillac and the subject of this weeks video clip.
Come out to Cliff Bell's for the monthly Open City meeting tonight -- April 21. Mingle with people doing cool stuff in the city, and possibly learn a thing or two. Read on for the deets.
Wednesday is Earth Day and Detroit will have its fair share of happenings -- from Green Drinks at the Majestic to a presentation from award-winning scientist and sustainable ecology expert David Suzuki, the city will be abuzz with all things green.
In this newsletter you will be reading about how DEGC is helping
property owners along Jefferson Avenue get their buildings ready for
new retail businesses. And how we are helping manufacturers find new
customers outside the auto industry. We also have news about street
improvements and pedestrian amenities along Michigan Avenue and Monroe
In factories all around Detroit and throughout the region, people are
recognizing that the skills that made Detroit the Motor City can be put
to use manufacturing more than cars and trucks. This week, DEGC helped
organize a summit of dozens of those companies to help them win new
business in aerospace, homeland security/defense, medical devices and
The Detroit Economic Growth Association (DEGA) Finance Committee has
approved up to $89,000 in grants to a new restaurant and an artist's
studio under its Jefferson Avenue Retail Readiness Program. The grants
are expected to generate more than $200,000 in new investment along
With the Detroit Music Awards just around the corner, we talk with organizer Howard Hertz, an ambassador, promoter and tireless supporter of the Detroit scene. The entertainment lawyer says the world may recognize the depth of the talent pool here, but many Detroiters don't know just how good we've got it.
What does falling in love look like? If we've learned anything from Hollywood and romantic comedies, it's not always pretty, easy or perfect, but it's something sweet, sincere and hopeful, and usually stars Kate Hudson. At Model D's April speaker series, we talked to four people who were not born and raised here, but who have fallen for Detroit all the same. Sorry, no Kate Hudson.
We've got a full house for Model D's speaker series with Next American City this week. Read on for information about the event.
We have been busy all weekend covering the NCAA Final Four festivities in Detroit. Check out our pics, video, profiles and tweets from all the hoopla (pun intended) downtown. We captured everything from the Duchess Fergie Ferg ruling over the RiverWalk to thousands of hooting Spartan fans going wild on the city streets.
In a world where offices are out and freelancing is in, Detroit is well positioned when it comes to finding
places to log on and drink up. We did some, um, serious research and found many places
you might not expect offer Wi-FI and grown up drinks.
AT&T Internet Services, is preparing to open its new $2 million
high-tech call center in downtown Detroit to support its DSL Networking
and Technologies business. The move might be considered unusual because
the telecommunications company is moving an offshore center into
Detroit. The center will support AT&T customers throughout the
When Allen Credit Counseling CEO
Glenn Jungeman called the DEGC's business attraction department he
quickly cut to the chase. He wanted to be in Detroit, and he wanted to
be open within a week. The service-oriented 501-c(3) delivers a
personal touch to the counseling process that is mandated before
bankruptcy cases appear in court.
The City of Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will open the
Transit Center this summer as part of a $23 million, multi-phased
project funded by the federal government. DDOT's leaders had a bold
vision for this project. They requested project management assistance
from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC),to help them
deliver that vision and we were honored by the request.
Detroit can transform with creativity, bold ideas, smart planning and transit, say some historians, urban planners and architects who recently sat down with Model D Radio's Chris McCarus.
The Iodent Building developer took an old toothpaste factory behind the Fox Theatre and built out beautiful loft apartments, and of course the gorgeous Centaur. The place gets points for location and design. Check it out in this video clip.
Has your company gotten our call yet? If it's one of Detroit's largest 150 manufacturers, it likely has – or will soon. DEGC's business retention staff expects to talk to every one of those companies in the next few months – and a lot of other businesses as well. If it's a company that could be a good fit for a downtown Detroit office building or industrial area, DEGC's business attraction staff is spreading the facts about why a Detroit location should be on your list.
W Industries, a premier value-added fabricator of manufactured products
ranging from defense, aerospace, automotive and industrial sector OEM's
is investing $18.6 million in a 200,000-square-foot expansion at its
manufacturing and headquarters location in the City of Detroit.
New law allows developers to stack both state
and federal tax credits so they add up to 40 percent of the
project's total cost, creating a huge potential impact on stimulating redevelopment of city's historic building stock.
Owner Zana Smith opened the eye-catching specialty boutique offering an array of clothing, books and music in Harmonie Park in 1984. The secret of her success? She's never been afraid to break out a new, exciting brand.
Model D's Speaker Series is Tuesday, Feb. 17 and is all about finding the best location for your new biz. Sign up now. Space is limited.
Torch With a Twist turns two this week and the red hot celebration is at Cliff
Bell's. Songs, fire breathing, dancing (belly and burlesque) -- it's a
show like no other.
This week we take look inside the YMCA downtown, with its shiny new equipment, workout areas and many amenities.
Scan the local blogosphere, and you'll see Detroiters have a lot on their minds. Internet scribes dish on the best bars, bands, eats, clubs, clothes and whatever tidbit seems juicy enough to write about.
The Book Cadillac renovation brought not just a fancy shmancy Westin to downtown, but also some great new bars, restaurants, coffee spots etc. Take a look inside in this week's video clip.
Want Model D in your e-mail box each week? It's free. Just sign up.
Wine. Cheese. Chocolate. Yum. It's all inside Enoteca, a wine bar that overlooks Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. Hear more about it from the owners -- veteran Detroit restaurateurs -- and peek inside in this Model D TV clip.
In a Sports Illustrated story now making its rounds on the web, bestselling author, TV personality and Freep writer Mitch Albom writes a defense of Detroit. But he didn't get the
whole story, says West Village resident Jim Boyle. When it comes to Detroit, we're lovers -- not fighters.
The nonprofit Recycle Here! center is slammed with Detroiters unloading their unwanted paper, plastic and glass, but soon many Detroiters will have a curbside option, too. Green could be very "in" in Detroit in '09.
It was a big year for Detroit's dining scene. We love celeb chefs and fine dining, but we also love restaurants that are both interesting to the palate and kind to
our budgets. Lucky for us, the '08 had a lot to offer in that department, too. Here are some faves.
2008 was a big year for Detroit. Photographer Marvin Shaouni offers a retrospective of his masthead images from the year. We've got the big stories (Transit. Film. Tiger Stadium. The Book Cadillac.) as well as the smaller stories, (D'Mongo's. A creperie.). All made this a good year to be in the D.Also note: We're taking a break for two weeks for our annual holiday season ciesta. Model D will return Jan. 6.
Keeping young and talented kids in Michigan, and luring them to Detroit, is part of one U-M grad's mission. Detroit-based Digerati founder Brian Balasia talks with Model D TV.
Stop. Don't go anywhere. Staycations are the big travel, or un-travel, trend. We love this idea. Spend a quality weekend with someone you love in Detroit, and actually go to all those places you were meaning to check out but didn't have time. We offer some ideas on how to make it happen.
Some straight-talk from the man who crunches numbers for Creative Class guru Richard Florida. He shares some thoughts about how a city like Detroit can be the one that pulls away from the pack.
Need to get excited about Detroit? Watch this clip.