Time Inc. has descended onto Detroit either like a thunderstorm or as liberators, depending on who you talk to. There has been a blitz of blog posts, features stories, and videos from its self anointed "D Shack" portraying the Detroit they've seen so far.
Videos include an interview with K-9 to Five's Liz Blondy, a piece on 85 cent hamburgers, asking Detroiters why they love and hate the city, and another piece about how Detroiters "survive."
Stories have covered entrepreneurs, housing costs, Detroit's decline, and Ernie Harwell.
So, what's your take? How would you grade their assignment so far? Is it the same ol' same ol'? Or is it something different?
Our own media outlets and bloggers have been discussing the coverage as well. Read a piece by Crain's Detroit business here
Listen to an interview with Daniel Okrent -- writer of Time
's Detroit cover story -- on WDET's "Detroit Today" here
And, last but not least, Dyspathy's "Assignment Detroit: The Drinking Game
" will keep you reminded of the Detroit cliche's as well as keep you totally sauced when reading through Time
Let us know what you think about the Time blitz on our Facebook page here
Check out the Time Inc. coverage here
Time Inc.'s interest in Detroit has been well documented so far. But, in case you missed it, the big media machine has bought a house in East English Village and will set up shop there for a year to cover Detroit and all that it brings - both negative and positive.
In this week's In The News we have a piece up written by the New York Times,
as well as a mention in the Tweet of the Week.
However, is a direct link to the Time Inc.'s Detroit blog. Track their work as they track ours.
See the blog here
So vacation is behind us and we're back with the Tweet of the Week. So, what do you have to say?
You should listen to your mother @miel_dulce, always listen to your mother.@miel_dulce
: my mom said to stay in detroit, im totally thinking about it...
We don't know where you are, but we wish you were still in Detroit, too. You can always come back.@Bizemisty
: I wish I was still in Detroit. I hate this place.
Congratulations Earthworks Urban Farm. Keep up the good work. And thanks @AshleySFlintoff for the heads up.@AshleySFlintoff
: Congrats to Earthworks Urban Farm - Detroit's 1st Certified Organic Farm! Check out their work at www.cskdetroit.org/earthworks
Exactly @dlexus2001, don't forget about us, whoever you are.@dlexus2001
: dont' forget bout detroit
And finally, the winner, for our first week back from vacation Tweet of the Week is: @flamingowojack
: Just got back from John K. King Used Bookstore in downtown Detroit. I'm there every week, but I find "new" stuff every time I go there...
True that, @flamingowojack. True that.
Keep reading. Keep tweeting. And see you next week.
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WDET 101.9 FM reporters Rob St. Mary and Zak Rosen continue their
coverage this week in their "Home is More Than Our House" series on how
Detroiters are facing and fighting the foreclosure crisis.
Listen to Detroit Today on WDET this week for their stories. The program airs from 1-3 p.m. weekdays on 101.9 FM.
This week, Zak will be talking about the collaborate effort to stabilize Boston-Edison
with median-income families, which in turn stabilizes the surrounding
areas. Also, check out the great piece he did on Habitat for Hamtramck here
Rob St. Mary offers a story on finding help for the Jewish community in Metro Detroit.
For more on the series, check out their blog: wdetmortgagecrisis.com
, an investment mag produced by the Financial Times
, released their cities of the future list and Detroit fell in at No. 10 for the largest cities of the future.
Magazine’s North American Cities of the Future 2009/10
shortlists, which took more than six months to research and involved
the data collection of nearly 400 North American cities, ranks San
Francisco, California, as the top large city of the future, followed
closely by Austin, Texas. Of the large cities surveyed, San Luis Potosí
in Mexico ranks top for cost effectiveness, while Charlotte, North
Carolina, ranks top for FDI strategy according to the judging panel.
Read the entire article here
We'll start our list of the week's best Detroit-centric
tweet with first-place winner @onslowlovesme
, who wowed
us with this awesome little cryptic bit: "Detroitosaurus wrecks"
Not sure exactly what you meant, but something about it sounds just right.
