Metro Art, Culture and Recreation

Muralists are spreading color across the city as more building owners are offering up outdoor canvasses to artists. Three separate mural projects launched in Detroit and Highland Park on Thursday. Meanwhile, Eastern Market is preparing for its second annual mural festival in September. In Highland Park on Thursday, a group of 23 teenage artists from Spain, […]

Soup, Salad, and Belle Isle: Detroit Soup’s latest crowdfunding extravaganza

Soup, Salad, and Belle Isle: Detroit Soup’s latest crowdfunding extravaganza

Have a fantastic idea for Belle Isle? Do you want the proper funding to carry out said idea? Are you a hungry citizen looking for a productive way to justify your soup consumption? Check out Detroit Soup’s Belle Isle event on August 31! Part of an ongoing series of crowdfunding events, Detroit Soup is holding […]

Muralist builds bridges between Detroit’s past, present

Muralist builds bridges between Detroit’s past, present

Artist Nicole MacDonald enjoys seeing her work in galleries — and she’s been in plenty of them from Detroit to the Netherlands. Seeing her paintings grace the boarded up windows of Big B Liquor Party Store is quite another experience. MacDonald prefers the Detroit party store. Or the abandoned warehouse on Grand River. Or the […]

Metro Nonprofits and Service

Detroit Mower Gang makes cut on video

Detroit Mower Gang makes cut on video

Crain’s reported in May that the Detroit Mower Gang, a volunteer group of community activists that has been grooming parks in Detroit since 2010, was getting a big assist for its 2016 mowing season from Craftsman, which was donating $18,000 worth of lawn and garden equipment, including five riding mowers, trimmers, hedgers and other gear. […]

How One Detroit Teen Is Helping Young People Cope With Loss

How One Detroit Teen Is Helping Young People Cope With Loss

After losing his mother at the age of 13 to hypertensive heart disease, Detroit teen DeAngelo Hughes felt inspired to help other young adults cope with grief. “When my mom passed, I felt abandoned, unloved, rejected,” he said. “And I just isolated myself from the world and didn’t want to talk about nothing I was going […]

Greenlight Fund to attract best-in-class nonprofits to Detroit

Greenlight Fund to attract best-in-class nonprofits to Detroit

Boston-based GreenLight Fund, a nonprofit that’s helped fill service gaps for impoverished families in other major U.S. cities by importing best-in-class nonprofits to work on the issues, is coming to Detroit. Local corporations, foundations and leaders have contributed $3 million to $4 million to support GreenLight Detroit’s first five years of operation, outpacing the other […]

Metro Libraries, History and Learning

Urbanism conference attendees praise downtown Detroit’s walkability

Urbanism conference attendees praise downtown Detroit’s walkability

Kudos and criticism were wielded by the nearly 1,500 surveyed urban planners and architects who spent up to four days in Detroit in June at the 24th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism conference. Many of the positive comments from the participants from 43 states and 28 countries centered around downtown’s walkability — a fairly […]

Detroit’s new school system officially begins today

Detroit’s new school system officially begins today

Detroit Public Schools was split today into two separate districts. DPS officials began initial preparations months ago, and they’ve been working furiously in recent weeks with state officials, attorneys, turnaround experts, vendors and others to make the transition as smooth as possible. Those efforts will continue through the summer and beyond, with a new school board elected in November that […]

Cooling off: New fountain is popular Detroit Zoo attraction

Cooling off: New fountain is popular Detroit Zoo attraction

A new attraction at the Detroit Zoo is proving popular among visitors during hot days. The fountain is located outside the $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center, which opened earlier this year at the zoo in Royal Oak. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/28IvsiG ) the fountain includes more than two-dozen water jets that blast […]

Metro Faith and Fellowship

FIRST AT FOUR – SUMMER BREAK

FIRST AT FOUR – SUMMER BREAK

NO FIRST AT FOUR GATHERINGS IN JULY AND AUGUST Sponsored by Look Up Detroit – a Metro Detroit Mission & creators of JesusQuestion.com & LookUpDetroit.com.

