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» Detroit News Roundup for Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Detroit News Roundup for Monday and Tuesday July 22-23, 2007

Podcast: Is there a Web 2.0 future for national politics?

Clean water is always in demand, but what about clean water tech start-ups? News.com’s Martin LaMonica says that so far, it’s been a tough sell. But Sensicore, a company in Ann Arbor, Mich., hopes the idea is about to catch on with the public–and now it’s filed for an IPO.

[via CNET News.com]

Officials, leaders, residents join in effort to unite area

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, suburban officials, religious leaders and residents of Detroit and its suburbs gathered today near the location of where the 1967 Detroit riot began to pledge themselves to working to bring the region together and put an end to the racial division that has plagued the area for much of the past 40 years.

Conceived out of a prayer group consisting of residents from Detroit and Livonia — cities symbolic of the region’s segregation with Detroit the nation’s blackest big city and Livonia the whitest — the prayer service drew hundreds to Virginia Park Plaza on the Detroit’s west side. A second ceremony was scheduled for later in the day at the Livonia City Hall.

[via Detroit Free Press]

Model D TV: Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta of CEOs for Cities spoke recently at our speaker series. See and hear what she has to say about what Detroit can do to create urban density and develop and keep its own talent.

In this episode of Model D TV, Coletta talks about the importance of “tightening up the urban fabric.” She says that the region has “unbelievable opportunity” that does not need to copy the successes of other cities but to develop its own “distinctiveness.” Coletta also links the promise of a better regional future to developing a stronger relationship between Detroit and Ann Arbor.

[via Model D]

Detroit Regional Economy Stronger in June, Reports Comerica Bank’s Detroit Business Activity Index

The Detroit Area Business Activity Index jumped 5 points in June to 105 after fluctuating in a narrow range from 98 to 100 over the previous eight months. The index in June was unchanged from a year earlier and at its highest level since August 2006 when it was 108.

[via CNNMoney.com]

Buyer saves ex-WSU building from wrecking ball

A former Wayne State University pharmacy school building, vacant for five years, was set to be demolished by January if a buyer couldn’t be found.

Rescuing the building from the wrecking ball was part of the appeal for developer Dennis Kefallinos (who owns Niki’s Pizza, Coach’s Corner and Loco Bar & Grill, all in Detroit), who has purchased the eight-story (160,000 square-foot building at 1401 Rivard St.) building for $2.3 million and is considering a mixed-use development for it.

Two other former WSU properties have been sold to private developers for redevelopment in recent years. The loft-style residences at 55 W. Canfield St. and Willys Overland Lofts, 444 W. Willis St., were redeveloped WSU properties.

[via Crain’s Detroit Business]

Light winds slow sailors in Port Huron-Mackinac race

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - A high pressure system over Lake Huron slowed sailboats as they struggled Monday to complete the 83rd annual Port Huron to Mackinac race.

Bayview Mackinac race: Check out the Free Press’ video from Port Huron’s Black River, the starting line as hundreds of boaters hoisted their sails and sped off toward Mackinac Island on Saturday.
[via Akron Beacon Journal]

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