On to the runners up:
: In recovery mode. Relay for Life detroit was a success. Over $71,000 raised. I stayed up the entire night. It was really great!
We're hard pressed to find a better reason to stay up all night than to raise $71,000
to fight cancer. Congratulations and thanks to all Detroiters who
participated in this wonderful charity event.
: Detroiters : we have hella fresh lettuce grown @ TheYesFarm on E Farnsworth St 2 give-away ASAP! Hit me!
Free veggies! We can't argue with that.
: First row of the season at the DETROIT boat club! A-ma-zing!
That's awesome! Was T-Pain there? Any chance we can get ON A BOAT
: extremely excited about the Roosevelt Park revitalization. This was one of our first targets upon moving to Corktown!!!
We're excited about this too, and looking forward to hearing more
about all of the ways Detroiter's are making the city's summer more
beautiful. Keep us posted!
Keep reading. Keep tweeting. And follow us on Twitter here
Richard Florida is that creative class guy. Some agree with him, some don't. Wherever you fall on Florida, he does make some good points in his piece in the Atlantic that Detroit should pay attention to.
The most successful shrinking strategies, like Pittsburgh's, are not
top-down affairs driven by all-knowing governments, but organic,
bottom-up, community-based efforts. While Pittsburgh government and
business leadership pressed for large-scale urban renewal -
stadium-building, convention centers, and more far-fetched schemes for
local mag-lev trains - its real turnaround was driven by organic,
bottom-up initiatives. Community groups, local foundations, and
non-profits - not city hall or business-led economic development groups
- were the driving forces behind neighborhood stabilization and
redevelopment, university-based economic development, water-front
revitalization, park improvements, and green building among others.
This kind of bottom-up process takes considerable time and
perseverance. In Pittsburgh's case, it took the better part of a
generation to achieve stability and the potential for longer-term
All of which brings us back to a big question: What about people
versus place strategies? I agree with Glaeser: people must be the
priority. Especially in tough economic times, public investment should
flow toward people. Early childhood investments, as James Heckman has shown, are the most important, longest-running and highest-paying investments we make.
Read the entire article here
The Council by Districts initiative is vital to Detroit writes Detroit resident, WSU law student, and occasional Model D writer Francis Grunow in the Detroit Free Press
Which leads me back to the beginning -- we must also take the next
clear step to help ensure that districts become reality. A coalition of
groups known as Detroiters for City Council by Districts is pushing an
important ballot initiative to place this question before voters in
this initiative is vital. It would serve as an insurance policy for the
citizens of Detroit. There is no guarantee that the charter review
process will result in council by districts. In fact, when the
council-by-districts question was last considered as part of a charter
review in 1993, it was turned down. A successful initiative will mean
that the charter debate won't be about whether we need council
districts, but how best to implement council districts.
Read the entire article here
I'm not sure if you've heard but the Red Wings lost the Stanley Cup to the Pittsburgh Penguins. And though we here at Model D love Pittsburgh, especially our sister pub Pop City, we hate the taste of humble pie. We'd much rather have a Coney.
Anyway, let's put the ice behind us and get on with the water. It is summer, after all. Let's also drop in on the Detroit tweeters. And find out what's up.
Here are this weeks memorable tweets:@ClariceTinsley
: Hello Twittizens...70 & sunny in Detroit. FOX 2 is showing the Red Bull Air Races over the Detroit River. Great action & gorgeous sight.
Twittizens? That's funny... So, even if you didn't get a chance to see the air races in person, you probably heard them. Whether its downtown, or around town, we love a good excuse to get out and enjoy the city, as long as it doesn't have you running for cover.@heathermarie356
: is at the Detroit Zoo with my BFF & 2 nieces! Beautiful day!
It seemed like the whole city was basking in the gorgeous weather we've had this past week...
Including this next tweeter, who was getting ready for what sounds like some serious porch-sitting:@ChrisJMiller
: Just finished rebuilding the porch on this house in Detroit. No one will fall off it now, railings are good.
