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Your daily podcast covering what to know and where to go in Metro Detroit. Features conversations, news stories and mini narrative audio documentaries that push Detroit's conversation forward.

Episode Date
6 Things To Know Plus A Detroit City FC Update

- There are more details on the mysterious disappearance of a Detriot house owned by a State Representative

- The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit says it’s received a $5 million matching gift as part of its $15 million Future Fund capital campaign. 

- Project officials tell us that flooding and high water on the island park has delayed this fall’s planned installation of the two-and-a-half-acre garden by world-renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf

- Want free pizza? Sicily's is your ticket on October 22

- And, buy one get one free burgers at BurgerIM

- The Allen Park Digital Cinema Closes

- And Fletcher Sharpe checks in on what promises to be Detroit City FC's most important game of the season 

Oct 11, 2019
TedXDetroit Returns With Ideas Worth Spreading For The 11th Year

Detroit is a city with a lot of ideas worth spreading.

The 11th TedXDetroit conference looks to highlight those and gather local luminaries from a variety of fields, along with some pretty powerful and superstar guests including Nicole Curtis from HGTV's Rehab Addict and many others.

To talk about the event on November 6, 2019 is Shawn Lee. He's the Director of Photography for the event and an entrepreneur himself.

If you're interested in learning more about the event or attending, you can go here. 

Oct 09, 2019
9 Things To Know Around Detroit

Hey Friends! Here's what's happening around town.

- An update on day 22 of the GM/UAW Strike

- Lead has been found in the water in the suburbs of Birmingham and White Lake

- The Detroit Pistons open a shiny new practice facility

Another one of the food stalls inside the Fort Street Galley in downtown Detroit says it plans to close up shop

- A new report says Detroit is one of the least green cities in America

- Jeff Daniels is going to play controversial former FBI director James Comey on screen

- I-275 has a major project coming

- And I-96/M-39 is getting an emergency repair because there are holes in the bridge

- You can support women experiencing homelessness at Canine To Five in Detroit or Ferndale

If you value what we're doing, consider joining us as a member. http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit


Oct 09, 2019
Who Should Get $100,000 For Their Business In Detroit?

Starting a business is hard, and even more challenging in a city like Detroit. But there is help out there.

Today’s episode is your opportunity to hear from five different entrants to the Hatch Detroit contest. They’re the winners of a public vote from the top 10.

That annual event sponsored by Comerica bank grants $100,000 to a business to start their brick and mortar location somewhere in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park. 

The finalists are Brix Wine & Charcuterie, The French Cow, Ilera Apothecary, 27th Letter Books, and Street Beet.

We’re going to talk to each of the five would-be grantees and executive director Vittoria Katanski. And after listening to the show, if you want to vote for your favorite, you can do so here.

Oct 07, 2019
Zingerman's Tiny Weddings Plus 7 Things To Know Around Detroit

On today's show, we hit on the headlines of the day from the GM/UAW Strike to new restaurant openings, plus talk to Nieron Hales from Zingerman's Corman Farms about their innovative and affordable Tiny Weddings. https://www.thetinywedding.com/

Oct 04, 2019
E-Bikes Are Rolling Into Detroit With Jason Hall

Jason Hall is a community advocate and bike enthusiast who you might know from those Apple TV ads awhile back showing off the famous group ride, Slow Roll.

What you might not know is that after co-founding that event and non-profit, he’s on to some new paths.

One is RiDetroit, showing the beauty of Detroit through a variety of walking and bike tours.

The other? The new Electric Avenue Bikes on Woodward. They specialize in E-bikes. That technology gives you an extra boost when you pedal, opening up a bunch of new options on two wheels.

And it’s my opinion that Detroit is a city that is best experienced by bike.

So join me for my conversation with Jason.

Oct 03, 2019
Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week To Showcase Authentic Latin Cuisine

Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week is October 4-13, 2019 and it brings 24 restaurants to the table highlight food from a variety of Latin countries and regions.

Monica Casarez and Juan Carlos Dueweke Perez stopped by the studio to talk about this exciting event. More information here.

In other news:

  • We share information about the impending demolition of the Detroit Saturday Night building and ask if yet more surface parking lots is the right thing to do in a downtown Detroit that has already devoted 40 percent of its space to parking
  • And in news you’ll either be very excited for, or very not, there’s a hard seltzer event coming to Royal Oak in December.
Oct 02, 2019
The ‘Best Crime Of 2019,’ Detroit City FC Launches A Women’s Team, Plus 3 Things To Know

Hello friends. Today we’re covering StateBudgetPalooza, in which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed all 16 budget bills sent at the 11th hour by Republicans, but only after making 147 line-item vetoes totaling nearly $1 billion, unleashing hilarity on the Great Lakes State. Is this any kind of way to do state budgeting? We discuss.

Elsewhere, soccer correspondent Fletcher Sharpe joins us to run down the big news that Detroit City FC will launch a women’s team in 2020 to compete in the United Women’s Soccer, the second-tier pro league.


  • Auburn Hills police are looking for two people who allegedly broke into a shack and loaded an adult video onto a digital billboard on I-75 over the weekend. Someone on our Facebook page called it the “best crime of 2019”
  • A house owned by a nonprofit run by state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, D-Detroit, was inexplicably and mysteriously demolished.
  • And chef Max Hardy may be closing his River Bistro in northwest Detroit, but he’s added a second night to his Jamaican Reggae Dinner pop-up at Frame in Hazel Park on Saturday. Deets here.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Oct 01, 2019
Fall Detroit Restaurant Openings And Closings

Man about town Devon O'Reilly joins us in the studio to talk about Detroit's openings and closings. One of the notable openings? Smith And Co. And closings include a circus-themed bar no one understood in Grand Circus Park.  

Sep 30, 2019
A Pedal Pub But With Sewing Machines And Soldering Irons Plus 7 Things To Know

The Detroit Tigers have the worst record in Major League Baseball, and we’re wistful of Tiger Stadium’s last pitch 20 years ago

Electric car startup Bollinger Motors releases a pair of new vehicles, and they don’t use stamping so it’s very boxy

Oakland County guarantees county employees $15 an hour

Detroit’s North End breaks ground on a new mini golf course

A makerspace in Ferndale is having a livestream fundraiser this weekend and has a pedal pub with sewing machines and soldering irons. Find out more at http://www.i3detroit.org

Fletcher Sharpe talks all things Detroit City FC

A new T-Shirt is getting Twitter talking, and no, Michigan doesn’t have a budget deal yet.

Sep 27, 2019
New Book 'Cheers to Michigan' Explores State's Cocktail Culture, Booze Legacy

Lester Graham is a journalist at Michigan Radio, where he hosts “The Environment Report” and the news magazine “Stateside.” Tammy Coxen is the host of Tammy’s Tastings, a series of food and drink tastings, classes and experiences in Ann Arbor. The two friends been doing a segment on cocktails on Michigan Radio called “Cheers!” for more than three years.

Now, they’ve got a new book based on that series. It’s called “Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.”

As Graham and Coxen explain in today’s episode, the book is part recipes, a little how-to and a lot of Michigan history stirred in the shaker. It covers everything from Detroit’s outsize role in bootlegging during Prohibition to the city’s invention of three famous cocktails, and the current boom in craft cocktails and craft distilleries. So belly up and have a listen.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Sep 25, 2019
GM Strike, State Budget Impasse Could Tip Michigan Into A Recession

The United Auto Workers strike against GM over a lack of a new contract has dragged on into a second week. Meanwhile, the negotiations over the state budget are going down to the wire ahead of the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, and the prospects of enacting a budget and avoiding a state government shutdown don’t appear bright.

The combination of those two storylines isn’t good news for Michigan’s economy. On today’s show, we hear from Charles Ballard, an economics professor at Michigan State University who has written extensively about the state’s economy.

Ballard says the economics of a prolonged GM strike, coupled with a state government shutdown, would particularly hurt the Lansing region, which has a GM plant and is the state capitol. And it could definitely push Michigan back into recession for the first time in a decade.

And Michigan’s economy hasn’t been doing all that great to begin with, Ballard says, with a major slowdown in the number of jobs created since 2017, and any economic gains mostly flowing to the top earners. Have a listen in the player above.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Sep 25, 2019
40% Of Downtown Detroit Is Devoted To Storing Cars. This Group Says There’s A Better Way.

The Motor City is a nickname for our town that is known the world over.

After all, we put the world on wheels. But what if the same industry that gave us economic strength also, in a way, took away the vitality of the city?

Detroiters for Parking Reform says there is too much surface parking around greater Downtown Detroit. And our guest today is Francis Grunow.

They point to statistics like 40% of Downtown Detroit is devoted to storing cars. And they say in today’s world, that hurts Detroit’s resurgence.

We’ll get into that with Grunow and talk about lessons learned from being a key part of a Neighborhood Adivsory Council in the shadows of Little Caesars Arena.

After all, the District Detroit held a lot of promise. But most of it is unfulfilled.

And then we share a couple things you should know around town.

Sep 23, 2019
Eastern Market Brewing Co. Buys Axle's Livernois Tap, Plus 3 Things To Know

The now-defunct Axle Brewing said it hoped to find a like-minded brewer to take over their gleaming Livernois Tap when it announced it was ceasing operations in June, and it appears to have found one in Eastern Market Brewing Co., which announced it will take over the gleaming brewpub and eatery in Ferndale they’re calling the Ferndale Project. According to the Freep, EMBC will rebrand the facility, which will allow them to triple — yes, TRIPLE — their brewing capacity.

Also on today’s episode, we talk about Devin Myers, the guy from that viral guilty-of-being-black video of being questioned by police officers from Royal Oak after a white woman said he was suspicious. He faces charges from an unrelated incident allegedly fleeing the po-po. [Daily Tribune]

We also talk about what’s going on with the project to convert I-375 in Detroit from an urban freeway to a surface boulevard with bike lanes, and one other little ditty about perseverence in Detroit.

BONUS AUDIO: If you listen all the way to the end, I pull my leftover bottle of Axle’s Secret Meeting, a 13% ABV Baltic porter that was released way back in April. Is it still any good? Tune in to find out.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Sep 20, 2019
Smoke On The River Plus 6 Things To Know Around Detroit

On today's show:

  • Amazon is looking to build a new facility at the site of the old Silverdome.
  • Also, Amazon is buying 100,000 electric delivery vans from local electric car startup Rivian.
  • An adult club was shut down in Detroit.
  • The city is getting a grant for self-driving vehicle testing.
  • I-75 is going to be a special kind of mess this weekend.
  • The Somerset Collection is opening a permanent spot in downtown Detroit
  • And Jer stopped by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to talk about the progress on the riverfront and a new cigar and cocktail event, Smoke on the River. https://www.smokeontheriverdetroit.com/
Sep 19, 2019
UAW's Strike Against GM "Doesn't Look Good For Anyone," Analyst Says

Nearly 50,000 UAW workers have gone on strike at General Motors, the first time the union has gone on strike in 12 years, after the last four-year agreement expired without an agreement over a new one.

The strike also comes at a time that federal authorities are widening their investigation into embezzlement by top union leadership past and present, with nine people so far convicted of skimming member dues and money from automakers meant to support job-training programs.

On today’s show, we speak with auto analyst Michelle Krebs of Autotrader.com all about the strike, how the corruption scandal is affecting negotiations and how a protracted labor stoppage could affect workers, GM and the broader economy.

Also on this episode, we run through Ford’s new master plan for its Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn. And we discuss Bon Appetit’s mention of Ochre, a bakery you probably hadn’t heard of (raised hand) on the far edge of Woodbridge, in its Hot 10 list.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Sep 17, 2019
Chris Gethard's Beautiful / Anonymous Is Coming To Detroit

Today my guest is Chris Gethard.

He's the host of the podcast Beautiful / Anonymous, which tells beautiful stories from anonymous people in a most interesting way.

Each week Gethard opens the phone line to one anonymous callet — and he can’t hang up first, no matter what — and he doesn’t know where the conversation will go.

Anything can and does happen, and a live show is coming to Hamtramck this weekend as part of the Motor City Comedy Festival.

More on the Motor City Comedy Festival: https://motorcitycomedyfest.com/

Also some brief news around town:

There's a massive strike at GM. UAW workers want a better contract that makes up some of the ground they gave in leaner times.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wants city council, then voters, to approve a $250 million bond to fight blight ahead of schedule.

And 20,000 defective streetlights in the city have been replaced, according to the Public Lighting Authority.

Sep 16, 2019
The Grand Hotel, Detroit City FC Wins Over Mexican Team Plus 100 Years Of The Waldorf School

It’s almost the weekend!

On the show today:

Sven Gustafson breaks down what he’s been able to track down up on Mackinac Island about the Grand Hotel’s sale to a private equity firm, and talks about his experience working on the island

Fletcher Sharpe joins us in studio to talk about Detroit City FC’s epic win over Mexican first division Club Atlas, and previews this weekend’s match against the Milwaukee Torrent

And we chat with educator Justin Trombly as Waldorf schools are celebrating their 100th anniversary next week, and a Waldorf school has been a part of Detroit’s Indian Village for decades.

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Sep 13, 2019
Doing Development Differently By Putting The Neighborhood First

The nonprofit Jefferson East Inc. has been working since the 1990s to redevelop Detroit’s hard-bitten Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood and business district, located on the far east end of Jefferson Avenue near the border with Grosse Pointe Park.

Recently, the organization and its for-profit real estate development arm East Jefferson Development Corp., held a weeklong community workshop to solicit ideas from residents about what they want to see in their neighborhood.

On today’s episode, we speak with EJDevCo CEO Derric Scott and Jefferson East Chief Exec Josh Elling about what the organization learned from the process, how it’s working with would-be tenants to best serve the immediate needs of the neighborhood, and how the for-profit development unit helps expand what the organization can accomplish.

Scott says East Jefferson Development Corp. owns or controls 87% of the properties located within Jefferson-Chalmers, a once-thriving business district that stretches along Jefferson from Lenox Street to Alter Road. The district is filled with some incredible architecture, but also many vacant and blighted buildings. It’s also home to the first protected bike lanes in the city.

Residents who came out to the workshops expressed a desire for things including a new first-run movie theater, a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, and a redevelopment of the formerly whites-only Vanity Ballroom as an inclusive mixed-use asset to the community.

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Sep 12, 2019
The Electric Rivian Rises, Why Does Wall Street Hate Ford And More

On today's show, the first half is auto news and the back half a grab bag of other stuff:

- A big investment round for Rivian (Sven's story on Autoblog here: https://www.autoblog.com/2019/09/10/rivian-350-million-investment-cox-automotive/

- Why does Wall Street hate Ford? We discuss.

- The Dodge Ram pickup gets a top safety rating

- Rochester Mills brewery is bought by a California firm

- Nathaniel Wallace is named the new Detroit Director of the Knight Foundation, putting a person of color in an important seat 

- Longtime Detroit (and then Cleveland) sportscaster Fred McLeod suddenly died at the age of 67.

- And the Grand Hotel up on Mackinac Island has been sold to a private equity group.

Sep 10, 2019
How An Old Post Office On Detroit’s East Side Found A New, Crafty Chapter

Over on Marlborough and Kercheval is an old post office from the 1940s that you might consider an unlikely spot for a Detroit retail and maker success story.

After all, it’s a few blocks from Grosse Pointe and has a giant automotive plant between it and the hip West Village and Indian Village.

But the duo behind Mutual Adoration, Wayne Maki and Clare Fox, are making the 10,000 square foot craft, class, creation and retail space called Post Detroit work.

So I thought it’d be good to check in with them to see what we all could learn from what they’re doing in the Jefferson-Chalmers east side corner of Detroit.

The even you can check out this weekend is  Textile Takeover Outdoor Craft Fair on September 14 and 15.

More than 50 artists and makers will have their artwork and goods on display and for sale in the outdoor art and craft fair.

During the weekend event, attendees can learn about and try out different types of art and craft techniques, such as macramé, natural dying, yarn spinning, knitting, marbling and henna body art. There will be food and beverages, as well as live musical entertainment.

Post is at 14500 Kercheval in Detroit, and is open Wednesday through Saturdays.

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Sep 09, 2019
Dave Coulier Is Coming Home Plus 7 Things To Know Around Detroit

A jam-packed show for you today.

Comedian, Actor and Impersonator Dave Coulier is returning to his roots and moving back to Metro Detroit. More at Hour here.

KMart is closing all but three of their Michigan stores, as an era draws to a close for the once mighty retailer created in Detroit.

A new salon called “Hair.” is opening in the Fisher Building. We talk with lead stylist and owner Jenna Drudi.

High-end Detroit restaurant staple Cuisine has a new, very blue facade.

American Idol is doing auditions right here in Detroit. Sign up, future stars and starlets.

A restaurant named after a Norse goddess is coming to Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction.

The Elton has opened in Corktown at Michigan & Trumbull.

And finally, Detroit journalist and longtime Hour Editor Steve Wilke has died at the age of 61. We remember him and play a clip from an interview we did with him about the role of newspapers and magazines.

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Sep 06, 2019
Previewing The Vintage Market At Fort Wayne Plus 5 Things To Know Around Detroit

On today’s show:

Michigan became the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

There’s a crackdown on drivers and pedestrians with the goal of lowering pedestrian deaths, with both the cities of Detroit and Warren ranking near the top of the list for fatalities.

A $50 million proposed project to revamp the Motown Museum in Detroit took a step closer to becoming reality yesterday, with a $4 million gift from none other than Motown founder Berry Gordy.

Dally in the Alley returns this Saturday.

Jennyfer Crawford stopped by to talk about the Vintage Market happening this Sunday at Fort Wayne. More info here.

And, there are some stunning renderings of what the future of the historic Book Tower could look like.

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Sep 05, 2019
Is Detroit's Subsidized Comeback Worth It?

Large projects like the new Fiat Chrysler America plant on Detroit's east side that are part of Detroit's comeback - and a lot of economic development in Michigan - almost always come with incentives given by the city and the state.

But does the math work? Does it make sense? The President of the Center for Economic Accountability, John Mozena, says no. 

One of the stunning statistics Mozena says is that the city of Detgroit spent more assembling land for FCA than they did on the health department that year. 

The Center for Economic Accountability is a nonprofit education and advocacy group that is for free markets without corporate welfare and central planning.

It's important to note that I had the other side of this argument on the show earlier this year. On episode 277 of the podcast I talked to the head of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Kevin Johnson. He was obviously for incentives, so I wanted to get someone on the other side of the conversation.

Sep 04, 2019
East Jefferson, Tiny Homes Plus Detroit City FC

For your show for August 29, 2019:

East Jefferson is getting a new master plan

There's a new app to pay for bus rides on DDOT and SMART and soon the QLINE

More Tiny Homes are rising in the Dexter-Linwood neighborhood thanks to Cass Community Services. They're doing tours as a fundraiser this weekend: https://casscommunity.org/tinyhomes/

And Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk about the week ahead for Detroit City FC. 

Thanks for listening! See you Tuesday as we get back on our regular schedule. Be sure to follow our Patreon page for updates, and consider becoming a supporter for the cost of a bus ride. http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit


Aug 30, 2019
7.5 Things To Know Around Metro Detroit

Welcome to your Daily Detroit for Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

Here's what to know today:

Up in Marysville, a city council candidate that made national news resigned. 

Metro Detroit has the largest apartment construction spike in the country, with half the units being in the city of Detroit.

$75,000 in high end Scotch as well as $150,000 in building damage was done in a liquor store caper involving an excavator.

Former gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar is rumored to be looking at a House seat

Cobo Center is being renamed later this morning. We have three fun ideas they're not going to use.

Russell Street Deli closes for good Saturday. So get in while you can.

Buddy's Detroit style pizza is expanding to Woodhaven

And apparently the region is out of Popeye's Chicken Sandwiches.

Aug 27, 2019
How Our Laws Make It So Americans Have To Drive

Today’s episode is all about cars — specifically, about how the law has paved the way for their dominance in our everyday lives and shaping the way we live in fundamental ways.

Our guest is Gregory Shill, a Law Professor at the University of Iowa who grew up here in Metro Detroit.

Professor Shill recently wrote a piece in the Atlantic headlined, “Americans shouldn’t have to drive, but the law insists on it."


It’s an especially germane topic here in Detroit, where there’s been so much controversy over adding protected bike lanes on busy roads and the recent decision to permanently close the Spirit of Detroit Plaza to vehicle traffic.

Aug 23, 2019
On Finding Meaning And Gratitude With Lynne Golodner

It’s late summer. Things slow down a bit. Think of this episode as a summer book at the beach before fall hits us with crisp breezes and hectic schedules.

Today, we’re going to talk about having meaning in your everyday life. To chat about that is Lynne Golodner. She’s the host of the Make Meaning podcast.

A former journalist, Lynne Golodner has dedicated her life to sharing stories about how people find meaning in the mundane.

Her podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-make-meaning-podcast/id1448252358

My favorite episode with Rachel Lutz of the Peacock Room: https://www.yourppl.com/podcast/episode-33-transcending-transactions-with-rachel-lutz/

Aug 22, 2019
What Will Change In Oakland County Under New Executive David Coulter?

Oakland County is under new leadership — and Democratic control — after former Ferndale Mayor David Coulter was sworn in Friday as new county executive. Coulter will serve out the remainder of the term of longtime boss and Republican, L. Brooks Patterson, who died Aug. 4.

Coulter is a former member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners who had been mayor of Ferndale for almost nine years. On this episode, Jer and I talk about Coulter’s track record in Ferndale and what it suggests about how he might govern from the County administrative building on Telegraph. (Hint: No more comments about blankets and corn, for starters.)

Other things you’ll be delighted to hear about:

The QLINE will now accept a universal fare card called the DART that also covers bus far on DDOT and SMART, yay! But what else does Detroit’s underwhelming streetcar need to really get rolling?

Ford and Lincoln plan to launch two electric crossover utility vehicles based on a common EV platform that will be built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant. That means the end of production — locally, at least — for the very handsome Lincoln Continental sedan. [Automotive News]

JobFairGiant.com is holding a pair of job expos in Southfield, on Aug. 24, and Sterling Heights, on Aug. 28.

And the Beaver Island Public Library, way up in the middle of northern Lake Michigan, will hold a rededication for the Ernest Hemingway sculpture, which was mysteriously returned after being stolen. The sculpture, shown above, was done by local sculptor John Sauve, famous for his “Man in the city” pieces.

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Aug 21, 2019
Suspicious Looks In Royal Oak Raise Bigger Questions For Metro Detroit

Today’s episode hits on three topics.

First, journalist Darren Nichols joins us to add context around a racially charged incident in Royal Oak that’s made national headlines. A white woman called police on a black man who looked suspicious. And Royal Oak Police questioned him for 30 minutes outside of a popular restaurant, while a bystander broadcast the thing live on Facebook.

We dive into previous incidents in Royal Oak and in Detroit’s history.

You may know Darren from his work at the Detroit News. Today he freelances and also hosts a weekly local podcast, Beyond the Headlines.

Recommended reading: Origins of the Urban Crisis.

Second, the drama around who will be Oakland County Executive next continues.

And third, Detroit City FC finally is truly going professional and Sven will tell you all about it.

Plus, Sven’s back from up north!

Aug 15, 2019
Celebrate The 198th Birthday Of A Colonel Plus 4 Things To Know Around Detroit

On today's show, we go to the Two Way Inn to talk about celebrating the 198th birthday this weekend of Colonel Philetus Norris.

The civil war veteran who fought on the Union side built a place now known as one of the best dive bars in America - the Two Way Inn - and more in a village called Norris. Now, it's the Nortown neighborhood of Detroit, and they're looking to take Philetus's old house and fix it up into something good for the community.

It's an interesting story in a corner of town that doesn't get a ton of headlines. Here's a link to the event Saturday afternoon and early evening if you want to go. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Norris House restoration.


Ford is now covering repair costs on clutches for 560,000 Focus and Fiesta vehicles.

Soft serve shop Huddle is open downtown.

Ilitch property up in Farmington Hills will become the headquarters for Mercedes Benz Financial

and Royal Oak has a new interim city manager. 

Aug 14, 2019
Michigan, Field Test For Mass Deportations

The eyes of the nation have been on Metro Detroit, as this is where Chaldean Christian Jimmy Al-Daoud was picked up for deportation to Iraq.

The 41 year old Oakland County man came to the United States legally as a baby, and as an adult, dealt with health issues like diabetes and schizophrenia.

He also had numerous problems with the law, which got him the attention of the Federal Government.

A couple months after his deportation, Jimmy died in the city of Najaf.

But the story goes deeper, and beyond Mr. Al-Daoud.

Although all the media attention is on the Mexican border and talk of the wall, it is Michigan that has been the incubator for the U.S. government’s recent policies and practices on deportation.

And the first group to deal with mass roundups was the Chaldean community, mostly in suburban Oakland and Macomb County.

So joining us is Clarence Dass. He’s a lawyer who personally dealt with more than 25 of these kinds of cases.

We have an interesting conversation on something that is dividing the nation, immigration. With a very local angle.

Aug 13, 2019
How To Help Detroit's Public Schools With The DPS Foundation's Pamela Moore

Our public school system in Detroit has a lot of needs. Not just for the district itself, but as a lot of families don’t have money, a lot of programs that kids in the suburbs just do? Well, they don’t in Detroit.

Like travel and fees to robotics competitions, for instance. Often in the suburbs, parents pick that up. In Detroit, often, the families don’t have the money.

Here’s some context. The median household income in the city of Detroit is less than $30,000 a year. Statewide, it’s nearly $55,000. It’s not just about what the district itself gets per student in state funding, but the impact of poverty on families and educational outcomes.

Mix that with all of the other challenges big city districts have here in Detroit and around the country and there’s a lot to deal with.

So my conversation today is with Pamela Moore.

She’s the president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, a non-profit that works to raise money and give grants to the Detroit Public Schools Community District and non-profit organizations that provide programming to Detroit students.

Link to DPS Foundation: http://www.dpsfdn.org

Also on the show:

I-75 is gonna be a hot mess

Detroit’s DDOT might be getting a new bus line (26 – Junction)

The Gold Dollar is no more

Popular noodle shop Ima is adding another location (First reported Freep)

And a sheep was recorded on Detroit’s east side. Yes, a sheep. Video, where he calls it a Llama: https://www.facebook.com/wxyzdetroit/videos/953151331704115/

Aug 12, 2019
7 Things To Know Around Detroit

On today's show for August 9th, 2019:

Up in Royal Oak, there may be a new plan for the site of long-time Italian restaurant that recently closed.

A local brewing magazine, MIBREW, is ceasing publication after a controversial photo spread.

Electric buses are coming to DDOT and SMART.

Detroit bike share service MoGo is getting E-Bikes.

A Pokemon-themed bar is coming to town.

Shianne talks about her trip to the Lobster Pound up in Birmingham.

And Jer and Sven Gustafson try the newly released Stroh’s Detroit Lager before it hits stores. 

Aug 09, 2019
The Next Chapter For Marygrove Plus 6 Things To Know Around Detroit

On today's show:

Wahlburgers opens in Royal Oak, Jeff Goldblum descends upon Detroit on a bicycle, Jack White is re-releasing some great stuff, there's a cat film festival coming and Arts Beats and Eats releases their lineup.

Also: Sister Mary Jane Herb stopped by the studio to talk about the future of the Marygrove campus after the closure of the college later this year. The plans are big and funded.

Fletcher Sharpe and Sven break down what's happening in the land of Detroit City FC ahead of their extra season and the possibility they will change leagues.

Thanks for listening to your Daily Detroit! Be sure to tell a friend about the show. 

Aug 08, 2019
A Beer Battle Is Brewing In Michigan

There’s a beer battle brewing in Michigan.

Our guest on the show is Dayne Barscht, Managing Director of Eastern Market Brewing to talk about it.

They’re leading a petition drive to change state law to make it easier for small breweries in Michigan to self-distribute their beer, without having to go through a distributor.

Also, Riopelle Street in Eastern Market is getting redone as a part-time pedestrian street that will be shut down during the evenings to create a space between EMBC and Detroit Distillery to enjoy.

Additionally on today’s show…

We highlight election results from around town, including oft-criticized Warren Mayor Jim Fouts coasting to victory in his primary.

Townhomes in Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood are going for $620,000 each. As part of the deal, developers have also rehabbed the home of an existing resident. They’re calling it ‘reverse gentrification.’ It made us scratch our heads and we’ll talk about it. 

The giant tower being built on the old Hudson’s may get downsized.

Kroger is hiring and Pizza Hut is closing some stores

And finally, we’ll tell you about Pups in the Plaza.

Aug 07, 2019
An Update On Detroit's Largest Tree Farm With R.J. King

Today on the show, it's Jer's birthday!

dBusiness Editor and Publisher R.J. King joins us at the Podcast Detroit studio to talk about Hantz Woodlands. Created with a lot of controversy during Detroit's bankruptcy, the operation has, well, grown. RJ talks about his cover piece for the July/August issue of dBusiness on newsstands now.


Dan Gilbert is sounding alive and recovering from a stroke.

Pizza-shaped windows are finally going into the Little Caesars HQ

And StockX lost 6.8 million records to hackers and wasn't exactly up front about it. 

Thanks for listening to your Daily Detroit. Be sure to tell a friend about the show. 

Aug 06, 2019
L. Brooks Patterson Was A Complicated Man Who Reflected A Conflicted Region

L. Brooks Patterson, who died Saturday at age 80 at his home in Independence Township, was one of the Detroit area’s most consequential and controversial figures in local politics.

To some, he represents the ascendancy of an economic powerhouse, in Oakland County, and the very pinnacle of good governance and fiscal stewardship. But he’s also a key player in the region’s ugly racial divides, through his bitter rivalry with former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young and his history as an attorney fighting bussing and school integration in the 1970s.

Patterson was diagnosed earlier this year with pancreatic cancer, and while there were plenty of signs that the modern era was starting to pass him by, there is no denying that he left a major mark on the regional — and on regional politics.

On today’s show, I go back in time to when I was covering politics in the mid-aughts for The Oakland Press.

We hear from state Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, who worked with Patterson when he served on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. And I speak with the guy whose desk was across the divider wall from mine, Steve Huber. He covered Patterson for the OP starting when he was still the county prosecutor, then later transitioned to a job in communications in Patterson’s office.

Then Jer and I share our own thoughts about Patterson’s complicated legacy.

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Aug 05, 2019
The Past And Present Of Capitol Park, Downtown Detroit's Transformation Poster Child

Detroit's Capitol Park has a long, storied history. And it's seen a lot of transformation the last five years.

It also has a special place in my heart as it's a place I traveled often as a kid. My first Hot Wheels set was bought in a store where Prime and Proper is now. My McDonalds? As a kid, it'd be the one that was at State and Shelby streets when my dad went and painted offices. 

On today's show, we dive in on the history with HistoricDetroit.org's Dan Austin.

We take a tour of the recently renovated Farwell Building. It had sat basically abandoned since 1984.

We talk to Capitol Cafe operator and Eatori owner Zack Yatim about his new spot.

And with Brian Rebain of Kraemer Design Group.

Aug 03, 2019
What Issues Will Resonate With Michigan Voters? With Matt Grossmann

Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and the rest of the CNN teevee crew have packed up their new Shinola gifts and “Detroit Vs. Everybody” T-shirts now that the Democratic presidential candidate debates are over.

Aside from the economic bumps for the Book Cadillac, Detroit Water Ice and no doubt many swanky downtown eateries, did Detroit learn anything from any of the 20 candidates hoping to end Donald Trump’s presidency after one term? Do we know anything more about how the Democratic field will shake out?

We talk about that and what issues are likely to resonate among Michigan voters with Matt Grossmann, director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University.

What does he think about the Democratic Party’s epic struggle between progressives and moderates? Plus, Jer and I offer our own thoughts on a crowded debate stage.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Aug 01, 2019
Who Won Day 1 Of The Democratic Debates In Detroit? It Isn't Who You Might Think

This week on Daily Detroit, we’re dusting off our politics hats. The Democratic presidential debates are in town at the Fox Theater, after all, and Round 1 took place last night, with the second debate planned for Wednesday evening.

Tuesday night’s debate featured front-runners and progressive-wing standard-bearers Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, plus South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. And they showed well.

But Jer and I argue that former Grosse Pointe resident and self-help author Marianne Williamson arguably advanced her cause the most of any candidate on stage.

Williamson, who recently penned a column for CNN discussing the school inequality she witnessed as a Pointer, used her limited air time to talk about issues like the Flint water crisis and even the hot-button issue of reparations, which she supports. Could last night’s debate be Williamson’s golden escalator moment?

Also, I speak with former Democratic state Rep. Marie Donigan of Royal Oak for her take on the debate.

Who strengthened their argument to win the party’s nomination? Who tanked? What messages should Dems hammer to win Michigan? And is a progressive, left-wing message or a more moderate position the way to go to win back the state from Donald Trump and the GOP in 2020?

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Jul 31, 2019
Q From The Impractical Jokers Plus Stories Around Detroit

On today’s Daily Detroit podcast:

Brian “Q” Quinn from the TruTV show Impractical Jokers will join us on the line. He’s one of four that make up the comedy troupe The Tenderloins.

They’re coming to DTE Energy Music Theatre on August 9th. [Tickets here]

A schedule change puts the Rocket Mortgage Classic and Grand Prix on the same weekend.

A new incentive district is coming to the Livernois-McNichols area in Detroit to spur commercial development.

Royal Oak is looking for a city manager [Royal Oak Tribune]

And some local breweries win medals at the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship [Complete list of winners]

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Jul 30, 2019
Peso, Bowlero, And Is There A Detroit Restaurant Bubble?

On today’s show we touch on:

Jul 29, 2019
Sheefy McFly Discusses A New Mural He’s Unveiling At Mo Pop

Happy Friday. On today’s show, Jer speaks with Detroit muralist Sheefy McFly — he’s the one who was arrested while doing a city-commissioned mural on a Detroit viaduct. He’s got a new mural that will be unveiled this weekend at the Mo Pop music festival on Detroit’s riverfront.

We also run down a few news stories from the past week:

  • New affordable housing units are being planned in North Corktown aimed at “middle-income” residents. [Crain’s]
  • A shooting at a west-side gas station over stolen potato chips has sparked protests urging residents to support black-owned businesses. [Warrendale Blog]
  • Raccoons are terrorizing a neighborhood near Rouge Park! [WXYZ]
  • And Wine Spectator spotlights dozens of Detroit-area restaurants for their wine lists as part of its 2019 Restaurant Awards.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Jul 26, 2019
A First Look At Elevated Neighborhood Pizza Joint The Bricks

Today we take a trip to the near eastside suburb of Grosse Pointe park. There’s a new pizza joint out that way called “The Bricks.” Me, Randy Walker and Shianne Nocerini checked out a preview of this elevated neighborhood spot and had plenty of thoughts. Do they get three thumbs up to give it a shot when they open in August? 

Jul 25, 2019
Thieves Aren't Stopping Recovery Park From Serving Detroit

Recovery Park works to re-build on vacant land, create jobs and help to revitalize a historic Detroit neighborhood.

Unfortunately, they recently went through three thefts at their location on the east side of Detroit. But the community is rallying, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to check in on an organization doing important work – from farming to helping returning citizens get jobs – in Detroit.

My guest is Anna Kohn, the Chief Impact Officer of Recovery Park. We talk about their GoFundMe, a link to that is here.


The Oakland County Executive says it’s time for raises for 825 non-union employees to keep talent working for the county.

Detroit City FC’s pro league has a new name for their cup and a new schedule. [Detroit City FC]

And Vernor’s is honoring more Michigan lighthouses on their cans. Find them all here.

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Jul 24, 2019
Take A Silent Hike On The Detroit Riverfront

On the show today….

On August 6, 2019 there’s going to be a neat event on the Detroit riverfront. It’s called the “Silent Hike.”

It’s an audiovisual experience with music, narration and nature. Our guest on the show today to talk about it is creator Murray Hildary.

Also on the show:

Spirit Plaza in downtown Detroit is going to become a permanent thing, thanks to a 5-4 Detroit City Council vote that reverses a previous decision. After the news, Jer gets into why he thinks the plaza and walkable spaces downtown are good ideas.

The legendary Gold Dollar burned Tuesday night, where the White Stripes got their start. It’s being investigated as arson.

Kid Rock is selling his Detroit riverfront home.

And free ice cream tomorrow (Wednesday) for Detroit’s birthday! Be sure to catch the Hudsonville crew in Campus Martius from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Jul 23, 2019
Diving In On Ford Problems With The Freep, DCFC Makes Early Playoff Exit

Today’s show is a two-fer. First, we speak with Randy Essex of the Detroit Free Press. He tells us all about the paper’s investigation into how Ford Motor Company tried to hide defective transmissions in older models of the Focus and Fiesta small cars. The problems have led to many injuries and lawsuits.

Then we catch up with soccer correspondent Fletcher Sharpe after Detroit City FC crashed out of the NPSL playoffs Sunday against Cleveland.

Jul 22, 2019
A Conversation With Retiring Detroit Radio Extraordinaire Cynthia Canty

Cynthia Canty is a veteran broadcaster who hosts the news, policy and culture program Stateside on Michigan Radio, a NPR affiliate that broadcasts in the Detroit area at 91.7 on the FM dial.

She’s been on air a variety of places in Detroit. She spent years as part of Jim Harper’s legendary morning show, following him across the FM dial. Canty also was on television at WKBD-TV.

She recently announced plans to retire at the end of the year after four decades in broadcast news in Southeast Michigan.

On today’s show, me and Sven talk with Canty all about her career, how radio has changed over the years — and her thoughts on why so many people have so little trust in the news media.

Hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did. 

Jul 19, 2019
The Ilitches Own Even More Vacant Property Than We Realized — Plus Food, Fun & Detroit City FC Playoff Action

There’s been a ton of scrutiny, including from this podcast, about the Ilitch family’s failure to follow through on its promises to develop the District Detroit. Now, The Detroit News reportsthat the Ilitches also own 44 vacant lots and eight empty buildings surrounding the MotorCity Casino Hotel complex, where the family now hopes to build a seven-story parking structure.

But ya know, yours truly has been doing some thinking about the whole District Detroit thing, and I may have actually found a silver lining, which I discuss in this episode.

Elsewhere, we round up some recent food and fun news:

  • The New York Times name-dropped two Detroit chefs among its list of 16 Black Chefs Changing Food in America. And here’s our friend Melody Baetens’ writeup on the same at the News.
  • Syd Gold’s Request Room opens Friday.
  • Taqueria Mi Puebla is expanding to Macomb County.
  • The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will hold a pop-up old-school video game arcade on Tuesday, coinciding with the performance of “Video Games Live.”

Last but certainly not least, soccer correspondent Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk about Detroit City FC’s NPSL Midwest Region semifinal match Friday against Minneapolis City SC, plus some weird shenanigans elsewhere in the Midwest Region.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Jul 18, 2019
Detroit's Avenue Of Fashion Is In Danger With Jonathan Merritt

We previously told you about a project that would overhaul the Livernois streetscape, north of 6 Mile (McNichols) to 8 Mile. But it seems that things, at least for local businesses, aren’t going so well.

Jonathan Merritt joins me on the show today to talk about what’s happening on the Avenue of Fashion. He says the project — though he’s excited about what it will bring — is putting many of the businesses in danger of closing, including his own, Narrow Way Cafe.

Narrow Way opened in 2017 and has quickly become a neighborhood anchor.

Beyond the immediate things happening on the Avenue, I took the time to talk to Merritt about being of service in the community and what that looks like. After all, he has a unique perch of the city and region as a Pastor at Straight Gate International Church, an entrepreneur, and now an author.

