Metro Art, Culture and Recreation

Detroit to spend $60 million to fix 80 miles of roads

Detroit to spend $60 million to fix 80 miles of roads

Detroit will spend $60 million to fix nearly 80 miles of major roads and neighborhood streets this year, including a revamp of 3.5 miles of East Jefferson Avenue, officials said today. Road crews kicked off the construction season and will work through November on dozens of stretches of local streets and major thoroughfares, said Ron Brundidge, […]

Poet M.L. Liebler, bard of Detroit, captures city’s soul

Poet M.L. Liebler, bard of Detroit, captures city’s soul

What is poet M.L. Liebler like? He’s not easy to sum up quickly, but his prodigious white ponytail of a beard, Buddha frame and a pate topped by a bebop beret or porkpie hat point you in the right direction. Yeah, he’s a character, with little about him that comes from central casting. Take this excerpt from a recent e-mail: “I’m one of those weird […]

The Woods Gallery presents “A Glass Act” opening April 10th – May 29th which features 5 amazing artists using glass in very different ways.

The Woods Gallery presents “A Glass Act” opening April 10th – May 29th which features 5 amazing artists using glass in very different ways.

“A Glass Act” Gene Meadows – Photographer Janet Kelman – Fused Glass April 10 — May 29, 2016 Woods Gallery – Huntington Woods, Michigan   Photographer Gene Meadows “De-con-struct” photographic installation is featured as a backdrop throughout the gallery. Gene discovered the beautiful side of technology after disassembling his electronics after the flood or 2014 […]

Metro Nonprofits and Service

Volunteers roll up their sleeves to help clean Belle Isle

Volunteers roll up their sleeves to help clean Belle Isle

Just about everywhere you went on Belle Isle this morning, there were crews of volunteers getting their hands dirty — raking what seemed like mountains of leaves, clearing tree branches, cleaning up debris. “My mom used to tell me how good this place used to look,” Lucas Sitto of Warren, a first-time visitor to the […]

Nonprofit pairs veterans with service dogs for support

Nonprofit pairs veterans with service dogs for support

It’s no secret we are losing our military veterans at an alarming rate to suicide, so a nonprofit organization is working to save the lives of our heroes with the help of some furry friends. Marine veteran Eric Calley is one of those heroes, who unfortunately knew what it’s like to live with the hidden […]

After being in the red, Detroit goes green

After being in the red, Detroit goes green

Picture a green city that’s home to 1,400 urban gardens and a massive forest. A riverfront bike path connects with a transformed railway leading to the country’s largest historic public market district. Restaurants dish up produce grown within city limits, and visitors stumble upon hidden pocket parks. Now, picture a declining Rust Belt city, a […]

Metro Libraries, History and Learning

Detroit Cass Tech student earns full-ride scholarship to Juilliard

Detroit Cass Tech student earns full-ride scholarship to Juilliard

If you’ve ever wondered where world-class talent comes from, their stories don’t all begin in Rome, Vienna or New York City. For some – the journey begins in downtown Detroit. Javon Jones already won a Young Visionary Award, and now the 16-year-old from Cass Tech has achieved the pinnacle of dreams –  attending Juilliard this fall […]

Zoo’s penguin center is marvel of high-tech design

Zoo’s penguin center is marvel of high-tech design

The Detroit Zoo’s new home for penguins is billed as the world’s largest zoo display of these zany aquatic birds. Visitors can see more than 80 penguins — waddling, swimming and staring back — from a stunning range of viewpoints. What penguin fans can’t see is the equally stunning effort it took to conceive, design and build this center, […]

Detroit blogger Paul Sewick finds the history under the pavement

Detroit blogger Paul Sewick finds the history under the pavement

By day, Paul Sewick is a humble bookkeeper doing accounts receivable work at the Detroit Institute of Arts. But away from work, he brings the same meticulousness to an unusual avocation: Detroit history. For instance, Sewick wrote the Corktown History blog while he lived in Corktown from 2005 to 2015. We’ve long considered it one […]

Metro Faith and Fellowship

Sunday Concert – First At Four – May 1st

Sunday Concert – First At Four – May 1st

First at Four – a monthly gathering of Performance, Praise & Local Harmony in Jesus Join with us on Sunday 4:00 pm – May 1st Al Bettis, is our guest performer Held at: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Chapel 5631 N. Adams Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (between Long Lake (18 mile) and Square Lake (19 mile) Click […]