Good work, Chris. Safety first!
And special props to this weeks all-star tweeter, for keeping a winning attitude even after the Wings' bummer of a loss last weekend. Believe it or not, Detroiters can dish out complements as well as we take them...@ktpupp
: Oh BTW, good morning Detroit! Met some really cool Penguin fans last night. They praised the Wings & look forward to a rematch next year!
Still... It would have been nice to beat them to a pulp. In terms of hockey. Don't take the literally Pittsburgh... we're not that aggressive and weird here in Detroit.
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Keep readin'. Keep tweetin'. And see you next week.
A couple put together a video celebrating the city's gems. It has a country twang, but we're not talking about John Rich's "Shuttin' Detroit Down." That's for the birds.
Check the video out here
Public radio station WDET FM and Model D have partnered
to focus on Detroit's foreclosure crisis and different ways people and neighborhoods are dealing with the issue.
This week, WDET reporter Zak Rosen will have a piece on the
citizens of the North End of Detroit, who are teaming up with the
Greening of Detroit
to reclaim 134 abandoned lots.
Rob St. Mary will have a piece on the Motor City Blight Busters and how foreclosures have affected their work.
Look for his work on the WDET "Home is More Than Our House" blog here
. And listen to 101.9 FM during the Detroit Today
show for more.
Well, why not, right? It's a social media world and people have a lot
to say - especially about our beloved city. So how about a Tweet of the
This week, the big inaugural winner of our Tweet of the Week (can we call it a Tweek - get it!?) goes to @BrownSugarFX
with this little gem that made us smile: Detroit smells delightfully of spring-time flowers.
This tweet showed up on a Thursday, in the afternoon. It was a nice
little pick-me-up after a little bit of rain. And a nice reminder to
stop and smell the flowers.
So, @BrownSugarFx, congratulations! You win a year's subscription to
Model D. Keep smelling Detroit! Er, wait, keep smelling Detroit's
Here are a few runners up from the last week:
: Mon Treat: Taste Pizza Bar dwntwn Detroit +$5 MOJITOS ALL DAY +Best Pizza in the City +chic & urban vibe
everyone needs a Monday treat so why not with pizza and mojitos.
: algo tiene "Put your hands up for Detroit" que hace que me guste
Not exactly sure what this means but I think it's positive.
Asked a friend to translate over the internet. It was no help. Feel
free to tweet us the translation here: @modeld
: I have such a love-hate relationship with Detroit.
It's true, we all do. But, if you think about it, love gets
boring after a while. Sometimes you need a little adversity to realize the
love. Am I wrong?
Model D is looking for an intern to help out on the editorial side of things. This position is unpaid except for any feature stories published. We're looking for one, maybe two, lucky candidates to work 15-20 hours a week. Interns will help out with various projects and events, update listings, write stories and get us coffee. No, just kidding, we get our own coffee.
A journalism background is a plus. Knowing the city is an even bigger plus. Knowing a little about online media is a bonus.
If interested please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
It's been great so far, the tweeting. Though we'd just drop in one more
reminder. So, everyone, keep tweeting. Can we call it a Model D Tweet
Follow us at Model D Twitter feed
. Talk to us. Give us feedback. And stay engaged. Also, join our group on the other social media giant Facebook
On top of that, we'll be out covering Detroit's nightlife during the
NCAA's Final Four. There are sponsored events by the NCAA but there are
also a lot of un-sponsored events... If you know what we're sayin'. So,
let us know where you'll be and what you'll be doing and we'll do the
same for you.
See you out and about. www.twitter.com/modeld
The Detroit city council, as of late, could probably have its own VH1 reality show with all the drama, controversy, and, some would say, flat out ignorance it has portrayed. Lately, the question of division has cropped up and what is and isn't a Detroiter? Division is only productive when it comes to math and recycling. Yet, it seems as if some on the city council haven't figured that out yet, according to Detroit News
columnist Nolan Finley.