His new book is “Step Out: Leave Your Impact On The World.”

Jul 17, 2019
Detroit's The Most Stressed City In The US, Glassblowing Festival Is Coming And More

On today's show, Jer talks with Jill Gonzalez an analyst from WalletHub about Detroit being the most stressed city in the United States.

Then, Sven talks with Drew Kups from the Michigan Glass Project about the upcoming glass show at the Russell Industrial Center this weekend.

Also, here's a pair of quick stories around town.

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Jul 16, 2019
An Update On Michigan's Emerging Recreational Marijuana Economy

Today we’re talking about Michigan’s emerging recreational marijuana economy with Roberta King.

She’s the founder and owner of Canna Communication, a communications firm focused on the cannabis sector.

Plus, we bring you up to speed on:

  • The start of UAW negotiations
  • The Regional Transit Authority (2045 priorities map is here)
  • The city of Detroit has partnered with 3 universities to get its own economic data
  • And upcoming Detroit City FC playoff matches.
Jul 15, 2019
Republicans Want To Borrow Teacher Pension Money To Fix Roads, And Detroit's East Side Is Under Water

Happy Friday, friends! On today’s show, we run down the new proposal by Lansing Republicans to fix the damn roads in Michigan. They want to borrow $10 billion against teacher pensions. What could go wrong?

Also, Jer tells us about his recent visit to the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. Specifically, the flooded streets east of Jefferson, where canals that cut through the neighborhood from the Detroit River have topped their banks.

Lastly, what’s up with White Claw? Sales of the so-called “hard seltzer” — which tastes to me like a LaCroix mixed with vodka, blech — have surpassed those of all other craft beers save for Blue Moon. We discuss.

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Jul 12, 2019
One Year In At The Detroit Shipping Company

The Detroit Shipping Company is a recent success on Peterboro, just west of Cass.

The "shipping company" part, if you didn’t know, doesn’t refer to logistics and freight but to the 21 shipping containers that make up the two-story building.

It’s about 10,000 square feet of food and beer hall, having a variety of culinary outposts and a couple of bars in a blended indoor/outdoor space. Reports last year said it cost about $3 million dollars to build.

And before we go any farther, cards on table. We kind of have front row seats. As long time listeners of the podcast probably know that we often record at the Podcast Detroit studios within the complex. 

The Detroit Shipping Company has now been open a year, so I figured it’s a good time to take the temperature and talk to their Events General Manager Julie Sailus about the story of the place, what they’ve learned, what they’d really like to see in the neighborhood and how they’re celebrating a year in business.

DSC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DetroitShippingCompany/

Jul 11, 2019
9 Things To Know Around Detroit Plus Bread, Duck and Dumplings

We run down your headlines plus Randy Walker joins us to talk about Duck in Novi, Bread at Kroger and Dumplings downtown. 

Jul 10, 2019
On Storytelling With Kevin Allison of RISK!

The RISK! Podcast lives in a unique place in the podcasting world. If you’re not familiar, the show is a series of short stories by the known and unknown that are true and boldly told.

What does that mean? It means the topics are very real. They’re sometimes heartfelt. Sometimes risqué. And most often, hilarious.

So my guest today is the ring leader of the podcast, comedian Kevin Allison. He has credits in a variety of media, but the for the last decade — along with his talented co-conspirators — he’s been producing RISK!

It has a passionate following and millions of downloads to their credit. It’s often a traveling show and they’re coming here to Metro Detroit on August 15 to Ferndale’s Magic Bag.

We chat about storytelling and podcasting, including how to develop the good stories that are already inside of you. Enjoy.

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Jul 09, 2019
Another District Detroit Development Deadline Missed Plus 7 Stories Around Town

Welcome back from the holiday weekend, comrades. Today’s show is Episode 300 of your Daily Detroit, and for that we thank you, our listeners. We also dive into two pieces of Ilitch-related news:

  • First, that Olympia Development has missed a deadline to submit a development proposal for a parcel on Woodward between the Little Caesars Arena and I-75. After already receiving a one-year extension. [Crain’s]
  • Secondly, that Chris Ilitch signed Tigers GM Al Avila to a “multi-year” contract extension, because the Tigers rebuild is never-ending going great!

Other things you’ll hear on No. 300:

  • Soccer correspondent Fletcher Sharpe joins us to recap Detroit City FC’s big weekend, in which it clinched the conference championship and a spot in the NPSL playoffs.
  • Stevie Wonder is getting a kidney transplant.
  • Ann Arbor could get a new 19-story high-rise behind the Michigan Theater. [MLive]
  • Lobster Week is a thing, and it’s happening at two Detroit-area eateries.
  • Two Guys From Italy pizzeria is closing in Hazel Park.
  • The newly reopened Belle Isle conservatory is extending its summer hours.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Jul 08, 2019
Downtown Detroit Gets A Moet Champagne Vending Machine

Welcome to the final podcast before Independence Day!

Here’s what we cover around town:

Sven and Jer ruminate on the legacy of Lee Iacocca, who died at the age of 94. [NY Times]

The state of Michigan has issued new emergency rules outlining requirements for new marijuana businesses now that voters have legalized recreational weed. The rules are meant to help local municipalities and prospective business owners decide whether they want to participate in the new industry.

Plum Market is opening in downtown Detroit. Randy sent us details. It has groceries. A grab and go bar. And a Moet champagne vending machine.

Detroit Eatz is opening in downtown Farmington. With a drive thru deli counter. And yes, it’s another business that ends their name with a Z. [Crains]

And, Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk about the red-hot Detroit City FC.

Jul 03, 2019
How To Make The Bus Sexy

Can the bus be the “in” thing as far as getting around town? Tastes are changing around the country and here in Detroit. Many younger adults don’t feel the same attachment to the car as previous generations.

Today our conversation is with Sarosh Irani. He was recently featured in the national publication Streetsblog for his research at Wayne State University to improve Detroit’s bus system.

For instance, just by moving the shelters to where people actually need them — not building new ones — 8x more people could have access to bus shelters.

And weather in Detroit? As you know, it can be a real thing to deal with.

Also on the show:

Chicago-style pizza joint Giordano’s downtown Detroit outpost closes without fanfare. We have feelings. 

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is getting some big upgrades, including a kayak launch.

And, sadly, Cutie Pie the goat has passed on. Cutie Pie and his owner Erick Brown have been spotted numerous times around Detroit. Fortunately, Brown still has Deer, a second therapy goat. If you’re unfamiliar with Erick and his therapy goats, try this video.

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Jul 02, 2019
Can Detroit’s Revival Continue Even If The Population Keeps Dropping?

New Census estimates are out that show Detroit lost 1,526 residents between 2017 and 2018 to 672,622, yet the city’s tax revenues are up, thanks mostly to more people working in the city and paying the city income tax.

So we ask: Can Detroit’s recovery continue even if population losses continue? Mayor Mike Duggan has famously said he should ultimately be judged by whether the city can stem its long-running population loss and grow again.

Elsewhere, we talk about that viral video of the blockade of the Lodge Freeway Friday in Detroit so a bunch of people driving Dodge Charger Hellcats could do donuts and burn rubber. Because Detroit is a weird place.


  • Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar says he’s moving to Detroit and may run for public office.
  • A new auto show aims to fill the void left by the North American International Auto Show’s move to June. It’ll be held in Novi in January.
  • Condada Tacos is coming to Royal Oak.
  • Three Detroit-area pizzerias rank among the top 50 in North America.

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Jul 01, 2019
Momo Cha, Rooftops And More: Your Detroit Food And Bar Roundtable

It's the weekend in summer! So we thought with the heat and sun we'd do a rundown of what's hot, what's not, what's new and what's closing around Detroit's bar and restaurant scene.

Joining Sven Gustafson is our regular man about town, Devon O'Reilly. Also in studio is Randy Walker and of course Jer. 

We cover:

Tasting the new Momo Cha in the Detroit Shipping Company

Capper and Capper pops up in the David Whitney

Pao opens in Grand Circus Park

Delmar, the new rooftop bar coming to the roof of an old bakery called Delmar in Greektown

Is Greektown de-Greekified?

Fort Street Galley Stumbles, and what it really takes to make it in downtown Detroit

The inappropriate use of the letter "Z" in marketing

Izakaya Katsu closing after just six months. Was Detroit ready? 

The excellence that is Frame in Hazel Park

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Jun 28, 2019
Taste Test: Norden Aquavit Is Detroit's Newest And Only Scandinavian Spirit

Aquavit is a caraway-flavored spirit long popular in Scandinavia, where it originated (aquavit literally translates to “water of life”). Yet it’s never exactly been a liquor of choice here in the states.

But here comes Norden Aquavit, a nearly year-old brand distilled right here in Detroit by longtime bartender and Berkeley, California native Robyn Cleveland.

I met Cleveland last weekend at a midsommar Swedish dinner at Frame in Hazel Park put on by chef Jill Vedaa, of Salt in Cleveland, no less. It featured four different cocktails made with Norden Aquavit.

Today, Cleveland dropped by the studio with a bottle of Norden to sample and to discuss the company and his work launching a startup aquavit brand from Detroit. Norden Aquavit drinks like a very smooth, non-juniper-y gin, with notes of caraway, of course, but also the sweetness of dill and a licorice/anise finish. We drank it neat — traditionally it’s enjoyed slightly chilled — but it was subtle and not hot. And yes, we discuss recipes.

Jun 27, 2019
Wayne County Has A $3 Billion Road Funding Gap

We all want the roads in Michigan fixed. But the price? And paying more for it? That’s been a topic of hot debate among politicians and online commenters since Governor Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her plan to raise the gas tax by 45 cents a gallon to raise about $2.5 billion for the roads.

But actually “Fixing the Damn Roads” is harder than a catchphrase. There’s a real problem on the ground, with large populations, high traffic volumes and aging infrastructure. The bill is adding up, and getting bigger the longer we don’t do anything.

So to dive in on a very local level – specifically Wayne County, Michigan’s most populous county – we’re joined by Deputy Wayne County Executive Khalil Rahal and Director of Public Services Beverly Watts.

We talk about previous road funding “fixes,” where technology really is at to fix roads, where Michigan really stands per capita on funding our roads and some of the restraints Michigan law puts on local cities and counties for raising money for their roads. It’s an interesting discussion.

Then, we run down a few quick stories around town.

  • Detroit is the fastest-growing in the nation for walkable places, but still, only 10 percent of the city fits that bill.
  • A Detroit-based Unicorn startup, StockX, has a new round of funding and new CEO.
  • And the old Motorama Motel in Ferndale is going to see new life.

Thanks for listening to the Daily Detroit podcast! 

Jun 26, 2019
Why This Startup Company Chose To Stay, Grow, And Hire In Detroit

What does it take to make a startup work in Detroit? Our conversation today is with Andrew Landau.

His Detroit-based e-commerce company, Jewel, was recently purchased by banking giant Capital One.

They’re going to stay, grow and hire in Detroit, even after the acquisition. We also talk about why he’s choosing the Motor City, and what tips he has for other entrepreneurs.

Oh, and they’re hiring.

Also on the show:

A wealthy suburban school district votes to close two schools amid racial tension.

There’s new life for the site of the old Hazel Park Race Track.

The cold truth is that Cold Truth, a popular soft-serve joint in Eastern Market, is temporarily closing. Also, The Villages Biergarten may be no more.

However, one of Detroit’s notorious dive bars, with a history they say is connected to the infamous Purple Gang, may be reopening this fall. 

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Jun 25, 2019
Detroit's Transit Center Gets Swarmed By Bees

Over the weekend, an interesting thing happened. Detroit's Rosa Parks Transit Center got swarmed by bees.

A very alert Twitter user shared the story.


This set in motion a rescue of the bees from Detroit Hives.

The Detroit-based nonprofit not only advocates and takes of bees in the area, but educates people on the benefits of bees. Whether it's health benefits, or like in the food desert that is parts of the city, that natural honey can be one of many benefits of bees.

Our guests for the show are Timothy Paule Jackson and Nicole Lindsay who stop by to talk about what happened at the Transit Center, how bees can benefit Detroit and how you can support bees.


Muralist and graffiti artist Sheefy McFly was arrested by Detroit Police last week for vandalism while working on a mural commissioned by the city of Detroit.

The Palace of Auburn Hills is meeting the wrecking ball.

And Ferndale is installing a new rainbow sidewalk.

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Jun 24, 2019
New Book Tells Revealing Stories Of Riding With The Detroit Police

Over the last fifteen years, Michael Matthews rode along with officers of the Detroit Police Department. He had unrestricted access to the day to day life of the Motor City’s men in blue.

His new book, “American Ruin: Life And Death On The Streets Of Detroit – America’s Deadliest City” dives into what’s happening in a variety of neighborhoods, with first-hand accounts from his own eyes and on-the-job Detroit cops.

In that time, Matthews – a former London cop and Scotland Yard officer himself – has come to see two Detroits.

One that’s shiny, new and resurgent. New buildings. new residents. One of promise and progress.

And another where children are literally huddled in a house with no water, no heat, no furniture — and a pair of guns.

The truth is that in Detroit, both stories exist. Side by side. Sometimes just one block from each other.

Today’s episode of the Daily Detroit podcast is a conversation between our Sven Gustafson and Michael Matthews. You’ll find that below.

We also have a short excerpt of the book as a downloadable PDF. Please note, it contains a highly offensive slur used in a direct quotation. Download the PDF here.

If you’re interested, you can buy “American Ruin – Detroit: America’s Deadliest City” online here.

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Jun 21, 2019
$250k Competition Launches For Ideas To Solve Detroit's Mobility Problems

Ford — as part of the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) negotiated as part of the $740 million Michigan Central Station/Corktown project — launched a City:One in Detroit.

It’s a competition for ideas to make it easier for Detroiters to get around. Sven went to Corktown to get all the details and we talk about what’s happening on the show. 

If you want to enter, go here.

Also – Billionaire investor and Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has moved from Beaumont Hospital to an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

And the Detroit Zoo is temporarily closing the recently built Polk Penguin Conservation Center from September through June of 2020 to fix waterproofing issues that they’re saying are due to the contractor. The $31 million building only opened in April of 2016.

Jun 20, 2019
Detroit City FC is 7 Games Unbeaten, New Ford Info Center In Corktown Opens

On today’s episode, we check in with soccer journalist and The Outer Drive podcast co-host Fletcher Sharpe, who covers Detroit City FC. With five games remaining in the NPSL regular season, Le Rouge are now unbeaten in seven games and have held opponents scoreless in each of those matches.

But City has also notched scoreless draws during that stretch with their top divisional rivals in the NPSL Great Lakes Conference — AFC Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids FC. Le Rouge will have rematches with both teams during their final five games, and as Sharpe says, not all three teams are likely to make the NPSL playoffs.

What else do we cover on the show, you ask?

  • Federal officials are reviewing the Motor City Match program, which is meant to encourage small business entrepreneurship in the city, over its record-keeping and spending. [Detroit News]
  • Jer talks to us about Ford’s new information and community center as part of Michigan Center, the company’s new name for its big investment in Corktown.
  • Buddy’s Pizza is giving out $7.30 discounts in celebration of its 73rd year in business.
  • And in more soccer news, soccer superstar Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona will highlight a friendly match Aug. 10 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. They’ll play Italian side Napoli in the inaugural La Liga-Serie A Cup.

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Jun 19, 2019
6 Things To Know Around Detroit

On today's show for June 18, 2019:

- The City of Detroit is one of 10 American cities to join a new national program to figure out how to help residents make more money and improve their economic status. 

- You’ve heard of Hell, Michigan, right? it’s an unincorporated town near Pinckney in Livingston County. It’s famous for its road signs, a tavern and stores selling souvenirs branded with the community’s name. Now, a California YouTuber has purchased the whole five-acre commercial property and officially renamed it “Gay Hell” in protest of the Trump Administration.

- The Conservatory on Belle Isle is opening nearly a month ahead of schedule.

- A 2,500 Square Foot Premier Pet Supply is coming to the City Club Apartments near Grand Circus Park. And yes, it'll have a DIY dog wash station. We discuss.

- A Grand Opening date has been set for the new Brooks Brewing in Ferndale. It'll be June 26th, and we talk about their unique approach to pricing their brews.

- And finally, there's the 6th Annual Art of the Cocktail competition in downtown Ferndale on Thursday. More: http://www.downtownferndale.com/art-of-the-cocktail/

Jun 18, 2019
Detroit-Area Renters Are Eager To Leave. Even For Cleveland

Cleveland. It’s a city that is often compared to Detroit, and not always for their positive attributes. And nothing against our Rust Belt cousin, but it turns out it’s one of the prime destinations for renters around metro Detroit who are looking to get out of town. And apparently there are a lot of people in that category.

A new “Renter Migration Report” from Apartment List says the Detroit area is No. 2 among the 25 largest metro areas for the share of renters who are searching for apartments in other regions, at 49.6%.

Conversely, just 21.9% of searches for rental units in the Detroit area come from outside the region, good for dead last. In addition to Cleveland, the top cities where Detroit-area renters are looking for rentals are Cincinnati and Grand Rapids.

“Detroit has suffered from a decades-long population loss, and although this loss has slowed in recent years, the area has yet to cement a full revival,” the report concludes. You can read it here.

Remember, this is the whole region — there are hot areas like downtown Detroit where they can’t seem to build units fast enough to meet demand. And Ferndale’s rents are rising.

So yeah, we’re coming up short against Cleveland, for God’s sake. Here’s what else we’re discussing today:

  • There’s a penthouse loft apartment in Midtown Detroit listing for more than $1.4 million. Woah. [Freep]
  • Drunk people are apparently stumbling out of bars in Royal Oak and into homes where they don’t live, and city officials are on the case. [Daily Tribune]
  • The metal panels are coming off the exterior of Joe Louis Arena as part of ongoing demolition work. [Detroit News]

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Jun 17, 2019
Mortgages Are On The Rise In Detroit, But They’re Increasingly Going To White People As Black People Buy In The Burbs

Bridge Magazine has a fascinating new story out that finds that while mortgage activity in Detroit is steadily increasing after bottoming out during the Great Recession, the recovery isn’t mirroring Detroit’s population demographics. What’s more, there are still vast tracts of the city where mortgage activity is virtually nonexistent.

Despite making up just 10% of the city’s overall population, white people got almost half of all mortgages in Detroit in 2017, while black people, who comprise 80% of all Detroit residents, got 48% of all home loans. By comparison, black homeowners got three-quarters of all mortgages in the city in 2007.

Interestingly, the data show that black people are getting mortgages, just not in the city. They’re increasingly moving to suburbs like Southfield, Farmington, Warren and Eastpointe.

On today’s show, we speak with Mike Wilkinson, the Bridge Magazine reporter who wrote the story. We go deep on what the data tells us about what’s driving the trend, how some black people appear to be giving up on Detroit and whether the trend of rising numbers of white homeowners is sustainable, given the city’s many endemic problems.

It’s a fascinating story with lots of different narratives to untangle, and you should go read it. Then, listen to this episode in the player above.

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Jun 14, 2019
Macomb County May Seek Tax For New Jail Plus 7 Things To Know

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel wants to build a new jail, because the current one is a squalid death trap. On June 19, he plans to ask a special meeting of the county board of commissioners’ Records and Public Safety panel for approval of the $375 million project, plus the OK of ballot language for a tax to pay for the bonds that would pay for it.

It’s not clear how much the tax millage would be or whether this would constitute a tax increase for residents. But for a generally tax-averse county, this one could get problematic, fast.

Oh, and there’s a new attempt to thwart the new Gordie Howe International Bridge, this time via an addition to a state budget bill that would prohibit the state from spending any money to finance its half of construction. You know, even though Canada is reimbursing us 100% of the costs. Will wonders never cease?

Elsewhere, we run down:

  • Security guards in downtown Detroit began a strike today, though it’s unclear how widespread it actually is.
  • The city has broken ground on the Joseph Campau Greenway, a 1.2-mile non-motorized path that will run parallel to the Dequindre Cut.
  • Friday is Flag Day, and the Fisher Building will celebrate by displaying its collection of 60 national flags from way back in 1928, when the building opened. [Facebook]
  • Beyond Juice, the Madison Heights based food retailer, will open its second Detroit location on the ground floor of The Platform.
  • Shinola is selling love locks that you can hang in Parker’s Alley.
  • And there’s a cash flash event planned for a stretch of Grand River Avenue seeing reconstruction on June 26. You can learn more about the event, which aims to support neighborhood businesses in Detroit, at DiscoverDetroitD1.com.

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Jun 13, 2019
Meet The Vice President Of Parking Who Is For More Mass Transit

The Motor City is synonymous with the car. It’s called, after all, the Motor City. But will the next chapter of Detroit be so car-focused? And how will those changes happen?

Today’s episode of Daily Detroit is a conversation with Kevin Bopp, the Vice President of Parking and Mobility for Bedrock. That’s the real estate arm of Dan Gilbert’s family of companies.

Each day, they need to get many thousands of people in and out of their properties, whether they’re employees, tenants, visitors or residents.

Topics include the parking woes of downtown Detroit, public transit, scooters, the new ride sharing program Scoop, and there’s a bold call that the Detroit People Mover will see a renaissance.

One more thing to know before you go.

Marygrove College has announced that it will be closing due to declines in enrollment and large debts. The fall 2019 semester will be the final semester for the 92 year old Catholic college.

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Jun 12, 2019
A Garden By A World-Class Designer Is Coming To Belle Isle

Over on Belle Isle today, boosters broke ground on the Piet Oudolf garden, the unofficial name for the landscape installation planned for 2.5 acres at the Nancy Brown Peace Carillon.

Oudolf is a legendary Dutch garden designer and author who’s perhaps best known for his work on New York City’s High Line, a linear park on a former elevated rail track, and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park. You can watch a PBS NewsHour segment with him below; in it, he talks specifically about the project in Detroit and the city itself.

On today’s episode, we speak with two members of the volunteer organization Oudolf Garden Detroit — Maura and Duncan Campbell. They tell us all about how Oudolf was persuaded to do a commission in Detroit, what’s involved and how backers hope it might lead to some transformational changes to Belle Isle — and the city as a whole.

Installation — that is to say, the planting of the 18,000 plants — kicks off in September, and the organization is still raising money toward its $4.2 million total price tag. If you’re interested in volunteering, making a contribution or just learning more, visit them at oudolfgardendetroit.org.

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Jun 11, 2019
Imaginative Detroit Square Project Would Transform Midtown’s Cultural Center

Midtown Detroit, Inc. and the Detroit Institute of Arts have announced the winner of its DIA Plaza | Midtown Cultural Connections international design competition, first launched in 2017. Detroit Square is a proposal from an international consortium led by Paris-based Agence Ter and including Detroit-based Akoaki, rootoftwo, and Harley Etienne.

The proposal reimagines the 83-acre Cultural Center in Midtown and its 12 educational and cultural institutions, highlighted by the DIA, the Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Michigan Science Center and several others.

It includes major new green spaces, a winding greenway connecting the 12 institutions, cafes, art installations, performance spaces and two plaza areas that could serve as public event spaces and warrant the temporary closure of Woodward to vehicles. There’s also a big focus on adding public Wi-Fi and 5G cellular connections throughout the site.

In addition to talking about that on today’s show, we cover:

  • Royal Oak has had enough of your Woodward cruise shenanigans, and police there are adopting a zero-tolerance policy toward speeding, illegal parking and littering.
  • Google is investing $17 in expansions in Detroit and Ann Arbor.
  • The Special Inspector General For the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or SIGTARP, will audit demolitions in Detroit and other Michigan cities to monitor against the spread of contaminated soil.
  • About 100 security guards in downtown Detroit have voted to go on strike.
  • A man listed by police as a suspect in a string of serial killings in Detroit has been charged in an attack after his alleged victim was able to escape. [Detroit News]
  • And I offer a completely ludricrous-but-maybe-not idea for relocating the Grand Prix from Belle Isle: The ring road at Oakland Mall.

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Jun 10, 2019
A New Leaf For Oak Park As A Bikeable, Urbanist Suburb

Oak Park is a diverse inner-ring suburb of more than 29,000 people nestled between Ferndale, Detroit, Berkley and Southfield.

It’s in a great location, minutes from a variety of job centers.

It’s seeing a lot more action as nearby cities like Ferndale grow (yes, there are lofts going for $5,000 a month in downtown Ferndale now and housing prices are racing up). And the added cost of living in nearby Detroit is burdensome for many families.

Recent changes — including allowing restaurants to serve alcohol — are making Oak Park more of a draw. Sure, MoGo bike sharing is coming to the community this summer. But the last few years there has been a greater focus on walkable spaces and a city manager that clearly believes that a well-designed and thoughtful built environment, mixed with solid city services, can make for a better life for residents.

In short, Oak Park could be the next urbanist suburb you need to watch.

To talk about it, we had City Manager Erik Tungate in the studio. The conversation with Sven Gustafson hit a variety of topics, including:

  • A status update on the restaurant project in the old WWJ transmitter building on 8 Mile
  • MoGo bike sharing coming to Oak Park with five stations
  • How something as simple as sunflowers can make a big difference
  • New developments, including a Gastropub and an autonomous mobility company
  • How to be a family-friendly bedroom community that offers amenities and access people want
  • A new welcome bridge over I-696
  • And the role fixed-route mass transit could play in catapulting the region to world-class status

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Jun 09, 2019
Axle Brewing Falls Prey To Daunting Craft Beer Economics, Plus 7 Things To Know

Welcome to a bonus Friday edition of your Daily Detroit.

Today, we discuss the sad news that Axle Brewing will shutter its Livernois Taproom June 30th, barely two years after it first opened.

Dave Phillips, one-half of Podcast Detroit and the IT in the D podcast, and himself a former partner in a failed craft brewery, joins us to discuss how difficult it is to succeed in an uber-competitive sector, where even established brands have to fight for shelf space, and drinkers like me fret about overabundance.

Axle President Dan Riley told the Freep the brand doesn’t have the scale or cost structure to see a “clear path” to turning a profit.


  • Detroit may be dealing with a serial killer after three women believed to be prostitutes were found dead in abandoned homes on the city’s east side. Tipsters are asked to call (313) 596-2260. [Detroit News]
  • There’s an update on Dan Gilbert, nearly two weeks after the billionaire real estate developer suffered a stroke.
  • Detroit’s Public Lighting Authority is starting to replace those malfunctioned LED streetlights while a lawsuit against the company that made them proceeds.
  • Hatch Detroit has doubled its prize to $100,000 for aspiring business startups looking to open brick-and-mortar storefronts in the city.
  • Fresh Wagon, a bus service connecting Detroit neighborhoods to Eastern Market, has shut down.
  • Grosse Pointe Park is getting a new pizza joint called The Bricks.
  • And happy National Doughnut Day! We bring you some truly ridiculous trivia.

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Jun 07, 2019
Fiat Chrysler Scuttles Renault Merger, Mexico Tariffs Loom Large For The Auto Industry

Welcome to a very Motor City-centric edition of your Daily Detroit. Today, we’re running down a pair of big stories from the auto industry, speaking with Kristin Dziczek, vice president of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor.

First up: Fiat Chrysler has withdrawn its $35 billion proposal to merge with French automaker Renault just 10 days after FCA first announced the proposal. It comes after the Renault board on Wednesday failed to reach a decision on the proposal, citing the French government’s request to postpone a vote. The Wall Street Journal also reported that Nissan’s two representatives on the Renault board also objected. 

Renault owns a stake in Nissan as part of a long-running alliance with the Japanese automaker, while the French government owns a 15% stake in Renault.

Fiat Chrysler’s board met Wednesday evening and voted to withdraw its proposal with immediate effect, saying that although it remains convinced of the compelling rationale for the merger, “it has become clear that the political conditions in France do not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully.” 

Secondly, we discuss the news that President Trump may levy 5% tariffs against all goods imported from Mexico starting next week and gradually ramp them up to as high as 25%.

As Dziczek explains, that’s problematic for a host of reasons, since automakers source many components including wire harnesses from Mexico for cars sold in the U.S., and about 15% of cars sold domestically were actually built at factories south of the border. Even for consumers, there’s a good chance that those replacement windshield wipers or brake pads you buy from O’Reilly’s were made in Mexico.

It’s a fascinating conversation. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Jun 06, 2019
Tax Incentives And The Future Industries Of Detroit With DEGC President Kevin Johnson

Are tax incentives as a tool to lure large-scale corporate investment and jobs here to stay? That’s the question at the heart of this interview today with Kevin Johnson, the president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Development Corp.

It’s particularly timely in the midst of Chrysler’s planned $2.5 billion investment to create nearly 5,000 new jobs on Detroit’s east side, where workers will build the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV. The deal has won some $291 million in assorted incentives.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation – or DEGC for short – has been instrumental in development projects in the city since the late 1970s.

Johnson took over as head of the organization about a year ago.

He spent a few years doing economic development in Atlanta, as well as stints at organizations in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina.

He spoke with Jer at the Mackinac Policy Conference last week on Mackinac Island. Here’s that conversation.

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Jun 06, 2019
What To Expect At The 2019 Arts, Beats & Eats Festival

Welcome to an al fresco edition of your Daily Detroit, recorded au natural in a park near downtown Royal Oak. We were there to cover a press event to discuss some of the things in store for Arts, Beats & Eats, which returns for its 22nd edition with a new sponsor Aug. 30-Sept. 2.

We also cover the details of the newest historic building rehab in Detroit. It’s called the Assembly, a mixed-use office and retail building in Corktown with 32 apartments from Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock real estate empire.

Last but not least, we check in with our friend and soccer journalist Fletcher Sharpe to see how Detroit City FC is doing now five games into their NPSL regular season. Le Rouge appear to be shaking off a slow start to the season following three consecutive clean sheets and two straight lopsided wins.

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Jun 04, 2019
Parking Ticket Discounts For City Residents Plus 6 Things To Know Around Detroit

Happy Monday, and welcome to a new week of your Daily Detroit. Today, Jer talks about an eventful past week spent at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, filling us in on some of the things he came away with beyond just the headlines about no-fault auto insurance reform.

Specifically, it’s becoming clear that Detroit’s comeback needs a lot more juice (read: money — and residents) just to come up to par with the competition. He also does the math on the so-called 7.2, the informal name for Detroit’s downtown and adjacent district that have seen most investment lately, and the costs to fix Michigan’s decrepit roads.

Also, an interesting post pushes the idea that the cost $10 a month per Michigan driver on average to raise $1 billion for the roads.

Elswhere, we cover:

  • Could the Regional Transit Authority be revived in a scaled-back version? Its board chairman dropped a hint recently. [Michigan Matters]
  • Mortgages hit a decade high in Detroit in April, but they’re still well below what they should be.
  • The Detroit City Council is considering giving city residents a 50% break on parking violations if paid within five days. [Detroit News]
  • The company behind the megahit online multiplayer video game Fortnite is opening an office in Detroit. No, not to develop new Fortnite dance moves. [Crain’s]
  • The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is resuming nighttime closures starting June 23.

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Jun 04, 2019
The Soul Of Eastern Market With Dan Carmody

Eastern Market is going through a lot of change. Shops are closing or moving. New land owners are moving in. Companies who have been in the market a long time need to expand. And at the center of it all is the Eastern Market Corporation (now the Eastern Market Partnership.

Their CEO, Dan Carmody, saw these changes coming and has a plan. We talk about the changing neighborhood, the future vision, and how he defines the soul and authenticity of Eastern Market they’re looking to protect.

It’s an interview that anyone who cares about the market that’s beloved by Detroiters near and far should give a listen.

Also today from the Mackinac Policy Conference:

Gretchen Whitmer signed into law auto insurance changes. But is it reform, or incremental progress? Detroit will still have the highest car insurance rates in the nation, and Michigan, the second-highest.

And, there’s a $200 million bond proposal coming to pay for eliminating all blight in the city of Detroit by 2024.

Thanks for listening!

May 30, 2019
Everyone Wants To ‘Fix The Damn Roads' But We Don’t Really Want To Pay For It

Just in time for the Mackinac Policy Conference, the Center for Michigan and its Bridge Magazine have a new report out all about Michigan’s abysmal roads. It’s titled Fixing Michigan’s Road Mess: The Unclear Path Ahead.

The report is the result of convening more than 3,200 residents across the state to talk about the state of our roads. It found broad agreement, unsurprisingly, that our roads are in terrible shape. But it found no consensus whatsoever on the issue of how to pay for repairing them — or how much we should spend repairing them.

On this episode, we spoke with Bridge Magazine’s public engagement reporter, Allie Schmidt, about the report and some of its findings.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made “fixing the damn roads” a centerpiece of her successful election campaign last year, and with auto insurance reform edging closer to completion, the issue figures to loom over the Mackinac Policy Conference this week on Mackinac Island.

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May 29, 2019
Your Springtime Detroit Bar And Restaurant Roundup

Spring is here! It’s the time of year where more people start to get out and about.

Because of that, bar and restaurant concepts are starting to get into swing and get some attention.

For today’s episode, our man about town Devon O’Reilly stops by the studio to talk about what’s hot around Detroit.

Whether it’s a new bar on Bagley, a Mexican place named Peso, or winery that uses Detroit-grown grapes called Detroit Vineyards (or a variety of other stops), we get into what’s worth going out to now that there’s some sun and warmth.

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May 25, 2019
Should The Grand Prix Be On Belle Isle? This Group Says No

The Detroit Grand Prix is an annual event that brings nearly a hundred thousand people to the island, national television coverage and some charity dollars through their Grand Prixmere fundraiser.

But there's a group of concerned citizens and park goers who say that the price paid in damage to the park and restricted access is too high.

Today on the show, we talk about this with three members of Belle Isle Concern - Angela Lugo-Thomas, Sandra Novacek and Michael Betzold.

What do you think? Get in touch at dailydetroit -at- gmail.com.

Also in the news:

-Chris Ilitch admitted in interviews that their timelines for the controversial District Detroit were "aggressive." Crains. Detroit News Investigation. Freep.

-Juwan Howard is the new University of Michigan Basketball coach

-And Detroit Tigers legend Willie Horton got a street named after him in his childhood neighborhood

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May 23, 2019
Jefferson Chalmers Gets $5M From Penske, Scoop Comes To Detroit And More

Welcome to the Hump Day edition of your Daily Detroit, in which we run down the news that businessman Roger Penske is pouring $5 million into the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. It’s part of the city’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund.

Jer also has a conversation today with Rob Sadow, the co-founder and head of Scoop Technologies. It’s a carpooling app that connects drivers, riders and designs routes. They’ve teamed up with the Bedrock family of companies to help employees ease their commuting and parking woes. Could carpooling be a thing in Detroit? Pretty interesting question in a region without comprehensive mass transit and long commutes, often to a central downtown.

We also discuss two other bits of news:

  • A Detroit charter school connected to an investment fund run by tennis star Andre Agassi is closing, another example of Michigan’s dysfunctional charter school system [Chalkbeat Detroit]
  • And Detroit could get a whopping 60 new liquor licenses [Crain’s]

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May 22, 2019
Behind The Effort To Save Legendary Detroit Jazz Hot Spot The Blue Bird Inn

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and, more recently, the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe Farms are famed venues for jazz in Detroit. But another venue played a huge role in that scene for decades: the Blue Bird Inn.

Located at 5021 Tireman on the city’s west side, the Blue Bird Inn was a major nexus of Detroit’s swinging post-war, pre-Motown jazz scene, a black-owned business that hosted the likes of Charlie Parker, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane and Miles Davis and playing a role in developing local talent like Yusef Lateef as well.

It’s been closed and abandoned for years. But after being purchased recently by the Detroit Sound Conservancy, it’s poised to make a comeback.

On today’s episode, we speak with DSC founder and director Carleton Gholz all about the past, present and future of the Blue Bird Inn. The nonprofit plans to seek more grant funding to renovate the buiding, with the goal of eventually reopening it as a jazz club and housing its own headquarters there as well.

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May 22, 2019
Could Dan Gilbert Be The One Who Reforms No-Fault Auto Insurance in Michigan?

Welcome to a Car-a-Palooza edition of your Daily Detroit.

Today, we dive into the news that Dan “Dantroit” Gilbert is lining up a petition drive effort to force the issue of reforming Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system.

If successful, it could allow Republican lawmakers, who already have passed essentially the same proposal, to approve it with simple majority votes. Will this ratchet up pressure on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers to cut a deal?

Staying with cars, Ford employees came to work Monday to an email in their inboxes from CEO Jim Hackett outlining plans to whack 7,000 white-collar job cuts by September. And we discuss Michigan Auto Law’s list of the most dangerous intersections for 2018.

We run down some non-cars stories as well:

  • The University of Michigan might open a manufacturing R&D center in Detroit … on the #FailJail site? [Crain’s]
  • Livonia could get Aloft and Element hotels as part of a proposed six-story development. [Hometown Life]
  • Madonna University broke ground on two new buildings over the weekend.
  • Royal Oak is offering free weekend parking in June in its under-utilized parking decks, which are going up as part of the larger Rethink Royal Oak project — hear our previous episode about that here.

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May 21, 2019
Previewing "Detroit: Engine Of America" With Author R.J. King

Detroit’s had a long journey since it was founded as a frontier outpost by the French.

There’s been a lot of books about more recent Detroit history. Think 1900 forward. But not so many that look at the first years of Detroit, ones that were formative to the city we know today.

R.J. King — an award-winning journalist, author and editor of dBusiness — joined me in the studio today to talk about his new book, “Detroit: Engine of America.”

From the description:

As the populace sputtered and grew, they developed the machinery and skilled trades that produced in volume wagons, stagecoaches, steamships, hearths, locomotives, boxcars, furniture, stoves, equipment, marine engines, pharmaceutical drugs, and finally, the horseless carriage. Detroit’s grit and brawn ignited what is the first city in the Midwest, ingenuity and self-sufficiency thrust it on the world stage.

R.J. King

So if you’re into Detroit history and the “how” of Detroit happened and found success, have a listen. If you’re interested in the book, you can pick it up here.

May 16, 2019
This Abandoned House Is Transforming Into A Model Of Affordable Green Sustainability

On today’s episode, we speak with Casper van Alfen and Joanna van der Leun of the Motown Movement.

That’s the organization founded by architecture students from the Netherlands that bought an abandoned home in Detroit for $1,000 and have been fixing it up with the help of local nonprofits and with the goal of making it into a model of accessible and affordable environmental sustainability.

Van Alfen and Van der Leun are students at Delft University of Technology in Delft, which is about halfway between the Dutch cities of The Hague and Rotterdam.

They talk about how sustainability fits with an impoverished city where many residents worry about more fundamental economic issues of survival, what they’ve learned about Detroit since they’ve been here, and some setbacks they’ve suffered along the way.

And yes, the project has even survived an arson fire. Appropriate for something in Detroit where our motto is, “We hope for better things; it shall arise from the ashes.”

It’s an interesting conversation about an interesting project. If you’d like to learn more about the Motown Movement or support it, visit themotownmovement.com.

May 15, 2019
7 Things To Know Around Metro Detroit

Gerrymandering — the practice of drawing state legislative and congressional districts to favor one political party over another — is back in the news. Republican state lawmakers are proposing measures to weaken efforts to overhaul the process by which these maps are drawn.

That’s despite a recent judicial order to design new district maps for 2020 and voters’ approval last fall of Proposal 2, which transfers the process to a redistricting commission. But old habits die hard, as they say. So Jer talks Gerrymandering.

