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Postcards From Detroit: From the days when the Detroit Grand Prix was just that - A Grand Prix

From 1982 through 1988, the Formula 1 circus included the mean streets of Detroit, Michigan, among its annual stops.

From whence comes the new book “Postcards From Detroit” by Roger Hart, David Bull Publishing, 9×10 inches, hardbound, 96 pages,103 black-and-white photographs.
[via MotorTrend Magazine]

Gay man runs for mayor in Oak Park

“The racial diversity of the city attracted me,” he said. “Gay people live in all parts of Oak Park. It’s a very accepting city.”

Other than that of Oak Park attracts not gay people for the same reasons it attracts gay people — good homes for a good value, its proximity to Ferndale, Royal Oak, and Berkley, not to mention Detroit. On the other hand:

“We have a Jewish community, a Chaldean, African-American, and other significant communities, and they don’t know each other,” he said. “The cultures never work with each other.”

Tom Zerafa would like to improve the city’s public spaces, making parks more pedestrian friendly (which is a basic requirement of the city’s large Jewish community on their Sabbath). He wants more community activities or events and on the business side he notes that there is no chamber of commerce or a downtown. When there is no center, no community leadership, no organized business community, what you get is the worst and cheapest form of sprawl, lack of identity and pride leading to disinvestment and abandonment. End rant.
[via pride source.com]

The Gay Moralist : Summer in the D

Maybe it’s because Detroit once rivaled Chicago/Toronto/New York in economic power that locals feel the incessant need to compare it to those places. Pick three of the best cities on the continent, and most cities are going to pale by comparison. But we actually come a good bit closer than some. One day, try comparing Detroit to Boise, South Bend, or Waco (though I’m sure they have their charms, too).

One gay man’s view on why life isn’t so bad in Detroit. “Stop whining about Detroit.”
[via pride source.com]

Detroit, Windsor chambers unveil joint venture

The Detroit Regional Chamber and the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce in Ontario, Canada unveiled a joint venture to boost the business profile of the shared border by establishing an International Business Builder program for members of each business group.

Businesses with 100 or fewer employees can buy an International Business Builder membership for $150 (USD) and receive cross-border networking and advertising benefits in each of the respective chambers of commerce.

This follows on the heels of the joint promotion of downtown Windsor and downtown Royal Oak. Good see more regional cooperation.
[via Detroit Free Press]

Free fest in Detroit has it all

The combination is irresistible: Great food and music, funky clothes, and fun stuff for kids. The 2007 Comerica Cityfest in Detroit has it all as it kicks off Wednesday and ends July 8. Best of all, admission is free.

Free music includes Spoon, Cheap Trick, the Wailers, Weird Al Yankovic, Yo La Tengo, Lupe Fiasco, and Bobby “Blue” Bland plus a jazz and blues stage and stages that feature Detroit bands including the Hard Lessons and Detroit Cobras. At least two Toledo acts, Dooley Wilson (July 7 at 6 p.m.) and Polka Floyd (July 8 at 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.) will perform.

Toledo’s take on Detroit’s TasteFest, now called Cityfest. It’s also a great time to hear good electronic music for free as well.
[via Toledo Blade]

Lines forming for new iPhone

Toward 11 p.m. the line grew to nine people willing to wait all night and all day to get their hands on an iPhone.

Wendland set up a lawn chair at the AT&T store in Shelby Township. He’ll be there till he gets a phone — or they run out. Today, he’ll blog, from the line, shoot a video and report on WDIV-TV Local 4, the Free Press’ reporting partner.

No comment.
[via Detroit Free Press]

Global center Detroit is now host to Bengalis

About 10,000 visitors from around the world will descend on Detroit this weekend for the North American Bengali Conference in a vivid display of how Michigan’s immigrant communities have turned the region into a global meeting place.