Why on earth would a city in such desperate straits build a wall between itself and its best potential allies?
smarter marketing strategy would be to encourage more people to boast
that they are citizens of Detroit, in spirit if not by address.
If more suburbanites identified themselves internally as Detroiters, it might put an end to our infernal turf wars.
we'd have more folks who gave a damn that Detroit is rotting away, that
it's under siege by the worst forces of urban life, that it's been
neglected and abandoned and nobody outside our small corner of the
Instead, the council is advocating the very black-white, city-suburban divides that are responsible for Detroit's decline.
Read the entire article here
Another piece from the Metro Times
about being a Detroiter can be found here
We're there. We've done it. We're on Twitter now. We have a Facebook
group, might as well have a Twitter feed, too.
Our hope is to offer a little more insight into what we're doing and when we're doing it. We don't want it to just be another RSS feed.
So follow us. Talk to us. Give us feedback. And do it all right here: Model D Twitter feed
Explore Hamtramck and Mexicantown, grab a play at Planet Ant, go for a drink at Enoteca, check out the DIA, the Detroit Historical Museum, and D'Mongo's Speakeasy. These are just a few of the things that The Detroit News
came up with to do under 50 bucks.
Having a good time doesn't mean you have to break your piggy bank.
There are various inexpensive ways for families, couples and singles to
find fun. Take some of the guesswork out of finding a good time on a
budget with our list of 50 value-conscious activities that will take
you from the museum to a hipster hotspot -- all for less than $50.
See the entire list here
Detroit is a music town, a sports town, a car town, and, don't forget,
a food town, too. American Table is coming here on a food tour to show
why. They'll be here June 26-28, visiting eateries from Hamtramck to the River,
from Eastern Market to Ann Arbor. So, please wear you fat pants.
The Toronto Star
's travel section
takes a trip to Detroit, displaying that, though the city isn't
perfect, it's still beautiful and inspiring and chock full of
(Cinematic Happenings Under Development) says Detroit's on
it's way to more and more filming projects with it's 40 percent tax
incentive for film makers.
A University of Michigan graduate student in urban planning, Joseph Ciadella, crafts a cogent op-ed piece about Detroit corporate development strategy as opposed to smaller, organic strategies.
The cities of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck may be receiving
funds from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority targeted at
specific blighted properties.
The national Associated Press has taken note of Southwest Detroit's growth, and discusses the effects of Latino immigration to the area.
The auto industry has contributed to a positive ranking for Detroit: it is the fifth-ranking export city in the United States, demonstrating its importance to the nation's economy.
Design*Sponge invited local blogger Sweet Juniper
to write an entry on Detroit for its city design guide series. The result is super-thorough and manages to be egalitarian while separating the wheat from the chaff.
In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick announced that he will unveil an economic stimulus plan that will include investments in new police and fire facilities, public works and neighborhood preservation among others.
The National Faith Home Buyers and Blight Busters have launched "Now's
the Time to Buy Detroit," a $5.2 million fund intended to encourage
home ownership in the city.
Detroit residential home sales in November showed a four percent
increase in comparison with 2006's numbers. This is significant
considering the decrease in sales everywhere else in Metro Detroit.
Great news for the West Riverfront vision: the Detroit Riverfront
Conservancy has purchased the 26-acre site of the former Free Press
printing plant, a significant piece of property in its goal to extend
the RiverWalk to the Ambassador Bridge.
Using data from 39 quality-of-life issues from 215 cities around the world, an international consulting company has ranked Detroit 64 on its list of the 100 most livable cities.
The New York Times looks at both proposals to add an additional border crossing between Windsor and Detroit -- one public and one private.
Wayne County's TURBO (Transforming Underdeveloped Residential and Business Opportunities) is being used to catalyze challenging developments -- $40 million in just its first year of operation.
Crain's Detroit Business' second annual Ultimate House Party drew 900 people. After visiting individual houses across the city, revelers converged at the Ren Cen.