Also on today’s show:

  • The hulking McLouth Steel plant on the Detroit River in Trenton is now a federal Superfund priority site, making it eligible for federal dollars for environmental cleanup.
  • Authorities raided the home of Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith over possible misuse of public forfeiture funds.
  • Developers recently broke ground on the construction of the new Oakland County Business Center, which will rise on the site of what is currently the Summit Place Mall in Waterford Township. [Oakland Press]
  • The Iron Belle Continuation project, which aims to connect Detroit to Downriver communities along the larger Iron Belle Trail, won a $1.9 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.
  • Olga’s is returning to the city of Detroit, this time opening in the MGM Grand casino’s food court.
  • And we get all history-nerdy over the Detroit Mounted Police.

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May 15, 2019
The New Rooftop Monarch Club, Livonia May Get A New Microbrewery And More

Welcome back to the week! There's a lot in our latest episode. Let's dive in.

- The Ilitch organization will receive another $74 million dollars in taxpayer subsidies for the District Detroit. 

- John Beilein is leaving his job as coach of the University of Michigan Men’s basketball team to take over as head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

- Hazel Park is set to get a new mixed-use mid-rise development on the site of a former CVS and Movie M ania store on John R as part of a vision to create a walkable downtown district. 

- A new microbrewery might be coming to Livonia.

- The Hello Kitty mobile cafe is coming back to Metro Detroit, this time in a new location.

- Freep Columnist Rochelle Riley is joining Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's administration to promote and grow arts and culture in the city.

- And, we talk about the preview of the beautiful Monarch Club on the roof of the historic Metropolitan Building.

May 14, 2019
Meet Pingree Detroit, A Maker Of Leather Goods That Isn't Shinola

Today we’re taking a look at a company that’s making high-end leather goods right here in the city of Detroit, putting Detroiters and veterans to work.

We’re talking about Pingree Detroit, based just about a block away from the well-known Shinola. Pingree is a worker-owned company formed as an L3C — a special type of company that puts both the bottom line and the social mission of the company first.

And when there’s profits, 77 cents of every dollar is shared with the workers.

Pingree founder Jarret Schlaff and our Sven Gustafson toured the facility and talked about the project, the sacrifices made to create a worker-first company, the ups and downs of business and the optimistic view Jarret has for the future.

The company was founded after meeting jobless veterans in the city.

You can find out more about Pingree and shop their shoes, bags and other stuff at their website.

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May 11, 2019
First Impressions Of The Reimagined Como's In Ferndale

Como's, a longtime mainstay of downtown Ferndale, has been reimagined by Chef Zack Sklar.

The chef is doing something really cool in elevating pizza and having some creative takes on some old favorites.

But, really, how good is it out of the gate? 

Join us on the podcast for an unbiased first look at the place with one of our contributors, Randy Walker.

Please don't treat this conversation as a full review as places need some time to get their legs under them, but it is one of the hottest tickets in Ferndale. 

And yes, you should check this place out.

Also, Ferndale has some great patios. We talk about those, too. 

We have pictures of the tasty dining adventure up on Daily Detroit. 

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May 10, 2019
Farewell, Hated Livernois Median: One Of 7 Things To Know Around Detroit

Good Wednesday afternoon, and welcome to a super Detroit-y edition of your Daily Detroit.

Today, we walked over to the Avenue of Fashion, where Mayor Mike Duggan came to speak about the streetscape redevelopment of a roughly 1-mile section of Livernois to calm traffic and make the commercial district more attractive to pedestrians and, hopefully, prosperous to business owners.

Construction crews were already at work demolishing the 13-year-old median added by now-imprisoned former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Plans call for narrowing traffic to one lane in each direction, adding 24-foot-wide sidewalks to encourage more outdoor cafe seating, and adding sidewalk-grade bike lanes separated from the road by parallel parking spaces. All good.

But reporters at the groundbreaking announcement wanted to talk about the controversy swirling around Duggan and his ties to the Make Your Date nonprofit. The Freep reports today that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is looking into the nonprofit’s fundraising activities. So is the Detroit Office of Inspector General. Duggan has been linked to the nonprofit’s director, Sonia Hassan.

Also on today’s episode:

  • Ford is working on a major overhaul of its customer experience efforts, rolling out efforts like a new customer rewards program and new retail dealership concepts. [Autoblog]
  • The nonprofit Friends of the Rouge needs volunteers to help with its annual Rouge Rescue cleanup May 18.
  • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Judge Damon J. Keith, the civil rights icon and longtime federal judge who died last month. Check out our interview about Keith’s legacy with Detroit historian Ken Coleman.
  • Little Caesars turns 60 today. Check out a sweet TV ad from 1985, below.

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May 08, 2019
Detroit Bike City? This Ranking Says No, Plus 3 Things To Know Around Town

Detroit: A great bike city, or the best bike city?

We dive into that superwonky argument in the wake of Detroit’s abysmal showing in PeopleForBike’s annual rankings of the Best Cities For Bikes in 2019. Detroit scored a lowly 1.6 out of 5 stars, the same as 2018, despite all the work that’s been done to install protected bike lanes, bike traffic counters and other bike-friendly infrastructure improvements. Ferndale and Ann Arbor both scored higher, at 3.0 stars each.

But the organization’s methodology spurred a rebuttal piece by Todd Scott over at Detroit Greenways Coalition. Who’s right? We talk about it.

Also on today’s show:

  • Detroit’s new streetlights are already going dark, adding to a familiar narrative about the city with broken streetlights.
  • Republicans on Tuesday approved a bill that would reform Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system, despite objections from those radical leftists at the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. The bill now heads to the state House.
  • And we offer our suggestions for where to go to celebrate Mother’s Day. You can also read it here.

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May 07, 2019
Another Greektown Shooting Plus 9 Things To Know Around Detroit

What is it with Greektown and the rise in shootings lately? We talk about that in the wake of another shooting late Sunday that injured two, though not critically. For years, the retail district was an example of safety and vibrancy in an otherwise dead downtown, but even though it’s still technically a vibrant neighborhood — albeit much less Greek than it used to be — it’s increasingly a scene of violent crime.

Here’s what else we’re talking about on today’s show:

  • Longtime Red Wings GM Ken Holland is leaving Detroit for the Edmonton Oilers
  • It looks like the city of Detroit has managed to assemble all the land needed for the new Jeep plant on the east side
  • Beloved eatery Russell Street Deli is on the way out of Eastern Market in September following a dispute with their new landlord, Sanford Nelson
  • We eulogize former Grande Ballroom owner and Detroit ’60s counterculture figurehead Russ Gibb
  • The first new U.S. built Great Lakes freighter in nearly 40 years is being built at a shipyard in Wisconsin
  • And we run through some restaurant news, including Buddy’s, Como’s, Shake Shack and Peso

Thanks as always for listening. Find Daily Detroit and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and consider becoming a Patreon member to support us. Every little bit helps!

May 07, 2019
Previewing Detroit City FC's Big 2019 Season With Fletcher Sharpe

Between hiring a new head coach to replacing the turf surface at Keyworth, and preparing to embark on its first-ever season of professional soccer, 2019 promises to be the biggest, most important season yet for Detroit City FC, which plays its final preseason friendly on Saturday at the Flint City Bucks.

On today’s episode, we talk with soccer journalist, Outer Drive podcast co-host and Daily Detroit contributor Fletcher Sharpe about the Rouge’s roster moves to date, the new coach, Trevor James, and some of the other changes fans will see at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

May 03, 2019
Breaking Down HBO's takedown of District Detroit plus the legacy of Judge Keith

The HBO show “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” last week turned its lens on the District Detroit, the Ilitch family’s mostly unrealized plan to redevelop 50 blocks as a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood between downtown and Midtown.

Predictably, it did not go well for the Ilitches, who received $324 million in taxpayer assistance in exchange for what so far is the Little Caesars Arena, a Kid Rock restaurant and a couple dozen parking lots.

Being opinionated on the subject, we talk about the episode, plus:

  • 6:05 – An update on the progress of the old State Fairgrounds
  • 6:45 – We break down the recent ruling from three federal judges that Michigan must redraw 34 congressional and legislative districts by Aug. 1 because they were unconstitutionally designed to favor Republicans.
  • 8:07 – Jer interviews Detroit historian and civil rights author Ken Coleman about the life and legacy of Judge Damon J. Keith, a longtime federal judge and civil rights champion from Detroit who died Sunday at age 96.

Also, as a heads up, our next segment airs on Detroit Public Television’s One Detroit on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.

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May 01, 2019
Previewing The Detroit Music Awards With Howard Hertz

Today is a conversation with Howard Hertz, previewing the Detroit Music Awards that are happening this Friday. The annual event has been a lynchpin of the Detroit music scene for years.

Hertz is not only the president of the foundation that puts on the event, he’s an entertainment lawyer with a roster of clients that’s a who’s who of Detroit music.

Here’s that conversation with Sven Gustafson.

Apr 25, 2019
Saving Detroit's Neighborhood Memories And History With Karen Dybis

Because of disinvestment, changing demographics and the construction of the new bridge to Canada, the Detroit neighborhood of Delray is disappearing.

Local author Karen Dybis is working to preserve that history. If she’s successful, she could create a template for how the memories and stories of our entire city and region can live on for future generations.

In this episode of the Daily Detroit podcast, we talk about her project and the importance of saving Detroit’s memories.

If you’re motivated to help support it, the GoFundMe link is here.

Apr 24, 2019
81 New Townhomes Coming To Lafayette Park Plus 6 Things To Know

Farmington Hills-based homebuilder Hunter Pasteur Homes says it plans to build 81 new housing units in Lafayette Park on five acres near St. Aubin and East Lafayette Street, right beside the Dequindre Cut. Called Pullman Parc, the units will be a mix of townhomes, park homes and corner flats, and they’ll range from 620 to 3,500 square feet and run between $250,000 and $750,000.

Hunter Pasteur has worked on the City Modern development currently under construction in Brush Park. They’ve teamed on this project with Detroit-based Broder & Sachse and Woodborn Partners.

Also on today’s show:

  • Waymo, the self-driving vehicle division of Google parent Alphabet, said it will open a facility to install its hardware and software in Chrysler Pacifica minivans and Jaguar I-Pace electric crossovers in Hamtramck
  • Investment bank UBS has opened an 11,000-square-foot office in downtown Detroit, its first in the city
  • Plum Market will open an eatery in The Henry Ford Museum
  • Longtime Eastern Market eatery Russell Street Deli says it will close following a dispute with its new landlord [Freep]
  • The Michigan Plant Swap takes place Sunday inside the Fisher Building
  • And Jer previews the ACLU’s 100th birthday program, which takes place Wednesday, April 24 at Cobo Center with free daytime and evening programming

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Apr 23, 2019
Detroit’s Palmer Park Is Drawing Controversial Interest From Developers Plus 3 Things To Know Around Town

On your Daily Detroit for Monday, April 22, we dig into a proposal to develop part of Palmer Park as “Palmer Square,” a mixed-use development featuring luxury condominium towers, “experiential retail” and futuristic architecture.

We recently aired an episode looking into the city’s nascent Detroit Exploration and Nature Center, which is being run out of the former golf course headquarters. The closed golf course figures to be ground zero for a lot of redevelopment proposals, but any such proposal is bound to face stiff opposition.

Also on the show:

  • We dive into the news that Baker College has abandoned its plans to build a new flagship campus in downtown Ferndale
  • I discuss some of the highlights of covering the New York International Auto Show
  • And the next episode of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” will turn its focus to Ilitchville the District Detroit, another topic we’ve covered on this podcast. The episode airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday on HBO. 
Apr 22, 2019
Yzerman Returns Reactions And Predictions With Walt Barnes Of In The Box

The news on Good Friday in Detroit was that Steve Yzerman is returning to the Detroit Red Wings as General Manager.

As we do, we like to bring someone who's really knowledgable and passionate about the sport we're talking about when we cover it on the Daily Detroit podcast. For hockey, that's Walt Barnes.

He's a co-host of the In The Box podcast, a seasonal show focused on hockey also on the Podcast Detroit network. I hope you enjoy our conversation.


Of course, if you love the show, don't forget to tell a friend. It's the best way to push Detroit's conversation forward. And if you're feeling extra generous, we have a Patreon where you can become a member and support us. http://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit.


Apr 20, 2019
Meet Method, Developing 5 Buildings In Detroit's Milwaukee Junction

There’s a new real estate development team in town and they have grand designs for a big chunk of property in Detroit’s historic Milwaukee Junction.

Today we’re sharing with you that story.

Who are they? And what are their plans for this building in an area that’s gaining steam very quickly?

Amelia Patt Zamir and Rakesh “Rocky” Lala envision a $20 million redevelopment plan for five vacant buildings totaling more than 100,000 square feet.

Sven Gustafson met them at the property and has the story. There are also photos of the current state of the development and rendering of what is planned for the future on Daily Detroit.

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Apr 18, 2019
One Regional Transit Fare Card Is Coming Plus 5 Things To Know Around Detroit

On our edition of the Daily Detroit podcast for April 17, 2019:

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Apr 17, 2019
New Affordable Senior Housing Opens Across From Ransom Gillis House

Remember that beautiful old house on the TV show Rehab Addict? The one with Nicole Curtis?

If you remember from that show, there was a lot of space around it. Open fields between it and some of the other fortunate old structures to survive.

That’s not the case anymore.

City Modern is rising around it. It’s more than 400 units and 24 buildings. The first part of it to open is The Lofts at 124 Alfred.

On the podcast, we go to the grand opening and tell you the story of this affordable senior building with rents of just $400 a month next to a development with prices from $550,000-$850,000 (no, that’s not a typo), talk with the first resident Leonard Walker and Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield.

We also touch on a couple other stories around town.

You can find the Daily Detroit podcast for free wherever you download your favorite shows.

Apr 16, 2019
Tim Robinson Of 'Detroiters' Has A New Show Plus 4 Things To Know

Tim Robinson, one half of the duo behind the recently canceled Comedy Central series “Detroiters,” has a new Netflix show coming out. “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson” debuts April 23 — that’s a week from Tuesday — and will feature Sam Richardson, Robinson’s sidekick in the sadly discontinued sketch comedy series, plus SNL vets Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer and Will Forte. The trailer, which you can watch below, looks bananas.

Also on today’s show:

  • Part of the long-idled Michigan State Fairgrounds has a new owner, with Magic Plus acquiring two parcels along Woodward Avenue for a mixed-use development
  • Bedrock has purchased the Fowler Building at 1225 Woodward in downtown Detroit
  • Jonathan Wolman, a longtime journalist who was the editor and publisher of The Detroit News, has died at age 68
  • And the Grosse Pointe Public Schools is facing difficult decisions about closing some of its buildings amid an ongoing decline in enrollment

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. Find us wherever fine podcasts are downloaded, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and support us on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Or as much as you want.

Apr 15, 2019
Northern Soul Lives On At The Motor City Soul Club With Dan Austin

In Detroit, we live surrounded by legends. The musical history of our city is deep, and it’s in multiple genres. Today’s guest is helping people keep dancing to this amazing music.

Dan Austin is the voice behind the indispensable Historic Detroit, a well-connected man about town and a music fanatic who appears regularly on Ann Delisi’s “Essential Music” show on WDET-FM.

Today, he dropped by the Detroit Shipping Company studio of Podcast Detroit to talk all about his passion project.

The Motor City Soul Club celebrates its fifth anniversary of shaking tail feathers around the city this Saturday, April 13 at the Marble Bar in Detroit. Dan tells us about the Motor City Soul Club’s origins, how his love of the genre sprouted despite an upbringing defined by the likes of REO Speedwagon and Journey, and how he finds records to spin in 2019.

If you’re a music lover — and particularly of rare soul from the ’60s and ‘70s — listen in. And if you're not, maybe it's time you checked it out. 

Apr 11, 2019
Should Detroit Join The War On Cars?

The car is synonymous with Detroit. It is, after all, the Motor City. You might even be listening to this in your car.

But what if there was a different way forward than a vehicle for every man, woman and even sometimes, child?

What if instead of a half hour at the gym then a half hour in your car, you could bike or walk and get to where you’re going? Or, like here in Michigan, get around without paying the highest car insurance in the nation?

It seems like crazy talk, I know. But it’s a growing movement in car-dominated America, and here in Metro Detroit. Both the city and some suburbs are making improvements aimed at making more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods.

Our guest today is Doug Gordon. He’s a co-host of The War On Cars podcast and a long time advocate of city life that actually experiences the city you live in instead of whizzing past it at 70 miles an hour.

Apr 10, 2019
6 Things To Know Around Metro Detroit

This update edition of the Daily Detroit podcast for April 9, 2019 includes…

  • The city of Detroit’s Office of the Inspector General is opening an investigation of the Mayor and city officials after a Freep report that says a charity got preference. The city and Wayne State University strongly push back on the newspaper’s reportThe city calls it “completely false.”
  • Two people have pled guilty (when we recorded this, they were charged) as part of a Federal investigation into the Detroit Demolition program. The feds say they took bribes. [DetNews] [ClickOnDetroit]
  • Self-driving cars have been overhyped and a lot longer off, says Ford’s CEO [Bloomberg]
  • There’s a new report looking at if Flying cars are good for the environment
  • A newly updated map shows Detroit’s bike lane expansion and more [Detroit Greenways]
  • Parson’s Chicken and Fish will head to Frame Friday and Saturday for special dinners with Executive Chef Hunter Moore. There will be frozen Negroni Slushes [Daily Detroit]

Thanks for listening! 

Apr 09, 2019
Patient Steals Ambulance In Detroit Plus 5 Things To Know

Welcome to Monday, April 8, 2019. The weekend is over, that girl is totally not gonna call you, and your dreams are crushed.

On today’s show, Consumers Energy has issued a report into why its Macomb County natural gas storage and compression facility caught fire on Jan. 30, prompting the utility to issue an emergency request asking people to dial back their thermostats as the mercury plunged below zero.

In other news, a man whom paramedics believed was suffering from a drug overdose ended up becoming combative and stole the ambulance. He was apprehended a short time later by police.

Also, Shield’s has opened its new Midtown location serving Detroit-style pizza. And the Detroit Shipping Company is getting a new Nepalese dumpling food stall called Momo Cha.

Finally, the city of Detroit is hiring for 200 seasonal positions with its Parks and Recreation division. You can attend job fairs at the following times and locations, but you’re supposed to apply online first.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. Tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, and support us by becoming a Patreon member.

Apr 09, 2019
The Future Of Detroit The Mobility City With Glenn Stevens

People’s preferences are changing. There very well may be a day in the not too distant future where a majority of people do not own their own cars. Younger generations seem to be more into the shared economy as opposed to having a love for the personally owned motor vehicle.

And sometimes, even if they do love cars, they don’t have the financial resources that the previous generation did.

To that end, you probably knew that Detroit is major center of the development of the automobile. But we’re now transitioning to developing more than just the traditional vehicle — to creating technology and solutions that helps people get around. That’s mobility.

Today’s episode talks about that mobility industry in Metro Detroit. Not just Detroit, the Motor City… but Detroit, the Mobility City.

There are numerous startups and the big players – including Ford and GM – that are serious about it and there’s a lot of money being spent.

After all, that new Ford campus that’s happening in Corktown? That’s about developing this kind of technology right here in Detroit.

That conversation, led by Sven Gustafson – is with Glenn Stevens.  He’s the Executive Director of MICHauto. That’s an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

And even though he’s the head of a group called MICHauto, you might be surprised that his answers to the challenges and opportunities Metro Detroit has is not just to add more cars to the road.

Mobility and transit issues are also very real where we live. We touch on the challenges everyday people have around those issues in a city with areas with different needs and the way forward for a region that will never have something like a subway.

Thanks for listening! If you like the show, don’t forget to subscribe free in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app.

Apr 05, 2019
We Try Coney Pasties Plus 5 Things To Know Around Detroit

On today’s episode, hear firsthand what it’s like to bite into a coney pasty.

That’s a pasty, the traditional U.P. pastry, filled with a Detroit-style coney that’s meant to dip into yellow mustard. They’re from Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery in Redford Township and are available for the month of April.

In other news, Amtrak wants to restore passenger rail service between Detroit and Toronto in 2020. That hasn’t been available since the pre-Amtrak late ’60s. [Curbed]

Elsewhere, late-night Detroit TV legend The Ghoul has died. During the 1970s and ’80s, Ron Sweed played the crazed host of eccentric late-night programming, inserting random sound bytes into bad horror movies and blowing things up with M-80s. The Ghoul represents an era and genre of local programming that mostly no longer exists.


  • Union Joints, the hospitality group that operates restaurants like Vinsetta Garage and Clarkston Union, plans to open its newest eatery inside the expanded Little Caesars headquarters in Detroit.
  • Motor City Casino wants to add more parking, but in this case it’s probably not worth the outrage it’s receiving in some quarters of the interwebs.
  • And the city of Sterling Heights has released renderings for a new Culver’s and LA Fitness Signature Club, which people out that way really seem to care a lot about. If you wanna see them, they’re here.
Apr 03, 2019
Freep Film Festival Preview With The Story Of Creem Magazine Plus A Detroit Techno Documentary

The Freep Film Festival starts next week with a gala screening April 10 for “Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine” at the Fillmore Detroit. On today’s episode, we feature three great interviews to preview some of what’s on offer during the festivities, which run through April 14:

  • JJ Kramer, co-producer of “Boy Howdy!” JJ is the son of Barry Kramer, the founder and publisher of Creem Magazine, which launched in Detroit’s Cass Corridor in 1969 and billed itself as “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine.”
  • Steve Byrne, the executive director of the Freep Film Festival and the arts and entertainment editor by day for the Detroit Free Press.
  • And finally, Jennifer Washington, maker of the documentary “God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno,” which explores that genre’s roots in the 1980s.

You can read about all this year’s films and find all the showtimes at freepfilmfestival.com.

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Apr 02, 2019
Your Guide To The Detroit Tigers' 2019 Opening Day Both On And Off The Field

It’s April, and that means baseball season has arrived to help chase the final remnants of winter out of Detroit.

The Tigers play their first home game of the season on Thursday when they host the Kansas City Royals, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

First on the podcast we checked in with Chris Brown, host of the podcast Locked on Tigers and a writer for Tigs Town, for his rundown of the Tigers’ 2019 roster and their prospects for the season.

Opening Day is practically a holiday in Detroit, of course, so in today’s episode, we talk to our Man About Town, Devon O’Reilly, to get his picks for where to go and what to eat around town before and after the action on the field.

Some of the ones you’ll want to check out include:

Nancy Whiskey

The Detroit Shipping Company

The Skip

The Brakeman

Queens Bar (no TVs, but good drinks at a reasonable price)

Mootz (for grab and go slices with drinks)

Slices (for grab and go slices without drinks)

Don’t forget, be safe! If you’ve indulged a bit too much, you can grab a Lyft ride home for half the price using the code WALLSIDE2019.

Hope you enjoy our episode, have fun on Opening Day and please don’t trash our city while you’re out celebrating.

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Apr 01, 2019
Auditing Secretive Fund A Good Starting Point To Fixing Michigan's Broken Auto Insurance System, Expert Says

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked the state’s insurance regulator to audit the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association after it said on Wednesday it would raise its annual fee by 14.6 percent, or $28, to $220 for every insured vehicle in Michigan.

The fees go toward covering catastrophic medical claims from auto accidents, but the MCCA has never been particularly transparent about how it operates, its finances or how it sets its fees.

So says our guest on today’s episode, Bobby Raitt, a principal at Michigan Auto Law in Farmington Hills who has worked with lawmakers in Lansing on auto-insurance reform since 2005. “It’s important, it’s meaningful and hopefully it’s a good start” toward fixing Michigan’s broken auto insurance system, he said.

Michigan has the nation’s highest auto insurance rates, and nowhere is insurance more expensive than in Detroit. The announcement of the fee increase follows a study from the University of Michigan that found auto insurance is well above what is considered affordable in 97 percent of the state’s zip codes. While the federal government considers auto insurance affordable at 2 percent of an average income, Michigan’s no-fault insurance eats up 36 percent of drivers’ income in some zip codes in Detroit.

“Michiganders deserve to know why they are being forced to shell out hundreds of dollars in additional fees for car insurance, which is why I’m ordering an audit to provide drivers with the transparency they deserve,” Whitmer said in a statement.

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. Find us and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify and consider supporting us by becoming a member on Patreon.

Mar 28, 2019
Come Dance On The Grave Of Detroit's Trash Incinerator Plus 10 Things To Know Around Detroit

If you’ve ever event spent any time outdoors within a mile’s radius of it — say, in Midtown or Eastern Market — then you’ve no doubt smelled the sickly sweet odor of the Detroit trash incinerator. Well, no more.

Detroit Renewable Energy, the umbrella organization that owns and operates it, says it is shutting the incinerator down 33 years after it first fired up because of finances and complaints from the community. Operations will cease this week, but it’ll take up to 90 days to fully power the trash-to-energy facility down. Mayor Mike Duggan says he’s committed to making sure the site never again serves as a waste incinerator.

What’s next for that property, which is owned by the city, isn’t yet clear. One novel idea comes from our friend Frank Nemecek over at the Warrendale Blog: Make every strip club in the city move there, like an amusement park of T&A.

Moving on:

  • The measles outbreak is now 22, which is an incredible thing to write in the year 2019, when we’re also developing driverless automobiles
  • Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie (we interviewed her here) and Zingermans Roadhouse are finalists for prestigious James Beard Awards
  • People are losing their minds over a Chick Fil A popup downtown
  • Developer Woodborn Partners plans a $16 million mixed-use development on Bagley in Mexicantown
  • Marshall Mathers sent out the following all-caps tweet about the new American Alliance of Football
  • Backers of a bid to refurbish Hamtramck Stadium, the former home of the Negro League’s Detroit Stars, hit their $50,000 crowdfunding goal and will celebrate Saturday at Baker Street Car Bar
  • A tall ship is coming to Detroit this September, and you can get tickets for a ride
  • The 6,000 square-foot space that formerly housed Gayle’s Chocolates in Royal Oak will get a ginormous coffee shop, with a second-floor kiddie play space
  • We run down a bunch of the changes and improvements to the Avenue of Fashion on Livernois
  • And Stacey Hotwaxx Hale and John Collins are spinning at Motor City Wine this Saturday, starting at 9 p.m. Listen to our interview with Hale here.

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Mar 27, 2019
Riverfront Property In Detroit To Become A Big Parking Lot Plus 5 Things To Know

Welcome to your Tuesday edition of Daily Detroit, where we deliver two pieces of big news:

1. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says he has stage four pancreatic cancer and won’t seek an eighth term in 2020.

2. DTE Energy says it expects to sign a deal with the city to swap a decommissioned power plant on the east riverfront so it can be used to store Jeeps built at a new factory being pursued by parent Fiat Chrysler. [Freep]

Why is this sad, you ask? This is the important line.

FCA said it needs DTE’s Conners Creek land for storage of vehicles for the Jeep plant to be built at Mack and St. Jean. - Detroit Free Press

n my opinion, this somehow feels quintessentially Detroit, a repeat of what we’ve always done: surrender to the automobile. Weren’t we supposed to be trying to reclaim our riverfront? And wasn’t DTE Energy crowing about redeveloping that parcel? (Why yes. Yes, they were.)

In other news, measles cases are on the rise in Oakland County after being traced to a man who visited the area from Israel, circa New York City. We recently spoke with an infectious disease specialist from Beaumont Health about measles and why it’s coming back.

On the lighter side, both John King Books and Motor City Gas get nods for their excellence from Mentalfloss and Yelp respectively.

And finally, Jer speaks with James Chapman of Rock Ventures about the Quicken Loans Demo Dayon June 14 and how you can get involved.

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Mar 26, 2019
Hotel-A-Palooza Comes To Detroit Plus 3 Things To Know

At least three boutique hotels are coming to Detroit, bringing a dose of luxury to still-gritty parts of the city. The Mid will take shape next to the old hammer-and-nail building on Woodward, while the West Elm Hotel will incorporate the old Bonstelle Theater several blocks south. And downtown, there are plans for a new 154-room hotel at 600 West Lafayette, plus the old Park Hotel downtown just sold to a hospitality company, suggesting yet more hotel rooms could be possible.

Most of the hotels include mixed-use space, including some high-end “luxury” housing. On today’s show, we talk about what’s driving that, and why the spate of recent hotel development still isn’t enough to start landing us the really big mega-conventions and sportsball events. And on a tangent, we also dive into the idea that Detroit needs more Kroger or Meijer stores. FYI, there are some solid grocery stores here.

In other news, Sterling Heights has announced the five finalists for naming the so-called “Golden Corridor Icon” of Hall Road.


  • Ferndale’s metered parking rates, and hours of enforcement, will go up April 1 — no April Fool’s joke here
  • And drinking aficionado website Liquor.com has named two Detroit bars at the opposite end of the spectrum among the best places to drink around the world

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Mar 25, 2019
The Michigan Marijuana Business With Rush Hasan, The Reef

This is a bonus interview edition of your Daily Detroit and this episode is all about cannabis - a potcast, if you will.

Marijuana is poised to become a big business opportunity here in Michigan, after voters overwhelmingly voted to grant full legal status to weed last November.

Meanwhile, medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan for a decade now, with a new licensing system under way that is reshaping the industry.  

Weed is estimated to become a $1.7 billion market here in Michigan.

On today’s show, we speak with Rush Hasan, who runs operations and business development for The Reef, a medical marijuana dispensary on Detroit’s east side.

Mar 23, 2019
Inside The Beautiful Brakeman Beer Hall At The Shinola Hotel

The last piece of the new Shinola Hotel will open its doors Monday when The Brakeman starts pouring beers inside its new digs on the corner of John R and Farmer in downtown Detroit.

It’s part of a new wedge-shaped building that took over a former surface parking lot, and it’s an airy, light-filled space, thanks to several garage-door windows that will be able to roll up when the weather warms up.

On this episode of the Daily Detroit podcast, spirits advisor Nuri Gocay and I speak with partners Joshua Pickard and Luke Ostrom from New York-based NoHo Hospitality Group, about Detroit’s newest beer hall concept.

It’ll feature a rotating list of Midwestern and Michigan craft beers, a full bar, and fried chicken and other eats from the adjacent Penny Red’s. It’s definitely a nice addition to a fast up-and-coming corner of downtown.

We have a bunch of pictures up on Daily Detroit as well: http://www.dailydetroit.com/2019/03/21/a-look-inside-the-beautiful-brakeman-beer-hall/

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Mar 21, 2019
Speed of the Game Podcast Coming, Coyotes In Detroit Plus 4 Other Things To Know

A den of coyotes has taken up residence near downtown Detroit — specifically, in that weird no-man’s-land site of the old Brewster housing projects where I-75, I-375 and the spur to Gratiot Avenue converge. The Michigan DNR says not to worry. But if you live nearby in, say, Brush Park, you might want to keep a much closer eye on your pets.

Also: Yes, we inaccurately datelined yesterday’s episode as a Monday. It brought to mind this classic scene from “Groundhog Day.”

In other news, Dan Gilbert has a new podcast in the pipeline. It’s called “Speed of the Game,” and it has a tagline straight from a shoe company ad. Hmmmm…..


  • Ford plans to invest $900 million and create 900 new jobs in the coming years, mostly to build electric vehicles Downriver in Flat Rock
  • The Detroit Regional Chamber is the first big business organization in Michigan to officially endorse Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to “fix the damn roads”
  • “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda surprises show-goers with an appearance at the Fisher Theater last night
  • The 10th annual Marche du Nain Rouge happens Sunday

All that and a bag of fun on this episode of your Daily Detroit.

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Mar 20, 2019
Detroit Has A Winery Plus 8 Things To Know Around Detroit

Welcome to Tuesday, March 19 and the final day of winter, YAY!

On the show today, we run down the news that not only does Detroit have a homegrown winery, but Detroit Vineyards aims to open a tasting room in the Stroh’s Ice Cream building on Gratiot near Eastern Market this spring. Will wonders never cease?

Elsewhere, Beaumont Health is proposing to open a $140 million, 117-bed hospital in Oxford, filing a certificate of need application with the state. That makes Beaumont the latest in a list of big health systems that have tried to win approval for a new hospital in the growth exurbs of northern Oakland County.

What else, you ask?

  • Freshman U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, wants to prohibit auto insurers from using a person’s credit history to set insurance rates
  • Tigers pitching ace Michael Fulmer may undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery to reconstruct ligaments in his right elbow
  • Three nonprofits are getting funds to help Detroiters get better jobs
  • A new Mexican bar and restaurant called Peso is set to open in the space formerly occupied by Fist of Curry (and before that, the beloved Huron Room, may it rest in peace)
  • There could be a Lego kit of Mackinac Island’s famed Grand Hotel, if enough of you vote to make it happen
  • Detroit neighborhoods could get residential parking permits under a proposed city ordinance
  • And the city of Detroit has finally begun posting restaurant health inspection results online

Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit!

Mar 19, 2019
Your Chance To Rename The Golden Butthole Plus 9 Things To Know

It’s Monday, and your weekend warrior dreams have been dashed. Back to work, automatons! 

Oh, and the city of Sterling Heights would like the public to help rename (or name) the sculpture it calls the Golden Corridor Icon in the median of Hall Road. There are a ton of prizes on offer for first-, second- and third-place entries, so find more information here.

In other news of the absurd, Little Caesars is unveiling a bacon-wrapped deep-dish pizza, ringed with three and a half feet of bacon.

Yes, we discuss some real/serious news as well:

  • A former UAW vice president has been charged as part of a wide-ranging federal corruption investigation
  • President Trump wants General Motors and CEO Mary Barra to re-open its Lordstown, Ohio plant, which made the Chevy Cruze until earlier this month
  • Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says the league still can’t get behind Detroit’s bid for a new franchise because of Ford Field
  • Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood is getting some apartments that cost as much as $850,000 at the Saint Charles Residences
  • Today is Transit Driver Appreciation Day, so hug your local bus driver
  • And in a new segment, Jer, Shianne and I each take turns sharing a cool place, new or otherwise, that we’ve recently visited. We covered Petite Cabane in Birmingham, the Lexus Velodrome, Taqueria El Rey and the Mutiny Tiki Bar

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Mar 18, 2019
Residential Recycling Is Being Dumped In Landfills, Faces A Crisis

On a recent episode of this podcast, I went on a brief side rant praising my local Meijer store for accepting plastic bags for recycling and had a minor freak-out over the looming global environmental crisis over our increasingly all-plastic everything.

That caught the attention of Joe Munem, a Daily Detroit podcast listener who works as director of government affairs and public relations with GFL Environmental USA, a trash hauler and recycling service.

He wrote us to say that municipal recycling programs have some very tough choices to make in the wake of official government actions by the People’s Republic of China, halfway around the world. It’s so bad, he said, that the city of Westland recently notified residents it has begun landfilling all the recyclable materials people put in their bins.

We had Munem drop by the Detroit Shipping Co. studio of Podcast Detroit, for some insight into the looming crisis facing residential recycling programs across the country.

It’s a fascinating discussion, and you can listen in the player above. Or, subscribe to us on Apple PodcastsWe’re on all the podcast things, in fact.

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Mar 15, 2019
A Shipping Container Home In Ferndale Lists For $450k Plus The Measles Are Back

There’s a new house in a modest neighborhood of northeast Ferndale, made of shipping containers, that is listing for $450,000.

Is Ferndale about to become like Midtown Detroit? Oh, SNAP!

Also on today’s show, we discuss the new measles case identified in Oakland County, and we speak with Dr. Nicholas Gilpin, an infectious disease specialist and chief medical officer at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, for more about the virus. Elsewhere:

Michael Bloomberg joins Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in announcing a $10 million grant to combat the opioid epidemic in Michigan.

We run down a host of road-construction news, ranging from the I-75 reconstruction project in Oakland County to a slew of projects in Macomb County.

The Detroit News uncovers new details about the FBI investigation into Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars.

Macomb County Public Works officials have identified two unknown substances fouling the Bear Creek drain near 11 Mile and Mound roads.

And Customs officials seized 10 pounds of meth during a search of a car traveling from Montreal to Calgary … at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. More than a little bit out of the way for them.

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Mar 15, 2019
How We Could Do Better With 313Day Plus 7 Things To Know Around Detroit

It’s March 13, or written another way, 3/13, or #313Day.

It’s become quite a thing locally on social media. And it’s become, in Jer’s words, “a meme holiday.” Although it's good to spread positivity, it could be a lot better. He’s got a different proposal to try and infuse some more action into it. We talk about it on the podcast.

There’s lots of real news we cover on today’s show, as well:

  • Ford is issuing pink slip to salaried workers in Dearborn
  • Fiat Chrysler is recalling some 860,000 vehicles that don’t meet federal emissions standards
  • City Airport is getting its main runway replaced, which would seem to put rumors of redevelopment to rest
  • The Foundation Hotel faces a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, now a group of Trump supporters says it’s on the wrong end of discrimination by the hotel
  • We circle back to the fact the Masonic Temple inked a deal with AEG
  • Detroit vs. Everybody is teaming up with Adidas for a new line of sneakers and apparel
  • And Anthology Coffee is moving to Eastern Market

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Mar 13, 2019
Detroit Is Apparently Too Boring For NFL Free Agents Plus 6 Things To Know

“Weather and sex are huge factors.”

That’s the, uh, money quote from a Sports Illustrated piece about the best and worst NFL cities as perceived by free agents. Detroit fares poorly, ranking in the bottom five for NFL cities, dinged for its dysfunctional locker room but also because we’re seen as having boring nightlife. We discuss.

A second white Detroit police officer has lost his job in the wake of the release of a Snapchat video mocking a black motorist. The video showed a 23-year-old woman walking after a traffic stop with captions including “What black girl magic looks like” … and “Celebrating Black History Month.” The officers were also heard making disparaging verbal comments in the video.

President Trump has released his budget proposal for fiscal 2020, and it once again does not reflect well on the Great Lakes. Trump’s budget would slash $270 million in funding from the $300 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, virtually wiping it out. But the proposal doesn’t have much chance of passing.

We cover a new report from a transportation research agency that adds heft to calls for drastic measures to fix the damn roads. Specifically, it says Detroit-area drivers pay an extra $824 on average for costs that are attributable to our decrepit roads. Statewide, the average is $646.

One of just three known remaining log cabins in Detroit has met the wrecking ball. The cabin measured 16 feet by 20 feet and it is believed it may have pre-dated the Civil War.

Detroit’s Motown Museum says it has received a $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to broaden programming as part of its ongoing $50 million expansion campaign.

The daughter of a Funk Brother has been picked on “The Voice,” making it two women from our area that are on teams on the hit NBC show. Beth Griffith-Manley picked Kelly Clarkson over John Legend as coach for the season after impressing the judges with her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Until you come back to me.” Griffith-Manley is the daughter of Johnny Griffith, who was a keyboardist with the Motown label’s backing band.

And, Ridesharing service Lyft has teamed up with Budweiser’s new Non-alcoholic “Prohibition Brew” for a discount code in Metro Detroit this Saturday and Sunday. Just use promo code PROHIBITIONDTW — that’s all one word, all-caps — to get half off one ride, up to $8 off.

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Mar 12, 2019
Meet Detroit's New Nature Center At Palmer Park With Jac Kyle

It’s been a looooooooooonnnnnng winter, comrades. So your intrepid Daily Detroit team was intrigued to see a new sign outside the former Palmer Park Golf Course HQ announcing that something called the Detroit Exploration and Nature Center was coming to our favorite local park.

On this episode, we stop by the still-nascent nature center and walk deep into the heart of the Detroit wilderness with naturalist Jac Kyle, a recreation instructor with the city of Detroit’s Parks and Recreation department.

Kyle has been working in Rouge Park, where the city last year resurrected its overnight group camping program at Scout Hollow. She talks about what she and the city are envisioning for programming at Palmer Park, which features a mature hardwood forest book-ended by the former golf course meadows.

