Business

12 Detroit area chefs share their favorite local dishes

You’re used to asking friends about their favorite dishes from the many eateries around town. Maybe you look up reviews, check the menus online or … gasp! … Look on Yelp. Rarely are the chefs, cooks or restaurant operators who create these culinary wonders ever asked where they turn to when they’re not in the kitchen.  We thought they might ...

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New bus tour commemorates history of African-American contributions in Detroit

Want to learn more about Detroit’s history? A new bus tour highlighting important African-American sites is a great place to start.  Organized by the Black Historic Sites Committee, an affinity group of the Detroit Historical Society, “The Black Historic Sites Bus Tour” will visit Detroit locations with Michigan Historical Markers that commemorate African-American contributions to the city. Some stops on ...

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Survey results in hand, Downtown Detroit Partnership seeks to foster a more inclusive downtown

The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) recently released the results of their 2018 Downtown Perceptions Survey, which is an effort to better understand what metro Detroiters think of and how they engage with downtown Detroit. With this information, the DDP can better craft programming and spaces that cater to a broader, more inclusive swath of residents.  While the perceptions survey is ...

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Albert Kahn Building in New Center to be converted into 200 apartments

Development firm The Platform has been making major moves in New Center over the last several years. In 2015, it purchased The Fisher Building, and it has begun renovations of two buildings in the area into apartments and condos.  Now, they’re selling one of their properties. Lutz Real Estate Investments and Northern Equities Group have acquired the Albert Kahn Building ...

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Students at Detroit’s Western International take a stand

When students of Western International High School in southwest Detroit set out to create a mural in their school for beautification and inspiration, they hadn’t actually realized how many cultures make up their peer group. The final product, with its diverse representation and landmarks, inspired them more than they anticipated.  “Unity Mural” includes various places of worship, like Latin-American temples ...

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This Detroiter is making solar technology accessible to all

For as long as he can remember, Ali Dirul has been interested in science and computers. “It’s something that’s always been in my nature,” he says. But that affinity alone wouldn’t have caused him to start Ryter Cooperative Industries (RCI). That decision had as much to do with his belief that communities have the capacity to build a cleaner, healthier, ...

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Detroit can seal the deal with a mobility institute

When investor Chris Thomas, co-founder and partner at Fontinalis Partners, talks about mobility, he’s referring to autonomous vehicles. But he’s also talking about the technology’s potential to move people forward in their careers. And, along with it, the city of Detroit. But first, before Detroit can be a true center of artificial intelligence, robotics, and mobility, the region needs the ...

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City of Detroit unveils resident-guided plan for southwest Detroit

On May 22 at a community meeting at the Plaza Del Norte community center, representatives from the city of Detroit’s Planning Department presented their plan to strengthen and redesign parts of southwest Detroit. Called “The West Vernor Corridor Neighborhood Framework,” the plan contains infrastructure developments, building RFPs, policy recommendations, and more to be implemented over the next three years.  The ...

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National publications provide insight into Maurice Cox, city of Detroit’s planning director

Maurice Cox, director of the city of Detroit’s Planning Department, is the closest thing there is to a public official celebrity. Given his department’s role in major urban infrastructure projects, like the new riverfront redesigns, it’s understandable why he’s been profiled in local and national publications.  Two recent articles were published on Cox in the last month, and they contained ...

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