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…

Detroit’s revival template for struggling U.S. cities: Column

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To save some parts of the city, other parts get short shrift. I visited Detroit expecting to find a single city battling neglect, decay and the unintended consequences of decades of mismanagement. However, Detroit’s plan seems to rely heavily on splitting the city into two unequal parts. Detroit’s strategy is to grow from the inside out, lighting a fire downtown and hoping it eventually spreads to the city’s outlying neighborhoods and reignites their potential. It’s an approach that other cash-strapped American cities struggling to balance the growth and relative vibrancy of their downtowns with the needs of their more run-down…

Menswear Designer John Varvatos Opens Shop in Downtown Detroit

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Thursday was a high-profile day for John Varvatos, a Detroit native and contemporary menswear designer, who opened an upscale shop in downtown Detroit. During the day, Dan Gilbert put on a news event at the shop to promote Friday’s debut at 1500 Woodward Avenue in the Wright-Kay building, one of the many buildings downtown that Gilbert owns. Then at night, Varvatos attended the Detroit Red Wing game at Joe Louis and ended up saying a few words on the electronic scoreboard for all to hear. “I’m so excited and stimulated,” he said Thursday, as he showed off his store during…

Tech-Savvy ‘Boomerangs’ Come Back Home to Rebuild Detroit

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PART 5 of the DETROIT SPECIAL SERIES BY LIZ GANNES ethics bio articles Even after bankruptcy, bailouts, massive population and job loss, nightly arson and widespread decay, Detroit still has plenty going for it. It’s a beautiful old city built on America’s original tech industry u2014 cars. In this weeklong Re/code special series, Liz Gannes examines the fast-moving efforts of a hometown billionaire and others to revive Detroit, starting from its center. Sparking this rebirth: Tech startups that draw from the region’s engineering heritage and promise to help restore Detroit’s long-lost claim as a capital of innovation. The continuing transformation…

Freep’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year is Selden Standard

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Detroit’s restaurant scene blossomed last year in a way it hadn’t in decades — and Selden Standard is #1. A young cook stirs the glowing embers in the wood-fired grill and adds another log of Michigan hardwood to the flames. Nearby, guests begin gathering in the bar, their conversations blending with the staccato rhythm of cocktail shakers. It’s almost 5 p.m. — time for dinner service to begin at Selden Standard in Midtown Detroit. The kitchen’s daily prep is done: Hand-braided loaves of brioche rise in the pastry kitchen. Hanger steaks, duck sausages and glistening whole trout await the grill….