Palmer Park has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century, and today, it boasts a surprising array of wildlife, from wild turkey and fox to raccoons and opossum. So join us for a little walk in the wintry woods and learn about one of Detroit’s unsung natural gems.

So enjoy our mini audio documentary! If you like what you’re hearing, be sure to tell a friend about the show.

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Mar 11, 2019
March Detroit Food & Restaurant Roundup

Though it’s still technically winter, it’s never too early to look ahead to springtime. And in Detroit, the pace of restaurant openings is continuing apace.

On this episode, Daily Detroit’s Man About Town, Devon O’Reilly, joins us to rap about all the latest restaurant news in town. For starters, there’s a lot of Detroit-style pizza coming, with Shield’s Pizza coming to the Maccabees Building in the Cultural Center, Buddy’s headed downtown and newcomer Michigan & Trumbull headed closer to its ancestral home of Corktown from Pittsburgh, according to Eater Detroit. Devon and I also compare tasting notes on Mootz Pizzeria, the newest addition to the Z Garage/Belt Alley, which is serving up New York-style ‘za.

We also discuss the emerging mini-district between the Shinola Hotel, its new restaurant San Morello, the Element Detroit hotel in the Metropolitan Building, the Brakeman beer hall and Queens Bar. And we head uptown to spend some time discussing what’s happening on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion district, including the forthcoming Bink’s Grill and new location for Brixwine bar.

Lastly, we discuss the noteworthy restaurant closing of Farmers Restaurant in Eastern Market.

All that and then some. Click on the player above, tell your single friend about us, and don’t forget we have a Patreon campaign that will totally help you score a date.

This episode was recorded on Friday, March 8, 2019. 

Mar 11, 2019
Detroit's Coding And Development Job Skills Gap With TechElevator's Anthony Hughes

Today we're talking about the skills gap in Metro Detroit when it comes to coding and development. 

Our conversation today is with TechElevator's CEO Anthony Hughes. His company has job training centers in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and are opening up right here. 

We go over what skillsets are actually in demand (like Java and .NET), what it takes to get a job in these fields, and my skepticism of some training programs. 

The interview was recorded at Automation Alley in Troy. 

For more information, you can learn more at https://www.techelevator.com/

Mar 07, 2019
H&M Is Coming To Detroit Plus We’ll Serve You Soup At The Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Happy Hump Day, errrrybody.

Today’s episode features a series of conversations.

There’s big news for downtown Detroit’s emerging retail shopping scene, as fashionable Swedish retailer H&M is planning to open a store on Woodward Avenue this fall. Daily Detroit’s retail maven, Shianne Nocerini, joins Jer to talk about it.

Jer then talks with me all about Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address last night.

I update you on medical marijuana. Dispensaries operating under temporary licenses will now have a hard March 31 deadline to get licensed or face closure. Plus a few other things to know about this industry.

Finally, Shi and Jer talk about Empty Bowls Detroit, which is this Friday night at Shed 5 in Eastern Market. The annual event raises money for Cass Community Services. Those two will be serving up hot soup from local restaurants at the event, so if you are there, be sure to stop by and say hi.

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Mar 06, 2019
Whitmer Unveils Plan To Fix The Damn Roads, Plus A Local Makes The Voice

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today released her first proposed budget before a joint meeting of House and Senate appropriations committee members, and she’s targeting investments to three problem areas for Michigan: roads, K-12 schools and contamination threats to drinking water resources.

In a nutshell, the governor proposes to raise gasoline taxes in three installments of 15 cents to an extra 45 cents by October 2020. To pay for it, she’d undo some of the tax reforms championed by Gov. Rick Snyder, her predecessor.

It’s a big pill to swallow, but there can be no doubting that Michigan has racked up a massive bill all these years of kicking the can down the road.

On today’s show, we also run down some of her other proposals, including boosting funding for K-12 schools and creating a free community college program for Michigan high-school graduates.

There’s news about a new demolition contract for Joe Louis Arena, with the wrecking ball arriving this spring.

A new $30 million skilled-trades training center is planned in Detroit.

Jer also gets nerdy about the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy, which will be closed until July, maybe even on weekends, due to some major reconstruction work.

And a shout-out to Shelby Township’s Alena D’Amico who has made it on The Voice!

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Mar 05, 2019
The Return Of WLLZ And District Detroit WTF?

On today’s show, we have some fun discussing the return of the WLLZ call letters to Detroit’s FM airwaves, and by listener request we talk about the elephant in the room, the so-called District Detroit, in the wake of the big story that ran over the weekend in Crain’s.

First up is a new Patronicity campaign to help restore Hamtramck Stadium, which hosted Detroit’s various Negro Leagues baseball teams during the 1930s. Hometown rock star Jack White ponied up $10,000 to jump-start the campaign, which seeks to raise $50,000 to restore the playing field and install signage.


Former Detroit Red Wing and NHL Hall-of-Famer Ted Lindsay has died. In addition to winning four Stanley Cups with Detroit, he played a big role in helping players to form a labor union.

Detroit’s Wheels is back after IHeartMedia converted 106.7 over to the revered call letters WLLZ, giving it a classic rock format that frankly sounds different than the old classic-rock format of old.

The Detroit Economic Development Corp. is looking for a developer for three buildings in the old Rivertown District.

And we unleash many months worth of thoughts and observations about the District Detroit, the Ilitch family’s planned mixed-use, walkable and vibrant urban neighborhood surrounding the Little Caesars Arena. Do yourselves a favor and read the Crain’s package, which does a great job shedding light on a project that has so far delivered little other than a new arena and ample, overpriced parking.

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Mar 04, 2019
Meet Detroit's Winter Beach

Yes, there's a "beach" you'll be able to visit in Detroit through the middle of April.

The Beach Detroit is located in 1001 Woodward, and it's a fanciful experience. 

Sven and Jer chat with Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture, the creative group brought in to create the beach. 

Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between disciplines. The name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of The Snark, a poem describing the “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.” In its search for the unknown, Snarkitecture creates work that includes large-scale projects, installations and objects. The worked with the local Library Street Collective to make this project happen. 

Time at the beach is free, but tickets are encouraged. You can go to TheBeachDetroit.com to book ahead of time and get more details. 

Thanks for listening and don't forget to tell a friend about the show. 

Mar 02, 2019
What's The Vision For Detroit In 2030?

We spent the day at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference.

Though we’ll be sharing more of the interviews in their entirety in future episodes of the podcast, we asked six different leaders of different kinds what their vision for Detroit is for 2030.

Our guests include:

  • Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II
  • IT in the D’s Bob Waltenspiel
  • Rush Hasan, Business Development for The Reef, one of Michigan’s largest dispensaries
  • Glenn Stevens, Executive Director of MICHAuto
  • Courtney Smith, Founder of the Detroit Phoenix Center
  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer

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Mar 01, 2019
5 Things To Know In Detroit Plus Dinner And A Chat At The Rattlesnake

We recorded today’s episode at The Rattlesnake, which is joining as a sponsor of your Daily Detroit.

We have some more tasty more details on the new Buddy’s location in downtown Detroit.

Elsewhere, we discuss Campbell Soup Company’s planned sale of Ferndale’s Garden Fresh to a company based in Quebec, Canada. Co-founder Jack Aronson had bid to buy back his old company, but couldn’t seal the deal.

We also cover the Big News out of Sterling Heights, that a Target is closing down. How big, you ask? Big enough that the mayor, Michael C. Taylor, issued a statement about it.

Two other news bits:

  • Developers opened a new $7.2 million affordable housing in a handsome old multi-unit apartment building in Detroit’s North End
  • And Meijer has announced a new program to encourage people to safely discard unused or expired prescription drugs at pharmacy locations

We then speak with the Rattlesnake's Executive Chef Jeff Lanctot all about the venerable riverfront institution and its participation in Detroit Restaurant Week, which runs through March 2 (take it from us, the food is very good, we wouldn’t let them on if it wasn’t). Michelle Taylor, the director of catering, also joins us.

Be well, faithful listeners! Thanks for supporting Daily Detroit.

Feb 28, 2019
New Jeep Plant And Buddy's Pizza In Detroit, Plus 7 Other Things To Know

Another day, another truckbed-full of news in Detroit. Fiat Chrysler made arguably the biggest splash with its announcement that it plans to invest $4.5 billion in five Detroit-area plants and create nearly 6,500 jobs. Central to that is plans to convert the Mack Avenue Engine Complex on Detroit’s east side to an assembly plant to build the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and a yet-to-be-named three-row Jeep SUV. If all goes according to plan, construction could begin by mid-year.

  • Forbes will hold its Under 30 Summit in Detroit for three years, starting this fall
  • State environmental regulators have issued a violation against the Marathon Oil Refinery in Southwest Detroit after residents complained of foul odors
  • The Detroit Public Schools Community District is reclaiming three of its buildings from charter schools, and a fourth from a church, Chalkbeat Detroit reports
  • City Council President Brenda Jones has ordered a draft ordinance that would prohibit the construction of any more bike lanes in Detroit without Council’s OK
  • Meanwhile, Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez wants a report from the Ilitch family’s Olympia Development on how District Detroit is squaring with early promises (so far, we’re guessing the answer would be, “not very well”)
  • GM and Ford agree to buy wind power from DTE Energy to cover operations at facilities including GM’s RenCen offices and two Ford assembly plants
  • The owner of Flowers of Vietnam eyes a new Mexican concept on Michigan Avenue in Detroit
Feb 26, 2019
Shinola At The Oscars, A New Detroit Bodega And 7 Things To Know

A Hollywood film director makes a giant splash at the Oscar Awards when he says Shinola is “saving Detroit” and the interweb asplodes. We talk about what that ridiculous, off-the-cuff comment means about the city and its nascent comeback.

There’s a lot more news to be had on today’s episode. We also discuss that Medium blog post announcing a new bodega — that’s essentially New York City parlance for “party store” — for the hard-hit Russell Woods neighborhood on Detroit’s west side. It’ll reportedly be part of a larger development, and the post ends with the hashtag, #MakeTheHoodGreatAgain.

Also on today’s show:

  • Notorious Detroit landlord Dennis Keffalinos has the building that formerly housed El Zocalo on Bagley Avenue in Mexicantown – DetNews
  • The Canadian government aims to waive tolls for cyclists using the Gordie Howe International Bridge – CBC
  • The Fonz is coming to Motor City Comic Con
  • Dearborn gets a nod as one of the top suburban, uh, suburbs in the country in which to eat – Thrillist
  • Detroit City FC will take on the Bucks, which have moved to Flint, in a final preseason friendly
  • Oakland County downtowns and businesses can apply for $2,500 matching small-business grants through a county program
  • Mardi Gras is coming, and along with it, PAZCKI and assorted festivities like the Tour De Troit 5K – SIGN UP

As always, thanks for listening. We love you.

Feb 25, 2019
Dennis Archer Jr. On Keeping Detroit's Comeback Moving And The Detroit Policy Conference

On a bonus interview episode of Daily Detroit, our guest is Dennis Archer, Jr.

He's the owner of Ignition Media, proprietor of the successful Central Kitchen and Bar, and chair of the upcoming Detroit Policy Conference.

We talk on a variety of topics around Detroit's comeback and a vision for 2030 for the city and region. 

The Daily Detroit team will be at the Detroit Policy Conference on Thursday, February 28, 2019. If you're going, make sure to say hello at our podcast table. If you're interested in going, the speakers and tickets can be found here. http://www.detroitchamber.com/dpc/


Feb 22, 2019
$15 Million For Detroit Neighborhood Development, Michigan's Standing In Trump Suit, Vocal Defense Workshop

On today’s show, Chase Bank makes a $15 million commitment to neighborhood redevelopment efforts in Detroit. The money — $10 million in long-term, low-cost loans, and $5 million in philanthropy — will go through the city’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund.

Elsewhere, Sven speaks with Wayne State University constitutional law professor Robert Sedler about the lawsuit Michigan and 15 other states filed this week against President Trump. The states argue the president’s national emergency declaration over the U.S.-Mexico border wall is unconstitutional.

Lastly, Shianne speaks with women’s empowerment champion, Laura Khalil, about her upcoming Vocal Self Defense Workshop. The event will be on Wednesday, February 27 at the SheHive in Ferndale.

Feb 22, 2019
Why Albert Cobo's Legacy Is A Racist One, With Detroit Historian Ken Coleman

Detroit’s Q*Bert-esque convention center has been named after former Mayor Albert Cobo since it opened in 1960. That’s set to change, with today’s announcement that the authority that runs Cobo awarded naming rights to Chemical Bank for $1.5 million per year for 22 years.

Mayor Mike Duggan has said for years that he thinks the convention center should be renamed, and on today’s show, we fill in the why.

Jer speaks with local historian and writer Ken Coleman about Cobo’s complicated and divisive legacy, and what was behind the decision to rename the building that bears his name.


  • The nonprofit small-business incubator Ponyride is moving out of its Corktown building.
  • And a new study of urban real estate finds that home prices increased faster in Detroit than in any other big city in North America. But there are qualifications.

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Feb 20, 2019
Dick Purtan Returns To The Airwaves To Raise Money To Feed The Hungry Plus 6 Things To Know

On today’s show, Jer tags along with the Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread truck, which delivers 3,800 meals each day to hungry Detroiters. He also speaks with former Detroit radio legend, Dick Purtan, about the upcoming Bed and Bread Club Radiothon, which runs Thursday through Friday on WJR-AM 760.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

  • A federal corruption probe could be expanding to Taylor, as FBI agents raided the City Hall and homes of Mayor Rick Sollars. There’s also a tip line set up at 313.965.4545.
  • GM says it’s investing $20 million in its Romulus Powertrain Plant to expand capacity.
  • The American Center of Mobility, a 500-acre-plus test bed for self-driving cars at Willow Run, announced a new CEO.
  • Autorama suffers a setback in its plans to jump a “Smokey and the Bandit” replica car next month over the event’s history of using Confederate flags.
  • New legislation could expand a state law banning texting while driving to any use of social media apps.
  • And Bob Seger has added a third night at DTE Energy Music Theater to his farewell tour. It’ll be June 12.

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Feb 19, 2019
OpenTable's Top 10 Southeast Michigan Restaurants For February, Plus 5 Stories Around Detroit

On today’s show, we break down the top 10 restaurants in Southeast Michigan as determined by users of Open Table for February. Of note: None of them are in the city proper, while one’s in Flint and another is in Ann Arbor.

Elsewhere, we catch up on the news that Amazon has agreed to invest $700 million in startup electric vehicle company Rivian. We talked about the possibility this would happen on an episode last week, and Jer has some more thoughts about what Amazon’s equity stake could mean.


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Feb 18, 2019
Hope For Abandoned Lee Plaza Plus 7 Other Things To Know Around Detroit

The city of Detroit has announced plans to sell Lee Plaza, the hulking and abandoned former apartment tower on West Grand Boulevard near Linden, to a pair of developers for a cool $350,000. The Roxbury Group and Ethos Development Partners plan to convert it to 180 apartments and retail as part of a $50 million redevelopment. It’s good news for an ailing but iconic building in a part of town that could use some love.

Also on today’s show, we run down the first partisan fight of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s tenure. Republican lawmakers have overridden her executive order restructuring the state’s main environmental department. They objected to her effort to do away with industry-friendly panels overseeing environmental rules and permitting.

Here’s what else you’ll hear:

  • An update on the Piet Oudolf garden coming to Belle Isle
  • Details on Michigan’s new Move Over Law
  • Bob Seger adds a Detroit-area date to his farewell tour, which is currently under way
  • A new Meijer is coming to the new shopping center development taking shape at 13 Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak
  • Jer and I talk about the news that Amazon is scrapping its plans to build part of its HQ2 campus in New York City amid a wave of local opposition about the incentives on offer and other issues. As a reminder, Detroit offered similar incentives as part of its package to try and woo the e-retail behemoth, and we devoted an entire podcast episode to doing the postmortem on why the Detroit-Windsor bid fell short.
  • And finally, an interview with Ryan Landau from the staffing agency Re:Purpose.

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Feb 14, 2019
The State Of Our State’s Transportation Plus 4 Things To Know Around Town

On today’s pod, we cover a bunch of transportation-related news. First up: Rivian, the electric vehicle startup we’ve covered in a Detroit Public Television segment and on this pod, may get a big investment from Amazon and General Motors. We discuss how that could be a huge boost for the company as it eyes the launch of its first vehicle in fall 2020. But what does it say about GM and Amazon?

Next, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was in Lansing today to talk auto insurance reform. As a reminder, Michigan has the nation’s most expensive car insurance. Republicans have signaled the issue as a priority for the current legislative session, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signaled an openness to working on it. As a refresher, check out our interview with Steven Gursten of Michigan Auto Law a while back on the state’s no-fault law and Duggan’s lawsuit.

Completing our transportation trifecta was Gov. Whitmer’s discussion of the need to “fix the damn roads” in last night’s State of the State address, her first. Republicans are even starting to come around to the idea that more revenue may be needed to fix our dismal roads and bridges. Could toll roads be one solution?

Whitmer also discussed wanting to strengthen civil rights protections for gay and transgender people in her SOS speech, and she targeted the practice of making controversial legislation referendum-proof. We talk about both of those proposals.

In other news:

Feb 13, 2019
I-75 Road Construction Announced Plus 5 Things To Know Around Detroit

Today on the podcast, an eight-and-a-half-mile section of I-75 that has been falling into third-world disrepair lately is set to see reconstruction soon. The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced details of the reconstruction project, which will zero in on the stretch between 13 Mile and Coolidge, including 18 bridges.

There’s no word on when exactly work will start, but it will likely have to wait ’til the current icepocalypse is done.

Also on today’s show, both the Freep and News have stories about an apparent conflict of interest in the Wayne County Treasurer’s office. Treasurer Eric Sabree’s wife has been buying up properties from the Wayne County foreclosure auction, despite the office’s own rules barring family members from doing that.

In related news, a shout-out to Detour Detroit and Outlier Media, who are holding an event Feb. 21 to build an independent database to better track the Wayne County tax auction. More information is on their Facebook page, if you’d like to help.


Ford faces a lawsuit from three MIT professors who say the automaker stole their patented technology for use in EcoBoost engines

Bipartisan legislation under development in Lansing would lift some caps on the number of snow days for school districts in Michigan, meaning it’d be less likely to have to hold make-up days that cut into summer

A new Polish restaurant is coming to West Village.

And Impossible burgers are coming to Michigan locations of Qdoba Mexican Eats.

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Feb 13, 2019
Popular Places For Valentine's Day Plus 8 More Things To Know

On today’s show, we cover the funeral arrangements for former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, who died Friday at age 92. Dingell, a Dearborn Democrat, was the longest-serving member of the U.S. House, having served for 59 years when he stepped down at the end of 2014. And he left a huge impression on generations of Detroiters.

Elsewhere, we delve into sportsball. Forbes says the Detroit Pistons fall one ranking to No. 26 for most valuable NBA teams (out of 30), despite increasing 15 percent to $1.27 billion. And Detroit City FC has released its schedule for the 2019 NPSL regular-season campaign, though it will release its schedule for its inaugural NPSL Founders Cup professional campaign, and four exhibition friendlies, at a later date.


  • The city of Detroit has an improved credit rating from Standards & Poor’s, meaning it will cost less for borrowing money
  • City officials in Royal Oak may have to eat an additional $877,000 in costs for a new parking deck under construction
  • Summit Place Mall in Waterford has a date with the wrecking ball, at long last
  • Comcast will begin airing Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts this season
  • Lyft has released the top restaurants, venues and cities for Valentine’s Day in Detroit, using data from 2018
  • Detroit is once again on a list of most-unhealthy U.S. cities, and we discuss a few reasons why

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Feb 11, 2019
Legendary Motown Funk Brother Paul Riser On Working With Stevie Wonder & How The Music Biz Has Changed

Paul Riser has played trombone, wrote songs and arranged music with some of the biggest names in popular music. As a member of the fabled “Funk Brothers,” the mostly anonymous house band for Motown Records during its heyday, he worked with the likes of Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson.

Riser will appear at the Detroit Institute of Music Education on Friday, Feb. 8 from 1-3 p.m., 1265 Griswold, for a “Paul Riser Masterclass” on lessons learned from his incredible 50-year career in music.

In today’s episode, Riser talks about how he started with the Funk Brothers, what he learned from playing with them in the studio, and what it’s like playing with Stevie Wonder.

I also ask him what the drastic changes in the music industry mean for those trying to make a living on music, and who he likes from the current crop of pop musicians.

We also hear from DIME President Kevin Nixon (“which makes me President Nixon,” he quipped to me before we recorded the conversation), himself an industry veteran, on what makes Riser unique.

Whether you’re a music lover like me, or just love hearing about Detroit’s history, you won’t want to miss this episode.

Feb 07, 2019
How Michigan Needs More Money For Roads Plus 6 Other Things To Know

Paul Ajegba, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nominee to head the Michigan Department of Transportation, faced a grilling in a state Senate committee on Tuesday. And he let slip a rather interesting tidbit, saying that MDOT likely needs another $1.5 billion in funding just to fix state roads. And that doesn’t account for the needs of counties, cities and villages.

On today’s show, we break down the particulars, including why that $1.2 billion roads package lawmakers passed back in 2015 won’t cut it. We also run down:

  • GM’s planned layoffs of 1,300 salaried employees at the Warren Tech Center, coming on the same day the automaker reported earning $8.1 billion for 2018
  • A Detroit police commander who retired after being charged with impaired driving and possessing a firearm while under the influence
  • Former Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds, who was sentenced to 17 years in a federal prison in a wide-ranging Macomb County corruption scandal, detailed by The Detroit News
  • Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, 92, has entered hospice care
  • And the Downtown Detroit Partnership releases its annual report, featuring some interesting data points

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Feb 06, 2019
Cars, Bus Fares, Parking Rates And Bridges Plus 6 Things To Know

Busy show for you podcast listeners today. Ford is laying off 1,000 employees at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, but offering them positions in other Ford plants, with about half expected to take jobs at the Livonia Transmission plant. Meanwhile, GM is adding 1,000 jobs at Flint Assembly to make heavy-duty Chevy and GMC trucks. Those jobs will be offered first to workers affected by the looming closure of four plants in the U.S., including two here in the Detroit area.

Elsewhere, Ferndale is doubling rates for all downtown metered parking starting April 1. That’s to help pay for the dot, the new $28 million mixed-use parking deck that just broke ground. We talked about that project recently with Ferndale’s assistant city manager, Joe Gacioch.

The Ambassador Bridge will slash toll fares by $2, from $4.60 to $2.60, in both directions starting Feb. 18

Turning to buses, the suburban SMART bus system is proposing a new fare system that would eliminate transfers and bring fares in line with the Detroit Department of Transportation. You can email your feedback to publichearing@smartbus.org, or attend one of the following meetings:

Wednesday, February 6
Dearborn Transit Center, 21201 Michigan Ave., 5:30 p.m.

SMART downtown offices, 535 Griswold Street, Suite 600, Detroit, 12 p.m.

Thursday, February 7
Royal Oak Transit Center, 202 Sherman Drive, 5:30 p.m.

Lots more in the show, and be safe out there with the ice tonight.

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Feb 05, 2019
Detroit Restaurant Week And 7 Other Things To Know

It was an especially bad start to the week for many salaried employees at General Motors, as the automaker started handing out pink slip in a bid to eliminate 4,000 white-collar employees over the next two weeks. It’s part of plans GM announced in November and discussed on our podcast to slash 14,000 jobs and save $6 billion by 2020.

In other news, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shakes up state government, restructuring and renaming the Department of Environmental Quality as the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. She also signed two other measures to address the public’s fears about drinking water in the wake of the Flint water crisis and widespread PFAS contamination.

We also rundown:

  • The city of Detroit has pushed back the date for appealing new property tax assessments
  • Detroit Restaurant Week kicks off later this month
  • Shake Shack is unveiling sous vide “Chick’n Bites”
  • Google crunches the numbers and finds Detroit is the nation’s top pizza-eating market; MSN offers some unconventional entries for Motown’s top Detroit-style pizza joints
  • The Anna Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle will have limited weekend hours this month due to construction work
  • And last but certainly not least, we wade into the talk of the town, the new sculpture in Sterling Heights that some are calling the Golden Butthole of Macomb County

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Feb 04, 2019
Cold Weather Problems, Gas Tax Hike Floated And Bridge's Truth Tour

Well, it’s cold out. Anyone noticed?

If you’re like us, you no doubt noticed the emergency push alert sent to your mobile device Wednesday night, asking you to dial back your thermostats as the temperatures outside were heading to record subzero lows.

On today’s show, we talk about what happened to precipitate that push alert — a fire at a Consumers Energy natural gas storage and compression plant in Macomb County, its largest — and how it illustrates how vulnerable our infrastructure is to climate change. We suspect things will only get worse, if the forecasts for a big thaw by this weekend prove true.

Staying with infrastructure, because we’re nerds like that, we run down a new proposal from a bipartisan group of former politicians to raise Michigan’s gas tax to help fund road repairs.

Our interview today is with Alexandra Schmidt, public engagement director with the Center for Michigan and a reporter at Bridge Magazine. She tells us about the “think-and-do” tank’s new report, “Michigan’s Moment of Truth.” It reflects the recommendations gleaned from more than 170 meetings across the state with residents about what they want to see out of our new crop of elected leaders (hint: roads are a big topic).

Thanks for listening, tell a friend about us, and have a pleasant weekend.

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Feb 01, 2019
Inside Rivian, Detroit's Newest (And All-Electric) Automaker

You may have seen that Daily Detroit recently made its Detroit Public Television debut with a profile of Rivian, the electric vehicle maker that caught the automotive world by surprise last fall when it unveiled its high-powered, battery-electric pickup truck and SUV.

For today’s episode, we’re following up on our promise to give you more from our visit to Rivian’s Plymouth Township headquarters. We have more from my interview with the company’s founder and CEO, R.J. Scaringe, including how the company is founded and why he’s confident they can clear the hurdles and start manufacturing their vehicles.

Rivian is now taking orders on both the R1T pickup, which is slated for delivery to customers in late 2020, and the R1S SUV, which delivers in 2021. The former starts at $69,000, or $61,500 after federal electric-vehicle tax credits, while the latter starts at $72,500 ($65,000).

In the meantime, enjoy the photos from our visit.

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Jan 31, 2019
Arctic Temps, PFAS And 4 Other Things To Know Around Detroit

A new polar vortex is bearing down on Michigan and the upper Midwest, forcing widespread school closures, forcing Wayne State University and Michigan State University to cancel classes and the Detroit Zoo to close.

On today’s episode, we run down some of the knock-on effects of the dangerously cold weather, which is expected to produce subzero temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills. Jer speaks with Gary Brown, director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, about the risks to the city’s aging infrastructure.

DTE Energy also has a list of warming centers that will be open around the Detroit region.

In other news, we discuss a report that the Trump administration will not set drinking water limits for PFAS, a dangerous group of chemicals that have turned up in public water systems across the country and Michigan. This as the U.S. Air Force thumbs its nose at the state of Michigan’s request to expand cleanup of PFAS contamination at a former air base near Oscoda.

Other news:

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Jan 29, 2019
CBD Cocktails, Pretzel Crust Pizza Plus 6 Other Things To Know Around Detroit

Greetings, fellow snow-bound Detroiters. We didn’t let the weather interfere with our podcast plans today and delivered this show from the Royal Oak studio of Podcast Detroit.

On today’s show, newly Detroit-based Chemical Bank is merging with Minnesota-based TCF Bank in an all-stock merger of equals. The deal will see TCF vacate its suburban Minneapolis headquarters and join Chemical in being based in downtown Detroit, where employee head count will eventually reach 500. The Chemical name will go away in favor of TCF, which stands for Twin City Federal Savings and Loan Association.

In other news, attendance at this year’s Detroit auto show saw a small dip in the show’s final wintertime appearance before it moves to June in 2020.

And former Detroit Tigers legend Kirk Gibson has a new title with the team. He’ll be a special assistant to General Manager Al Avila in addition to his duties in the TV broadcast booth alternating with Jack Morris.

Then we run down a bunch of food news:

  • Royal Oak craft beer bar Ale Mary’s debuts cannabidiol-flavored cocktails
  • Corktown deli Mudgie’s offers a new program to provide hot meals to those who could really use one
  • Troy’s Camp Ticonderoga wins some national acclaim for its coziness
  • The Drive Table Tennis Social Club in downtown Detroit has closed but is reportedly looking for a new location

And, Little Caesars has a new pretzel crust pizza. With cheddar cheese sauce. It’s apparently a thing lots of people asked to come back.

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Jan 28, 2019
Detroit’s Packard Plant Is On Wayne County’s 2019 Foreclosure List

A bonus pod this Friday, January 25, 2018.

Despite its new owner’s promises to build a brewery, office space, a hotel and more, Detroit’s infamous Packard Plant is once again subject to foreclosure by Wayne County in 2019, according to notices published in the Detroit Legal News last month.

That’s due, at least in part, to unpaid bills to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. But the amount shows up as tax liability.

Although we haven’t been able to confirm the total owed for the water and sewage bills, adding up records found on Loveland’s property website shows that Arte Express owes $302,434 as of August 2018. That’s across a variety of properties that make up the north and south sides of the sprawling Packard facility.

The Detroit Water And Sewerage Department said they wouldn’t be able to confirm the total amount owed across the numerous properties that make up the plant by the end of today. We’ve identified 42 parcels owned by Arte Express at the Packard Plant, with 41 subject to foreclosure on March 31, 2019.

This includes the administration building that the pedestrian bridge fell from earlier this week at 1580 East Grand Boulevard. That parcel is listed as owing $5,587.99.

Peruvian developer Fernando Palazuelo and his Arte Express company purchased the complex out of foreclosure in 2013 for $405,000.

More: http://www.dailydetroit.com/2019/01/25/detroits-packard-plant-is-on-wayne-countys-2019-foreclosure-list/


Jan 25, 2019
Collapse Of The Packard Plant Bridge Spotlights The Plant's Colorful Past And Uncertain Future

On Wednesday, the Packard Plant’s bridge collapsed onto East Grand Boulevard. On today’s show, we talk about that and what we know about why it happened. And we use it as a jumping-off point to discuss the plant’s colorful past and ambitious — some might say quixotic — future plans.

In its heyday, the Packard Plant was the largest automotive factory in the world, built for an automobile company known for its engineering and innovations like the 12-cylinder engine and the modern steering wheel.

We also speak with John Lauter, a former tenant and current Packard historian, who fills us in on the plant’s post-Packard years starting in the late ’50s, including its use for film storage, then later on for illegal rave parties. Not to mention, there’s a dose of city hall intrigue at the turn of the millenium.


Jan 25, 2019
New Report Indicts Michigan's Inadequate School Funding, Plus DIA Campus To Be Redesigned

Greetings from Detroit, which today looks like a snowglobe-turned-dismal outdoor slushie amid a brief thaw.

On today’s show, we discuss a new report from the Michigan State University College of Education that finds tht funding for Michigan’s public schools has dropped more severely than in any other state over the past quarter-century. We’re now dead last among states for total education revenue growth.

The report deliberately looks at the effects of Proposal A, the 1994 state law that drastically changed public education funding in Michigan. It shifted funding from local property taxes to state property taxes, limiting the ability of local residents to determine funding levels for their own local schools.

We had an in-depth interview last year about Michigan’s K-12 woes with Ron French of Bridge magazine. You can listen to it here.

Elsewhere, we discuss a new initiative to redesign the streets around the Detroit Institute of Arts. The public is invited to come to the DIA and provide their feedback on plans offered by three different firms.

Also covered today:

  • Peppa Pig’s World of Play is coming to the Detroit area
  • Eminem is starring in a virtual-reality documentary set in Detroit
  • And the restaurant and winery chain Cooper’s Hawk is eyeing Troy as the location of its second restaurant in Michigan.

And finally, our interview feature is with Detroit entrepreneur Jennyfer Crawford about her new venture. The founder of the popular All Things Detroit market has launched All Things Ticketing. Her aim is to make throwing an event simpler.

Jan 23, 2019
MDOT Says I-75 Emergency Repairs Will Continue Until Spring, Detroit Property Values Rise

On today’s episode, we speak with Diane Cross, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation, about the still-unfolding transportation apocalypse on northbound I-75 in Oakland County.

There, potholes have proliferated since Monday, damaging cars, forcing the closure of the freeway and creating massive traffic snarls. Cross says it’s a textbook example of Michigan’s chronic under-investment in its road infrastructure, and emergency road repairs are likely to continue until a planned, multimillion-dollar road reconstruction project kicks off in the spring. UGH!

Elsewhere, we dive into new property values released by the city of Detroit that show rising property values in a little over half of the city’s neighborhoods.

That cool building current with the giant rainbow mural? That’s going to become Chroma Detroit.

An old school built in 1922 will get a new chapter as a INDUSTRY DETROIT.

And yesterday the Element Hotel in the historic Metropolitan Building opened.

In food news, San Morello, the new restaurant in the shiny new Shinola Hotel was featured on the Today Show.

We have confirmation that Buddy’s Pizza is in fact expanding to Grand Rapids.

And we shout out The Daily podcast for their profile on the a new U.S. Democratic House representative, Rashida Tlaib. Here’s a link to that.

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Jan 23, 2019
I-75 Is Crumbling Plus 11 Things To Know Around Detroit

We thought when we went into the office today, it'd be a short day. We were wrong.

Here's what to know around town:

I-75 is crumbling. Both the Northbound and Southbound lanes have major emergency repairs underway.

A highly dispiriting for Martin Luther King Jr. Day - The Detroit News reports that a former political aide to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says the mayor called former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick the N-word on election night in 2007. More: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/macomb-county/2019/01/21/warren-mayor-jim-fouts-called-kwame-kilpatrick-n-word-ex-aide-says/2636161002/

According to PropertyShark, the difference between the median home sale prices in Detroit’s neighborhoods and downtown is one of the largest in the nation. But we dig deeper into just how odd Detroit's real estate market is, with 15x less mortgages than the national average per 100,000 people. https://www.propertyshark.com/Real-Estate-Reports/2019/01/14/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-american-downtown-a-look-into-the-home-price-evolution-of-the-nations-urban-cores-in-the-decade-since-the-downturn/

A newly released court memo in the bribery case of Troy’s former city manager argues that Brian Kischnick had a “god complex” and ran a pay-to-play operation rivaling that of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2019/01/21/troy-city-manager-bribery-case/2632999002/

Henry Ford Health System plans to convert a vacant commercial building near its anchor hospital into an arts destination focused on offering youth and family programming and highlighting the talent of local artists. It’ll be called ArtBlock.

Michigan’s new Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, has filed a legal brief that seeks to settle a lawsuit challenging the Republican-drawn legislative and congressional districts. That could lead to new maps drawn for the 2020 election.

Last month we told you about Lincoln’s plan to make a limited number of Continental sedans fitted with suicide doors. Today, the company said all 80 models sold out within two days, despite a price tag north of $110,000.

Grammy-nominated rapper Nas will perform with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on March 5th.

Could Buddy’s Pizza be expanding to Grand Rapids?

In more food news… Ann Arbor based Seva has been named one of the best Vegetarian and Vegan restaurants in the country by Thrillist.

A longtime Detroit watering hole, The Detroiter Bar, will not be serving alcohol for 21 days.

And, the founder of Olga's Kitchen, Olga Laizon, has passed away. 

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Jan 22, 2019
6 Things To Know Plus 3 Places To Go Around Detroit

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  • Former Governor John Engler is indeed out as interim president of Michigan State University. Replacing him will be Satish Udpa.
  • The United Auto Workers says it plans to stage a candlelight vigil outside the North American International Auto Show tomorrow night during the Charity Preview event.
  • A giant golden ring has been installed in Sterling Heights on Hall Road near Schoenherr as part of a beautification project.
  • Detroit’s oldest drinking establishment got some national love today. The Two Way Inn on Mt. Elliott in Detroit was just named the Best Dive Bar in the country for the 2019 Nightclub & Bar Awards.
  • One of Detroit’s Tiki Bars, Lost River, has taken a top spot nationally in Yelp’s ranking of the kitschy (but fun) genre.
  • This weekend kicks off the first Michigan Central Station Winter Festival. It will run Friday, January 18 until Sunday, January 27.
  • If you’re looking for something fun to do that will have a positive impact on projects in Detroit….. you really need to get to Detroit SOUP this Sunday night.
  • Also happening Sunday is Back Alley Bikes’ 7th annual Bike the Blizzard bike-a-thon fundraiser. It runs from midnight to midnight.
  • It’s going to be cold this weekend!
Jan 17, 2019
Why Engler Failed, Baker College Coming To Ferndale Plus 7 Other Things To Know

First, huge news from East Lansing, where former Gov. John Engler is expected to resign as interim president of Michigan State University in the wake of comments he made about victims of the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal. Engler, you’ll recall, was brought in to clean up the mess after former President Lou Ann Simon resigned over her handling of the Nassar affair. But Engler last week told The Detroit News that some victims were “enjoying the spotlight.” It was the latest in a long line of controversial moves and comments he made about the scandal, and we talk about why we believe he was the wrong man for the job from the outset.

Elsewhere, more than 60 unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to temporarily reopen amid a marijuana shortage. There’s also big news in Ferndale, where Baker College wants to open a flagship urban campus in 2020, a move that could give the city an economic jolt.

Also hoped to deliver an economic jolt is a new partnership between Microsoft and Wayne State University. It targets developing skills for in-demand high-tech jobs. Staying on the jobs theme, Pontiac-based mortgage lender United Shore is looking to hire 800 people this year. And going back to Wayne State, researchers there will study fatbergs after winning an $80,000 grant. 

There’s more for your listening pleasure in the episode above. And don’t miss our guide for how to score tickets to see the acclaimed musical “Hamilton” when it comes to the Fisher Theater.

Jan 16, 2019
Your 2019 Detroit Auto Show Highlight Guide

For today's Daily Detroit, we talk everything North American International Auto Show with our Sven Gustafson who spent a couple days on the floor at Cobo Center.

Topics covered include the general feel of the show, plans for next year's show that will be held in June, the Toyota Supra reveal, the new Ford Explorer, the power of the Mustang brand, the Kia Telluride, a new Ram Heavy Duty pickup with insane torque numbers, Cadillac vs. Lincoln and Ford's new partnership with Volkswagen.

We also share the details on what you need to know to go to the public show later this month. 

Jan 15, 2019
4 Things To Know Around Detroit

A major water main break in Detroit is causing havoc for residents, nearly a hundred thousand downtown Detroit office workers…. and auto show attendees staying at hotels.

Then, a local ice cream shop is getting a new flavor when it comes to their decor.

Hopcat has a new name for their fries.

And finally, I went out to Dearborn to check out historic artifacts from Michigan Central Station and give you the details on how you’ll be able to see them for yourself.

Jan 15, 2019
How The Mixed-Use 'dot' Parking Structure Will Change Downtown Ferndale

On today’s show we focus on everyone’s favorite suburb, Funky/Fabulous/Fashionable Ferndale. There, the city is preparing to break ground on a $28 million mixed-use parking structure adorably named “the dot” — short for “development on Troy” Street.

It’s a major development for the city, nearly tripling parking capacity on the site, adding four stories plus one underground level of parking, adding more than 11,000 square feet of new retail space and, possibly, new office space and housing. But it also means taking downtown Ferndale’s busiest parking lot offline for more than a year, adding to parking woes and stresses for local businesses.

We speak with Ferndale Assistant City Manager Joseph Gacioch about the project and how a parking structure fits in with the city’s vision for placemaking and a more vibrant downtown for business owners.

More renderings are below. The city’s website for all things the dot is here.

