Woodward Throwbacks

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We are a social entrepreneurship that focuses on using materials gathered from illegal dumping sites throughout Detroit. Our city has many problems facing it, and illegal dumping is one that hasn’t seen much action. We comb the city by bike in search of illegal dumping sites. We take truck loads out weekly, bringing the materials back to our workshop. We try to keep the materials as natural as possible. Sanding the splinters away but leaving as much of the character as possible. Detroit is a rough and raw place, and we want our products to reflect the environment they were…

Detroit’s bond rating improves from junk status

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DETROIT — Seven months out of bankruptcy, Detroit won a crucial vote of confidence Wednesday in its ability to borrow as the credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s rated as investment grade $245 million in bonds the city will soon sell to pay for upgrades to its police and fire departments and other critical public services. S&P rated the bonds at “A/stable,” considered an upper-medium grade and a significant improvement for a city whose ratings slid well into junk status as its financial condition careened toward collapse and the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy filing in 2013. The sale is the city’s…

Detroit: Rebuilding and ready for a comeback

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“It takes heart to fight something that so many consider a lost cause. A strong mind to breathe life into that cause and prove so many wrong. Keep your heart true and your mind strong, Detroit.” – FEL300FT At first glance during a visit to downtown Detroit, signs of rebuilding and regrowth are evident and all around: Sleek, new condo buildings are sprouting up, a railway is being built through the center of the city, historic theaters are undergoing major renovations, and there’s an exciting vibe that you can feel when visiting. A terrific way to get a real sense…

Top 10 Takeover dines at Corktown’s Gold Cash Gold

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Besides tasting imaginative and sophisticated dishes, another treat for diners attending sold-out Free Press Top 10 Takeover restaurants has been experiencing the transformation of Detroit buildings with stories to tell. So it was Monday night at the Corktown restaurant Gold Cash Gold, the hot spot that got its name from the pawnshop pitch that distinctively decorated the former Sam’s Loans on a familiar stretch of Michigan Avenue. Gold Cash Gold was the fifth Top 10 Takeover destination and an exclusive chance to dine at one of the Best New Restaurants, selected in February by Free Press Restaurant Critic Sylvia Rector….

‘You destroyed all of my preconceptions’: NC teenager’s letter to Detroit goes viral

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LENOIR, N.C. — A teenager from North Carolina has written a letter praising the city of Detroit that has quickly gone viral. The Detroit Free Press reported that Cassie Mattheis,16, of Lenoir, N.C., recently went on a trip to the Motor City as part of a national church youth gathering. Detroit was far from the dark and scary place she originally thought it may have been. In fact, she fell in love with the city. The teen published a blog called “A Letter To Detroit From A National Youth Gathering Participant,” in which she explains her positive experience there. “I…

Nicole Curtis, Quicken Loans pair to renovate mansion

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It’s official: “Rehab Addict” Nicole Curtis is teaming up with Detroit-based Quicken Loans to renovate one of the city’s most iconic mansions in Brush Park, the Ransom Gillis house. In a press release issued this morning, Quicken Loans said room-by-room renovations and filming began last week on the well-known mansion. The process will air as part of an eight-part series this November on HGTV. “Both Quicken Loans and Nicole Curtis are passionate about the city of Detroit and its exciting, ongoing revitalization,” said Donna Stephens, senior vice president of ad sales for Scripps Networks Interactive, parent company of HGTV, in…

Detroit’s 314th birthday celebration begins today

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A two-day celebration is planned at the Detroit Historical Museum to mark the city’s 314th birthday. The Detroit Historical Society and the Detroit 313 Society are hosting events that start Thursday afternoon with a Cars That Made Detroit classic car show. A birthday party is planned Thursday evening featuring food trucks, drinks and music at Legends Plaza. On Friday, there’s a 10 a.m. presentation about Detroit’s earliest citizens. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a docent in the “Frontiers to Factories” exhibit shares stories about French settlers. And at noon, storyteller Ivory D. Williams gives a presentation. Antoine de la…

A Letter To Detroit From A National Youth Gathering Participant

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Dear Detroit, My name is Cassie and I’m from a small town in North Carolina, where our largest building is Wal-Mart. I have always wanted to experience life in a big city, and you did not disappoint, but rather exceeded my expectations. You see, I was expecting a city filled with broken dreams and shattered glass, a city devoid of life and hope. I expected a scene of desolation against the backdrop of a dead city. But you are not dead. You are so very much alive. You destroyed all of my preconceptions the minute I set foot on your…

Michael Bolton is trying to save Detroit. Yes, that Michael Bolton.

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On a recent afternoon, Michael Bolton — yes, that Michael Bolton — walks down Michigan Avenue showing off the city he has grown to love. A cameraman tails him, which might be why the singer, without the nuclear hair of his “When a Man Loves a Woman” heyday, can’t avoid being noticed. A fan leans in for a hug. A cop on a horse invites him to visit the stable. A bald man who sings in a Bolton tribute band asks for a selfie. Above: Michael Bolton tours the newly renovated Detroit Institute of Music Education. Click to play: See…

Revitalising Detroit, a dish at a time

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Think of Detroit and the first words that usually come to mind are ‘cars,’ ‘Motown,’ or more recently, ‘broke.’ But with the bankruptcy behind the city (it emerged from Chapter 9 last November), the latest buzz on the street is not about ‘restructuring,’ but rather, ‘revitalising.’ One of the most visible signs of the city’s comeback is the number of new restaurants popping up in old buildings: nurturing Detroiters with both farm-to-table food and the refurbishment of beloved, previously vacant, spaces. It took brothers, David and Tom Carleton, and their business partner, Sean Emory, nearly four years to obtain the…