VIDEO: “Connecting the Dots: The Heidelberg Project and the Power of Art”

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A new video by  examines the aftermath of nine arson fires at the Project, which attracts visitors from around the world.

Learn about Heidelberg TV, the neighborhood entertainment place for children in the Heidelberg Project community. Says founder Tyree Guyton, “they now have a REAL reality show where the name of the game is to make it up! The smiles and joy on the children faces who participate and help to create Heidelberg Television, puts a smile in my heart and lets me know that I have awakened their imaginations.”

Show Me Detroit Tours visits The Heidelberg Project during its twice daily two-hour van tours of Greater Downtown Detroit. For complete tour reservation info visit

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VIDEO: Art X Detroit comes to the city in April

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For 10 days in April, Midtown, Downtown, and Eastern Market will come alive as the canvas for Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience (AXD).

Staged over three weekends between April 9-26 at nearly 20 venues throughout the city, the public is invited to experience an exciting collection of visual art installations, dance, musical and theatrical performances, film screenings, literary readings, and much more.

AXD is presented by The Kresge Foundation and produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc.  AXD partners include: Kresge Arts in Detroit, College for Creative Studies, Creative Many, and MOCAD.

Dates: April 9-12, 16-19, and 25-26.  FREE to the public.

A complete list of artists and programming is available at

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VIDEO: “Under The Radar Michigan” Visits Detroit (Season 5)

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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, thee 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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The rise and fall of Hudson’s Big Store in Detroit (with video)

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Originally published by the Detroit Free Press

The building was 2,124,316 square feet, making it second in size among department stores to only Macy’s in New York. The store was spread out over 32 floors, and at 410 feet, Hudson’s was the tallest department store in the world. Hudson’s featured more than 200 departments across an incredible 49 acres of floor space, and it featured about 600,000 items from 16,000 vendors. Twelve thousand employees, 100,000 customers came each day at its peak. In 1954, Hudson’s had sales of more than $163 million (an astronomical $1.28 billion today, when adjusted for inflation) …

… In 1891, [Joseph Lowthian] Hudson moved his store [located on the ground floor of the old Detroit Opera House on Campus Martius] to Gratiot and Farmer. But this wasn’t the building generations of Detroiters knew and loved. That building was a patchwork of several buildings tacked one onto another as the store grew from 1911 to 1946. The 1891 store, along with a 1907 addition, was demolished in the ’20s …

… Starting in the 1950s, Detroit’s population continued to shrink with the growth of the suburbs and creation of the freeway system. And with the rise of the suburbs came the rise of shopping malls, which siphoned off shoppers. Hudson’s was one of the biggest reasons for this, being a driving force behind Northland Mall, and opening a number of similar locations in other malls.

The chain closed its downtown store Jan. 17, 1983, after more than 90 years of business. The company’s corporate offices remained in the Big Store, and about 1,200 people still worked there. That is, until 1990, when the building was sold to a Windsor company. This is when the big beloved landmark started to become one big eyesore, more noteworthy for its broken windows and trespassers than its big sales and Santa …

…Despite several pitches to redevelop the enormous structure, the building was imploded at 5:45 p.m. (the store’s closing time) on Oct. 24, 1998, at a cost of about $12 million. In less than a minute, generations of Detroit memories laid in a 60-foot-high pile of rubble, some 660 million pounds of it.

Read the July 5, 1982 Free Press article on the closing of Hudson’s “the passing of an era.”

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Video Tour: Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum

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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant​ shared this January 2015 video tour of the museum taken by MUSTANGMANIA.

The museum, the birthplace of the “MODEL T”, is located at 461 Piquette Street in Midtown Detroit.  For hours & admission visit

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“Life, Light & Movement: Eastern Market” (video)

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The people, the food, the music, the artwork. It’s a great place to be on Saturdays. To see more Detroit based images, please visit my website at

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(VIDEO) Detroit-Made Lava Cakes Featured On Air France Flights

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Originally broadcast with video by CBS Detroit

Starting March 1, Air France will offer a trio of freshly baked mini-lava cakes on-board the Detroit-Paris flights with seasonal fruit and a crème anglaise sauce.

The addition of Air France as a customer is the latest step in the growth of [Chloé] Sabatier’s business, Chez Chloé.

The Parisian native came to the United States for an internship while studying marketing and communications. While in New York studying she met her boyfriend – a native Detroiter – whom she ended up following back to the Detroit.

You can find her cakes at several Metro Detroit venues, including these in “The D”: Eastern Market … Le Petit ZincMotorCity WineAlways Brewing DetroitParker Street MarketDoor to Door Organics – Michigan … and Treat Dreams in Ferndale.

Bon appétit!

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