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Jan 10, 2019
What Caused The Massive $75M Sinkhole In Macomb County?

A single-family home, leaning to the one side, swallowed up by the ground on Christmas Eve. It’s a visual people won’t forget. And it made national news.

Today on Daily Detroit, we’re digging into what officials now believe caused a major sinkhole in the Macomb County suburb of Fraser back in 2016. 

Then we look into the wider topic of Southeast Michigan’s infrastructure, both above and below ground. Like much of the country, it’s been mostly neglected for decades. And the bill is coming due.

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Jan 09, 2019
Some Big Bike And Trail Projects Are Coming In 2019, With Todd Scott, Detroit Greenways Coalition

Happy Tuesday, automatons! Today your Daily Detroit gets wonky and talks all about bike lanes and trail projects with Todd Scott of the Detroit Greenways Coalition. He put together an interesting (and lengthy!) list of bike and trail projects due to see action in 2019.

They include groundbreaking at the long-delayed Uniroyal site near the bridge to Belle Isle, movement on the long-planned Joe Louis Greenway (formerly known as the Inner Circle Greenway) and new protected bike lanes on Grand River Avenue in northwest Detroit.

As Scott says, it’s remarkable how far the city has come with its bicycling and greenways infrastructure in just the last few years. And it’s remarkable that it’s all happening here in the Motor City, a place that’s been indelibly built and shaped by the automobile — and not always for the better.

If you’re a fan of Jane Jacobs and urbanism, you don’t want to miss this show. And if you like what we’re doing, considering supporting us through our Patreon campaign.

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Jan 08, 2019
Talking Detroit City FC's New Coach W/ Fletcher Sharpe, Warren's Rat Fight, And 5 Restaurant Openings and Closings

On today’s episode, we check in with soccer correspondent Fletcher Sharpe about Detroit City FC’s new coach, Trevor James, and what it means for the club as it prepares for its first (semi) season of professional soccer.

Elsewhere, I-696 has now been almost fully reopened after the long delay following a labor dispute and problems encountered by cold and wet winter weather. In Warren, construction has apparently loosed a plague of rats on Jim Fouts’ fair city.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to the Affirmations community center in Ferndale today to sign her executive order prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender state employees. Her directive goes farther than a similar order signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder during his waning days in office last month.

Greta Van Fleet, the pride of Frankenmuth, will headline Saturday Night Live on Jan. 19.

And we catch up on some key restaurant/bar openings and closings. Among them:

  • Shimmy Shack is gearing up to open its brick-and-mortar eatery in Plymouth Township later this month. (Facebook)
  • The Royal Oak nightclub Luna has closed its doors after 19 years of getting people really drunk. (Facebook)
  • There’s a new Biggby Coffee on Livernois in Detroit (Daily Detroit)
  • In Birmingham, Hunter House might be demolished for a five-story mixed-use development. (Hometown Life)
  • And Woodbridge’s latest eatery is Japanese izakaya Katsu Detroit, with tatami-style tables up in front. (Eater Detroit)

And in our “reads” section, check out this piece by Robin Runyan in Curbed Detroit about a Detroiter that’s rehabbing their childhood home they found on the Land Bank auction site.

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Jan 07, 2019
John Sinclair's New Pot Hangout & 5 Things To Know Around Town

A ritual of regional togetherness is no more. The annual “Big Four” gathering of the Detroit Mayor and the three county executives from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb will not happen this year around the North American International Auto Show. (Oakland Press)

The Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation, founded by Detroit native and Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller and his partner Josh Lehrer, has given the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit a $1 million grant. It’ll fund their Summer Camp and Mosaic Experience Empowerment Program.

Yesterday we brought you the bizarre tale of a 48-year-old Novi resident arrested in Russia on accusations of spying. Today there’s word that Paul Whelan has been indicted on espionage charges.

A couple bits of news from General Motors. On Thursday, the automaker named Mark Reuss its new president to oversee autonomous and electric vehicle development. Also, GM has hit a milestone of 200,000 cumulative electric vehicles sold. That’s the threshold where a 75-hundred-dollar federal tax credit for purchasing EVs starts to phase out. The credit will drop to $3,750 starting in April, to $1,875 in October and then disappear completely by April 2020.

Embattled Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland may face a recall effort.

And... Legendary counterculture figure and marijuana advocate John Sinclair has opened a new coffee shop in Detroit. 

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Jan 04, 2019
Your Detroit Headlines And Diving In On Lansing's Lame Duck Results With Emily Lawler

Happy New Year! We've made it to season 2!

On to the stories:

Detroit Police James Craig told the Detroit News on Tuesday there were 261 criminal homicides in 2018. That’s down six from last year and the lowest number since 1966. But for now, we’re going to put an asterisk on this statistic. We talk about why.

We don’t often wade into U.S.-Russia relations on Daily Detroit, but we are today. That’s because Russia’s Federal Security Service says it has arrested a man from Novi who’s being accused of espionage. Russian authorities arrested Paul Whelan December 28th in Moscow, where he had reportedly planned to attend a wedding. Whelan is an ex-Marine who works as director of global security for the auto supplier BorgWarner in Auburn Hills. 

The city of Detroit is cracking down on six types of businesses in the city.

  • Used tire sales and storage
  • Used auto sales
  • Scrap iron and metal processors
  • Junk dealers
  • Auto dismantling and wrecking
  • New major and minor auto repair places

And our guest today is Emily Lawler. She's MLive's Lansing reporter and she talks about what actually came out of the frenetic lame duck session in Lansing, her recent piece examining outgoing Governor Rick Snyder and looks ahead to what's next for new Governor Gretchen Whitmer. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Jan 03, 2019
The Best New Bars And Restaurants Of Detroit 2018

The end of the year is fast approaching, and Daily Detroit is starting to look back at this crazy year, which was an eventful one for the city. On today's episode, our Man About Town, Devon O'Reilly, joins us in the studio to discuss his favorite bars and restaurants that swung open their doors in 2018.

We talk about new bars like the Keisling and Lost River, plus restaurants including Empire, Urban Ramen and Bakersfield. We run down a few places that closed down in 2018, and we also look forward to what's coming in 2019.

Dec 20, 2018
Maker Of Coats For The Homeless Expands, 2 Historic Buildings Renovated On Eastside

The Empowerment Plan is a great nonprofit organization that provides jobs to homeless women making coats that double as sleeping bags and are distributed to other homeless people.

The women, in turn, get a chance to find permanent housing and a new start on life. Now, the program is expanding.

Daily Detroit's Shianne Nocerini went down to Empowerment Plan's Islandview headquarters to speak with founder Veronika Scott.

Elsewhere, we discuss the news of layoffs at General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.

Two old, long-abandoned apartment buildings in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood are getting renovated (pictures here).

And if you were hoping to catch the D Drop in Detroit on NYE, you better make different plans. The event is canceled for this year.

We also discuss an interesting story about what could become the state's next big cash crop: industrial hemp. MLive has the full story.

Dec 19, 2018
Detroit's Metropolitan Building Gets New Life With Developer David Di Rita And Historian Dan Austin

Developers on Monday took the wraps off the redeveloped Metropolitan Building, which will re-open soon as the 110-room Element Hotel by Westin after four decades of abandonment.

As Dan Austin of HistoricDetroit.org tells us, she's a "real looker" of a building, with a triangle-shaped footprint and terra cotta tiles adorning its impressive facade. But the Metropolitan survived several scrapes with demolition over the years — plus an effort to decontaminate it of radioactive elements back in the '90s.

Also joining us to discuss the project and some of the redevelopment challenges is David Di Rita, founder and principal of Detroit-based Roxbury Group. Along with Detroit's Means Group, they steered the $33 million renovation projection, which is quickly nearing completion.

Di Rita takes us on a virtual auditory tour of the refurbished interior. He also goes into detail about the forthcoming rooftop bar (!!!).

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Dec 18, 2018
Drag Queen Storytime Controversy, I-696 Update And Lincoln Brings Back Suicide Doors

It's Monday, Dec. 17 in the mystical land known as Detroit. Here's what you get when you listen to your beloved Daily Detroit podcast today:

Lincoln has made good on its pledge to reintroduce suicide doors on the Continental luxury sedan. The 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition is an homage to the first Continental introduced in 1939 and to the center-opening doors that graced the car during the 1960s. Just 80 examples will be made for 2019.

Elsewhere, unpredictable winter weather continues to defy MDOT's ability to predict when I-696 construction will wrap in Macomb County. The QLine is offering free rides for the holiday shopping season, and Detroit's historic Grande Ballroom, home to many a legendary show from the MC5, The Stooges, The Who and others, lands on the National Register of Historic Places.

We cover two bits of business news: High-end clothier The Broadway will close down for good after 43 years in business in downtown Detroit so its owner can retire. Over in Corktown, Cork and Gabel will open this week, bringing a mix of locally sourced Irish, German and Italian fare to the neighborhood. More info is at Eater Detroit.

Lastly, Daily Detroit correspondent Shianne Nocerini joins us to talk about Drag Queen Storytime, which has managed to attract controversy from the usual quarters.

And a little P.S. - there's a show at Otus Supply on Wednesday night you might want to check out if you're into rock and roll. More here: https://www.facebook.com/events/215150699406826/


Dec 17, 2018
Drag Queen Storytime Controversy, I-696 Update And Lincoln Brings Back Suicide Doors

It's Monday, Dec. 17 in the mystical land known as Detroit. Here's what you get when you listen to your beloved Daily Detroit podcast today:

Lincoln has made good on its pledge to reintroduce suicide doors on the Continental luxury sedan. The 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition is an homage to the first Continental introduced in 1939 and to the center-opening doors that graced the car during the 1960s. Just 80 examples will be made for 2019.

Elsewhere, unpredictable winter weather continues to defy MDOT's ability to predict when I-696 construction will wrap in Macomb County. The QLine is offering free rides for the holiday shopping season, and Detroit's historic Grande Ballroom, home to many a legendary show from the MC5, The Stooges, The Who and others, lands on the National Register of Historic Places.

We cover two bits of business news: High-end clothier The Broadway will close down for good after 43 years in business in downtown Detroit so its owner can retire. Over in Corktown, Cork and Gabel will open this week, bringing a mix of locally sourced Irish, German and Italian fare to the neighborhood. More info is at Eater Detroit.

Lastly, Daily Detroit correspondent Shianne Nocerini joins us to talk about Drag Queen Storytime, which has managed to attract controversy from the usual quarters.

And a little P.S. - there's a show at Otus Supply on Wednesday night you might want to check out if you're into rock and roll. More here: https://www.facebook.com/events/215150699406826/


Dec 17, 2018
Ground Breaks On Dan Gilbert's Monroe Block Development. We Discuss Its Past, Present and Exciting Future

The big news around Detroit today is the groundbreaking on the Monroe Block. That's the two-block site adjacent to Campus Martius where Dan Gilbert and Bedrock plan an $830 million development to add 1.4 million square feet of housing, office, retail and public space.

On today's podcast, we discuss the Monroe Block's colorful history as a theater district, its mostly moribund present and its potentially very exciting future. Gilbert, through Bedrock Detroit, plans to build two new towers — a 35-story office tower, and a 17-story residential building — with a more than 1-acre central courtyard featuring landscaping, seating areas, a catwalk and retail and food amenities. It will incorporate Farmer Street, which bisects the Monroe Block, but close it off to vehicle traffic.

The architects were asked to adhere closely to good urban-design principles. The result is an attempt to connect different downtown districts, bring in a mix of uses and create vibrant open spaces. It’s something that a lot of downtown Detroit still lacks, frankly. Think of the relatively lifeless west side of downtown. Or the sea of surface parking lots that still comprise much of the CBD.

Dec 13, 2018
4 Things To Know, 1 Place To Go Plus Honoring Detroit's Best Bars & Restaurants

On today's show:

In Michigan, drug overdoses kill more people than traffic and gun deaths combined. Nearly 2,700 people died from overdoses in 2017, and more than 1,900 of those deaths were because of opioids. But there's a new coalition that's been put together fund treating this problem. 

Michigan is beating Ohio.. this time for getting a headquarters of a company to move here.

In downtown Detroit, the Green Room Salad Bar says it’s found a new home after being evicted from the Ford Building on Congress back in the spring.

Ferndale restaurant The Conserva says it’s planning to close after two years in business.

The House of Vans pop-up festival is coming to Detroit for a four-day stretch January 24th through the 27th.

Listeners to this show know that Detroit’s food and booze scene has been growing like crazy as of late. So much so, it now has its own awards. That’s the Golden Jigger, a creation of Nick Britsky of Nick Drinks. The winners are a who’s who of hospitality around town. We talk with Nick Britsky and Booze Bunny about it. A complete list of winners: http://www.nickdrinks.com/2018/12/10/golden-jigger-awards-2018-recap/

Dec 13, 2018
Comedy Central Axes 'Detroiters,' Doner Agency's Actual CEO Weighs In

It's a sad day for Detroiters who were fan of the TV show of the same name. Comedy Central today opted against bringing the buddy comedy "Detroiters" back for a third season, co-star Sam Richardson announced via Twitter.

On today's show, we wax nostalgic about the beloved but short-lived show. Jer speaks with David Demuth, president and CEO of Southfield-based Doner, the real-life ad agency that was the arch-nemesis of the show's fictional Cramblin Duvet advertising firm. How'd the show settle on Doner as its foil?

Elsewhere, we report on the other news that has Detroit talking — that HopCat is doing away with its popular Crack Fries out of deference to the reality that crack is a horribly addictive drug that has devastated families and whole neighborhoods in places like Detroit. The actual fries and recipe will remain, however. Which leads us to talk about our favorite fries.

Yes, our show today gets absurd, fast.

Elsewhere, we run down:

  • A new snow-plowing protocol in the notoriously under-plowed city of Detroit
  • A planned expansion of Oakland Community College's downtown Royal Oak campus (the Daily Tribune has the full story)
  • The Detroit auto show inks a seven-year deal keeping it at Cobo through 2026
  • And some holiday fun including Santa Claus, beer tasting and classic arcade video games are coming to the Fisher Building lobby on Saturday.

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Dec 12, 2018
$35M To Help Detroit Neighborhoods, Condado Tacos Coming To Royal Oak, Mosaic Founder Retires

Happy Monday, worker drones! On today's show: 

Detroit's Strategic Neighborhood Fund gets a $35 million infusion from seven companies in what's said to be the largest corporate donation to Detroit neighborhoods, ever.

The city will splash the cash in seven new east- and westside neighborhoods to strengthen housing and commercial districts. It's part of Mayor Duggan's "20-minute neighborhoods" initiative, which aims to redevelop neighborhoods into places where residents can walk or bike to do their errands, get to transit and visit a park within 20 minutes.

Elsewhere, downtown Royal Oak is getting a new taco joint. Columbus, Ohio-based Condado Tacos aims to open next spring.

And last but not least, we speak with Rick Sperling, who has announced his retirement after what will be nearly 27 years leading Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit. Sperling talks about how the nonprofit arts and youth-development outfit has evolved from when he founded it in 1992 and what he's most proud of.

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Dec 10, 2018
The Weed Is Freed In Michigan Plus 6 Things To Know Around Detroit

On the show:

Michigan is the first state in the midwest and the tenth nationally to legalize recreational marijuana. The ballot measure passed last month with almost 56 percent of the vote, and it became official law today. There are few key things you need to know before you roll.

Detroit’s Town Pump - a long-standing drinking establishment - is moving across the street. Their "one last pump" party is this January. Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2216700125236311/

This one is just breaking as we record the show... the Detroit News is reporting that Fiat Chrysler will activate the old Mack Avenue Engine II plant in the city of Detroit. More, with info on the car being built that wasn't available when we recorded: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/chrysler/2018/12/06/fiat-chrysler-open-new-assembly-plant-detroit/2225735002/

The rent is high! A new report says that our very own Motor City has seen the highest rent increases of any U.S. city. Also, it costs 47% of the average Detroiter's income just on rent. 

For the first time in nearly two decades, the city of Detroit is back to borrowing on its own credit. The city sold $135 million in bonds with the aim of using it to purchase land around the city for eventual development.

The new Fort Street Galley food hall concept opens its doors to the public on Friday in downtown Detroit.

The Lions make their best pickup of the year: Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame as a possible fan.

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Dec 06, 2018
New Purpose Awards Aims To Highlight People Doing Good Work In Detroit

There are a lot of people doing good work in Detroit. Folks that put their shoulder to the wheel and are making things happen and making the community better.

But often, those folks don't get as much recognition. That's why Ryan Landau and Re:Purpose, a Detroit-based firm, started the Purpose Awards.

Ryan joins us on the show to to talk about them, why he's doing it, and who should apply (there are also some great prizes, too. Who wouldn't want a stay at the Foundation Hotel?)

If you want to get in on the action and nominate yourself, a friend or a coworker, visit: https://repurpose.co/michigan-purpose-awards

Dec 05, 2018
Michigan Central Depot Progress, Lame Duck Update & Lyft's Most Popular Detroit Destinations

On today's show:

Jer was back at Michigan Central Station today and checked in on the progress of the restoration and renovation as phase one kicks off.

The Michigan Legislature is taking up a set of controversial bills, most with the aim of blunting the voice of voters, watering down successful ballot initiatives and taking power away from the incoming Democrats.

The Fillmore is getting a new marquee and it's the talk of the town, and maybe for not the right reasons. Sven adds history and context. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/acronymofficial/posts/1924719857564493

Ridesharing service Lyft has released the most popular destinations in Detroit. We break them down. 

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Dec 04, 2018
Jeep, Rivian Electric Cars And Sven's L.A. Auto Show Wrap-Up

In a very special episode of the podcast recorded on Noel Night at the Podcast Detroit studios in the Detroit Shipping Company, we run down the Detroit contributions to the L.A. Auto Show and an electric car company that emerged from obscurity to being the focus of all the buzz.

Jeep made a major splash with their new Gladiator, Rivian turned heads with their vehicles and Sven, Nuri, Randy and the team break down some of the major changes ahead for the economy due to electrification, including the elimination of things like oil changes.

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Dec 03, 2018
A Block In Detroit's North End Neighborhood Makes A Beautiful Transformation

Big fancy towers downtown get all the press, but today we take you to Detroit's North End neighborhood and check out a revitalization project on John R between Kenilworth and Westminster.

There was $100,000 of exterior work on the building they are in and the streetscape they're located on. The before and after pictures are in one word, unbelievable. We have those photos up on the Daily Detroit website.

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Nov 30, 2018
Esquire Highlights Two Area Restaurants, Winter Blast Expands, Bike Share Report And Hard Rock Cafe Closes

On today's show, we talk about the news that Hard Rock closed. Also, the bike share service MoGo shared a new report of ridership and usage.

The Winter Blast is expanding and has a new sponsor. Shianne has all the details.

And, two Detroit area restaurants get nods from Esquire magazine for being among the best new restaurants in America. Congrats to Voyager and Lady of the House.

This show was recorded on November 28, 2018.

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Nov 29, 2018
5 Things To Know In Detroit Plus Shianne's Noel Night Guide

On today's show:

President Trump is taking aim at GM's electric car incentives that were going to sunset anyway

Ford's incentives for their $740 million Corktown campus are approved

Shield's is opening in Midtown - https://www.metrotimes.com/table-and-bar/archives/2018/11/26/detroit-style-pizza-maker-shields-is-opening-a-midtown-location

The historic building that until recently was home to Cheli's Chili Bar was sold to the Ilitches

Detroit's getting a new Welcome Center

And Shianne Nocerini gives you her picks for Noel Night, that's now expanded into daytime.

This show was recorded on November 27, 2018.

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Nov 27, 2018
GM's Monday Massacre And The Closing Of Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly

General Motors dropped a bomb on Monday, saying it will likely close three assembly plants including Detroit-Hamtramck in a pre-emptive move to cut costs and headcount ahead of an expected downturn.

The moves mean the elimination of as many as 14,000 jobs — including 1,500 at Detroit-Hamtramck — and the elimination of slow-selling sedans like the Chevrolet Volt and Impala and the Buick LaCrosse. A transmission plant in Warren could also close.

It's a particularly dubious cap to the saga of the Poletown plant, which rose during the 1980s after the two cities it straddles worked with GM to condemn and raze a working-class neighborhood of the same name. On today's episode, we speak with Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski, who tells us the closure leaves a city defined by the auto industry without any actual auto manufacturing. It also leaves Detroit without an open auto-assembly plant. In fact, here's Mayor Mike Duggan statement about it:

"This morning I spoke to Mary Barra and she advised me for the first time of the situation at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. The news is troubling. I have spoken to UAW President Gary Jones and the city's economic development team. They are working together to come up with a solution that works for GM and the employees. We all know there is strong demand for manufacturing space in Detroit and we are willing to work with GM to fill all the available manufacturing space at Poletown with either GM-related entities or other companies."

You can also read the UAW's statement here.

We also speak with auto analyst Michelle Krebs of Autotrader to learn about the business rationale behind the move. And finally, tech guru Nuri Gocay joins us to shed some light on where General Motors is actually adding jobs (hint: It ain't in Detroit).

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Nov 27, 2018
Detroit City FC Is Becoming A Pro Soccer Team. Here's What's Next With Fletcher Sharpe

Detroit will get a professional soccer team, but in a different way than many expected. No, Major League Soccer isn’t coming to Detroit — not yet anyway — despite the efforts of Dan Gilbert and Pistons owner Tom Gores. Instead, the popular semi-pro club Detroit City FC has announced it will join a new pro league called the NPSL Founders Cup.

What does that mean for the team? The players? And what exactly is happening? To sort that out, soccer journalist and Daily Detroit contributor Fletcher Sharpe joins Sven Gustafson for an interesting conversation. And then we unpack the soccer landscape and talk about some key differences between the U.S. and the rest of the world when it comes to pro soccer. 

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Nov 21, 2018
Dan Gilbert's Point Man Jared Fleisher On Reforming Auto Insurance In Michigan

Dan Gilbert made headlines this week when he issued an ultimatum to state lawmakers: Find a fix for Michigan's broken no-fault auto insurance system by mid-2019 or I'll bankroll an effort to put a proposal on the statewide ballot in 2020.

On today's show, Jer interviews Jared Fleisher, vice president of government relations for the Quicken Loans Family of Companies, about why Gilbert and Quicken are jumping into the fray.

Fleisher, who is running point for Gilbert's push to overhaul no-fault, says Quicken has 17,000 employees working in the city and has invested $3.5 billion to date in Detroit. He calls auto insurance reform "the single biggest but also most solvable barrier to the growth of the city."

He also draws a comparison between Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system and the much-criticized Obamacare health overhaul. Fleisher says that while the Affordable Care Act requires people to buy insurance, it offers them a choice of benefit levels to pay for. Michigan's auto insurance law similarly requires that every driver be covered, but it essentially forces everyone to buy the top-tier "platinum" level of benefits.

We spoke last month on the pod with attorney Steve Gursten, the head of Michigan Auto Law, all about Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's recent federal lawsuit accusing it of being unconstitutional. Gursten argues that Duggan's suit has a real chance of prevailing, but he says it's tough to know how to fix the law without more transparency into insurance company practices.

Many previous efforts to reform Michigan's no-fault system have run into a brick wall, but now it seems no-fault may be on a collision course with the forces of change.

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Nov 21, 2018
Behind Downtown Royal Oak's New Ad Campaign With Mark Lantz

There's a lot of competition between Metro Detroit area downtowns lately. Detroit, Ferndale, Royal Oak and others are aiming for shoppers, diners and residents as urban centers and more dense living and shopping are now the hot thing not just here but across America.

For a time, Royal Oak was one of few downtown destinations in our area. Now, they've launched an ad and marketing campaign to get their share. That campaign is by Factory, an ad agency headed by Mark Lantz in downtown Detroit.

Sven Gustafson talked with Lantz - who has some pretty impressive credentials with the Pure Michigan campaign, among others - about bringing folks into downtown Royal Oak to shop at their many restaurants and stores, as well as one of the most common debates in car-crazy metro Detroit, where to park.

You can find Factory here: http://factorydetroit.com

And Downtown Royal Oak here: https://www.romi.gov/101/Downtown

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Nov 20, 2018
First Look At The New Restaurant Besa, Most Instagrammable Places In Detroit For The Holidays And The Best Drinkware

Devon O'Reilly, international man of intrigue, is Daily Detroit's Man About Town. He joins us today for a week-ending episode devoted to the things that truly matter: Where to eat, what to drink and where are the best place around town to broadcast your every waking moment to the world on Instagram.

O'Reilly gives us the lowdown on Besa, one of Detroit's newest restaurants. It just opened for business inside the refurbished Vinton Building, with a killer wine list, a raw bar and a dish that fuses scallops and a sauce made of — get this — white chocolate.

Elsewhere, we discuss his list of favorite and least-favorite glassware, including why in God's name any bar would serve a mixed drink in a footed Irish coffee mug.

And last but not least, the holiday season is upon us, ready or not. That means lots of twinkly lights, mistletoe, garland and beaucoup opportunities to Instagram your smiling mug, personal brand or current status to the whole wide world. Where are the best places in Detroit to set an Instagram pic? We offer our suggestions.

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Nov 15, 2018
6 Things To Know In Detroit

Your show for November 14, 2018:

Greektown Casino will be sold to Penn National. Dan Gilbert's going to take the cash and invest in more Detroit properties.

Two popular art pieces - one by Shepard Fairey, the other How & Nosm - on the side of a downtown building will be covered as part of an expansion.

The iconic Cadieux Cafe changes hands. We hear there still will be featherbowling.

Al Ameer gets Eater's nod again as one of the best restaurants in America, and the only Michigan entrant

Atwater Brewery is launching a new stout that's aged for a year in an oak barrel.

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Nov 14, 2018
How To Successfully Crowdfund With Overworld Board Game Designer Nemo Rathwald

Today we do a deep dive into a corner of Detroit. One that's making board games. 

Jer's guest is Nemo Rathwald. He's the designer and creator of the board game Overworld, a recently successfully funded and delivered Kickstarter project. 

What does it take to get your project successfully crowdfunded? What are some tips Nemo has for Kickstarter? And why is Michigan great ground to make board games?

Enjoy the interview. 


Overworld Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/magicmeeplegames/overworld-16-bit-tile-placement-and-exploration-bo

Game page: https://www.magicmeeplegames.com/overworld.html#overworld-form


Nov 14, 2018
4 Things To Know And 3 Places To Go In Detroit

Welcome to the work week, automatons!

Here's what to know:

1. We talk about the report Moody's Investors Services released on Detroit, which essentially asks where's the love (and money) for the neighborhoods.

2. Some development news: In Ferndale, craft beer retailer 8 Degrees Plato says it will close it store on Nine Mile by the end of the year. The beer will continue to flow at the Cass Corridor location, however.

3. In Northville, there's a battle brewing over the proposed demolition of a historic mid-century modern school.

4. That internet prank we told you about involving the Google results for Wyandotte Police Department? It's been fixed, but we solicit Downriver denizen and tech wizard/vlogger Tom Lawrence to try and get to the bottom of it.

And where to go:

1. Shianne Nocerini fills us in on the new sculpture "Divergence" by artist Adriana Ohar. You can see it at New Center Park. 

2. We have deets on this year's big Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which takes place Friday at Campus Martius, with concurrent activities taking place over at Beacon Park on the other side of downtown Detroit. THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR and all that.

3. Lastly, Sven interviews Dannis Mitchell of Barton Malow about the "Ready. Set. Build" workforce expo that takes place Wednesday at Cobo Center. It's all about helping to connect people with jobs in the skilled trades, where developers are also seeing a shortage of qualified employees.

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Nov 12, 2018
Ford's Sunny Madra Talks About Buying Spin, Karen Dybis Is Chronicling Detroit's Delray And More

On November 8, 2018:

Ford made news today by buying Spin, an e-scooter mobility company. Jer head to the Ford World Headquarters to talk with the VP of Ford X, Sunny Madra, about the purchase and what they plan to do with the service. And, it's beginning service in Detroit.

Plum Market is opening in downtown Detroit (More here).

Karen Dybis talk with Sven about the Knight Arts Challenge Grants. She's a winner for her project to chronicle Detroit's vanishing Delray neighborhood. 

Then, we chat about what's happening around town, including a signage cleanup at Bakers, an infamous motel known for being dirty getting remodeled and rebranded, and what's happening at the old Diablo's space in downtown Royal Oak (there are more in-depth details here). 

Thanks for listening! Don't forget to tell a friend about the Daily Detroit podcast. 

Nov 08, 2018
Michigan's Blue Wave And Legal Marijuana, Explained

It was a big Election Day here in Michigan, where the much-discussed "blue wave" helped sweep Democrats — all of them women — into the top statewide elected offices. A fourth, Debbie Stabenow, survived a closer-than-expected battle to win re-election to the U.S. Senate.

We're devoting today's episode 100 percent to post-election results and analysis. Occasional host and Daily Detroit spirits advisor Nuri Gocay joins Jer and I to break down the results. He also talks about his experience shuttling people to and from the polls as a volunteer with the Detroit Bus Company.

Later, I speak with Oakland University political science professor David Dulio. He helps provide context for Gretchen Whitmer's comfortable win over Republican Bill Schuette, the importance of suburban voters and the prospects for divided state government, with the state House and Senate remaining under GOP control.

We also break down the three ballot proposals, which all sailed to approval, including the Proposal 2 anti-gerrymandering initiative and Proposal 3, which will make it easier to vote. I interview medical marijuana expert and attorney Denise Pollicella about Proposal 1, which will make recreational marijuana legal in Michigan.

Pollicella says the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries has been an overly complicated mess in Michigan, but she credits the drafters of Prop 1 for restricting the state's ability to interfere in the new recreational cannabis industry. Still, she says the first recreational marijuana dispensaries aren't likely to open their doors before spring 2020.

Don't forget to subscribe to Daily Detroit on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. -Sven

Nov 07, 2018
I-696 Construction May Not Be Finished By Christmas, Election Day & More Detroit News

Happy Election Day, Detroit! 

On today's show, we run down some news about long lines and voting machine hiccups across the region. Reports of long lines are widespread.

Elsewhere, Amazon HQ2 is said to be headed to the New York City and Washington D.C. areas as a split second headquarters. That's given critics plenty of fodder, as we discuss. Remember when Detroit and Windsor joined forces to bid on HQ2? We had a great Happy Hour episode breaking down our fair city's failure to crack the top 20. It's so worth a listen.

Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation are hedging on an end date to the never-ending I-696 construction project.

An upcoming fundraiser dinner at the DIA celebrates the food and art of Italy.

And our own Shianne Nocerini gives us the lowdown on a delicious private dinner created by chef James Rigato at Mabel Gray.

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Nov 06, 2018
Hotel Strike Ends, New DIA Asian Art Wing, Detroit-Style Pizza & More

Welcome to Monday, friends. Here's your Daily Detroit for Nov. 5:

  • The workers strike at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel is over, as the Unite Here union announces a settlement and a new contract. 
  • GM has rolled out e-bikes as part of its focus on mobility and cracking urban mobility markets. But it wants help from the public in coming up with a brand name.
  • Beaumont Health and Universal Health Services will open a $40 million, 150-bed inpatient mental health hospital in Dearborn.
  • An oil spill fouls the Red Run in Macomb County. Once a small network of rivers, the Red Run is now mostly used for sanitary and storm sewer runoff into the Clinton River.
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts has opened an expanded gallery of Asian art, courtesy of the founders of Buddy's Pizza.
  • Detroit gets a new bike signal on the edge of Palmer Park.
  • And speaking of pizza, Melody Baetens at The Detroit News has the details about the new Detroit-style pizza being cooked up by the new owners of Como's in Ferndale. The place doesn't open until spring, but it inspired Jer and I to discuss pizza and the finer (and less fine) points of Detroit-style pie.
  • Tomorrow is Election Day, so GET OUT THERE AND CAST YOUR VOTE! We offer you three ways to arrange transport, if you need it, to your local ballot box.
  • Lastly, Brian McCollum at the Freep reports that a long-delayed Aretha Franklin performance documentary called "Amazing Grace" is finally set to see the light of day after more than four decades.

Don't forget two things:

  1. Vote tomorrow.
  2. Subscribe to Daily Detroit wherever you download podcasts.


Nov 05, 2018
New Pistons Threads, Madonna, Knight Foundation Invests In Art And Our Nov. 6 Picks

On today's edition of your Daily Detroit podcast, the team goes deep on the major statewide races and ballot issues that will appear on next week's Nov. 6 ballot. We're not making newspaper-style "endorsements," just breaking down each race and, yes, divulging who we're voting for.

And agree or disagree all you want — just so long as you get out and cast your vote. It's the best way to preserve our fragile democracy.

Also on today's show:

  • The John and James L. Knight Foundation drops another $20 million in grant funding on Detroit to support art institutions and programs. Art matters, y'all!
  • The as-yet unnamed regional group that aims to ramp up business attraction to southeast Michigan has named its new CEO. This is the same group L. Brooks Patterson accused of trying to persuade businesses to leave Oakland County for the city. Yay, regionalism.
  • Nike has released the new "City Edition" version of alternate uniform for the Detroit Pistons. We have some thoughts on the alt-uni craze that is sweeping sports.
  • Madonna announces a $100,000 matching grant challenge for a progressive Detroit charter school.
  • Project Green Light expands to Michigan Avenue in Corktown.
  • And save your hunger for Sunday, when organizers will try to break the Guinness World Record for largest food truck rally on Belle Isle, starting at noon.

This episode was recorded on November 1, 2018.

Nov 02, 2018
Detroit Says Goodbye Devil's Night, GM Buyouts, Plus The New Hazel, Ravines & Downtown

This is your Daily Detroit for October 31, 2018. Happy Halloween!

A few of the stories on today’s show.

GM is offering buyouts to 18,000 workers. An update to the ongoing Michigan marijuana saga.

Devil’s night is no longer a thing in Detroit.

Detroit’s going to get significantly warmer by 2050.

Bill Schuette's campaign might be out of (or low on) cash.

The Ballmer Foundation makes their first investment here.

HTI Cybernetics expands in Sterling Heights.

And Shianne has a tasty preview of a new restaurant in Birmingham that’s the talk of the town.

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Nov 01, 2018
Chef Godwin Talks About His New Restaurant, Matt Friedman On Ilitch Sports TV, Golden Tate Gone

This is your Daily Detroit recorded on October 30, 2018.

On today’s show, more than 200 medical marijuana businesses face closure in Michigan. Golden Tate is no longer a Detroit Lion. Brenda Jones wants to be a congressperson for more than a few weeks.

Chef Godwin Ihentuge stops by to talk about his upcoming brick and mortar African and Caribbean eatery in Detroit’s New Center. Here's a link to his Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yumvillage/yumvillage-launches-brick-and-mortar-in-new-center

And media and Public Relations expert Matt Friedman chats with Sven Gustafson about the possibility of a new regional sports network owned by the Ilitch family. http://tannerfriedman.com/

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Oct 30, 2018
Mayor Mike Duggan, Richard Florida And More At CityLab Detroit

From the CityLab Detroit conference, this is your Daily Detroit podcast for October 29, 2018.

We have four major components of our show today:

First, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. He teased a new universal Pre-K program here at CityLab Detroit. Although we couldn't get him to talk more about that, we did talk to him about the skills gap in Detroit (he says there are only 50-60 licensed plumbers in the city of Detroit) and what he's doing to address it.

Sven Gustafson also got into bike lanes with Mayor, who said that "he's designing a city for residents," and not Grosse Pointers who want to speed down Jefferson through it. 

Second, Richard Florida. He's a leading voice about urbanism and cities with his daily blog. Florida and Jer talk about what's surprised him about Detroit's progress and what challenges lie ahead. Spoiler? Metro Detroit has to deal with transit and get over the suburban/city divide.

Third, Sven talks about what Mary Barra said around autonomous vehicles. One thing? Barra has an eye to the future, mentioning in her panel today that there are 3 parking spots for every car and that the car is going to fit into cities very differently in the future than it does now.

And finally, Sven and Jer talk about the renderings of the new skyscraper being built on the Hudson's site.

We'll be back at CityLab tomorrow. Like the Daily Detroit podcast? Subscribe free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you download your favorite podcasts. 

Oct 30, 2018
IlitchVision? Pewabic Opens Expansion, Sanders And Kar's Tie Up And News

Your Detroit stories:

The Ilitch organization is talking about launching its own regional sports network (and we discuss other sportsy news, including soccer in Detroit). First reported here: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2018/10/25/ilitches-weigh-starting-own-sports-tv-network/1756233002/ and then everyone else in Detroit media got more info.

Detroit’s historic Pewabic pottery studio unveiled its new Maxine and Stuart Frankel Pewabic Tile Studio today.

Two Detroit brands that taste great together. That’s what the companies behind beloved hometown brands Kar’s Nuts and Sanders chocolate are hoping after a deal that sees the two snack makers merge.

Columbia Street in downtown Detroit is getting yet another new restaurant. Sahara Restaurant is opening up a 4,500 square foot spot where they will serve Iraqi and Chaldean cuisine.

The site of the old village hall on Jos. Campau at Grayling Street is now the location of Hamtramck’s first-ever full archeological dig.  

Saturday Night Live cast member Colin Jost (who co-hosts the very funny “Weekend Update” skit) Colin Jost is going to be in Pontiac on Saturday night. Tix: http://flagstarstrandtheatrepontiac.com/iwe-event/the-infamous-stringdusters-2-3-3

Two Royal Oak bars are backing a proposal that would allow downtown establishments that don’t have kitchens to host food trucks without a special-event permit. (Extra info here)

This episode was recorded on October 25, 2018 at the Podcast Detroit studios in the Detroit Shipping Company. If you like the show, be sure to leave us a review in Apple Podcasts

Oct 26, 2018
Tasting Detroit's Food With Pati Jinich, Scooters Expand Across City, Openings & News

This is your Daily Detroit for October 24, 2018 from the Podcast Detroit studios at the Detroit Shipping Company.

If you’re anything like us, then you’re a huge fan of PBS, and you also love food. And if you check both of those boxes, then you’re probably familiar with our guest on today’s podcast.

Pati Jinich https://patijinich.com/ is the host of the James Beard Award-winning, Emmy-nominated PBS television series “Pati’s Mexican Table,” which combines travel to explore the cuisine of her native Mexico and how-to guides of her cooking up delicious recipes. She’s also the author of two cookbooks — “Pati’s Mexican Table” from 2013 and “Mexican Today,” which came out in 2016.

Jinich tells Sven she is in Detroit all week as part of a series tracing the evolution of Mexican food in the United States. So far during her trip here, she’s sampled Detroit-style pizza at Buddy’s, pastries at Mexicantown Bakery, and she goes deep on Detroit Coneys, with a pretty nuanced take on comparing the competing offerings from Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island. She also says Mexican cuisine has never been as big — nor attracted as much interest — as it does now.

Your stories:

- A pair of Monday raids by the Detroit Police Department resulted in the seizure of nearly 80 pounds of drugs… with a street value estimated at nearly $17 million.

- A plot to steal Fiat Chrysler vehicles off of a factory storage lot (again) has failed.

- The City of Detroit continues to go crazy for scooters … this time in the neighborhoods. Hundreds more Lime and Bird scooters are coming.

- The city of Detroit has a new website. It has a cleaner look and officials say information is easier find with an enhanced search feature. We dive in.

- Two Michigan dive bars, including one in Detroit, made a list of the best dive bars in America.

- UFO Factory and Laika Dog are opening back up in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood this weekend after a long hiatus. We have the details.

- We tried the new -320 Coffee and Creamery

- And, today is the 20th anniversary of the implosion of the 32-story Hudson’s department store on Woodward in downtown Detroit.