Crain's Detroit Business is
hosting its second annual Ultimate House Party on Sept. 20, when people will get a
chance to learn about living in Detroit by hanging out in a private
residence. Then all guests head over to the Ren Cen for a big after-bash.
Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation, better known as LISC Detroit
, will celebrate the success of the city's community development corporations at its annual awards luncheon on Sept. 20.
In its annual rankings of how well singles cities fare in 40 metropolises, Detroit came out twenty-first.
Crain's Detroit Business has published an extremely comprehensive guide to living and investing in the D, including a slide show, views into two days of five households' lives and much, much more.
Each July, Ste.
Anne de Detroit Church and Shrine holds a Novena that celebrates Detroit's ethnic diversity. The Novena begins on July 17th and goes through July 26th.
Lasalle Bank has committed $15,000 to help the Detroit Economic Development Corporation establish a fund that would target areas of Detroit in need of fresher food options.
The Mexicantown Welcome Center and Mercado opened its doors on May 5 as
a small business incubator for Southwest Detroit.
Details of Detroit Renaissance's "Road to Renaissance" plan have been
unveiled. The three-year plan is expected to cost $75-80 million, $50
million of which will go towards business accelerators -- including TechTown and NextEnergy.
Transportation Riders United will host its quarterly meeting April 17 at the Guardian Building. The meeting will discuss DDOT's Detroit Transit Options for Growth Study
as well as TRU's latest projects.
A multi-faceted plan intended to end homelessness in Detroit, Highland
Park and Hamtramck has been developed by the Homeless Action Network.
It targets five key areas: prevention, housing, supportive services,
community engagement and collaboration.
The AT&T Foundation has made a $1.2 million grant to the Detroit Youth Foundation to provide Detroit youth with access to technology.
State Representative Steve Tobocman has introduced legislation that he
believes will grow the local economy in the realms of trade and
logistics and will protect residents from negative impacts associated with
hosting a border crossing.
Transportation Riders United
, a metro Detroit transit advocacy group, is sponsoring a design competition on the future of mass transit in the area.
statistics show that Detroit led the region in new housing starts for 2006 with 657 residential permits issued.
John Jeavons, a national expert in urban farming and biointensive agriculture, will be in Detroit March 29-31.
Fifth Third Bank plans to open 40 banks in southeast Michigan over the next three years, with two in Detroit set to open in the coming months.
Hubbard Farms residents love their historic homes, the neighborhood's
diversity and their tight-knit relationships, which is why most have
chosen to stay despite a recent crime increase.
Hudson and Marshall will auction off 260 Detroit homes on March 17-18.
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has purchased 22 acres of land key to their plans for the West Riverfront from the Detroit Free Press.
DMCVB has tapped Holly-based Detroit Muscle to build a custom hot rod,
the D-Rod, to showcase Detroit's appeal as the Motor City and as a
travel and leisure destination.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan CEO Michael Brennan discusses the agency's survey process that has led them to begin working on solving the region's major problems in three key areas: educational preparedness, economic stability and basic needs. He urges the region to work together in a collaborative manner to acieve success.
Homes sales in Detroit rose in 2006 despite a lagging market statewide.
Although the recent closures of Oslo and Currents have some
downtown-watchers worried, there are plenty of other bar and restaurant
developments underway - including Asian Village, Liquid Lounge in Brush
Park and Gadjo Dilo in Corktown.
Columnist Jeff Sanford looks at Windsor's connectivity to the Detroit economy, which isn't always a good thing. But he sees bright spots, including the relationship between the mayors of Detroit and Windsor.
Desite an overall crack-down on illegal immigration around the country,
it is the influx of an estimated 20,000 Mexicans to Southwest Detroit
that has fueled its revitalization. The development of a Mexicantown
Welcome Center and Mercado will celebrate that - right at the border.
The Ann Arbor News urges its readers to support Detroit Renaissance's "Road to Renaissance" by thinking regionally and supporting Detroit's existing amenities.
A group from Grand Rapids is headed to Portland to learn about how transit has electrified the local economy. Transit advocates hope the civic leaders on the trip come away with a real sense of what a necessary ingredient transit is to the redevelopment mix.
