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Detroit-based Door Stops designers get national attention for "public furniture"

While "public art" has made it into the everyday lexicon, how about "public furniture?" 

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"Made from old doors salvaged from destroyed properties, the shelters are colorfully painted to put a smile on the faces of folks in the vicinity. (Not that you could tell it from the above photo – maybe the bus is running late?) The first of the stops went out into the city  late last year; today, the A' Design Award & Competition announced that it is gifting the effort with a silver medal in "Social Design."

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Detroit is one of nation's top 7 most underrated food cities

There's no better way to make the foodie radar list than having "underrated" next to your name.

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"Being in Detroit puts you in ridiculously close proximity to some of the most authentic, best-tasting food you'd normally need a passport to enjoy. With the proper research/guidance, it's totally possible to travel the culinary world in 20mi, leaving you with a TON of leftover cash to blow on the important things... like even more food."

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Atlantic Cities catches wind of Detroit Drone's new technology

Much more than a fly-by-night operation, Detroit Drone has some neat new technology that could become a powerful force in public service.

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"When government officials in Detroit gathered to celebrate the demolition of the  Brewster-Douglass housing projects  downtown last week, they were joined by a few drones.

One belonged to Harry Arnold, a local drone enthusiast who's turned his long-held interests in videography and radio-controlled helicopters  into a marketable service  (he runs the company Detroit Drone now)....

He wants drones to become part of the typical fire-fighting experience, capturing images humans can't get near and providing ground commanders an aerial view they otherwise wouldn't have. Just last week, Arnold was invited out to  film a hazmat training session  in the city, showing response crews what it would be like to have an extra layer of technology in the case of something like a chemical fire.

Arnold is optimistic his vision will become reality soon. "It's a technology that can have a public service," he says. "It has a chance to save lives."

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Detroit-filmed movie, "Misled," to premiere at Florida film festival

A new Metro Detroit-made flick will be under the marquee lights at a Florida film fest this weekend.

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"Misled" is to screen Saturday at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa.

"Misled" is the debut feature of Detroit-based film company J Squared Productions.

The movie stars Detroit native Jonathan Stanley, who also is its co-writer and producer. It's a story about growing up on the streets of Detroit, based largely on Stanley's life, including him dropping out of high school and working as a stripper.

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Detroit ranks no. 15 on national list of apartment boom towns

If you're looking to rent or build a rental property in Detroit, the gold rush is on. 

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"The conditions are right for rental housing in general and apartments in particular to remain popular for a while, said housing expert John McIlwain, senior resident fellow at the  Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit land-use research and education group.

“Housing prices are going to go up, and credit remains tight,” he said.

At the same time, unemployment remains relatively high for people in their 20s and 30s, and many of them are burdened with student debt, McIlwain added. So, many people are delaying buying homes. Meanwhile, construction costs are rising.

“The big challenge to industry is to provide rental housing at prices that middle-income people can afford,” he said.

That’s why, when we wanted to determine America’s Top 15 Apartment Boom Towns, we included a measure of affordability. We also looked at indicators of apartment availability, economic growth and population growth for the 100 most populated metro areas in the U.S.; the data covered 2009 to 2013, depending on the category."

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Wallet Hub says Detroit is tops in nation for home-buying power & industrial variety

Detroit ranked 38th best out of America's 60 largest cities to find a job, beating out heavies like Chicago and New York. While there's plenty of room to keep powering up the job prospects, Detroit took the top spots in the categories of annual home-buying power and most industrial variety. 

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"More than 100 million people have moved within the past five years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and 48% of unemployed individuals have picked up their roots in search of a job over that timeframe.   This societal mobility stands to be a major asset for job seekers as the economy improves.   In fact, 2014 is expected to be a strong year for hiring, with 27% of employers planning to hire, according to the  National Association for Business Economics, and a projected 8% bump in the number of recent college graduates who land jobs, per the  National Association for Colleges and Employers."

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Detroit's John K. King Used and Rare Books one of world's best bookstores

Its million-plus selection of books is enough to fill a factory, which Detroit's John K. King Books does. The choices are voluminous enough to land it on Business Insider's list of the world'd best bookstores.