Oct 24, 2018
Strike Pushes Big Conference To Move, Substitute Teachers Left Out, Royal Oak Parking Woes And More

Your Daily Detroit podcast sharing what to know and where to go in Detroit recorded on October 23, 2018:

  • The ongoing strike by workers at the Westin Book Cadillac has prompted organizers of the CityLab 2018 conference to relocate to the Marriott at the RenCen. That's a place that striking Book Cadillac employees says pays their workers a living wage.
  • A private company that arranges substitute teachers for more than 100 districts across Michigan has abruptly closed up shop, without warning to school districts. Jer and I say it's another example of the sorry state of public education in Michigan.
  • Personal-injury legal titan Mike Morse is in hot water, accused by State Farm of bribing police officers to give him unofficial accident reports that he can then use to gain clients and run up medical and rehab treatment bills. The Detroit News reports he's also the subject of an investigation by the FBI and a grand jury.
  • Owners of the new Detroit City Fieldhouse cut the ribbon on Monday on the 75,000 square-foot facility, which features an indoor open field and indoor boarded field. A Detroit City FC-themed restaurant is expected to open in the coming weeks, pending approvals from inspections and a liquor license. The grand opening is Saturday.
  • The State of Michigan is awarding a $1.5 million grant to support a $3.6 million project by Coyote Logistics in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. The UPS subsidiary will add 300 jobs. 
  • The Shinola Hotel on Tuesday named a pair of people to lead the highly anticipated property in downtown Detroit. One is local, a veteran of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and one is an import from New York City.
  • Beirut Palace has been sold after 21 years in business in downtown Royal Oak. It's the latest example of a business shutting down over a perceived shortage of parking. And it's more illustration of the tension that has arisen as Royal Oak sees a wave of urbanization.
  • Local runners, take note: The Run of the Dead is back. It's a 5k/10k through southwest Detroit that takes in two historic cemeteries and a neat old compact neighborhood. Register here.

Thanks as always for listening, and don't forget to tell a friend about our little podcast. It's the best way to help us grow and keep the lights on. Here's a link to subscribe to the show in Apple Podcasts.

Oct 23, 2018
Police Investigate Detroit Funeral Homes After Remains Found, Ford Taps Bryan Cranston For New Ads & New Life For An Old Detroit Mall

Here's your Daily Detroit podcast recorded in the Paris of the Midwest on Monday Oct. 22:

Two Detroit funeral homes are under investigation after police found the remains of fetuses and a dead infant. One of the businesses — Perry Funeral Home — was closed by the state, with its mortuary license revoked.

Sven reports to us about his trip from Las Vegas, where Ford briefed dealers on its plans to make 75 percent of its product lineup all-new by 2020 and unleashed the new "Built Ford Proud" ad campaign starring Bryan Cranston, perhaps best known as Walter White from "Breaking Bad." Ford was trying to calm the nerves of a dealer base rattled by criticisms from Wall Street and auto analysts over a lack of clarity on new products and how exactly it intends to turn around its money-losing operations in foreign markets.

Across town, General Motors was named No. 1 for gender equity in a new ranking of publicly traded companies by Equileap, which monitors and gathers data on gender equality in companies. GM is led by a female CEO, Mary Barra, and recently promoted a woman to be chief financial officer.

The Tower Center, an often-overlooked shopping mall at Grand River and Greenfield on Detroit's west side, is getting a new anchor tenant. Forman Mills will celebrate its grand opening next month. It takes over the space last occupied by Montgomery Ward, which closed in 1986. The mall has seen a number of small, black-owned businesses open for business, thanks to low rents. 

Corktown is in line to get another new coffee shop. Lucky Detroit will open on the second floor above Detroit Barbers.

Local favorite Bucharest Grill is reopening downtown. The popular purveyor of shawarma will open at 436 W. Columbia Street with 130 seats and 24 beer taps.

You can now pay those painfully expensive parking tickets on the city's free Park Detroit mobile app.

And in giant pizza organization that owns two of our four professional sports teams news, Little Caesars has unveiled its new thin crust pizza nationwide. They'll go for $6 between 4 and 8 p.m. As we did with the 5-Meat Pizza back in the summer, plan on a live-on-the-pod taste test from your crack Daily Detroit team.

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Oct 22, 2018
Police To Get Raises, Greektown Changes, Body Positive Cycling Studio To Open

Our feature interview today is with Amy Latawiec. She's the founder of a new body positive indoor cycling (or spin) studio on the east side of the city called Rebel Cycle Studio. More: https://www.facebook.com/RebelCycleStudioDetroit/

Our stories:

- Officers in the Detroit Police Department are getting raises as part of a new union contract.

The old Joe Louis Arena seats are being sold starting at $50 for the next two weeks.

- Auto supplier Lear Corporation has sold a seven-story building in the recently renamed Paradise Valley and Cultural District, which is targeted for a multimillion-dollar redevelopment.

- If you catch a Lyft anywhere in Metro Detroit, you’ll have the option of rounding up your fare and donating it to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. 

- Sven and Jer talk about Greektown, their memories and what maybe should go there upon the news that New Parthenon has been bought by the people who own Pegasus Taverna

- In downtown Ferndale, there’s word that Bobcat Bonnies will open this weekend.

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Thanks to Milo Digital for their support. We're welcoming a new sponsor to the show next week! 

Recorded on October 18, 2018.

Oct 18, 2018
Detroit Riverfront Gets Huge Grant For Park, Michigan Leads Nation In Identity Theft Complaints & More

Your stories for October 17, 2018:

- Detroit’s riverfront just took another major step forward. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is making a $50 million grant to redevelop West Riverfront Park.

- Keeping with the theme, here’s a second story about foundations making an impact. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced $20 million in grants to a variety of local organizations. 

- During a search for drugs in a house in 2015, Detroit Police officers killed three pet dogs. What has ensued since then has been a legal battle that has been raising questions around pets and property and police power.

- Corktown is getting a new MoGo bike sharing station thanks to help from the Ford Motor Company.

- Michigan ranks highly for something I’m pretty sure we’d rather not. Our state is in the top ten for states most vulnerable to identity theft & fraud. Nuri Gocay joins us from the IT in the D podcast to share what you can do to protect yourself. Supporting link: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/

- Could one of Greektown’s mainstay Greek restaurants be closing? Maybe so. More: https://detroit.eater.com/2018/10/16/17983944/new-parthenon-restaurant-greektown-closed-temporarily

Thanks to our sponsor for today, Milo Digital. 

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Oct 17, 2018
Mike Clark Dies, The High Cost Of Auto Insurance In Michigan w Steve Gursten & News

Big show for you today. Our feature interview is with Steve Gursten. He's an auto law attorney and breaks down the breakdown in Michigan's insurance system. After all, it's the most expensive in the nation to get your car insured in this state.. and the most expensive city is Detroit. You can find him here: https://www.michiganautolaw.com/blog/

Your stories:

- Detroit radio legend Mike Clark has died at the age of 63.

- Davenport University is moving its Livonia campus to the city of Detroit, and they’re doing it in the New Center One Building.

- Over the weekend, the Church of Scientology officially opened their Church they had been working on at Griswold and Jefferson.

- Kroger is looking to open a new store in the Detroit inner ring suburb of Oak Park.

- Quicken Loans is opening a Windsor office.

- If you haven’t been to Detroit’s own Sweetwater Tavern... here’s another reason to go. The wings joint at Congress and Brush made Thrillist’s list of 21 best chicken wings in America. More: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/the-21-best-chicken-wing-restaurants-in-america#

- Detroit Mini Donut has launched their crowdfunding campaign to move into a space on East Grand River in downtown Detroit. More: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brick-and-mortar-time-in-downtown-detroit#/

- There’s some news out of the nearby Green Acres neighborhood of what’s not happening. The Metro Times writes that the city of Detroit’s Zoning Board of Appeals denied Asian Corned Beef - a popular mini-chain serving corned beef eggrolls - a zoning variance. more: https://www.metrotimes.com/table-and-bar/archives/2018/10/16/greenacres-neighborhood-thwarts-asian-corned-beef-egg-roll-threat-classism

- The upscale clothing retailer Madewell has opened up a new store in the newly redeveloped Shinola Block in downtown Detroit. That’s on Woodward in a row of historic buildings where the new Shinola Hotel is going in.

- A visa denial has stymied plans for Windsor- based Bread Meats Bread to come to Detroit. Want to take the space? Here's a link to apply: https://www.detroitshippingcompany.com/vendorapp

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Oct 16, 2018
Checking In On Belle Isle With Michele Hodges Of The Belle Isle Conservancy

As we hit the fall season, we thought it appropriate to check in with Michele Hodges about Detroit's beloved Belle Isle State Park. She heads the Belle Isle Conservancy, the non-profit devoted to supporting the park.

The non-profit is working to keep everything running on Belle Isle State Park, while dealing with the effects of decades of disinvestment and very old buildings.

A few of the things Sven Gustafson and Michele talk about include.. what the Conservancy actually does… the price tag for what it would take to properly fix up Belle Isle, as a lot of capital resources are being used to fix emergency repairs.… the new Piet Oudolf garden… if there are plans for the old zoo on the island… and more.

Oct 15, 2018
Video Emerges Of White Defendant Shooting At Black Teen, Gilbert's Skyscraper To Be Even Taller, Food And Booze Updates & Your News

Your show for October 11th, 2018: 

  • Newly released surveillance video contradicts the claims of a white, former Detroit Fire Department lieutenant that he tripped and accidentally discharged a gunshot at a 14-year-old black student who had knocked on his door, seeking directions.
  • Dan Gilbert already wanted to build Detroit’s tallest skyscraper on the former site of the J.L. Hudson’s department store on Woodward Avenue. The latest site plans, obtained by Crain’s, show it getting even taller.
  • Eastland Mall has been purchased! An unexpected bidding war produced a $3.125 million sale price.
  • report by WXYZ says it took Detroit Police four days to respond to a 9-1-1 call about a domestic abuse emergency. Wasn’t improved response times supposed to be one of the department’s new crowning achievements?
  • Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing and Ferndale received perfect scores in a ranking of municipal protections and equality measures for LGBT employees that go beyond state laws.
  • Construction work is behind schedule on I-696 because of a labor dispute, but the freeway might reopen before winter weather arrives, even if the work isn’t technically done.
  • You know how expensive it is to use another bank’s ATM? Well, a new study finds that Detroit has the highest average ATM fees in the nation. Yay?
  • Residents of a historic building in downtown Detroit that is known as an affordable living option for low-income residents have received notices that they have 30 days to move out and find a new place to live. It’s the latest in gentrification growing pains for Detroit. The Freep has the story.
  • Kid Rock visits the Trump White House again, and Kanye West returns to Detroit for some sushi.
  • And we have all the ammunition a weekend warrior needs about upcoming new restaurants and bars in the region.
Oct 11, 2018
Tigers TV Broadcasters Out, Belle Isle Aquarium Grant, Solar-Powered Bus Stop & Your News

Your stories for October 10, 2018: Federal law enforcement officials rounded up more than 120 missing children in Michigan as part of a giant sweep for sex trafficking victims.

- The Detroit Tigers will have a new team calling games from the broadcast booth next season. Unsurprisingly, Fox Sports Detroit opted not to renew the contracts of Mario Impemba and Rod Allen after long-simmering tensions between the longtime broadcasters simmered over last month in Chicago. Here’s a link to Lynn Henning’s Detroit News story about what is believed to have happened.

- The historic Belle Isle Aquarium gets a $1.7 million grant, adding to a string of recent good news for the island park.

- Ferndale gets a solar-powered, modern bus stop for the SMART FAST bus on Woodward near Nine Mile Road.

- There are two new events coming to the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon race weekend, which runs Oct. 19-21. More information and registration is here. Online registration runs through Oct. 15.

- Jer delivers an impassioned public service announcement about political ads on TV. Here’s where to find a sample ballot from your neck of the woods to review your choices ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

- Jack White sang the Polish version of “Happy Birthday” to his 88-year-old mom at a gig in Warsaw.

- We talk about some changes Berkley, Oak Park and Huntington Woods are working on to liven up a moribund industrial strip of 11 Mile Road.

- And remember that luxury development along the riverfront we told you about yesterday? Well here are some of the early conceptual renderings for it. It doesn’t look like Q-Bert at all, as it turns out.

Oct 10, 2018
How To Support Detroit Neighborhood Businesses, Water To Come Back On In Detroit Schools & Your News

This is your Daily Detroit podcast recorded on October 9, 2018.

Our guest for the show is Detroit City Councilman James Tate, to talk about the upcoming "Cash Flash" in Detroit's District 1.

Your Detroit stories:

- Detroit’s getting yet another luxury apartment building, with rents in the $2,500 a month range for 1,000 square feet. And it’s going to be designed by a company, ODA, known for what they call their “Tetris-inspired boxy designs that build a sense of community in urban cores.”

- Ilitch Holdings, the company behind Little Caesars Arena, has made the decision to replace their boldly colored red stadium seats with black seats. Turns out the arena looks rather empty with all of the empty seats… and the red seats make it worse on TV.

- Former Detroit City Councilwoman Sharon McPhail has been fired from her post leading a struggling charter school on the city’s west side, but she’s refusing to leave.

- It looks like the permanent fix for the bad water situation in Detroit’s public schools will be provided by the business and philanthropic community, covering most of the $3 million dollar cost to install water hydration stations.

- Voters in Royal Oak will be asked whether the city should establish its own bus system called Royal Oak Go, or ROGO for short.

- If you’re looking to get out and see the world on a Wednesday after work, the Trumbull & Porter Hotel in Corktown has 4,000 square feet of custom murals and artwork made by more than 50 local artists they’d like to show you.

- And in a final note, Detroit is now home to the world’s largest linear friction welder after it was delivered on Tuesday to Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a public-private advanced-manufacturing partnership down on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Corktown.

Thanks to today's sponsor, Milo Digital

Oct 10, 2018
Behind The Strike At The Book Cadillac Hotel, Flex-N-Gate Opens, Motorama Motel Price Update, Palmer Park & Your News

On the Daily Detroit Podcast today:

- Flex N Gate opens on the east side of Detroit, hiring 50% Detroit residents into jobs. Looking for a job yourself? Here's a link to job training at Detroit At Work.

- We hit the streets to talk to folks on both sides at a strike at one of Detroit's iconic hotels, the Westin Book Cadillac, owned by Marriott. At issue? Wages, of course. But also the idea that workers shouldn't have to work two jobs to afford to live in the city.

- One of the Detroit area’s most infamous motels is being shopped as a redevelopment opportunity. The Motorama Motel on Eight Mile Road at Woodward in Ferndale is for sale, and we have the purchase price.

- Southfield has joined the ranks of Detroit-area cities to celebrate the holiday instead as Indigenous Peoples Day.

- Detroit’s Palmer Park is getting some badly needed new tennis courts. Crews recently demolished the old courts, which sit along Woodward Avenue between McNichols and Seven Mile Roads and have hosted a popular youth Tennis Academy for the past five years.

- And Nuri Gocay from IT in the D joins us to talk about tech and the recent security breach from a big tech company.

Thanks to our episode sponsors: Milo Digital and Falling Down Beer Company.

This episode of the Daily Detroit podcast was recorded on Monday, October 8. Subscribe to one of America's best local news podcasts here for free. 

Oct 09, 2018
Detroit City Councilman Indicted, Olayami Dabls Exhibition In Fisher Building, Your News

Our feature interview is with Detroit artist Olayami Dabls about his new exhibit in the Fisher Building lobby that examines the Civil Rights era. Everard Findlay, the exhibit’s curator, also joins Sven Gustafson.

Your stories: The long and storied history of Detroit politicians getting in trouble with the law gets another chapter today. Detroit city councilman Gabe Leland has been federally indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of bribery.

- The Michigan Strategic Fund has awarded performance-based grants for five business expansion projects in metro Detroit worth a combined $33.5 million in investment and 444 new jobs... including one for a company owned by Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson

- We have a beer roundup.Royal Oak-based Roak Brewing is planning to acquire Traverse City’s Right Brain Brewing Company. Up in Oxford, HomeGrown Brewing Company says it’s started a new canning line. Detroit’s own Atwater Brewery has release a new brown ale called First Brown ale. Brew Detroit is hosting a six-week indoor bocce ball tournament. 

- This Sunday is the Southwest edition of Open Streets Detroit.

Oct 05, 2018
Investigating Detroit's Bus Signage Problems, Buddy's Pizza At The Zoo And News

- The rollout of Detroit’s new ConnecTen bus program has hit some bumps in the road. Signage held up with masking tape, confused riders, and the state of the State Fair Transit Center signage was a mess. Jer looked into it and the city now promises action.

- In a piece of late-breaking news as we record this podcast, the Detroit News reports that a campaign staffer for City Councilman Gabe Leland was charged in federal court Wednesday with joining a conspiracy to bribe an unnamed politician with thousands of dollars in cash and other valuable items.

- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is proposing to set up a state-run reinsurance program and raise the age to buy tobacco to 21 as part of her newly released health care plan.

- The current Enbridge Line 5 pipeline that runs, in part, under the Straits of Mackinac, will be shut down and the petroleum pipeline re-routed into a new protective, multi-use tunnel.

- Buddy’s Pizza… one of the pantheon of Detroit pizza parlors… is opening a location in the Detroit Zoo. 

- Pop music star Alessia Cara is coming to town, but this event is for the musicians and those interested in the music industry. On Friday the Detroit Institute of Music Education will be hosting a discussion called “The Pains of Growing: A Discussion With Grammy Award-winning "Best New Artist" Alessia Cara.”

The show was recorded on October 3, 2018. 

Oct 04, 2018
Your Detroit News, Grand Prix Update And Checking Out A New Corktown Development

Your stories:

- A battle is intensifying between Mayor Mike Duggan, Attorney General Bill Schuette and lawyers representing automobile accident victims.

- In a national story that impacts many people here in Metro Detroit, Amazon is raising the minimum wage of all of its workers in the United States to $15.

- In a story that was developing as we recorded today’s show, former gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed and expected future U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib were among at least 18 people arrested during a rally in Midtown Detroit this afternoon.

- Jemele Hill, a national journalist from Detroit, has found a new gig after leaving ESPN. She’s going to the Atlantic.

- The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle will see some changes in 2019. Most notably, access to the famous Scott Fountain will now be available for racegoers.

- For those out in the suburbs of Oakland county, here’s a fun thing to do on on Thursday evening. It’s called Ladies Night Out and it’s in downtown Milford.

- Lovers of cheese and chocolate will have a new place to satiate their cravings in Midtown. Mongers’ Provisions, a store by the folks who own Provisions in Ferndale, plans to open in November.

- Antique and bargain hunters will find collectibles and a variety of arts and crafts at the annual Historic Fort Wayne Flea Market, taking place next Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th at Historic Fort Wayne.

- Elton Park and a building that formerly housed Checker Cab are starting to take shape in Corktown. We toured the space and discuss what we saw.

Oct 02, 2018
Bike Lane Angst, Wine Can Be Shipped To Michigan, Bridge Details And News

Your stories:

- President Trump is celebrating a deal over a revised North American trade deal with Canada and Mexico as returning the U.S. to a “manufacturing powerhouse.”

- Monday was the first day of a new work requirement for recipients of food stamps. About 67,000 recipients of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program who are considered able-bodied received a letter from the state informing them they have three months to find a job or lose those benefits.

- The timeline for the Gordie Howe International Bridge is now clear. The new international span between the United States and Canada over the Detroit River aims to open in 2024.

- A major law firm is announcing its plans to move to a satellite office in downtown Detroit. Warner Norcross + Judd will open a new office in the District Detroit on Woodward Avenue between Little Caesars Arena and the new Mike Ilitch School of Business. The firm will be the sole tenant of the building’s third floor, occupying about 30,000 square feet.

- A new analysis finds that legalizing marijuana could generate $130 million per year in new tax revenue. Voters on November 6th will weigh Proposal 1, which asks whether recreational marijuana should be legalized in Michigan.

- It turns out the state of Michigan was running what a judge called “an unjustifiable protectionist regime.” And that regime was denying out-of-state retailers from shipping wine to Michigan until a federal court ruling on Friday.

- BIRD BEE, a popular local boutique in Detroit’s Capitol Park that rose to prominence online, is opening up a sister store in the Scott apartment building in Brush Park.

- Thanks to a pair of volunteer groups, American Handball is coming back to Palmer Park. There will be a grand reopening of the courts this Saturday, October 6th.

- Crain Communications chairman Keith Crain has once again made waves with a column attacking that nefarious scourge of humanity, bike lanes. We discuss. 


Recorded on October 1, 2018.

Oct 01, 2018
Roadwork Resuming, High School Closing Mid-year, Detroit Police Taking Over Towing, International Podcast Day

- The weeks-long lockout of unionize road-construction workers and a group of contractors has come to a temporary end, meaning long-stalled road projects should finally recommence.

The school year is less than a month old, but parents and students at a Detroit charter high school learned Wednesday that their school will abruptly close next week. Sven has some opinions.

- The Detroit Police Department will begin handling more vehicle towing on its own. Jer has some opinions.

- There’s a new state law aimed at protecting bicyclists from passing vehicles.

- The Fort Street Galley food hall in downtown Detroit has announced the four chef teams and food vendors that will fill out the space when it makes its expected opening in November.

- On Saturday, a park honoring a civil rights activist will officially open in Detroit. Viola Liuzzo, a Detroiter and mother of five, was shot and killed in March 1965 as she and fellow civil rights activists returned from a rally in Montgomery, Alabama. The City of Detroit dedicated Liuzzo Park in her honor in 1982.

- On this day 19 years ago… September 27, 1999... the Detroit Tigers played their last game at the old Tiger Stadium.

- In honor of International Podcast Day on Sunday, we share a few of our favorite podcasts, both national and local. 

Recorded September 27, 2018.

Sep 27, 2018
Cadillac Comes Back Home, Gilbert Could Buy Tigers And Your News From TedXDetroit

Detroit stories: Word comes today that the iconic Cadillac brand will again make the Detroit area its home after nearly four years in Manhattan.

- Every single large-scale apartment development built in Detroit this year has been a luxury development.

Turns out that axe throwing and drinking might be a problem. Who knew?

- Continuing with the theme of blundering mistakes, the Detroit City Council is considering revoking a demolition contract because of the use of the N-word.

- Dan Gilbert is "110 Percent" interested in buying the Detroit Tigers

- There will be a third dockless scooter service in Detroit.

Whole Foods delivery is coming to Detroit.]

The old DTE power plant at Conners Creek - once known as the “two Brothers” or the “Seven Sisters” - is about to be the site of an art installation.

- Shianne Nocerini gives us her top picks for the performers and storytellers at TedXDetroit.

Sep 27, 2018
Your Daily Detroit For September 25, 2018

On the show: For our feature interview, U of M Ross School of Business Professor Emeritus Marina Whitman joins Sven Gustafson to talk about how tariffs will impact the auto industry and Michigan.

Your Detroit News:

- Road construction at a variety of major stalled projects is restarting around Metro Detroit. That’s because the Michigan Infrastructure Transportation Association is bringing in non-union workers to replace those Operating Engineers Local 324 members who have been locked out for weeks.  

- Detroit is no longer the nation’s most violent big city. We’re now number 2. There is also some interesting data about Detroit's suburbs.

A new study says the Detroit region ranks 11th out of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan regions for clean-energy jobs.

- The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved nearly $5.7 million in loans for a new hotel project in the lower Cass Corridor.

- Former U.S. Representative John Dingell was released from the hospital on Tuesday, a little more than a week after being admitted for a heart attack.

- Michigan breweries took home nine medals including one gold from the 32nd annual Great American Beer Festival last weekend in Denver.

- There will be a one-day haunted house at Michigan Central Station, put on by the Ford Foundation. The date isn’t set, but we do know it be free to attend.

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Sep 25, 2018
Abandoned Lee Plaza Gets Windows, Yoga With Cats (Purrlates) And Your Detroit News

Recorded on September 24, 2018: After your headlines, Sven talks with Miranda Mayuiers about Purrlates at the Ferndale Catfe, the first cat cafe in Michigan.

Detroit Stories:

- A rookie Detroit police officer has been fired after an offensive Snapchat post. Sean Bostwick shared a Snap over the weekend that read, quote, “Another night to rangel up these zoo animals.”

- The Ambassador Bridge was closed in both directions for about an hour Monday morning to deal with a man who was threatening to jump off the bridge.

- Crews have been spotted installing plexiglass windows at Lee Plaza. That’s the 15-story Art Deco former luxury apartment building on West Grand Boulevard that dates to 1927.

- The struggling Eastland Center shopping mall is hitting the auction block. Current owners CW Capital will auction off about 640,000 square feet of the mall’s 1.4 million square feet of space in an auction on October 11th.

- A bit of good health news for former Dean of the House of Representatives, John Dingell.

- The men’s clothing shop The Shirt Box and Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts are accepting donations of gently used bicycles in working condition now through Saturday, Oct. 20. 

- A locally produced sitcom is holding a viewing party for its pilot episode next month, and you’re invited. “Vampartier” follows a a happy, nerdy, middle-aged workaholic with no kids and no social life. It all changes when he is visited by an ancient vampire who insists he’s the "perfect candidate" to transform into a blood-sucking creature of the night.

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Sep 24, 2018
Is There Such A Thing As A New Dive Bar? Plus Your Detroit News

Your Daily Detroit for September 20, 2018.

Can there be such a thing as a "new" dive bar? For our feature conversation, Devon's Detroit columnist Devon O'Reilly stops by to talk about Second Best... and house-made Zima. Apparently that's a thing.

Your Headlines: 

- Detroit’s schools continue to have water woes. The Detroit Public Schools Community District said that at least 57 Detroit schools have tested positive so far for high levels of copper, lead or both in drinking water.

- The beautiful Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle is about to get a $1.9 million facelift starting in October.

- Henry Ford Health System will become the lone tenant in a new office tower taking shape in downtown Royal Oak.

- Could we be looking at winter with an entire direction of I-696 remaining closed?

- A major downtown Detroit hotel is facing a possible strike by its workers.

- Detroit has lost one of its champions. David DiChiera, a man who has been a big part of getting Detroit’s downtown renaissance in tune, has passed at the age of 83. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in April of 2017.

- Rumors are swirling that Dan Gilbert is going to pick up a some big legacy nameplates in media.

- The M Den is coming to Detroit. The University of Michigan-themed retail shop is opening its first location in the city of Detroit in the District Detroit.

- In Warren, there’s a new Greek fast casual restaurant opening up shop.

- This Saturday, Pewabic will be unveiling a new stein during their Oktoberfest celebration. On top of that, Eastern Market Brewing will be at the pottery studio on Jefferson Avenue serving its small batch Kiln Bier, an ale-lager hybrid that was brewed specifically for Pewabic.


Sep 20, 2018
Why Only Half Of Detroit's Murders Are Solved With Washington Post Reporter Wes Lowery, Talking "The People's Bills" With City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield

This is your Daily Detroit recorded on Wednesday, September 19th.

This is a special two-part episode. First, Sven speaks with Washington Post reporter Wes Lowery about the paper’s investigative report about overwhelmed homicide detectives in Detroit, and how they compare to the rest of the nation. His complete article is here: https://wapo.st/2NFbWbr

Then the conversation moves City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield about her ideas — called “The People’s Bills” — on how to get more Detroit residents to benefit from revitalization efforts.

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Sep 19, 2018
Bob Seger To Stop Touring, Previewing TedXDetroit And Your News

Your Daily Detroit podcast for September 18, 2018:

- Our feature interview is with Terry Bean and Shawn Lee, talking about TedXDetroit's 10th anniversary event happening at the Masonic Temple. The conference focuses on ideas worth spreading. http://www.tedxdetroit.com

- What's the fate of the old Tigers site? Shianne Nocerini went down to "The Corner," a new modular development at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull to get an update on construction. 

- After 56 years of touring, Detroit’s own Bob Seger will no longer be a Travelin’ man.

- Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will open its 90th season next month with a tribute to Aretha Franklin.

- Ford Motor Company has a new neighborhood wish list to go along with its newly purchased Michigan Central Station in Corktown.

- Lakeside Mall could become a mixed-use town center called Lakeside Village. Sterling Heights city officials will unveil the new design plans at a public open house event next Thursday. The Macomb Daily reports they’re trying to keep Lakeside viable amid a nationwide decline of brick-and-mortar indoor shopping malls.

- A quick heads up… you can get into the Michigan Science Center free on Saturday. They’re celebrating NASA’s 60th anniversary. You need to register here.

- Dig, a dating app aimed at dog lovers, is launching in Detroit on Thursday. They’re throwing a kickoff party at WeWork Merchant’s Row in downtown Detroit.

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Sep 18, 2018
Diving In On The Gerrymandering Ballot Proposal, No Second Tower For A Downtown Hotel & News

This is your Daily Detroit recorded on Monday, September 17. After your headlines, Sven Gustafson will chat about the anti-Gerrymandering proposal on this November’s ballot with Jamie Lyons-Eddy of Voters Not Politicians. But first, let’s dive into the stories.

- The owners of the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Detroit are withdrawing their plans to build a 28-story, 500-room tower after their latest attempt was blocked by the City Council.

- Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell is in the hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack Monday.

- After 15 years with the team, Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is hanging up his skates. The team announced his retirement on Friday at the first day of training camp.

- The Oakland County Health Division says someone with a confirmed case of hepatitis A attended the Michigan Renaissance Festival on Saturday, September 1st.

There’s a proposal to overhaul rates for Detroit’s parking tickets. The city has among the highest parking-ticket rates in the region, and Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield wants to change that.

- Here’s a story about sausage. Specifically, the Corridor Sausage Company.

- The Detroit Institute of Arts says a record 73,239 students visited the museum on field trips last school year.


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Sep 17, 2018
Eric Thomas Talks Detroit, StockX Gets $44M, City Household Incomes Up & Your News

You show for September 13th, 2018 from the floor of Digital Summit Detroit. Our feature interview is with Eric Thomas, the founder of Saga Marketing. He recently had a piece in the Financial Times and is locally famous for his LinkedIn blog post, "Why I hate Detroit." 

- Detroit’s getting a bit more of Silicon Valley’s magic. StockX, the Detroit-based Stock Market of Things, just closed on a $44 million Series B funding round with GV, which was previously called Google Ventures. The company says it plans to hire more than 1,000 people in the next year.

- How is Detroit’s comeback doing? Well here’s an interesting indicator. According to data provided by the U.S. Census, the city of Detroit’s median household income rose 8% in 2017. That rate is four times the national average of 2%.

- A new report suggests that the market for luxury vehicles is on track for a near-record year, thanks largely to the growth in high-end sport utility vehicles.

A pop-up Vespa dealer is opening in the Fisher Building. 

The Salvation Army is doing a “Ring for Bling” campaign for those taking part in their annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign. The nonprofit Salvation Army provides a lot of services in Metro Detroit, including feeding the homeless, combating addiction, fighting poverty and working to stop human trafficking. For every two-hour Red Kettle volunteer shift, volunteers get an entry for a chance to win a diamond necklace from Lucido Fine Jewelry. The Gabriel NY piece is worth more than $6,000.

Michelle Obama is coming to Detroit as part of a 10-city tour to promote her new memoir, “Becoming.” She’ll be at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, December 11th.

Sep 13, 2018
A Massive "Fatberg" And Your Detroit Headlines From The Floor Of Digital Summit Detroit

From the floor our Daily Detroit podcast for September 12, 2018

- Public works employees in Macomb County have removed a quivering, gelatinous mass from the sewer system that they have affectionately dubbed a “fatberg.”

- Detroit Public Schools Community District will open a unique K-12 teaching academy next fall on the Marygrove College campus.

- The owners of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Detroit have been dealt another setback in their efforts to build a second hotel tower.

- Here’s a snapshot into what Michiganders are thinking right now about a variety of issues thanks to a set of new polls that we’ll walk through.

- Popular fitness chain Orangetheory Fitness said today it plans to open its first Detroit location in 2019.

- The Impossible Burger Slider is coming to Metro Detroit White Castles

- And we talk about the opening keynote with Chelsea Handler, who had some interesting lessons to share about social and digital media that weren't from the perspective of a traditional marketer. She also talked about how marijuana could be the next big thing for Detroit. 

Sep 12, 2018
Local True Crime Podcast "Already Gone" Hits 100 Episodes, Yzerman Returning To Detroit? And Your Detroit News

This is your Daily Detroit podcast for September 11, 2018.

Our feature interview today at the end of the show is with Nina Innsted. Her True Crime podcast, "Already Gone," hits 100 episodes this week and it's about a murder that happened on the site of what's now Oakland Mall. We talk about the show, what she's learned podcasting, and more. You can find her at http://www.alreadygonepodcast.com

Your Detroit headlines:

- Could Detroit Red Wings legend Stevie Yzerman be heading back to the Motor City? Maybe. Yzerman stepped down from his job as General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lighting Tuesday, a position he’s held since 2010.

- The Scott Fountain on Belle Isle is in line for a makeover.Officials on Tuesday announced that $400,000 of the money raised at the Grand Prixmere charity gala this year will be used to maintain and improve the 93-year-old fountain.

- A quick update to yesterday’s story about a deadline extension for medical marijuana businesses.

- One of Hamtramck’s legendary packzi palaces, New Palace Bakery, is getting a national nod of approval.

- The end of one Ferndale restaurant is a new beginning for Bobcat Bonnie’s. Zeke’s Rock and Roll Barbecue is closing their doors on Wednesday. The restaurant on West Nine mile opened in 2015.

- Karas Brothers and Capers Steakhouse are getting renovations

- And, we honor the fallen and the heroes of 9/11. It's at the end of the show. 

That's your Daily Detroit podcast sharing what to know and where to go in Metro Detroit. Like the show? Be sure to subscribe wherever fine shows are found: http://www.dailydetroit.com/podcast 

Sep 11, 2018
Paying for Coneys with Credit Cards and your Detroit news

Welcome back to the work week! This is your Daily Detroit podcast for September 10, 2018. Here are your stories:

- It might be the end of an era in Detroit. One of the legendary dueling coneys - Lafayette - will now let you pay for coneys with credit cards.

- Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma, used the Miss America Beauty Pageant over the weekend to make a political statement on Michigan water.

- We recently told you about how Ford scrapped its plans to import the Focus Active to the U.S. from China due to the steep cost tied to President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports. On Sunday, President Trump apparently caught wind of that announcement from a CNBC report and took to Twitter, suggesting “This car can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A.” where the company would pay no tariffs.

- There’s some news about one of the Detroit area’s largest remaining abandoned shopping malls, Summit Place.

- A key deadline in the granting of licenses to medical marijuana facilities looks set to be extended, meaning some facilities will be able to keep operating during the licensing process.

- There’s a big mural nearing completion in Hamtramck that pays tribute to Detroit City FC and its passionate fan base.

- The city of Detroit has a new strategic transportation plan that they unveiled Friday. The plan focuses on improvements to Detroit’s transportation system. It’s not just updates to the bus system, which is getting 50 new bus shelters. The plan looks at projects that would slow down cars in neighborhoods, resurface more than 300 miles of roads, implement smart technology in signals…. and of course, lower the highest-in-the-nation car insurance rates in the city.

- A taster of beer news for you. Falling Down Beer Company (also, an occasional sponsor of Daily Detroit) is opening their Detroit location in the Detroit Shipping Company tomorrow.. That’s Tuesday.

Sep 10, 2018
Tension in the Tigers booth, Greg Migliore of Autoblog talks cars and your Detroit news

This is your Daily Detroit podcast for September 6, 2018. Our feature conversation is with Greg Migliore of Autoblog, where we talk about Ford, Tesla, and what's happening in the car business after our headlines.

- Tigers fans were surprised on Wednesday night to see neither Mario Impemba or Rod Allen calling the game against the Chicago White Sox. First-reported by the Athletic, the altercation between the two Fox Sports Detroit broadcasters happened immediately after the Tigers’ 8-3 win in Chicago against the White Sox on Tuesday. An unnamed source who witnessed it said the incident was, quote, “severe.”

- Straight-ticket voting is no longer a thing in Michigan — at least for this November’s election. That’s where you have the option to check one box and have all of your votes go to candidates of that party down the ballot.

- Bloomberg reports that Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert is looking to exit the casino business… including his Jack Casino in Detroit. He’s already lined up two prominent banks - Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse - and Bloomberg says that Caesars Entertainment is among the possible bidders that have expressed interest in some of the properties. They recently completed a $1.7 billion deal in Indiana.

- Late-breaking news for fans of 1970s cinema: Legendary actor Burt Reynolds has died. He was 82.

- It’s going to be 90 days in jail for Former state senator Bert Johnson. U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman handed down the sentence Thursday for stealing more than $23,000 from taxpayers through a ghost employee. That’s where the employee gets paid for a job they don’t have to show up for.

- The popular Union Woodshop barbecue restaurant in Clarkston is getting an outdoor mural courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

- An Ann Arbor favorite, Frita Batidos, is coming to Detroit. The cuban restaurant will open a 2,400 square foot location on Columbia street just west of Woodward. The Detroit menu will be the same as its Ann Arbor location, but with a twist… an express menu for game days.

- The 3rd Annual City College Series to Benefit Detroit Public Schools K-5 is back. The University of Detroit Mercy men's and women's basketball team will host Wayne State in an exhibition charity game on November 3rd at Calihan Hall.

Sep 07, 2018
Minimum Wage And Sick Leave Ballot Proposals Get Grabbed By Legislature And News

Your Daily Detroit podcast for September 5, 2018:

- In order to have more influence on the final law, the Michigan Senate passed two ballot initiatives Wednesday to raise the minimum wage and mandate employers provide sick leave for employees. But they didn’t pass them to make them into law; they passed them to change them and control them.

- The man brought in to help stabilize Detroit’s finances since shortly after the city declared bankruptcy is leaving his post. John Hill will leave his job as the city’s chief financial officer at the end of the year. He was hired back in 2013 by former emergency manager Kevyn Orr during the city’s bankruptcy. Mayor Mike Duggan later persuaded him to stay on longer.

- A couple of gubernatorial endorsements among groups representing police officers have been announced.

- Fiat Chrysler says it has invested more than $30 million in a new facility to develop and test autonomous vehicles and advanced safety technology at its Chelsea Proving Grounds west of Ann Arbor.

- Meanwhile, General Motors is investing $28 million in a new project at its advanced-battery lab at its Tech Center in Warren. In a LinkedIn post, GM chief Mary Barra says the automaker plans to add new test chambers and advanced equipment to accelerate the development of next-generation batteries.

- If you have late fees and warrant costs with tickets in 36th District Court downtown, you’re in luck.

- It’s a sign — or pair of signs, if you will — of the glory days of the Pontiac Silverdome, and you could own them. The Michigan Department of Transportation is auctioning two 7 foot by 14 foot aluminum road signs that have the words “Pontiac Silverdome” on them. And, Sven and Jer share their favorite Silverdome memories.

That's it for today's show. Thanks so much, and if you like the show, find the Daily Detroit podcast in Apple Podcasts or wherever fine shows are found.

Sep 06, 2018
Detroit Area Roadwork Hits A Roadblock, Eastside Mural Demolished & News

Here's your Daily Detroit podcast for September 4, 2018.

- On our show last week before the Labor Day weekend we told you about a lockout dispute affecting members of a labor union that represents road and bridge construction workers. Now, that lockout has put a freeze on dozens of road construction projects across Michigan.

- Students started the first day of classes today in the Detroit Public Schools Community District with water coolers and bottled water in lieu of drinking fountains.

- One of the city’s “must see” pieces of street art has come down, along with the abandoned and badly blighted building it was on.

