Here’s The Vibrant Detroit Neighborhood A New York Times Columnist Considers An ‘Urban Wasteland’

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If you’re from Detroit, you learn to get used to people talking about your beloved city as if it’s in a post-apocalyptic dystopian movie. But the misconception still stings, especially when it comes from The New York Times. “Even Detroit has restaurants like Slows Bar-B-Q, which are destination restaurants in the middle of urban wastelands,” Times columnist David Brooks said in a conversation published Wednesday. It seems like an off-the-cuff remark meant to highlight how cities are becoming better and better places to live, but instead just came out patronizing and plain offensive. Worse, it’s false. “The man clearly needs…

Black-Owned Businesses Are Quietly Powering Detroit’s Resurgence, But No One’s Talking About It

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Detroit will mark the first anniversary of its bankruptcy filing this Friday, and across the country, people are watching the city to see how it has survived the upheaval. Despite pending cuts for pensioners, as well as widespread poverty, sobering health and violence statistics and a declining population, Detroiters have expressed cautious optimism about recent changes, which include greater investments in development, promises to improve city services and an ambitious plan to eliminate urban blight. The largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history has also stirred up interest in success stories. Though no one person will fix Detroit, some people have…

Rise and Shine, Detroit

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By Andrew Nelson It’s not called a “tug” of memory for nothing: I’m outside Detroit’s railroad station, and I instantly recall my mother’s gloved hand pulling mine as we rushed through the vast atrium that was inspired by the imperial baths of ancient Rome. We are in a hurry to get somewhere, and Detroit is, too. Even a little boy in the mid-1960s notices the tempo. The Motor City is in motion. We build America’s cars. Thanks to Berry Gordy’s Motown, the world hums our songs. The city, fifth largest in the U.S. by population, is at the top of…

Skip The Mall: 12 downtown/midtown Detroit shopping options for your holiday gift-buying pleasure

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At some point this holiday season, you’ll be forced to suffer through Karen Newman’s “Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue” at least once. For those of us not yet eligible for Medicare, stories about asking the downtown Hudson’s Santa for a Rocky Colavito bat are about as relevant to our experience as Hazen Pingree’s potato patches. However, Detroit is experiencing a modest independent retail revival and you can find unique gifts downtown. If you’re looking to skip another insufferable visit to an insufferably packed mall, check out these 12 great downtown/midtown gift-buying options. Hugh; 2233 Park Avenue: Hugh is like an…