Month: January 2015

VIDEO: Detroit: A Phoenix Rising

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Thanks to Detroit Bikes for providing the link to this great video.

T Brand Studio teamed up with Shell to highlight the changing dynamic of urban life as populations rapidly shift toward cities and focuses on redevelopment efforts taking place in Detroit.

Detroit went from being the richest city in America to the poorest. Re-imagining its future is one of the biggest challenges the city faces … Since 2011, more than 60 buildings in Downtown Detroit have been built or redeveloped. The surge in growth has created an opportunity to rebuild the city in a smart way.”

This video includes some great scenes of programs taking place in the city, including Downtown and Midtown Detroit, Detroit Bikes, Next Energy, and the GM Ren Cen‘s recycling efforts that involve 5 million pounds of materials each year.

Detroit is a symbol of how you can recreate a place and of how you can take something and maintain all of its historical integrity and move it to the next step.

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Where the locals eat and drink in Detroit

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From Thrillist:

Detroit: where everything good in America came from. (Bourdain said it so it’s gotta be true, right?) It definitely applies to the food and drink, like the sauce-topped coney dogs that could start a turf war among locals claiming their favorite coney spot is the best or the 100-deep classic drink menu from cocktail-haven Sugar House, one of the best cocktail bars in the country. These are the spots where locals (and Bourdain, probably) get their coney on. Plus, all the other restaurants and bars folks in the D head to once they wipe that all-meat chili sauce off their faces.

SLOWS BAR BQ (Corktown) – The award-winning and rightfully TV-famous Yardbird sandwich & the 100+ beer selection

Mae’s (Pleasant Ridge) – Diner-style breakfasts and lunches that you’ll dream about constantly once you’ve had your first taste

Roast Westin Book Cadilac Hotel – Food from celebrity chef Michael Symon

Mudgie’s (Corktown) – Sandwiches piled mouthwateringly high with corned beef, roasted turkey, peppered ham, and everything else good in the world

Noble Fish (Clawson) – Has the size and spirit of a traditional Japanese sushi bar.

La Dolce Vita(Palmer Park) – A double-threat that’s just as good at brunch as on a romantic date

Supino Pizzeria (Eastern Market) – Thin crust, NY-style, no-nonsense pies

Centaur Bar(Downtown) – A lineup of 21 specialty martinis that changes seasonally

Ye Olde Tap Room (Northeastside) – 250+ local, national, and international beers

The Sugar House(Corktown) –  one of the best cocktail bars in the country

Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub (Downtown) – An extensive Michigan beer selection

The Town Pump Tavern (Downtown) – Where else can you enjoy a pitcher of beer beneath a tin ceiling in a library nook?

Woodbridge Pub (Midtown) – The food and beer menu are well-matched in their elevated style.

Jacoby’s German Biergarten (Downtown) – European brews at “Detroit’s oldest saloon”

National Coney Island – It’s the oldest coney chain in the state.

Duly’s Place (Southwest Detroit) – This is the purists’ coney.

Detroit One Coney Island (Midtown) – It’s open 24/7, so it’s a critical stop when you’re in need of a late-night coney fix.

Joe’s Top Dog Coney Island and Bar (Dearborn) – Can you get more Detroit than where the folks from the Ford Rouge Plant get their lunch coneys?

American Coney Island (Downtown) – There’s no doubt, American makes a terrific coney dog. You know it, we know it, the world knows it.

Lafayette Coney Island (Downtown) – Lafayette is simply the best original coney there is.

Read the complete article … with photos and complete reviews.

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Detroit was once ‘Stove Capital of the World,’ thanks to Jeremiah Dwyer and family

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GarlandStove   CastIronStove

Originally appeared in The Detroit News

Long before Detroit became known as the Motor City, it was world famous for another iron product: stoves. In the 19th century, Detroit’s four large stove manufacturers produced more than ten percent of stoves sold around the globe.