“The African Amalgamation of Ubiquity” was painted in 1985 by Curtis Lewis on an old bank building at 9980 Gratiot, just west of the Better Made Potato Chip Plant. It was the former home of the neighborhood nonprofit “Operation Get Down,” which moved across the street to a new location some time ago.

Anti-semitic flyers were found taped to a church door on Sunday morning.

- Campbell Soup plans to sell off Ferndale-based Garden Fresh Gourmet as part of a broader turnaround plan that sees it getting rid of fresh foods.

Detroit is losing one of its most beloved bike shops. Motorless City Bicycle Company says it plans to permanently close its doors at the end of September after four seasons in business in Eastern Market. The store was closely involved with Slow Roll and announced the news on Facebook, saying the team had decided it was time to move on to new endeavors.

- A bike sharing and a ride sharing service have teamed up in Detroit for a six-month pilot program to help connect users of the two. The program means discounts for MoGo bike sharing users when picked up or dropped off at bike-share stations by ridesharing company Lyft.

- New York City’s transit authority has relabeled two subway stations in honor of the Queen of Soul. Both the Franklin Street and Franklin Avenue stations have signage in the classic subway Helvetica font saying “Respect” along with the station name.

- If you’ve driven through that crazy three-way intersection of Trumbull, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Grand River, you can’t miss the giant mural of a giraffe that welcomes people to the Woodbridge neighborhood. It needs some help, and here's how you can pitch in (and get some beer).

Sep 05, 2018
Your Daily Detroit, Labor Day Weekend Edition

This is your Daily Detroit recorded on August 31, 2018.

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was scheduled to be laid to rest Friday. A little piece of news out of the funeral is that Chene Park is to be renamed in her honor.

- Fellow hometown music star Eminem has dropped a new 13-track album at an unexpected time, titled “Kamikaze.” In it, he takes no prisoners with verbal shots at Charlamagne Tha God, Harvey Weinstein; Tyler, the Creator; Lil Pump; Machine Gun Kelly and Donald Trump.

- Ford Motor Company is planning to get rid of most of its cars for the American market in favor of more trucks, crossovers and SUVs. But the automaker on Friday said it’s canceling one of the only remaining cars it did plan to offer due to costs associated with President Trump’s trade war.

- Headaches for drivers due to road projects in Michigan could go on longer, thanks to a dispute between road construction companies and one union.

Wayne State University is welcoming its largest full-time freshman class in its 150-year history this year. Enrollment jumped 15 percent to just under 3,000 freshmen.

- A recount of the SMART bus millage vote in Macomb County is over.

- A new coworking space has opened up shop in Ferndale. It’s called PatchWork Collective, and it occupies a storefront on Woodward Avenue in a space formerly occupied by the InkAddict tattoo parlor.

- Last night on the rooftop of the Madison Building, Toma Detroit, the aspiring tequila and mezcal bar and restaurant, won this years Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest.

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Aug 31, 2018
Water Is Shutoff In Detroit Schools, This May Be The End For Zetterberg & Your News

Here's your show for August 29, 2018.

- The saga of dangerous water in Michigan’s urban centers continues, this time in Detroit schools. In an email sent out to teachers, Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said that he’s ordering the water to be shut off in all 106 schools in the district.

- In a piece of news that’s coming in just as we were about to record, Ford Motor Company’s credit rating has been downgraded to one level above junk status. 

- There’s news about the renegade street artist Shepard Fairey, who’s best known for the Andre the Giant OBEY! meme and the “Hope” poster of then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama. On Tuesday, the Michigan appeals court dismissed the city of Detroit’s attempt to reinstate charges against Fairey for vandalism.

- Medical marijuana patients in Michigan could soon have the ability to order cannabis via home delivery.

- Construction on a five-story mixed-use apartment building on Woodward Avenue in Detroit is now expected to start in October.

- Henrik Zetterberg may have already played his last game in a Detroit Red Wings uniform.

- Memorial ceremonies are taking place this week for Aretha Franklin, the legendary singer and composer who died August 16th at age 76. Bedrock Real Estate Services said Tuesday that it and several other downtown Detroit building owners are lighting up buildings in pink through Friday in tribute to the Queen of Soul.

- A second fleet of adorably named scooters has hit the streets of downtown Detroit. Lime, a rival to shared mobility company Bird, has quietly launched here.

- Word is that Ford is going to replace all of the windows as part of the rehab of Michigan Central station.

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Aug 30, 2018
Detroit Mayor Unveils New Buses & Logo, Texas Couple Leaves Kid Home Alone To See Show In Detroit, Your News

This is your show for Tuesday, August 28th.

- You can say goodbye to the familiar Green and Yellow stripes on Detroit buses. In a parking lot on Gratiot outside of Mike’s Fresh Market, the city of Detroit today unveiled new buses, new services… and a new brand for the Detroit Department of Transportation. We talk to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The redevelopment of the shuttered Northland Mall is proceeding — if slowly. Fox 2 News reports that crews have demolished the old Firestone car service center on the 125-acre property.

- A market research and consulting company, Gongos, formerly based in Auburn Hills opened its new headquarters today in downtown Royal Oak, where it is moving around 120 employees.

- A unit of Subaru plans to expand its R&D operations in Wayne County after winning grants from the state.

- Ferne Boutique, a contemporary women’s clothing and accessory store, has opened in the New Center neighborhood of Detroit. Shianne Nocerini has the story.

- An appearance by English industrial metal band Godflesh was enough to entice a couple to leave their 11-year-old daughter unattended at home in Houston while they made the roughly 1,300-mile drive to see the band at El Club last week in Southwest Detroit.

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Aug 28, 2018
Atwater Beach Breaks Ground, Norma G's To Open & Your News

Your show for August 27, 2018:

- Ground broke today near Chene Park on what promises to be - when it’s complete - one of Detroit’s hottest new public attractions. Sven Gustafson caught up with Mark Wallace of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to get the details.

- A 275 year old tree was cut down in Ferndale, says the Oakland County Times. More (including awesome pictures you gotta see) here.

- A 28 year old bicyclist has died after being hit by a car on the bridge to Belle Isle State Park.

- To many Metro Detroiters, a sushi event at Eastern Market has left a raw feeling. The Detroit Sushi Fest was on Friday evening and it is the current object of the Detroiternet’s ire, with many bad reviews.

- Norma G’s Cuisine is opening its first brick and mortar location in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood of Detroit on Tuesday.

Beginners luck seems to be a real thing for a 19 year old Macomb County man. That’s because he won half a million dollars with the Platinum 7’s instant game on his fourth ticket. 

- The King of pop - Michael Jackson - would be 60 years old on Wednesday, the 29th. For those of you who might need a little push to get over the hump day of Wednesday… to celebrate, the Joebar in Hazel Park is doing a party.

That's it for the show today. Sven rejoins us tomorrow, where we dig into some buildings demolitions around town that have people talking because of the street art that went with it, as well as a large historic structure near Palmer Park.

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Aug 28, 2018
Duggan sues over high car insurance rates, lots of Detroit bus updates and your news

Your show for Thursday, August 23, 2018.

- Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and a group of Detroit-area residents have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law is unconstitutional and is unfairly expensive for drivers.

The internet is ablaze with speculation that it might just be the end of Hockeytown for the Detroit Red Wings.

- Work is set to start Monday to build Detroit’s newest beach.

A couple of changes are on the horizon for buses around town. The first is proposed, the second is happening.

- The Detroit Knight Arts Challenge has named 53 finalists for its grant contest, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

- We now have more details on the Aretha Franklin tribute concert that will be free and open to the public.

- Time Magazine has named the Detroit Foundation Hotel as one of the World’s 100 greatest places. 

- The Weird Homes Tour is on Saturday, August 25th and runs from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Aug 24, 2018
Detroit City FC Might Go Pro, Food News, Detroit’s Getting A Floating Bar Of Light

Our August 22, 2018 features an interview with Sean Mann, CEO of Detroit City FC. The season may be over, but there's still a lot of activity with the organization, including efforts to go professional and to roll out their sports complex and bar on the east side of the city.

Our stories:

- Ford Motor Company has added another piece to its emerging Corktown campus.

- Detroit is about to get a giant floating bar of light. The new art will connect two historic downtown buildings: One Woodward, designed by famed World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki, and the Guardian Building, the famed Art Deco masterpiece designed by Wirt C. Rowland.

- In Troy, the owners behind Berkley’s Vinsetta Garage and Clarkston Union just opened a Latin American fusion eatery called Gran Castor, which is Spanish for “great beaver.”

- In Detroit, the owner of Supino Pizzeria is planning a new pizza joint on Woodward in the New Center.

- And finally in Ferndale, a large sign recently went up on the roof of a vacant storefront along Woodward announcing the coming of Brooks Brewing, a microbrewery and pizza oven. 

- National coworking and remote office outfit WeWork is expanding in Detroit again. They’re adding another floor in 1001 Woodward.

- Detroit is known for its unique animals. For instance, it was just a year ago that there was a Kangaroo running around just a couple blocks from our University District digs. Then there was that whole Tiger thing in the Packard Plant. This one isn’t as crazy, but it does involve a parrot that knows the theme to Game of Thrones and the Addams Family.

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Aug 23, 2018
Lindell AC Documentary Is Coming To TV, Wayne State Developments & Your Detroit News

This is your Daily Detroit recorded on August 21, 2018. Our stories:

- It’s been a tough year for Detroit police and first responders. There have been three deaths on the police force in the line of duty in 2018, and numerous incidents off-duty.

- There’s been an uptick in hit-and-runs in Metro Detroit, with four in the last month.

- The New Mike Ilitch School of Business is set to open on Woodward. Wayne State University and Olympia Development hosted a tour of the building today, and Curbed Detroit has some great photos [Link].

- Wayne State University is opening part of its new Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments on Saturday to new residents. The 11-story, 407-bed building is the first phase of the $111 million housing complex, the university’s largest and priciest.

-  Speaking of pricey housing, rising rent prices and the coming expiration of federal tax credits meant to subsidize affordable housing are raising concerns about the fate of many of Detroit’s low-income residents. Bridge magazine reports that tax credits for some 7,000 apartments and homes are set to end by 2022 [Link]. When they expire, owners can apply to stop setting aside units for low-income residents. 

- Fans of Detroit watering holes of yore, take note: A documentary about the legendary Lindell AC sports bar makes its TV debut Thursday night on Detroit Public Television. It’s called “Meet Me At the Lindell: The Story of America’s First Sports Bar.”

- Detroit Vegan Soul’s fish-free “catfish” platter has been named one of PETA’s Top 10 Vegan Seafood Dishes in the country.

- A 12-year-old Detroit girl is in an intensive care unit due to severe burns on half of her body. On Friday, Timiyah Landers and two of her friends attempted to do the popular “fire challenge” that they had seen on YouTube.

- Detroit Barbers in Corktown will be celebrating National Dog Day this Sunday by hosting Bulldogs, Brews and Beards. The event aims to raise money for the Detroit Bulldog Rescue.

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Aug 22, 2018
Meet The Hatch Detroit Finalists & Your News

This is your Daily Detroit for August 20, 2018. Your Detroit news:

- Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist the second has been picked to be the running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer. Sven and Jer discuss.

- There has been some confusion around the funeral arrangements for the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who died last week at the age of 76. So here’s what you need to know.

- One of the last remaining members of the Motown studio band known as the Funk Brothers has died. The Freep reports that guitarist Eddie Willis died Monday morning at his home in Mississippi following complications from a childhood bout with polio. He was 82. Link: https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/brian-mccollum/2018/08/20/eddie-willis-dead-funk-brothers/1044428002/

- Dogs and Degas apparently do go together. The Detroit Institute of Arts is holding their first-ever animal adoption event.

- Brix Wine and Charcuterie Boutique will be closing its West Village location on the city’s east side at the end of the month.

- Atomic Chicken is calling it quits.

- Certified results for the SMART bus millage are in and the final tally widened a bit to 39 votes, instead of 23 as initially thought. 

-  The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Presented by Bedrock is down to its four finalists:

  • Neighborhood Grocery
  • Paradise Natural Foods
  • Slyde
  • Toma Detroit

They’re competing for a $50,000 prize from Comerica Bank and $200,000 worth of pro-bono services from Hatch Detroit and its partners. Representatives from each of the four startup business finalists joined us today in the studio to talk about their proposals alongside Vittoria Katanski, Hatch Detroit’s executive director. You can find out more and vote at http://www.hatchdetroit.com


Aug 21, 2018
Remembering Aretha Franklin With Evrod Cassimy, Marsha Music, Dan Austin & Detroiters

Today, we devote the entire Daily Detroit podcast to Aretha Franklin.

We talk to Detroiters you may know, and those you may not, about the Queen of soul.

Guests include:

Evrod Cassimy, a friend of Franklin and journalist at WDIV Local 4 TV.

Marsha Battle Philpot, a.k.a. Marsha Music. Her father recorded the first record with Aretha.

Dan Austin, Detroit's unofficial historian and a founder of the Motor City Soul Club.

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Aug 18, 2018
Trying Vegan Coney Dogs, Ford Is Spending Big Bucks In Corktown and Previewing Digital Summit Detroit

Show for August 15, 2018:

- Ford expects to spend a lot of money to renovate the abandoned train station.

- Measles cases are on the rise in Michigan.

- Free showings of the film ‘Black Panther” at the Detroit Film Theater.

- We try the new Vegan Coney joint, “Chili, Mustard, Onions” complete with delicious audio.

- And we preview the upcoming Digital Summit Detroit in September.

Here’s what to know and where to go around Metro Detroit.

Aug 16, 2018
Lions roll out a new "Power Hour," Is there an Auto bubble? And Michigan restaurant owners are optimistic

- Detroit Lions fans will be able to get their drink and eats on for cheaper. The team and its hospitality partner announced new all-day value pricing at Ford Field for game days.

- Is there a car bubble brewing? Our next guest says that rising subprime auto loans, rising interest rates and increasing prices for car parts add up to spell warning signs, to say nothing of President Trump’s proposed tariffs on imported cars. Sven Gustafson spoke with Joe Berish, an analyst with automotive consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

-  Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant Association. He joined us by phone from his office in Lansing to discuss several issues and trends facing the restaurant industry.

- According to Dan Austin’s Greetings from Detroit: Historic Postcards from the Motor City, On this date seven years ago the giant Garland Stove was destroyed by fire at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds.


Aug 14, 2018
Aretha Franklin gravely ill, Ossian Sweet House update with Karen Dybis, plus your Detroit news

Here's our show on August 13, 2018.

- The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is said to be “gravely ill.” That’s according to multiple reports and family friend Evrod Cassimy, a WDIV anchor and reporter.

- Legendary Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris had his number 47 retired over the weekend.

- The historic David Stott tower in Capitol Park will soon reopen as luxury housing and office space. According to the Freep, asking prices for the apartments could set a new record for price-per-square-foot in downtown Detroit.

- Karen Dybis tells us what's happening to the historic Ossian Sweet House, and the story behind the important building.

- Sven was out of town last week, so we saved our discussion about the primary election and news of the week for when he came back from the woods. 

- A legal analysis by Detroit’s Law Department says that City Council President Jones may be able to keep her local seat while serving for a time in the U.S. Congress.

- On the Detroit side of Mack between Outer Drive and Cadieux sits East English Village, a neighborhood built between the 1920s and 1950s. It’s a neighborhood that doesn’t always get much press attention. But maybe now it will.

- Sunoco stations across Detroit are being sued in Federal court. They’re accused of selling Viagra without a prescription as an “all-natural” male enhancement pill.

Aug 13, 2018
Grand Prix Will Be Back On Belle Isle, Amanda Lewan of Bamboo Detroit + Your News

Saturday, August 11, 2018 show:

The Detroit Grand Prix is, in fact, returning to Belle Isle. That’s thanks to an agreement announced Friday between race organizers and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Speaking of cars.. I-696 construction in Macomb and Oakland counties is about 30 percent complete, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Earlier, we brought you a story about heated words from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, saying that Detroit CEOs are aligning against suburban interests.

The annual Hatch Detroit contest announced their 10 semi-finalists on Thursday evening. The contest awards $50,000 in cash and a bunch of resources to folks opening a business in Detroit, Highland Park, or Hamtramck.

Dan Hasty is the the new play-by-play voice of the Detroit Mercy men's basketball team this season on 910 AM.

An improved park at the corner of Woodward and Warren on the Wayne State campus is a step closer to reality.

A little update on the progress of a 26-mile trail loop called the Joe Louis Greenway.

The travel service Expedia has named Detroit one of the most underrated cities in America to visit.

And our feature interview is with Amanda Lewan of Bamboo Detroit, who is celebrating 5 years in business. 

Aug 11, 2018
Brooks letter, Brenda Jones to Congress (maybe), SMART may recount and what to do this weekend in Detroit

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for August 9, 2018:

Will she or won’t she? That’s the question facing Detroit city council president Brenda Jones who has the chance to be a U.S. Congressperson for a couple months.

Bus service in Macomb County may not be out of the woods yet. The narrow 23 vote victory - out of more than 150,000 votes cast - for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation will probably be recounted after it’s certified.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has sent off a letter that is terse, blunt and not a fan of Detroit’s quote comeback that’s a quote “Righteous Cause”. The letter claims that Detroit CEOs and business leaders are organizing to build up Detroit at the suburbs expense.

It’s Thursday, so even though we’ll have a Friday show I wanted to go through our City 5 list of events happening this weekend around the city. This week we actually have a couple bonuses, and if you missed anything the list is up on DailyDetroit.com on our City 5.

Aug 09, 2018
Explaining PFAS in Michigan with Garret Ellison of MLIVE, election results, and your Detroit stories

From the studios of Podcast Detroit in the Cass Corridor, this is your Daily Detroit News Byte recorded on Wednesday, August 8th. 

We have primary election results, headlines, and today’s deep dive is about P-FAS. The chemical, used in firefighting and a bunch of consumer and industrial applications, has caused a lot of environmental concern. Sven Gustafson talks with MLIVE and Grand Rapids Press reporter Garret Ellison who has been at the forefront of covering the crisis.

Also: We talk election results (including a squeaker when it comes to transit)

The folks behind the Detroit Shipping Company have another project up their sleeves - plus an update on a future burger joint.

General Motors and ExxonMobil have rolled out a new feature for 2017 and newer model Buicks aimed at making buying gas simpler.

Ferndale and Detroit will be getting new public skate parks.

The 10 millionth Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line in Flat Rock.

Belle Isle’s trees have seen extensive damage due to a quick but intense storm on Monday.

The Detroit News reports that Detroit is having a very tough time getting landlords to comply with new regulations.

And there’s a walking tour on Saturday, August 18th aims to show off the potential - and beauty - of some vacant houses in the Jefferson Chalmers and Riverbend neighborhoods.

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Aug 08, 2018
Gretchen Whitmer interview and your Detroit headlines

This is your August 2, 2018 show.

Our feature interview today is with Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer. As a note, we've now interviewed all three Democratic candidates and you can find their interviews in our podcast feed.

- One of Michigan’s most prominent tech companies is the subject of a massive buyout. Tech titan Cisco plans to buy Ann Arbor-based Duo Security for $2.35 billion dollars in cash and assumed equity awards for Duo.

- A Detroit police officer has been suspended after he was caught on video punching a naked woman at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

- The Michigan Catholic newspaper will cease publication after 146 years. In its place, the Archdiocese of Detroit will launch Detroit Catholic, a free digital news website, later in the fall.

- Police in Detroit arrested a man after he attacked two broadcast news trucks early Thursday, smashing the trucks’ windshield, hood, driver’s-side windows and side mirrors with a bat or baton.

- A multimillionaire towing kingpin will serve 21 months in federal prison after paying bribes to a Macomb County official.

- This weekend is the Belle Isle Art Fair. The two day event will take place next to the Scott Fountain on the south side of Belle Isle. The festival will feature more than 100 juried artists from a variety of artistic mediums.


Aug 03, 2018
Savor Food and Wine Festival coming to the Detroit Zoo and your Detroit news

On our show recorded on August 1, 2018:

- There's a Savor Food and Wine Festival coming to the Detroit Zoo you'll want to check out. HOUR Detroit's Lauren Mohan joins us to talk about the event with all you can eat samples and tastings of beer and whiskey.

- The Michigan Supreme Court has struck down a challenge to a voter referendum to create an independent redistricting commission. The 4-3 ruling means the Voters proposal - Not the Politicians’ one - will appear on the statewide November ballot.

- In another high-profile case involving voting, a federal judge has ruled that the Republican-led Legislature intentionally discriminated against African Americans when it passed a law banning straight-ticket voting.

- On Tuesday, the Detroit City Council approved a Development Agreement with Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock and Woodborn Partners for a planned mixed-income neighborhood. It’ll be built on a former public housing site. We told you a bit about this on a previous episode, but more details have come into focus.

- Gordon Food Service is opening up their first location in the city proper. The wholesale and retail outlet is taking over the old Staples location at Jefferson and Jos Campau.

- The house music festival Charivari is making its return to the Detroit Riverfront, but a week later than usual.

- Turns out Detroit has one of the top five mural festival in the world. 

That's it for our show. Thanks to Nuri Gocay for joining us today.

Aug 01, 2018
Thoughts On SMART Buses, Meet South Ferndale (Or "SoFe") and Your Headlines

Next week is the primary election in Michigan, and many voters in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties will be weighing the issue of transit. And Sven and Jer weigh in with their opinions.

Janitors that take care of some of Detroit’s most iconic buildings - as well as the Detroit Public Schools Community District and Detroit Metro Airport - have signed a contract for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

The Detroit City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to institute a hard cap of 75 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. They also opted to increase regulations on the industry.

Foreclosures continue to be an issue in the city of Detroit. This month, the American Civil Liberties Union reached a settlement with the city to help homeowners buy back their foreclosed homes for $1,000.

Some restaurant news out of Auburn Hills. Ziggy’s Cheesesteaks - a restaurant that bills itself as a “taste of South Philly” - is opening sometime in October.

Downtown Birmingham will soon reopen to vehicle traffic after a massive construction project shut down four blocks for the past four months.

So-fee? So-Feh? So-fay? We’re not sure how to pronounce it, but it’s what the city of Ferndale is calling Southern Ferndale. And they’re inviting you to come out to the first-ever SoFe Livernois Stroll.

Jul 31, 2018
First Taste Test Of The New Little Caesars 5 Meat Pizza And Your Detroit News

On your show recorded on July 30, 2018:

Our feature? At the end of the show, about the 8:52 mark, at the "office" Nuri Gocay, Sven Gustafson, Shianne Nocerini and Jer Staes do a taste test of the new Little Caesars 5 Meat Pizza launched today.


Residents of Detroit’s historic block of West Canfield Street dealt with a 30-inch water main break over the weekend. The break flooded more than a block with water up to the tops of the wheels of some cars and even took out a tree.

We have more details on the proposal to keep the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle.

Crews have begun demolition of the Belle Isle beach water slide, and the Conservancy is raising money to replace it.

Ford Motor Company says it hit a self-imposed goal of lowering emissions from its car and truck plants eight years ahead of schedule.

Detroit is the nation’s second most affordable big city - but be careful about these numbers because Detroit is a unique market.

A long-time Detroit drinking institution is changing hands.

The Detroit Princess is known for cruises, like with that Alexander Zonjic flute guy. But here’s something a little different. A Cruise for Culture this weekend will put a skateboarding half-pipe on the Detroit Princess riverboat. Organized by “AsDetroitsOwn,” the top deck of the Detroit Princess will have sports, art, and live music this weekend.

And, Detroit’s historic St. Anne Parish has applied to become a minor basilica in the Catholic Church.

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Jul 31, 2018
Detroit City Lacrosse, Grand Prix On Belle Isle Update And News

Recorded on July 27, 2018:

Our featured guest is Christianne Sims. She's the founder of Detroit City Lacrosse, and she talks about the new program and how it'll impact the youth of Detroit.

Our headlines:

- Signs are pointing to the Grand Prix returning to Belle Isle next year. With the last contract expired, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it wants to move forward on a plan to keep the race at the island park, assuming key issues can be resolved.

- The Swiss hospital that treated him says former Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne had been seriously ill for more than a year before his shocking death earlier this week. That was apparently news not only to Fiat Chrysler shareholders, but to the company itself.

- Looks like work to take down the Fail Jail — the stalled Wayne County Jail at the corner of I-375 and Gratiot — is underway. 

- Dockless electric scooters have launched in Detroit. The company is called Bird, and basically you rent the scooters through an app on your phone. This is a pilot program testing their fleet of low-speed, electric scooters, which have already launched in 20 cities.

- A city-owned parking garage in Eastern Market needs about a million dollars in structural repairs before it can re-open.

- Karas Brothers, the popular Greek restaurant, has been sold after more than 38 years in business. The restaurant is located on Harper Avenue in St. Clair Shores.

- The former Indian Village home of a Detroit music legend is for sale. Jack White — and sometimes, his superstar on-and-off-again girlfriend Renee Zellweger — stayed in the home over on Seminole Street.

- And the community comes together to recover the stolen van of a local chef and caterer. 

Jul 28, 2018
Detroit Development-A-Palooza And Your Stories

We made it to 100 episodes of sharing what to know and where to go in Metro Detroit. Wheee!

There are a few major development projects in downtown we break down, as well as rising rents.

A woman who had a baby in the Macomb County Jail is suing as guards apparently ignored her pleas to go to the hospital.

The Rosa Parks home is for sale in an auction.

And, Forman Mills is opening in Dearborn. 

Jul 26, 2018
Detroit Native Phil Lewis of the Huffington Post + Your Headlines

Happy 317th Birthday, Detroit!

We're having an informal happy hour at our Detroit studio to celebrate 100 episodes Thursday. Link on our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1882753571790877/

Phil Lewis, Front Page editor of the Huffington Post, joins us to talk about Detroit, the influence of the city, and the upcoming National Association of Black Journalists conference in Detroit. http://www.nabjconvention.com/

A lot of ink has been used covering downtown Detroit’s comeback, but one group that feels they have been slighted are the janitors working in many of the skyscrapers and large buildings in the city.

In an interesting turn of events, Ford is spinning off a separate company to inhabit that old train station in Corktown. It has created Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC.

Over the weekend, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne was replaced by the board of the company due to quickly-escalating health problems. He had gone into a Swiss hospital for what was expected to be a quick procedure on his right shoulder, but things have quickly spiraled downward.

The old Free Press building is getting an $8 million brownfield incentive package from the Michigan Strategic Fund. The renovation, being done by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock, is now going to have a price tag of almost $79 million.

No more paper tickets at Little Caesars Arena

Dining changes at Detroit Metro Airport

Stroh’s has a new Michigan-only beer coming out for the summer. It’s called "Spirit Witbier."

Jul 24, 2018
Tour Belle Isle In A Sweet Model A — Plus Your Detroit News

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for July 23, 2018.

Welcome back from the weekend. We hope that it was eventful and dry. Sven is off and in the woods, literally. He'll be back later in the week.

Let's get on with today's show.

  • Detroit’s Auto Show will be moving to the week of June 8th in 2020
  • Metro Detroit’s shot for regional transit in 2018 is truly dead
  • This week the Michigan State Police will be cracking down on drivers who don’t move over when there is an emergency vehicle on the side of the road
  • TechTown announces five winners of the Techtown’s Retail Boot Camp
  • New local television show will give you all of the booze news you can use this August
  • The Detroit Community Nike store is now accepting applications for its Nike Community Impact Fund grant program
  • It’s lobster roll week at Mudgie’s this week
  • Celebrate Detroit’s 317th birthday with free ice cream from Hudsonville Ice Cream
  • And Jer sits down with Lisa Stolarski from Antique Touring Company to talk about her new tour company where she takes you on Belle Isle in a 1930s Model A
Jul 23, 2018
New Police Boat, Ferndale & Hazel Park Development, Soccer News & Festivals This Weekend

This is your Daily Detroit for Thursday, June 19th, 2018.

The Detroit Police Department has its first new patrol boat since 1986, and it’s named after fallen Detroit officer Kenneth “Shark” Steil.

A vacant Detroit elementary school in the Old Redford neighborhood will become 32 affordable units for seniors and a new park.

Who knew - Hazel Park is now seen as Oakland County’s new real estate hot spot.

Speaking of hot real-estate markets … Ferndale has been a particular focus for new development, with several large housing developments currently under construction. Now a proposed mixed-use development is causing a stir among local residents. Sven went down to the Ferndale Planning Commission meeting last night to see what it’s all about.

If publicly visible graffiti or outdoor art is used in a commercial, can the street artist sue?

The New York Times reports that a Swiss outdoor artist whose work adorns an elevator shaft in the Z Garage in downtown Detroit is suing General Motors for the use of his work in an ad.

Love street bands? This weekend Crash Detroit will return for its 5th year.

The three-day street festival brings brass bands from around the country to Detroit.

And, Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk Soccer as well as Jeremy Ross to talk about the Michigan Glass Festival this weekend.

Jul 19, 2018
Detroit's Bankruptcy 5 Years Later With Nathan Bomey, Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie Has A New Book And Detroit News

On the show recorded on July 18, 2018: It’s the fifth anniversary of the city of Detroit declaring bankruptcy, so we have a special episode. Nathan Bomey, author of "Detroit Resurrected," a book on Detroit's bankruptcy, reflects on the events five years later and looks to the future.

Lisa Ludwinski from Sister Pie joins us to talk about her new book and her West Village store that's beloved all over the country. 

And in news, the building that houses Busy Bee in Eastern Market will see a new chapter. John Beilein gets a new contract from the University of Michigan. Cantina Diablos is changing concepts in Royal Oak, and Open Streets Detroit is in Rouge Park in Detroit this weekend.

Jul 19, 2018
Detroit News, MoGo Gets Bigger and Thomas Leeper, Every Linear Mile

Blame it on the bollards: We’ve got bikes on the brain here today at Daily Detroit. 

A quick weekend trip to Columbus, Ohio, plus this feature in the Los Angeles Times about what LeBron James’ new bike commute might be like, also make us realize that we have it better than many other cities. Detroit’s bicycling infrastructure, nearly non-existent just a decade ago, is now legitimately something to brag about, with new protected bike lanes popping up on East Jefferson and Cass Avenue, more greenways planned and the MoGo bike share program in expansion mode.

On today’s Daily Detroit News Byte podcast, we talk more about that expansion with Lisa Nuszkowski, MoGo’s founder and executive director, and Justin Lyons, Ferndale’s planning director.

As we reported last week, MoGo plans to expand in Detroit and five inner-ring suburbs. And we can now confirm that the Livernois “Avenue of Fashion” is the next Detroit neighborhood to get bike sharing. Starting next spring, MoGo will add 30 new stations and about 150 bikes to the Avenue of Fashion and the suburbs of Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park and Royal Oak. 

We also have an interview on the show with Thomas Leeper. He’s the creative force behind the website, Every Linear Mile and he’s literally chronicling every mile of street in the city of Detroit from two wheels.

Here’s what else is on the show:

  • Detroit City Council member Gabe Leland faces a new extortion lawsuit
  • A new financial tech incubator and coworking space comes to Detroit
  • Ford’s Corktown campus will get a pair of parking decks
  • Detroit City FC’s new Fieldhouse gets an opening date
  • And Ferndale’s OM Cafe is closing
Jul 17, 2018
A Retractable Roof On Ford Field? Opening A Motorcycle Shop In Detroit & More

In today’s show recorded on July 16, 2018, we discuss:

  • Ford Field’s future retractable roof?
  • The future of the Belle Isle Grand Prix
  • Detroit misses out on hosting the NCAA Final Four
  • The Gordie Howe International Bridge groundbreaking
  • Detroit’s skyrocketing housing prices
  • The Detroit Institute of Bagel’s bagels
  • A new production by “Hamilton” playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda comes to Detroit

And, we have Brad Touchette, the owner of the new Clutch and Throttle on to talk about his motorcycle accessory shop in the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood. 

Jul 17, 2018
New Cass-Henry Historic District With Eric Kehoe, MoGo Expansion, Red Bull Arts Detroit, Amazon Hiring

Today, we dive into the new Cass-Henry Historic District, and what it means for two Ilitch-owned buildings threatened with demolition, with Eric Kehoe of Preservation Detroit; MoGo will expand bike sharing to five suburbs and more Detroit neighborhoods; Red Bull Arts Detroit announces a new artists residency program for 2019; and Amazon is hiring 1,500 full-timers for its Romulus fulfillment center.

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Jul 11, 2018
Auto Show To June, Brandstatter Out, Campus Martius Improvements & Hatch Detroit

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte recorded on July 10, 2018.

- Right under the deadline for finishing the show, we got word that the Detroit City Council has unanimously voted for a new Cass-Henry Historic District.

- The Detroit auto show is moving dates, and now we have a good idea as to when. Multiple media reports say that the show will move from January to June in 2020.

- Detroit’s historic Bonstelle Theatre on Woodward Avenue is being decommissioned.

- It used to be that Detroit and Michigan were places where black families made progress on home ownership compared to the rest of the country. That’s no longer the case.

- Jim Brandstatter’s 31-year run as color commentator for the Detroit Lions comes to an end.

- The popular Campus Martius Beach is getting a makeover.

- We now have the exact dates the PGA Tour is coming to the city of Detroit in 2019.

What is the largest single event in Michigan?

- Good news for eastsiders, as DISH - a popular grab and go Mack Avenue spot among Detroiters, Grosse Pointers and all points east — will be reopening following the death of co-owner Paul Sulek.

- MGM Grand Detroit ditches straws

- And we have a conversation with Vittoria Katanski and Ashley Hennen of Hatch Detroit about the annual contest that has helped jumpstart some of the notable local names in Detroit's retail scene.

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Jul 11, 2018
Royal Oak Restaurant Rumble, This Week In Detroit City FC w/ Fletcher Sharpe

And we're back from the summer holiday week... and right into a rumble among Royal Oak restaurants in regard to parking and the future of the city. We also dive into some recent closings (Fist of Curry) and openings (Detroit Shipping Company). 

Also, should rangers at Michigan State Parks carry guns? In other state park news - specifically Belle Isle - The Grand Prix is going to present their proposal to bring the race back to the the island next year.

Olympia Development, residents and the city are tussling over the possibility of a historic district near the new Little Caesars Arena.

Detroit's beloved Better Made Chips is going to expand to many more states around the nation.

The city of Detroit says that more than 8,000 young people from age 14 to 24 will get six weeks of on-the job experiences and job training.

Woodward Avenue is getting national love on the new PBS series “10 Streets That Changed America.”

And of course, Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk Detroit City FC. His tip? You're going to want to see these international friendlies coming up in the next few weeks. 

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Jul 10, 2018
Alan Mallach, Author Of "The Divided City," Detroit City FC Wrap-Up & Lafayette Park Development

This is your show for July 2nd, 2018.

Our feature guests:

Alan Mallach is the author of "The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America." He joins Sven to talk about Detroit's nascent and unequal comeback. Book link here: https://www.amazon.com/Divided-City-Poverty-Prosperity-America/dp/1610917812

Fletcher Sharpe also bring us his weekly wrap-up of Detroit City FC and he talks World Cup.

And our headlines:

Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighborhood will be seeing yet another new development. The developer, Ginosko Development Company, is currently calling the project “Lafayette West.” It’ll bring 374 new residences to the city across 5.2 acres.

Michigan stands to lose more than $2.3 billion in economic activity if President Trump makes good on his threat to impose tariffs on imported automobiles. So says the reliably conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an analysis released Monday.

Now, when you buy a Detroit bus pass, you’ll get a free 30-day MoGo bike share pass. The new deal between the city’s department of transportation and the bike share system is good for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly DDOT bus passes.

Sears in Oakland Mall will be closing this year as part of yet another wave of cost-cutting amid the overall decline of retail as spending shifts online.

And, don't forget, the deadline to register to vote is approaching!


Jul 03, 2018
Detroiter Wendell Brown Sentenced To Four Years In Chinese Jail, Auto News With Greg Migliore Of Autoblog & More

Wendell Brown, a Detroiter who went to King High School, loved football so much that he ended up going to China to teach the sport. Now he's in jail over a controversial incident. #FreeWendellBrown

Greg Migliore from Autoblog joins us to talk all things cars. President Trump's tariffs and their impact on the Detroit industry and why Greg thinks they're not a great idea. The North American International Auto Show will be moving to a warmer month - either the summer or fall, and have new outdoor events. Elon Musk takes shots at Ford, and there's a new Chevy Blazer. 

Remember how we told you about a thousand musicians that would be coming to Belle Isle State Park to play “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes? Well, that’s not going to be a thing anymore.

The Kresge Foundation will make $3 million in grants available over three years to early childhood centers across Detroit.

The city of Detroit will open six air-conditioned recreation centers on Saturday and Sunday.

That's your Daily Detroit News Byte for June 28, 2018.

Jun 28, 2018
Detroit's Fitzgerald Neighborhood To See A New Chapter, 2018 RTA Plan Really Dead & News

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for June 27, 2018.

- Some say Detroit's comeback isn't making it into the neighborhoods. So we went to the Fitzgerald neighborhood in Detroit today to check on a new development happening that not only has historic houses, but urban gardens and community involvement.

- A funding proposal that aimed to be on the 2018 ballot for the Regional Transit Authority is officially dead.

- The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a big blow to public-sector labor unions on Wednesday.

- A couple of weeks ago we featured an interview on the News Byte about the Rethink Royal Oak project, which will in part result in the construction of a new city hall and police headquarters. Now there’s news about the two-acre public park that will rise from the project.

- Two updates from the Detroit Institute of Arts, including a focus on Flint and a call for submissions for Dia de Muertos.

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Jun 28, 2018
Self-Driving Shuttles Hit Detroit's Streets, Open Streets Coming To Rouge Park & News

- Detroit is about to becoming the first urban core in America with independent, self-driving commercial vehicles on public streets

- A Country Fresh dairy plant in the Detroit suburb of Livonia is closing its doors due to losing business from Walmart. More than 100 people will be laid off at the facility that has roots back to the old Melody Farms brand.

- DogSpot, a company that promises, quote, “No Mo FoMo Fo Yo Doggo” (the letter r has been omitted in their website text) has set up two air-conditioned dog parkers near popular restaurants in Ferndale.

-  Detroit’s hottest attraction last weekend seems to have been Michigan Central Station in Corktown. According to Ford, the new owners, more than 20,000 people came through the station during an open house over five days.

- 1,000 people are going to play the White Stripes song "Seven Nation Army" on Belle Isle together, and we have details on how you can participate.

- An update on the old 1917 American Bistro on Livernois

- Free Detroit-centric movies coming to Bel Air theatre

- And we dive into Open Street Detroit, the new Rouge Park edition. It's interesting to see this event add a focus beyond Michigan and Vernor to over by Detroit's largest park. Lisa Nuszkowski joins Sven on the show. 

Jun 27, 2018
24-Hour Bus Service Improvements In City, Demo Day, This Week In Detroit City FC & More

This is your show for June 25, 2018:

- The Detroit Department of Transportation plans a series of public meetings to share details and gather feedback about changes it plans to make to DDOT bus service starting in September. That’s when DDOT says it plans to start rolling out improvements to its 10 24-hour bus routes including Wi-Fi service, upgrades to bus stops, improved buses and easier fare payment.

- A number of Detroit businesses won grants or interest-free loans totaling $1.2 million dollars over the weekend at Quicken Loans Demo Day. We're joined by Dr. Paul Thomas of Plum Health DPC to talk about his experience winning his $50k award.

- Detroit’s historic United Sound Systems recording studio is for sale for $1.5 million. The two-story 9,700 square foot brick house near Wayne State University and the New Center is said to be Detroit’s oldest and still-operating independent recording studio.