$6.1M project creates housing for veterans in Detroit

$6.1M project creates housing for veterans in Detroit

A slow smile crept across the face of Detroit veteran Charles Montague as he peered around his new apartment in the heart of the Cass Corridor, just blocks from bustling redevelopment in Midtown. After more than a decade of tumultuous times, Montague has finally landed on his feet. Montague, who was homeless and lived on the streets of Detroit […]

300 graduate from Detroit rescue mission program

300 graduate from Detroit rescue mission program

Two years ago, Lakita Terrell depended heavily on the streets as she desperately searched for housing and a place to work. “I was in between a custody battle for my children, and I didn’t have anywhere to go,” Terrell said. “Now, I am a success, but all of us are a success, too.” Terrell and […]

Metro Business and Government

Abilene barbers seek to be a cut above at Detroit barber expo

Abilene barbers seek to be a cut above at Detroit barber expo

On Sunday, local barbers Chris Maldonado and Roberto Maldonado hope to make the cut as they test their skills against some of the best barbers in America at the Motor City Barber Expo at the Garden Theater in Detroit. The barbers Maldonado aren’t related by blood, but they are kindred spirits when it comes to […]

PNC outlook for metro Detroit sees steady growth

PNC outlook for metro Detroit sees steady growth

The economy in metro Detroit should continue to show modest improvement the rest of this year and next, according to PNC Bank‘s second-quarter market forecast. And the relative low-cost of doing business in the region compared to other metropolitan areas in the U.S. could help drive long-term economic growth, the report said. Unemployment in the […]

NHS alumna finds success in Detroit

NHS alumna finds success in Detroit

After working in outdoor advertising for 10 years in Chicago, Candice Simons recognized a gap in the out-of-home industry and a strong need for independent sales representation nationally. In order to keep advertising dollars in her hometown as well as the local communities, she moved back to Northville in 2013 to start Brooklyn Outdoor, a […]

Around Metro Detroit

Detroit is home to the most Knight Cities Challenge winners

Detroit is home to the most Knight Cities Challenge winners

Creative thinking is right up there with sheer stubbornness as a driving force behind Detroit’s resurgence. That spirit of innovation was recognized this week with the announcement of the 2016 class of Knight Cities Challenge winners. Detroit is home to more winning projects than any other city. The challenge solicits ideas from local organizations and […]

Come ‘Dance!’ with the newest exhibit at the DIA

Come ‘Dance!’ with the newest exhibit at the DIA

The most daring idea behind “Dance! American Art 1830-1960,” which opens Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts, was pairing great art with life-sized videos of dancers in action. You might think this a recipe for distraction, but you’d be wrong. The seven videos that annotate “Dance!” are deeply absorbing, fun to watch, and offer […]

CREATING SPACES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN STEM:

CREATING SPACES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN STEM:

AN EVENT OF THE STEMinista PROJECT Driving Detroit to Become a Leader in STEM Workforce Development As Michigan’s economy and labor market continues to recover, it has become apparent the state needs to focus on building its talent pipeline, specifically in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. According to a recent study conducted by […]

Neighborly News and Events

Bike Riders Encouraged To Explore Area Along Detroit River

Bike Riders Encouraged To Explore Area Along Detroit River

A partnership between the U.S. and Canada is encouraging people to use bikes to explore both sides of the Detroit River. Those involved are releasing a so-called vision map Sunday about connecting emerging greenways, trails and bike lanes that can be used by pedestrians or bicyclists. Organizers say that they hope greenways of southwestern Ontario and southeastern […]

Upcoming trail ride offers beer, donuts, and maybe a free bike

Upcoming trail ride offers beer, donuts, and maybe a free bike

There’s still time to buy a ticket for what should be one of the nicest spring rides through Oakland County this year. It takes place May 7, along the Clinton and Paint Creek rivers, when the trees should be leafing out in first green along the riverbanks. It will include a stop at a picturesque […]

How Much Should You Make to Live Comfortably in Detroit?

How Much Should You Make to Live Comfortably in Detroit?

This is from a study based on the 50-30-20 rule (for after tax income, 50% on necessities, 30% discretionary, 20% debt/savings). The study, looking at the 50 most populous cities, is here. We’ll save you some clicks – Detroit is #33 and if you click #51, it’ll pull up the whole list. They looked at […]