The four-day conference is expected to be the second biggest convention in Detroit in the past year and the latest to be held in the region by ethnic communities, joining Mexican, Yemeni and Hmong national conferences in recent months. It’s a trend that regional leaders say metro Detroit can tap into in order to help grow the struggling region

As it is for many other Muslim ethnicities, Detroit is a huge place for Bengalis, second in the nation behind New York City. They are mainly concentrated in Hamtramck where you’ll find many of their businesses including restaurants.
[via Detroit Free Press]

LED street lights energy saving in downtown Ann Arbor

The city plans to switch its normal light bulbs in its downtown street lights to LED lights over the next three years. The change will cost $640,000 but is expected to pay for itself over the 4.2 years in energy savings.

Green Treetown is at it again. Too bad they couldn’t spell the mayor’s name in the article.
[via Metromode Media]

Oakland’s ‘healthy’ Economy

Oakland County identifies health care as one of 10 emerging sectors that will lead its economy into the future, and Beaumont has become perhaps the county’s greatest partner in that pursuit. The health system lended much-needed support to Oakland’s biotech initiative when it sent David Felton, Beaumont’s director of medical research, to Sweden.

I hope most of the growth in the health industry in Oakland County isn’t just cannibalism of existing health institutions. What I like to see is more of these biotech initiatives.
[via Michigan Business Review]

Report: Local office market holding steady (Ann Arbor)

A midyear look at the area’s office market shows it’s flat overall with a gradually improving vacancy rate for most sectors

The office market in downtown Ann Arbor is improving up those improvements were offset by higher vacancies in the South State office park.
[via Michigan Business Review]

Ann Arbor firm’s ’sneaky’ robot heads to market

M-Bots Inc. is currently producing its first batch of small, mobile robots that can help police and military officials conduct early reconnaissance more efficiently.

While our cities’ police departments could use better technology to assist them in dangerous situations I hope this doesn’t lead to more Robocop jokes.
[via Michigan Business Review]

The Detroit Cobras Tied & True

Pitchfork reviews the new Detroit Cobra’s album, Tried & True.
[via Pitchforkmedia.com]

‘Punks vs. Cancer’ film revisits fund-raiser

In December, four Detroit punk bands and their fans gathered at the 2500 Club, a small downtown punk watering hole where the bands performed live in an effort to raise money for the fight against cancer. At midnight Thursday at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, you can see the event on the big screen in the film “Punks vs. Cancer.”

Soul Revival: Detroit soul legend Nathaniel Mayer, who had a Top 40 hit in the early ’60s with “Village of Love” and then hit the comeback trail a few years back, is set to release his fourth full-length disc, “Why Don’t You Give it to Me?,” on Aug. 21 on Alive Records.

[via Detroit Free Press]

Cass Corridor cool

Motor City Brewing Works and its trademark “Ghettoblaster” beer:

“A lot of people don’t even know it’s here,” says Detroit photographer Christopher Chouinard, 37, who has dropped in with his fiancée and some friends for a quick one. “This place is for people who love and respect Detroit and still want to come to someplace nice.”

[via DetNews.com]

Fishing Michigan

Some basic facts you’ve probably heard:

  • Michigan’s shoreline is second in length only to Alaska’s (suck on that, California!).
  • Michigan ranks first among states when it comes to boats, with more than 1 million registered personal watercraft.
  • With 1.5 million licenses issued a year, Michigan ranks fourth in the nation when it comes to number of anglers.
  • In all of Michigan, you are never further than six miles from one of more than 11,000 inland lakes or further than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.
  • [via Metromode Media]

    I love lists

    The British Guardian produced a list about the 50 things a sports fan must do, except that the list only includes 20 bulleted events. One thing that I really like about the British list is No. 11 (train in Detroit’s Kronk Gym).

    [via Michigan Daily]

    Detroit Rapper Hayes Set to Release Freshman LP on Interscope

    Moneybags/Interscope artist Hayes is definitely making a name for himself in the streets. His new mixtape entitled 24 Songs of Power is becoming an instant classic as Hayes solidifies himself as a Hip-Hop presence. With in-house production team The Breakfast Club, Hayes paints vivid pictures of his hometown Detroit over stark melodic bangers.

    [via DJBooth.net]

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