The Lithuanian Hall on W. Vernor will reopen Thursday after a $2 million renovation project. Details about the project are available here
The "Shop Detroit" message is being echoed by the city, the local NAACP, Independent Retailers Association, Booker T. Washington Business Association, Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and Detroit Synergy.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, Synergy will host its third Shop Detroit event from 10 am to 5 pm. Shoppers who register with Synergy at the Compuware building will get info on discounts and promotions around the city, a free People Mover pass for the day and a free shuttle to the New Center shopping district.Click here
for a map and more details on the Synergy event Saturday.
In addition, this year the city is offering another incentive: discounted parking at city municipal parking structures and lots from through Dec. 24 for shoppers with receipts.
The city also has a list of boutiques, specialty shops and retailers in the city at its web site: www.ci.detroit.mi.us/default.htm
Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes writes about One D, the new partnership between Detroit Renaissance, the Detroit Regional Chamber, New Detroit, the United Way of Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan.
The Detroit Department of Transportation has landed $3 million in federal funds to study mass transit throughout the city of Detroit. DDOT plans to study light rail, street cars, an expanded People Mover and bus rapid transit.
Planners around the country believe that the unprecedented population growth the United States is undergoing can mean good things for older cities like Detroit.
Indiana University's Archives of African American Music and Culture is set to host the first national conference on Oct. 21 about techno music, “Roots of Techno: Black DJs and the Detroit Scene.” In addition to academic panels and discussions, there will be evening events featuring Detroit DJs as well as live performances.
Photographer Tom Gromack shares 21 photographs of the September 23 Tour
de Troit, a 37-mile bicycle ride through the city that wound through
Corktown, downtown, Woodbridge, Midtown, New Center, Boston Edison,
Arden Park, LaSalle Gardens and Southwest Detroit.
Director Michael Bay used Michigan Central Station as a setting for his action/sci fi flick "The Island." The big-budget director is planning his return to the site for a scene in the upcoming live-action big-screen film "The Transformers."
Depsite sluggish sales state-wide, home sales in the city of Detroit have risen in 2006.
After laying off 150 officers last year in a major cost-cutting effort, the Detroit Police Department has hired 27 back, bringing the total number of rehires to 104. The beleaguered department saved $113 million by enacting the 2005 layoffs.
The September 2006 issue of W magazine has hit newstands. It features the photo spread supermodel Kate Moss and fashion photog Bruce Weber shot around the Motor City recently.
Here's an excerpt:
"Detroit is coming back to life. Reborn as one of the most vibrant cities in the world. So Bruce Weber and Kate Moss went off to sample a little motown magic. They got a lot."
To see the pix, check out the magazine.
This week, Crain's Detroit Business offers its Living and Investing in the D special section. The section highlights city neighborhoods, schools, business opportunities, and asks residents why they live in Detroit.Click here
The city of Detroit remains a high point in the region's struggling
housing market, leading the way in home sales and new construction.
A year in planning, a new coalition's effort is going to recruit thousands of volunteers to help make Detroit a better place to live, work and play.
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick announced Thursday an new loan program for small businesses.
General Motors Corp.'s drive to put ethanol-based fuel in the tanks of
more U.S. cars and trucks may transform Detroit's neighborhood gas
stations and its drivers into pioneers in the use of the gasoline
Concrete and steal beams are now in place for the Mexicantown International Welcome Center and Mercado in Southwest Detroit.
Due to many new businesses, lofts, and other redevelopment, the city is beginning to see increased levels of pedestrian traffic.
Columnist Josh Hendrickson writes: If Detroit is successful in its
reforms, it could become a model for reducing bloated budgets across
Bareroot tree seedlings and small bareroot trees and shrubs are
available through county conservation districts and nonprofits like
Global ReLeaf and the Greening of Detroit.
Greening of Detroit has planted 44,669 trees since its inception in
1989 with the help of thousands of volunteers who go to city parks and
other locales to plant on the weekends.