Longtime Detroiters and visitors remember the giant Garland Stove that was built for the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. It stood for years at the entrance to Belle Isle and later at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. In 2011 lightning from a severe summer storm hit the stove, completely burning the wooden structure.

Read the complete article.

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11 Great Detroit Restaurants to Try That Are Not New

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From Hell Yeah Detroit

If you only have the weekend to get out and dine, and don’t want to wait 2 hours for a table, we thought we would put together a list of Detroit restaurants that have been around a long time … This list covers the economic and gastronomic spectrum, something to scratch any culinary itch, and gives everyone another reason to explore Detroit.

Polish Village Cafe – 2990 Yemans St., Hamtramck
Red Hots Coney Island – 2 Victor St, Highland Park
Giovanni’s Ristorante – 330 S. Oakwood Blvd.
Jacoby’s German Biergarten – 24 Brush St.
El Nacimiento Mexican Restaurant – 400 Vernor Highway
CadieuxCafe Detroit – 4300 Cadieux Rd.
Capers Steakhouse, Home of ‘Steak by the Ounce’ – 4726 Gratiot Ave.
Dakota Inn Rathskeller – 17324 John R St.
Scotty Simpson’s Fish and Chips – 22200 Fenkell Ave.
The Turkey Grill – 8290 Woodward Ave.
Ivanhoe Cafe – Polish Yacht Club – 5249 Joseph Campau Ave.

Read the complete article with a description of each eatery.

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Recalling the demise of the downtown Detroit Hudson’s building

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From the Metro Times

This afternoon, the Detroit Free Press republished a 1982 story from its archives on the then-imminent closure of downtown’s J.L. Hudson’s building. It’s impossible to gloss over some of the eye-popping figures provided in the piece: Over 500,000 items were sold at any given moment across 25 floors and four basement levels; the size of the building rivaled Macy’s Thirty-fourth Street store in New York City. It was an enormous, cherished space in the downtown skyline.

But the decision to eventually close the building was nearly three decades in the making … After sitting dormant for 16 years, a decision was made to implode the department store, a rather unfortunate move considering efforts in recent years to revive a glut of previously under-used historic structures in downtown Detroit.

Read the complete article, which includes links to the Detroit Free Press archived 1982 story on the demise of Hudson’s, and  a video of of the October 24, 1998 implosion of the landmark.

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Macy’s to save forgotten WWII plaque for Hudson’s vets

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Originally published by the Detroit Free Press

It was September 1947 when the J. L. Hudson Co. erected a large silver-toned plaque to honor its employees — its “Hudsonians” — who served their country in the military during World War II.

The plaque lists 1,146 names, including the 31 men who never returned home. It was mounted on a wall near the first-floor escalators inside the downtown Detroit Hudson’s — then the second-largest department store in the world.

The heavy memorial was put in storage after Hudson’s closed its Detroit store in 1983, and a decade later, was relocated to what is now the Macy’s at Northland Center mall.

Macy’s says it will relocate the plaque to another store when its Northland store closes in the coming months.
Read more about this important relic from Detroit’s history.

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VIDEO: “Under the Radar” takes a (very) colorful visit to Detroit

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Under The Radar Michigan, the popular PBS television program, recently visited Detroit …

“The Motor City is revamping, refueling and reenergizing itself with tons of urbanites who want to invest in a better future for themselves, and this great city. You don’t have to look hard to find hard evidence of this great renaissance. And the harder you look … the harder it is to leave once you get here.”

In this episode ( you’ll experience the show’s unique, humorous profiles of:

Detroit City FC, the minor league soccer team that plays at the City’s Cass Technical High School and Northern Guard Supporters, the team’s (very) passionate, creative, and colorful support group.

Detroit Bike City‘s Slow Roll, the group bicycle ride that takes a unique route through the city each week.

Mudgie’s, the artisan deli in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood

Signal-Return, the letterpress studio operating in Eastern Market, and

Supino Pizzeria, serving up Sicilian-style pizzas in Eastern Market.

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