Detroit’s unapologetic movement

Detroit’s unapologetic movement

When Reuben Sheares took the pulpit at Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago, the pews before him were nearly empty. The historic, and now infamous, Afrocentric church’s members were drawn to more rebellious religion in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. They became disillusioned with the notion that […]

Mass Mob at Catholic church in Detroit’s Indian Village

Mass Mob at Catholic church in Detroit’s Indian Village

The monthly Detroit Mass Mob will be held this Sunday at a historic Detroit church that’s surviving by reaching out to its neighborhood. St. Augustine and St. Monica Catholic Church, a parish in historic Indian Village, was founded in 1989 with parishioners from St. Catherine/St. Edward and St. Bernard parishes, with buildings dating back almost 100 […]

Metro Business and Government

Long-gone Detroit Italian restaurant plans a comeback

Long-gone Detroit Italian restaurant plans a comeback

La Lanterna, a long-gone restaurant from Detroit’s past,  is primed to make a comeback near its former location when it opens on the first floor of the Albert building in Capitol Park later this year. The northern Italian-style restaurant opened in what is now the Malcolmson Building in 1956 by Italian immigrant Edoardo Barbieri. In 1978, Barbieri opened the first […]

Is a Target store coming to Midtown Detroit?

Is a Target store coming to Midtown Detroit?

A Target store could potentially anchor a planned retail, commercial and residential project at Woodward and Mack in Midtown Detroit, near the popular Whole Foods, according to development sources. The entire development would fit on a 9-acre site that has a long-shuttered muffler shop and American Red Cross buildings. It would feature a newly constructed 25,000-square-foot anchor store at the corner, plus an additional 25,000-square-feet of retail space and restaurants. […]

Detroit-Made Bicycles Are Taking Over Bike-Share Programs

Detroit-Made Bicycles Are Taking Over Bike-Share Programs

The Detroit Bikes factory sits on the West Side of the city near scattered abandoned homes and a junkyard full of rusted car parts. Inside, workers are taking test rides through the 50,000-square-foot facility on a fleet of freshly assembled bicycles destined for New York’s Citi Bike bike-share program. On foot, founder Zak Pashak, 36, […]

Around Metro Detroit

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METRO DETROIT DINING

METRO DETROIT DINING

While dining in metro Detroit, you can sample Middle Eastern, Greek, Mexican, Italian and Polish cuisines right alongside culinary creations from renowned master chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Michael Symon. In between, you can also grab some unforgettable barbeque, maybe a little soul food, and wash it down with a great selection of Michigan-crafted […]

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 […]

Neighborly News and Events

President Grant’s Detroit home still at fairgrounds; plans remain to move it

President Grant’s Detroit home still at fairgrounds; plans remain to move it

  Plans are still in place to save a house at the old Michigan State Fairgrounds where President Ulysses Grant once lived, but there is also heavy lifting to do before it can be moved to a different part of the city. Built in 1837 and later moved to the fairgrounds, the Grant house was open for several decades […]

How a luxury watch and bicycle company became part of Detroit’s revitalization

How a luxury watch and bicycle company became part of Detroit’s revitalization

Once the major manufacturing hub of the Midwest, pumping out American cars throughout the 20th century and aiding the war effort during World War II, Detroit has become known for empty factories, bankruptcy and bailouts and has been launched into the news more recently for water shutoffs and teacher sickouts. But in recent years, a revitalization has taken […]

How Detroit’s public radio station is trying to attract younger listeners

How Detroit’s public radio station is trying to attract younger listeners

Public radio’s audience is getting older. In 1995, the median NPR listener was 45 years old; according to a report last fall, the number is now 54. A series of stories in various publications in recent weeks have questioned whether NPR — and public radio as a whole — have the wherewithal to adapt to an […]