Downtown Detroit sales prices rise to ‘insane’ levels

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John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press 12:10 p.m. EDT April 24, 2016 635969575777440962-cp-ruck-WillisLoft-042116-SG04.jpgBuy Photo (Photo: Salwan Georges, Detroit Free Press) Greater downtown Detroit residential real estate — a near-dead market only a few years ago — is now soaring with a few property owners even listing their downtown and Midtown properties for fantasy prices running into the millions of dollars. But beneath some of the ridiculous pricing, greater downtown is offering a steady stream of residential openings as prices surge amid downtown’s continued revival. The surge is fueled mostly by empty-nest baby boomers, along with some millennials, who are paying prices…

Detroit dining scene abuzz with activity

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Melody Baetens, The Detroit News 2:54 p.m. EDT April 22, 2016 The Manicotti di Crespelle, bottom, is a seasonal preparation The Manicotti di Crespelle, bottom, is a seasonal preparation at La Rondinella. At top is a salad. Jose Juarez, Special to The Detroit News A cheeseburger spring roll in Cass Corridor; farm-fresh rabbit in Hazel Park; 50 craft cocktails at a 50-seat restaurant in a Detroit alley; an expertly twice-cooked egg on a bed of greens near the Detroit Institute of Arts. These are some of the vignettes of Metro Detroit’s restaurant scene that are making the area a growing…

How downtown Detroit has transformed since the Super Bowl 10 years ago

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By Paula Gardner | PaulaGardner@mlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on February 04, 2016 at 5:30 AM, updated February 04, 2016 at 5:23 PM 1.4k shares DETROIT, MI — Ask anyone outside of Detroit what is changing in the city’s downtown, and the most obvious answers convey developments that make Michigan’s largest central business district appealing to the most casual visitor. Midtown. Major new sporting venues. Maybe the riverfront. Each was a player in what was touted as signs of Detroit’s rebirth a decade ago when Super Bowl XL was played on Ford Field in 2006. Today, each…

Old Tiger Stadium to host youth sports, artificial turf

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Louis Aguilar, The Detroit News 3:33 p.m. EST February 2, 2016 Detroit PAL presser (Photo: Pendulum Studios) After years of debate about what to do with the former Detroit Tigers Stadium site, city youth will be able to play soccer, football and baseball at the historic Corktown location starting in spring 2017. Work is set begin in April for a new youth sports facility and headquarters for the Detroit Police Athletic League, or PAL. “This will be a field of dreams that will inspire kids for generations to come,” former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin said Tuesday. Levin secured $3 million…

It’s boom time for developments in heart of Detroit

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Louis Aguilar, The Detroit News 12:03 a.m. EST January 8, 2016 Development-02 (Photo: Daniel Mears, Detroit News) For the area known as greater downtown Detroit, 2016 is expected to be the kind of year city leaders have dreamed of and worked toward since the 1967 riots. This year will also highlight that Detroit’s rebound remains wildly uneven: While development in neighborhoods throughout the city is planned, it will not match the boom times going on in greater downtown. “The best is yet to come and we look forward to the year ahead,” said Jim Ketai, managing partner and CEO of…

Local chocolate maker honored with Forbes recognition

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Georgea Kovanis, On Style 7:20 p.m. EST January 4, 2016 635875302970206155-BonBonBon-218.jpg (Photo: Michelle and Chris Gerard) More buzz about the Detroit food scene! Forbes magazine has named Bon Bon Bon chocolatier and founder Alexandra Clark as one of its 30 Under 30 leaders in food and drink Clark, who is 27, lives in Hamtramck and grew up in Plymouth, opened Bon Bon Bon in 2014. In addition to a small manufacturing site/store combo in Hamtramck, there’s also a Bon Bon Bon store in downtown Detroit, conveniently located next door to the Detroit Free Press. DETROIT FREE PRESS Former Republic chef…

Detroit Real Estate: Doomed? By John P. Schmoll | January 01, 2016

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By John P. Schmoll | January 01, 2016 SHARE TWEET On July 18, 2013, Detroit declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which allows protection for municipalities from creditors. Detroit became the largest city ever to declare bankruptcy. What was once the proud home of a bustling auto industry and an iconic music studio was now mired in $18 billion of debt. Rising crime and pension cuts left few residents unaffected by the fallout of the city’s decision. One particular repercussion of the bankruptcy was real estate prices. People lost jobs and fled the city, which hurt the city’s real estate environment. The…

Detroit Metro Airport ranked 9th best in nation

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Tom Greenwood, The Detroit News 12:46 p.m. EST December 16, 2015 (Photo: Charles V. Tines / Detroit News) A study released Wednesday by J.D. Power has ranked Detroit Metropolitan Airport as ninth best in terms of overall traveler satisfaction. Now in its 10th year, the North America Airport Satisfaction Study rates large and medium-sized airports on six factors, including: terminal facilities; airport accessibility; security check; baggage claim; check-in/baggage check; and terminal shopping. Findings were based on responses from 21,009 North American travelers from July through October 2015. The 2015 study showed overall traveler satisfaction averages 725 points (on a 1,000…

Attitudes changing for the better in Detroit

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Detroit Free Press Editorial Board 12:58 a.m. EST December 13, 2015 Spirit of DetroitBuy Photo Things are changing in Detroit. And we’re not talking about more streetlights or the pace of blight demolition. DETROIT FREE PRESS 50 Detroiters: Voices from our city Detroiters’ attitudes have shifted remarkably in the last two years, a Detroit Free Press poll of residents conducted by EPIC-MRA early this month found, with 60% saying that the city is moving in the right direction. It’s a dramatic turnaround from October 2013, when a survey conducted by the same pollster found that 50% of Detroiters thought the…