- A restaurant roundup of Chick P and Clementina in downtown Detroit and the purchase price for Como's, which isn't so outlandish in Ferndale's hot restaurant scene

- Fletcher Sharpe joins us as he does every week during the season for the Detroit City FC coverage of the week before and the week ahead. Of course, we also get into some World Cup discussions as well. 

- And, it's going to hot this weekend. Really, really, hot. 

Jun 25, 2018
The Suburban Case For Regional Transit With Andy Meisner, Housing Prices Rising & More

June 21, 2018: There’s been a lot of talk about rising housing prices in downtown Detroit, but prices are rising in many areas of the state — especially southeastern Michigan.

- Detroit’s Third Man Records is offering up a free vinyl record to customers who’ve donated to an aid group helping immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

- There’s a report out there that Michigan Central Station might get a movie theatre. And that movie theater might.. Just might… be put in by Big Sean and Emagine.

- Popps Emporium — A storefront gallery, tool lending library and community space on the border of Hamtramck and Detroit — is looking to crowdfunding to complete the project.

- There’s a new yoga studio opening on the east side of the city this weekend focused on hot yoga.

- Castalia cocktail bar will be throwing a Solstice Party on Saturday. Castalia is owned by the same husband and wife who own Sfumato Fragrances.

- For our feature interview, Jer sat down with Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner. We talked about the suburban case for regional transit, anxiety that some suburban leaders have of Detroit’s comeback, attracting and keeping young talent in Metro Detroit and more up at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

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Jun 21, 2018
Morouns Are Back At The Bridge Fight, Previewing The Ford Fireworks & News

On our June 20, 2018 show:

Hot on the heels of the big celebration for Michigan Central Station, Moroun-controlled entities are pushing for President Donald J. Trump to stop the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project with a TV ad aimed at the President on "Fox and Friends." We dive into the claims.

Royal Oak - a city of nearly 60,000 people - is continuing to move forward with plans for its own bus system.

Slows BBQ is getting into the pop-up hotdog stand business. On Wednesdays this summer, the popular BBQ joint is turning their patio on the side of their Corktown restaurant on Michigan Avenue into "Side Piece."

The Comedy Central TV show ‘Detroiters” comes back for a second season Thursday night.

We preview the upcoming Ford Fireworks on Monday night with Parade Company CEO Tony Michaels.

And, we highlight the work of U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and her piece, "Poem For the Light in Michigan Central Station."

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Jun 20, 2018
The Old Train Station In Detroit Will Roar Back To Life With Bill Ford Jr. & Others

Today's Daily Detroit News Byte is all about the most visible sign of Detroit's turnaround in the years, the fact that Michigan Central Station is coming back to life thanks to Ford Motor Company.

On the show, we're joined by a variety of guests. We talk to Bill Ford Jr. about the station.

We also catch up with Roger Gaudette, executive director for Detroit development with Ford Land, the automaker’s real estate arm about what the next few years look like.

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans also had words to share about Michigan Avenue becoming a major corridor between Dearborn and the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.

Then, Sven Gustafson eats some of his own words from a wayward 2009 editorial back when he worked for MLive and contrasting that with the Detroit of today and just how much has really, truly changed.

Detroit's momentum is a real thing. Enjoy this special one-topic episode of the Daily Detroit News Byte. 


Jun 20, 2018
Goodbye Ron Gurdjian Of Tom's Tavern, This Week in DCFC, Dequindre Cut & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for June 18, 2018.

- More details have been coming out over the weekend around Ford buying Michigan Central Station in Corktown.

- The seating supplier Adient says it’s decided to scrap plans to move its corporate headquarters and 500 employees into the Marquette Building on Congress Street over concerns about the cost of renovation.

- The Detroit Greenways Coalition will hold a group bike ride Sunday to create awareness and raise money to build a 26-mile rail-to-trail greenway loop in the city.

Ron Gurdjian, the man who was everything to Tom’s Tavern and beloved to legions of Detroiters near and far, passed away on Sunday night. He was 78.

- The Detroit Wing Company has opened its third location inside the MGM Grand Casino hotel on Monday.

- Soccer journalist Fletcher Sharpe joins Sven for his weekly segment talking about Detroit City FC and this time around, the World Cup.

- And Chef Godwin Ihentuge from Yum Village stops in to talk about what's happening down at the Freight Yard in the Dequindre Cut. It's tasty. 

Jun 19, 2018
Market Known For Selling Octopi To Red Wings Fans Will Close, Art Happenings In Detroit & News

Our stories for June 14, 2018:

A SUPERIOR ENDING: If you want an Octopus for your next Red Wings game, you’re going to have to find another place for next season. Word is that Superior Fish Company on 11 mile in downtown Royal Oak is shuttering this weekend.

PROPERTY PRICES CONTINUE TO RISE IN CITY OF DETROIT: The historic United Sound Studios - a converted home near I-94 in Midtown that was the place where a bunch of legendary acts like Parliament Funkadelic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Marvin Gaye …. Among others…. Is now listed for $1.5 million.

PRETTY LIGHTS: If you’re going to the free JR JR concert in Beacon Park this Saturday, you’re in for a treat. The creative folks at Mindfield have created a 3-D light show for the beautiful and historic Grand Army of the Republic building to play that evening. 

FLY A KITE: The Detroit Kite Festival is returning to Belle Isle.

MORE FOOD BOXES: Hungry Harvest is launching in Detroit.

ART IN DETROIT: Sven talks to Viranel Clerard of DetroitMurals.com fame about the happenings in town, including Shepard Fairey

Jun 14, 2018
New Soccer Complex In Detroit, HOUR Detroit Best Of Party & Local News

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Jun 13, 2018.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing Oakland County of pushing discriminatory housing policies in how it divvies up federal housing money.

- You know that big empty parcel just north of I-696 near Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak? Well, the city has just sold that 4-plus acre site to a private developer for $2.5 million.

- The Detroit Public Schools Community District is looking to hire more teachers, but it’s not an easy task. According to a survey released by the district itself, that’s in part because those who work for the district are saying … don’t work there.

- If you’re a bicyclist in Michigan, you might be getting a new law that’s in your favor.

- On the near west side, the Detroit Soccer District has opened. Jer caught up with its founder for more details.

- The Yum Bus will be passing out free ice cream and Tillamook Gear. You will be able to find them at some of the best places in town… Le Petite Zinc… Lover’s Only… Founder’s Brewing Company…The Siren Hotel…and the Royal Oak Farmers Market.

- And, it's that time of year again, time for the HOUR Detroit Best of Detroit party. Sven gets a preview with Mary Sutton from the magazine.

Jun 13, 2018
City Modern In Brush Park, This Week In Detroit City FC And More

Our stories....

- Some of the things that many families would take for granted in another city  just aren’t a thing in Detroit - even basics like a school bus. To help fix this, 10 of Detroit’s public schools and charter schools are teaming up on transportation for a test project called “The GOAL line.”

- City Modern is made up of just over 8 acres of land and 410 residential units in Brush Park. Shianne dives in on the project.

- This week in Detroit City FC with Fletcher Sharpe, along with other soccer conversation including the World Cup.

Who knew IHOP and Applebees in the same space could be a thing? But in downtown Detroit, it now is.

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Jun 13, 2018
Ford Buys Michigan Central Station, Dan Austin of Historic Detroit

It's a real thing. Ford Motor Company has bought Michigan Central Station in Corktown.

Long a symbol of Detroit's decline, we're going to find out soon - June 19, in fact - what exactly the property is going to be. But in the meantime, this is big news and we went down to the press announcement and covered it.

We also broke it down with Historic Detroit's Dan Austin. He's the preeminent expert in all things historic and, well, Detroit. An author of multiple books and curator of a popular online community, Dan's the man when it comes to buildings in the city. Of course, other things happened in Detroit, too.

  • The Detroit Pistons hire a new coach, Dwayne Casey.
  • Locally-owned Avalon Bread is adding yet another cafe.
  • Avon Donuts up in Pontiac makes a list of the best in America.
  • The Grand Prix had record attendance.
  • And we tell you about an opportunity to spruce up 8 Mile.
Jun 11, 2018
FlashFoodBox Launches In Detroit, Como's Bought & More News

- Members of Detroit City Council will debate a new proposal to regulate medical marijuana businesses in the city.

- The Republican-controlled state House and Senate have adopted a citizen petition to pull the prevailing wage law off the books.

- City councils in two of Oakland County’s largest cities, Troy and Novi, say voters should be allowed to decide the fate of a regional transit tax in November.

- It’s one of the Detroit area’s hottest and most closely watched pieces of real estate. And now, the former Como’s Restaurant at Woodward and Nine Mile in Ferndale has a new owner.

- Nearly $98 million in Federal money, pending congressional approval, will be coming to help fix Mound Road.

- Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will be in Detroit this weekend. He’s headlining the re-opening ceremony on Saturday for Wayfinding, a combination public art installation and skate park next to Campus Martius.

- Motor City Pride festival is this weekend.

There’s a new delivery service called FlashFoodBox that’s opening up in Detroit as its first U.S. city. The company is looking to change the game, and get fresh food delivered to people, right to their door. 

Jer caught up with their founder Josh Domingues at WeWork Thursday morning. Here's that interview.

Jun 07, 2018
New Sports Medicine Institute To Open In Detroit, Todd Fenton Talks Rethink Royal Oak And Your News

- A New DMC Sports Medicine Institute To Open Next To Little Caesars Arena

- Detroit To Get Another Movie Theater, This One With 9 Screens

- Pay Gap Between Men And Women In Metro Detroit Among Worst In Nation

- Fisher Building’s Food Truck Fridays To Return, This Time With Outdoor Seating

- Belle Isle Bird Walk On June 15

- And our feature interview: City Of Royal Oak Economic Development Manager Todd Fenton Discusses Rethink Royal Oak Project

Jun 06, 2018
6/5/2018: Your Headlines & Why Transit Matters To Companies Considering Detroit With Bedrock's Kevin Bopp

Our stories: Marijuana will be on the ballot in Michigan.

Metro Detroit has the highest percentage of underwater mortgages in the country, says Zillow.

Wells Fargo is pulling out of the Midwest and selling to Flagstar Bank.

Food news, including The Eastern gets a patio, Good Cakes and Bakes gets a James Beard Foundation nod, and the Sugar House is named the best bar in America by Esquire.

Why does transit matter to attracting companies to Detroit? Our feature interview is with Kevin Bopp. He's the vice president of parking and mobility for Bedrock. That's Dan Gilbert's real estate company. And here's a hint: It really does matter. It's an interesting conversation.

Also, a nod to Robert Snell of the Detroit News for the best lede of the day and a preview of coming stories.

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Jun 05, 2018
This Week In Detroit City FC, Barley BBQ And Beats (And More)

This is your News Byte Podcast for June 4th, 2018.

-Historic Albert Kahn Building bought

-MGM Grand Detroit Is One Of The Most Valuable Pieces Of Land In America

-Caesars Windsor Will Reopen Thursday

-Gleaners Gets A Grant From The Morgan Stanley Foundation

-We dive into this week in Detroit City FC with Soccer journalist Fletcher Sharpe

-And we preview Barley, BBQ and Beats coming this weekend to the Novi Showplace. It looks to be a fun event bringing whiskey, music and barbecue for a good cause, Hospice of Michigan

Jun 04, 2018
Jason Hall On Leaving Slow Roll, Democratic Candidate Shri Thanedar & More

From the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island at the Mackinac Policy Conference, this is your News Byte Podcast for May 31st, 2018. 

-Employers band together for transit

-The one-time Purple Gang hangout, the Leland Hotel, will see new life as apartments

-The Detroit Zoo launches "Zoom to the Zoo" And two interviews... Jason Hall has left Slow Roll. He is one of the co-founders. He appears first on Daily Detroit to talk about his future projects.

And, a special one on one with Democratic candidate for Governor, Shri Thanedar.

Your hosts today are Jer Staes, Karen Dybis and Shianne Nocerini. Of course, if you like the show and haven't already, be sure to leave a review in Apple Podcasts or tell a friend to subscribe for free.

May 31, 2018
One On One With Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Opioids In Michigan & More

This is your News Byte Podcast for May 30th, 2018 Today we kick of a series of one on one interviews with Michigan Gubernatorial candidates from both parties.

Today's show has Dr. Abdul El-Sayed. More on that in a minute.

- Detroit didn't get an MLS team. Why?

- And Royal Oak is getting a new parking deck.

- Up here at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Karen Dybis and Jer Staes discuss a panel about cities called "Not open for business," and then dive into a discussion on Michigan's growing opioid problem.

- Finally, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed dropped by Daily Detroit today at the Mackinac Policy Conference to talk about his decidedly underdog candidacy, his progressive policies, why he lost the endorsement of Mayor Mike Duggan and firmly establish his outsider credibility.

El-Sayed is famous — or in some circles, infamous — for being openly Muslim.

He’s the son of Egyptian immigrants who grew up in the Detroit area, played lacrosse at the University of Michigan and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England.

He’s a doctor who most recently ran the Detroit Health Department following its shuttering in the city’s bankruptcy. He says his travels around the state have shown him that Michigan residents are concerned mostly with the quality of their children’s schools, infrastructure and health care.

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May 31, 2018
Belle Isle Gets Too Crowded, This Week In Detroit City FC with Fletcher Sharpe & More

This is your News Byte Podcast for May 29th, 2018/ Here are your stories for today.

- Mark Hackel says that the Regional Transit Authority proposal should be dead "forever."

- Belle Isle gets shut down on Memorial Day Weekend - Developments on the east side of Detroit

- TATA North America moves from Novi to Detroit

- And we talk this week in Detroit City FC with Fletcher Sharpe.

May 29, 2018
Ford Moves Into Corktown, Vivian Host Of Redbull Radio Previews Movement & More

This is your News Byte Podcast for May 25th, 2018 Here are your stories for today.

- Detroit's population continues to slide, according to the U.S. Census

- Ford starts moving employees into Corktown where they've renovated a former hosiery factory

-Detroit City FC adds another international friendly match 

- Sven Gustafson opines on mass transit developments in metro Detroit

- And we're joined by Vivian Host. She's the host of Peak Time on Redbull Radio and we talk all things electronic music and preview the upcoming Movement festival.

Happy early Memorial Day! There will be no show Monday for the holiday. And Tuesday we'll start bringing the show to you from the Mackinac Policy Conference up on Mackinac Island.

May 24, 2018
Detroit's Bond Rating Goes Up, Karen Dybis Checks Out The Downtown Spring Market, Majestic Renovation & More

This is your News Byte Podcast for May 24th, 2018 Here are your stories for today.

- Detroit's bond rating has been upgraded by Moody's. We talk about how increased tax collections have improved Detroit's financial picture and how incentives come into play.

- The crowdfunding dinner Detroit SOUP is coming to Ferndale

- Karen Dybis saw a preview of Bedrock's Spring and Summer market in a couple of parks in downtown Detroit. She comes on the show to share her thoughts and favorite businesses.

- Trump talks NAFTA and that affects Detroit automakers

- Caesars Windsor is shut down for the longest time in its history and is cancelling concerts and rooms

- And the Majestic Theater is undergoing a $1 million makeover and shutting down their cafe bar.

May 23, 2018
RTA Transit Plans Die A Suburban Death, A Possible Michigan Minimum Wage Hike & More

This is your News Byte Podcast for May 23rd, 2018.

Here are your stories for today.

- The plan for a four-county regional Transit Authority in southeastern Michigan are practically dead. And what's the truth about Amazon's HQ2 bid and regional transit? We try to figure it out. Someone's not telling the truth. 

- Gilbert's development team gets hundreds of millions in incentives for major downtown Detroit projects

- Nonprofits are getting pushed out of their downtown offices due to rising rental rates

- A push to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour in Michigan submits signatures

Thanks to Sven Gustafson for writing some of the stories while Jer was out reporting all day in Shelby Township, as well as Nuri Gocay for appearing in studio.

May 23, 2018
New KAWS Statue Downtown, This Week In Detroit City FC & More

This is your News Byte Podcast for May 21st, 2018 Here are your stories for today.

- A new statue by Brooklyn based artist KAWS is creating quite a stir

- Lions coach Matt Patricia and the Lions will not be disciplined by the NFL

- Cadillac Place will get new tenants

- The Heidelberg Project gets a new app

- JR JR and SAINT MACON are playing Beacon Park

- Bob Seger is going back on tour - Gleaners Women's Happy Hour is Tuesday

- Falling Down Beer Company expands in Oxford

- And we catch up with soccer journalist Fletcher Sharpe for this week in DCFC

May 22, 2018
MSU Settlement, Detroit Vegan City, Sushi Disappointment, Bike To Work Day And More

From sunny northwest Detroit, this is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Here are your stories for today.

- There’s a $500 million dollar settlement in between Michigan State University and victims of Larry Nassar

- That house that’s asking for millions of dollars by Little Caesars Arena? Well, the city may condemn it

- Plans for a sushi restaurant on the Avenue of Fashion have collapsed

- Heard of Detroit Rock City? Well, now it’s Detroit Vegan City.

- Mackinac Island gets a nod as one of the best places in America to visit this summer.

-And Bike to Work Day is Friday morning.

May 17, 2018
East Jefferson Bike Lanes, MoGo Rolls Out Adaptive Bikes, New Highland Park High School Plans & More

From the bustling heart of Midtown over a couple Faygo pops, this is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Tuesday, May 15th.

Here are your stories for today.

-East Jefferson is getting smaller for cars... and bigger for bikes

- Detroit’s Bike sharing service MoGo gets new adaptive bikes

- Facebook is funding more software training in Detroit

- And Highland Park is laying plans for a new high school. I talked to their school board president.

May 15, 2018
Michigan's Drug Problem, This Week In Detroit City FC with Fletcher Sharpe & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Byte for Monday, May 14, 2018.

- Michigan has one of the worst drug problems in the country. We begin to dive in on a complex issue that we’re going to cover more.

- Cold water thrown on the idea of a downtown Detroit aquarium

- Speaking of fish… Noble Fish is expanding in Clawson. And maybe into Novi.

- $50,000 is available for retail business ideas in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park through Hatch Detroit

- And in our weekly conversation, soccer journalist Fletcher Sharpe catches us up on what’s news in Detroit City FC this week

May 15, 2018
Greg Migliore of Autoblog Talks Ford, Kresge Survey, Microsoft Opening & The Jamaican Pot

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Byte for Friday May 11th, 2018.

- Sven has a conversation with Greg Migliore, the editor in chief of AutoBlog. We’re kicking off a new monthly segment talking auto industry news. Sven and Greg talk about how Ford’s production disruption is a big deal.. And a lot more.

- What do Detroiters think our city needs more of? A new report from the Kresge Foundation shares some answers

- Microsoft moves into a new, swanky space in downtown Detroit

- And the Jamaican Pot is going to open a second location in New Center.

So buckle your seat belts. It’s time for your Daily Detroit News Byte.

May 11, 2018
Detroit Buses & Lyft Partner Up, Road Repaving, Abdul El-Sayed's MiFi Internet Plan & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Byte for Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

- Three Michigan cities are among the top 10 most violent in America

- Homelessness is down for a third year in three core cities

- Ridesharing service Lyft and Detroit’s bus system partner up - Detroit kicks off $88 million in road repaving

- Wayne State invests in a new partnership to find solutions for Detroit

- And we talk Mi-Fi - Gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed’s plan for net neutrality and a state-owned internet provider with IT in the D’s Nuri Gocay.

Daily Detroit is brought to you in part by Milo Digital.

May 09, 2018
PGA Tour Coming To The Motor City, Growing Detroit's Young Talent & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Byte for Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

-Soon, you’ll be able to live on the old Tiger Stadium site

-The PGA Tour is coming Detroit. Jer and I put on our finest plaid knickers and talk about it.

-City Year and Gensler Detroit team up to improve a Detroit school

-Comerica Park gets a Farm-to-table restaurant

-And, we talk with Shuna Hayward about Growing Detroit's Young Talent with Connect Detroit.

May 08, 2018
$130 Million For Detroit's Neighborhoods, Bringing Back Detroit's Cornices & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Byte for Monday, May 7, 2018.

- Detroit Neighborhoods Could See $130 million in investment

- The DMC and Wayne State physicians sign a 6-month extension

- The Detroit Pistons Change horses and fire their coach

- Luxury apartment rents are rising across Detroit, according to RentCafe

- Net neutrality and public broadband in Michigan comes back into the discussion with a new proposal

- This Detroit bakery has shut its doors after 95 years

- And you might have noticed that some of downtown Detroit’s buildings are looking a bit fancier lately. That’s because they’re getting their decorative cornices back, after missing them for decades. Jer talked with Kevin Blind from Sachse Construction.

Thanks to Milo Digital Detroit for their support of this episode of the show. 

May 08, 2018
DMC Cuts Ties With WSU Docs, The Auto Show Could Move & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Thursday, May 3rd, 2018. Here are your stories. Today's episode was recorded in the historic London Chop House in downtown Detroit.

- The Detroit Medical Center is cutting ties with Wayne State University physicians

- Part of a Detroit parking deck collapses

- Your first chance to taste the new Stroh’s session IPA is coming

- See the city through a series of Jane Jacobs walks

- Learn how you can beat the grind with the DSO

- The Detroit auto show could move to October… or maybe June? We’ll talk about it

- And Jer talks to Matt Lewis about how to get a $10,000 grant for your small businesses.

May 04, 2018
A Streetcar With Much To Be Desired, Giant Star Wars Photo & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Tuesday, May 1st, 2018. Here are your stories.

- New data shows struggles for the QLINE. We talk about the story and some of the mistakes made around the streetcar.

- New Townhouses are coming to Corktown

- May the Fourth be with you with an upcoming Star Wars costume exhibition and group photo at the Detroit Institute of Arts

- You can own a piece of history from the old Joe Louis Arena

- The Girl Scouts are getting a new headquarters in the city.

Thanks to the support of MILO Digital for today's show.

May 01, 2018
A Piece Of Detroit History Gets A Facelift & More

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Monday, April 30th, 2018.

Our region’s point of origin gets a facelift

State financial oversight ends for the city of Detroit -A pair of historic churches are getting much-needed refurbs

Six new projects were announced new Little Caesars Arena

A greek restaurant, Estia, is opening in Warren ...a Salvation Army is shuffling down the street.. And there’s free chicken!

And an eastside diner is named one of the best in America.

May 01, 2018
LinkedIn In Old Sanders Building, Westin Hotel Renovation, Detroit City FC with Fletcher Sharpe & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Friday, April 27th. 

-LinkedIn moves into the old Sanders building downtown

-Recreational marijuana is going to a statewide vote

-A Southfield hotel gets a multimillion dollar renovation -Reconstruction of I-696 begins Friday

-There’s a beerfest this weekend

-Small businesses get grants through Motor City Match

-And Sven talks to soccer journalist Fletcher Sharpe about the upcoming Detroit City FC soccer season

Apr 27, 2018
Getting Detroiters Into Jobs, Bike Lane Rollout Bumps w/ Todd Scott, The Platform Buys A Building & Riverdays

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, April 25th, 2018.

  • Real estate outfit The Platform buys another big New Center building
  • A school that aims to get Detroiters into jobs gets a million dollar donation
  • We have details on the Riverdays festival this summer
  • And Mayor Mike Duggan says he’s getting complaints about all the bike lanes sprouting up around Detroit. Sven talks with Todd Scott of the Detroit Greenways Coalition for the inside scoop about why both motorists and bicyclists are unhappy.

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Apr 26, 2018
The Grand Prix And Belle Isle w/ Bud Denker, MoGo Biking Classes, No Booze At Taco Bell & More

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, April 24th, 2018.

  • 13 Truckers do a good deed on a metro Detroit area freeway
  • Royal Oak denies a boozy Taco Bell Cantina
  • Homes in our region are selling faster
  • You might be able to get your next Amazon order delivered to your car
  • Detroit’s bike share service is offering classes

And the Detroit Grand Prix is just around the corner. We talked to Bud Denker about setup times for the race - a contentious topic, improvements to Belle Isle State Park, and the future of the race on the island.

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Apr 24, 2018
Detroit: Become Human, The Largest Robotics Competition In The World Comes To Detroit, Daffodils & More

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Monday, April 23rd recorded in beautiful Grand Circus Park.

  • A video game set in Detroit, "Detroit: Become Human" is about to launch. A playable demo comes out Tuesday.
  • The largest robotics competition in the world is coming to Detroit this week
  • Detroit’s harnessing some flower power
  • A Cass Corridor jazz club relaunches four decades after it was shut down
  • And we attended a very contentious meeting between Detroit’s big 4 leaders. We break down where the break down is happening.
Apr 23, 2018
Detroit Earthquake, Chief Craig Car Cruise, Nathan Bomey's New Book "After The Fact" & More

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Thursday, April 19th, 2018.

  • An Earthquake Hit Metro Detroit Thursday
  • We have new numbers for SMART’s FAST bus service.
  • You too could car cruise with Detroit Police Chief James Craig
  • Lyft is going green and they’re making a splash in Detroit
  • One of Detroit’s historic art institutions, The Scarab Club, gets shined up

And finally, Sven has a conversation with author and USA Today journalist Nathan Bomey. He has a new book, “After the Fact: The Erosion of Truth and the Inevitable Rise of Donald Trump.”

Apr 20, 2018
Historic Affordable Housing Renovation Begins, Gordie Howe Bridge Update, GP Getting A Record Shop, Gleaners Million Meal Match

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, April 18th, 2018.

  • Affordable apartments for seniors are being renovated in two historic buildings downtown
  • Officials say the new Gordie Howe International Bridge is on track to begin construction this year
  • Grosse Pointe Park is getting a record shop
  • And we talk with Rachelle Bonelli about Gleaners and their Million Meal Match Campaign
Apr 19, 2018
New Midtown Hotel, Northville Downs, TedXDetroit, Motor City Makeover, Diversity Training With Starbucks In The News, Carl Kasell Tribute

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, April 17th, 2018. 

Northville Downs is becoming luxury apartments

Luxury apartments are coming to Detroit’s University District. Shianne has the Daily Detroit exclusive.

Yet another boutique hotel is coming to Detroit

TEDxDetroit is returns for a 10th year of spreading ideas

The Motor City Makeover cleanup project is back and focused on alleys

And we talk with the managing partner of PWC in Detroit, Ray Telang, about diversity training and its relation to attracting talent

And a bonus: We couldn't let the passing of the legendary NPR newsman Carl Kasell go happen without a tribute. All of us here grew up listening to him on the news and on Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me.

Apr 18, 2018
Voice Of The Tigers Dan Dickerson, Why Did So Many Lose Power, Michigan Runner Wins Boston Marathon

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Monday, April 16th, 2018. Apologies for the show being out a little late, we were without power at the studios and internet at the house due to the storms. Here are our stories today. Let’s dive in.

  • So why did the weather knock out power to so many people in Metro Detroit? We talked to DTE about why this storm hit us so hard.
  • A local runner becomes the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.
  • Construction begins — and protest follows — to prepare Belle Isle for the Grand Prix
  • Our special guest today is Dan Dickerson, the voice of the Detroit Tigers. Today kicked off a celebration of that special 1968 season fifty years ago. We talk baseball of yesterday and today.
Apr 17, 2018
Moroun Wants Trump To Stop The Howe Bridge To Canada, I-696, Detroit Champions Week and Hope Closet

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Thursday, April 12th, 2018. Here are our stories today. Let’s dive in.

  • The Moroun family asks Donald Trump to stop the Gordie Howe International Bridge
  • I-696 work to begin Monday
  • Love sports? Celebrate the victories of yesteryear as Detroit Champions Week is almost here
  • And Shianne Nocerini tells us about a special boutique where anyone, no matter how much money they make, can get a prom dress
Apr 13, 2018
The State Of Ferndale, Baltimore Station, and Secret Detroit Author Karen Dybis

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, April 11th, 2018. Let's dive in:

  • Ferndale’s Police Chief Is Out, and the mayor delivers the state of the city. We break down what's happening in the popular Detroit suburb
  • New development updates near New Center
  • And do you want to explore the Secret Detroit? Sven talked to Karen Dybis about her new book.

Thanks to our sponsors Milo Digital and Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed on May 3 at Greektown Casino. 

Apr 11, 2018
Detroit's West Riverfront Gets A Designer, East Jefferson Bike Lanes, Voyager Gets Top Honors & More

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Thursday, April 10th, 2018. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Detroit’s West Riverfront Park will be reimagined
  • Detroit’s public school district tests at the bottom of the barrel
  • Bike lanes are coming to East Jefferson & A New Joe Louis Greenway
  • A Ferndale restaurant, Voyager,  is named one of the best in the country
  • An ice cream shop famous for their pothole special is, for now, shutting its doors
  • Belle Isle and Milliken State Park are hiring summer workers
Apr 11, 2018
Michael Bolton Loves Detroit, The Folk Cafe To Open, Masonic Temple Fixup & Jobs Report

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Monday, April 9th, 2018. Here’s what’s happening:

A new movie about Detroit from Michael Bolton — yes, that Michael Bolton

The Detroit Zoo announces new admission and membership prices

The Masonic Temple gets its first major renovation since 1990

We run the numbers on a monthly labor report on Detroit

And a conversation with the owners of Folk, Detroit’s newest Cafe.

Apr 10, 2018
Hubert Massey's Monumental Mural, JoAnne Purtan, The Best Burger Joint & More

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Thursday, April 5th, 2018.

Here’s what’s happening:

-Michigan’s lone unicorn tech company, Duo Security, is opening a Detroit office

-Macomb County has a new plan to band-aid pockmarked roads

-The Hazel Park Racetrack Has Closed

-The hit musical Hamilton is coming to Detroit -There’s new developments for the Fail Jail

-JoAnne Purtan returns to the airwaves

-A new supergroup commemorates Detroit’s own MC5

-A Dearborn burger joint is named one of the best in Nation

-There’s a new, giant fresco going into Cobo Center. Jer had a conversation with Muralist Hubert Massey about this new project.

Apr 05, 2018
Exporting Detroit's Products To The World, Zoo Poo, Brush Park, Buddy's Pizza Rumors & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018:

  • Brush Park could see another residential development
  • The Fillmore will go quiet for renovations -Detroit’s Project Greenlight safety program expands to a school
  • It’s getting more expensive to finance a car
  • A hot pizza rumor involving Buddy's right near Comerica Park
  • The Detroit Zoo is giving away free poo in partnership with Detroit Dirt.. here's how you get it
  • And a conversation with Sandra Choi from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation about a program that connects Detroit businesses of all kinds to the world
Apr 03, 2018
Affordable Home Prices, Pizza News, A Marvel Mortgage Cameo, Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Monday, April 2nd, 2018. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Wayne County is among the most affordable places in the nation to buy a home.
  • Detroit Bus Service changes are coming
  • Fuel economy standards may be changing
  • Detroiters line up for free pizza…. and the pizza bots are coming
  • A locally based company is going to be front and center in an upcoming Marvel Studios movie
  • International Dark Sky week is coming
  • And Sven caught up with the CEO of Forgotten Harvest, Kirk Mayes

Thanks to our sponsors, Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed and MILO Digital. 

Apr 02, 2018
Detroit Nonprofit Day, Warren Wants To Create A Downtown, Detroit Councilman Sued & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Saturday, March 31, 2018.

-The suburb of Warren is trying to create a downtown

-A Detroit councilman is being sued

-Local furniture maker Floyd is opening up a retail shop in Eastern Market

-The State of Michigan adds 21 more schools to their possible closure list. Three, all charters, are in Detroit.

-The Michigan Science Center is hosting a week long spring break camp

-I talk to Amanda Lewan about Detroit Nonprofit Day

-And since it’s the end of the week, I check in with Sven Gustafson about who he’s chatting with for the Daily Detroit Happy Hour

Mar 31, 2018
3/28/18: Detroit Man Exonerated After 45 Years In Prison, Vehicle Sales Up, Quicken Loans Demo Day, Weekend Events & The Internet Of Things

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

-A Detroit man wrongly spent 45 years in jail

-Vehicle sales are up -We break down new data on parking rates in the city

-Quicken Loans is going to award a million bucks to entrepreneurs -Stephen Clark comes out of a short retirement

-Boxed Water benefiting Belle Isle

-We talk weekend plans with our 5 picks for things to do in the city of Detroit this weekend

-And we talk with M I Tech newses Mike Brennan about an upcoming Internet of Things conference.

Mar 28, 2018
3/27/18: Macomb County Clerk Is Out, Gov Talks Transit & Roads, Belle Isle Boat Launch? And More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

  • Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger removed by a judge
  • Governor Rick Snyder talks transit, roads
  • Belle Isle might get a boat launch
  • Wayne State is expanding the Hilberry Theatre
  • Ford has a car vending machine in China
  • Carhartt has new Tigers hats
  • Comerica is helping connect low-income families with prom dresses
  • Bookstock is coming to Livonia
Mar 28, 2018
3/24/18: Inside Amazon's New Detroit Facility, BMW Pulls Out Of The Auto Show, Bike Lanes & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Saturday, March 24th, 2018.

  • We go inside the new Amazon Facility in Livonia
  • BMW rolls out of the Detroit auto show
  • Ferndale may get 97 new residences
  • Royal Oak is getting more bike lanes
  • The Detroit JazzFest is looking to bring concerts to Detroit neighborhoods
  • Ford’s marketing head leaves the company
  • And one guy has decided to eat his cereal out of a pothole

Thanks to our sponsor for today's episode, Milo Digital.

Mar 24, 2018
3/21/18: State Fairgrounds May Become Mass Transit Hub & Office Development, New Life For Conner Plant, Happy Birthday Albert Kahn & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.

  • The State Fairgrounds site is to be bought by the city and could become a regional transit hub and office development
  • The Conner Assembly Plant will find new life as a museum and meeting space
  • Contractors for LCA come up short on hiring Detroit residents
  • A proposed law would allow Detroit bars to stay open until 4 a.m.
  • Gayle's chocolates is closing
  • Celebrating legenday architect Albert Kahn's Birthday

As always, thanks to our sponsors. Milo Digital, Marketing Secrets Revealed on May 3, and our friends at Podcast Detroit.

Mar 22, 2018
3/20/18: New Life For The Old Train Station? Eastern Market Micro-Grants, Dan Carmody, Macomb's Terrible Roads & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.

-Ford may breathe new life into the long-empty Michigan central station

-Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer locks up a big union endorsement

-Macomb County’s road situation is in dire straits

-Eastern market is offering micro-grants to boost local businesses

-Three of Detroit’s Golf Courses won’t close after all

-Baseball will be played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull again

-You’ll be able to bring your dog to not just one, but two Tigers games this year

-A Hatch Detroit contest winner is opening in Corktown

-Antiques Roadshow is coming to metro Detroit

And we caught up with the head of Detroit’s Eastern Market, Dan Carmody, to talk about what’s ahead for the historic and popular neighborhood.

Thanks to our sponsors, Milo Digital and Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed. 

Mar 21, 2018
3/15/18: There's A New Mass Transit Plan, Castalia Cocktail Bar, NCAA Hitting Detroit & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Thursday, March 15th, 2018.

  • Wayne County Exec Warren Evans has a new plan to improve regional transit
  • March Madness comes to Detroit
  • GM invests in autonomous vehicle production in Michigan
  • Detroit businesses will get grants to improve their facades
  • Zingerman’s is Michigan’s only James Beard Award finalist
  • A Detroit school is closed due to mold
  • Drag Queen Bingo Gets Boozy
  • Third Man Records has Jack White tickets for just five bucks
  • And there’s a new craft cocktail bar for not just booze - but your nose. https://www.castaliacocktails.com/

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Mar 15, 2018
All Things Detroit, Affordable Housing, Golf Course Drama, Belle Isle Trail, Repurpose.co & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, March 14th, 2018.

  • Three of Detroit’s city-owned golf courses are closing
  • A $250 million dollar fund has been set up for affordable housing
  • I-94 on the east side of the city will be closed this weekend
  • A former golf course over by Seven Mile may find new life as a park and development
  • General Motors is launching an Airbnb of cars with Maven
  • Belle Isle is getting a new 6-mile trail

And two conversations. One with Ryan Landau of Re:Purpose about Detroit’s job market and who’s hiring and the other with Jennyfer Crawford of All things Detroit about her new project to highlight Detroit’s retailers and makers.

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Mar 14, 2018
Liquor Store Court Fight, MoGo May Expand Into The Suburbs, Lovers Only, New Crime Map, Peruvian Food, Raising Money For Homeless & More

Here are your stories for Saturday, March 10, 2018:

  • Just how far should liquor stores be from each other? The state and small businesses fight it out in court
  • The city of Detroit has a new interactive and easy to use crime map
  • A familiar face goes off the air after 20 years
  • Home building magnate Bill Pulte has died
  • Young professionals are sleeping outside to raise money for Detroit’s homeless
  • A Peruvian restaurant & a Detroit-themed eatery are opening and a chain Irish-themed joint is closing
  • A first look at Detroit’s newest burger joint Lovers Only
Mar 10, 2018
Fail Jail Is Less Fail, DCFC Gets On TV, State Of The City Recap, Spring Markets Coming Downtown

Hey friends! This is you Daily Detroit for Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Our stories:

-A new plan emerges for the fail jail

-Detroit City FC will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit for the first time

-Mexicantown in Detroit is getting support to grow its business district

-Mirror, mirror on the wall.. what are the best Metro Detroit suburbs?

And two conversations.

One focusing on Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City and Daily Detroit’s Shianne Nocerini talks about new spring markets downtown.

Mar 07, 2018
Food Truck On Belle Isle? The Detroit Welcome Center Could Close, Thieves May Force A Westside Church To Shutter, And A New Polar Bear

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

On the show:

  • Ford is temporarily laying off 2,000 people
  • The Detroit Zoo gets a new polar bear
  • Detroit gets positive travel press in two ways
  • Detroit’s Welcome Center May Close
  • Le Petit Zinc is open, and the building that housed Antietam is for sale
  • Belle Isle is looking for a Food Truck

And.. a local church on the west side of the city is at danger of closing due to scrappers.. And you can help.

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Mar 06, 2018
Guns In Detroit Schools? The Auto Show Could Move, Packard Plant Life, Restaurant Incubator and More

This is your Daily Detroit for Friday, March 2, 2018. We had a really long day on Thursday covering the Detroit Policy Conference, so we were a little slow on getting this episode out - that's why we brought it to you from the back of the struggle bus this week.

Here's what we're covering, including interviews with Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Detroit Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

  • The Auto Show might move to October from January
  • Detroit’s police chief and Detroit’s school superintendent debate the place of guns in schools.
  • The Packard plant is seeing signs of life.
  • A restaurant incubator is opening up downtown
  • A Big player in local Real Estate moves from Birmingham to downtown Detroit.
  • Thanks to a foundation grant, Metro Detroit will get more playgrounds and skate parks
  • And more than 700 of Detroit’s movers and shakers were at the Detroit Policy Conference today. We recap some of the themes and conversations from the floor of the soundboard at the Motor City Casino.

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Mar 03, 2018
Big Sean And Emagine Building A Movie Theatre, 140+ More Detroit Cops, Pothole Ice Cream, New Factory Opens

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast for February 27, 2018.

Our Detroit news stories today:

  • Detroit has a new budget and that could mean more officers on the streets
  • All of Detroit’s election day poll workers are to be re-tested
  • A long time Detroit politician, Burton Leland, has died.
  • You can get some ice cream to soothe your pothole woes.
  • Big Sean and and Emagine team up to open a movie theatre in the city.
  • A steel factory opens in the city of Detroit. 
  • Auton