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"Cardboard signs, musty paperback aromas, and a hand-scrawled map out of a Wes Anderson panic attack are your only tour guides as you lose track of time and the person you came with," writes Megan Cytron  at Trazzler.

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Nominations Open for 2014 Regional Transit Awards

From now through February 28, the public has a voice in the shape of mass transit to come. Transportation Riders United is seeking award nominations for area individuals who have been dedicated to making southeast Michigan's regional transit system a reality.

Award categories include:
Transit Employee of the Year
Corporate Transit Champion Award
Exemplary Innovation Award
Under 30 Breakthrough Transit Champion
Unsung Hero Award
Forward Motion Award for Most Effective Public Service

Make your nominations here until February 28.

Detroit public transit: What fantasy looks like

Check out what visionaries over at Wired magazine think Detroit's transit system oughtta be.

See the map here.

Detroit home purchase strikes national chord

A must-read story (it's gotten over 1 million views) from a 20-something who buys and fixes up a shell of a home in Detroit, and in the process builds something much bigger.

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"I wanted something nobody wanted, something that was impossible. The city is filled with these structures, houses whose yellowy eyes seem to follow you. It would be only one house out of thousands, but I wanted to prove it could be done, prove that this American vision of torment could be built back into a home...

“Just looking at it, it’s a lot of work,” the neighbor across the street said, figuring I would give up after a month or two. There were no doors or windows, plumbing or electricity, nothing. There was a pornographic hole in the roof..."

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M-1 Rail to start construction this year, seeks bids from local contractors

Work on the M-1 Rail starts rolling this year, but first off: the bid process.

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"Detroit's $137 million, 3.3-mile M-1 Rail streetcar project along Woodward is seeking proposals from local contractors and suppliers as it aims to start construction this year...

"The release of the bid packages is another important step forward for this project," said Paul Childs, M-1 Rail chief operating officer.

"Our construction manager has indicated the streetcar project has generated significant interest from the local contractor and supplier community, so they’re expecting to receive a very strong response to their requests for proposal."

Childs said M-1 expects to get 5,000 riders a day, about 1.8 million annually, when it starts service in 2016."

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Immigrants seen as way to shore up Detroit economy

Detroit may once again become the go-to city for highly-skilled immigrants.

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"For Detroit, a city that has watched a population in free fall, officials have a new antidote: immigrants.

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan on Thursday announced plans to seek federal help in bringing 50,000 immigrants to the bankrupt city over five years as part of a visa program aimed at those with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in science, business or the arts...

Mr. Snyder said demand already exists for experts in fields like engineering, technology and health care. And he noted that Michigan colleges and universities are home to tens of thousands of international students — many of whom, he said, ought not depart after graduation."

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16 must-dos for visitors to Metro Detroit

An out-of-towner does the grand tour of metro Detroit's dining and rec spots, from Ferndale's Pinwheel Bakery to "Rogue Urban Putt-Putt" in Southwest Detroit.

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"Little known fact about Detroit? It has the second largest Middle Eastern population in the world – outside of the Middle East. You know what this means? Outstanding food – with Pita Café being my most favorite of all. I want to live in a world where I can swim in pools of their garlic sauce, have an endless supply of their fattoush salad and kegs of their freshly squeezed juices.

VERY CRITICAL NOTE: You must go to the  Pita Café in Oak Park. I have tried other locations, and they just don’t have the magic touch of the Oak Park location....

My husband, David, is from Catalonia, Spain. He finds U.S. cities without a “center” for shopping, eating and gathering – confounding. I took him to  Plymouth, a suburb outside of the Detroit to please him.

Plymouth transcends the typical small town with its real shops, great selection of restaurants and multiple streets and blocks of retail space. It even, to David’s delight, has what he would consider a town square. Every visit to Plymouth always lands me at Sean O’Callaghans  (it is obvious that is an Irish Pub, right?) for food and drink."

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Bike lanes, bike-friendly projects to get rolling in Metro Detroit this spring

Metro Detroiters should get a lot more mileage out of their bikes with all of the bike lane projects and infratructure planned for 2014. 

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Warren, Detroit, Ferndale and the Grosse Pointes are among communities planning significant bicycle-friendly projects in the new year, with construction on several to start in the spring...

This year alone, Detroit added about 80 miles of bike lanes and sharrows — standard traffic lanes with shared lane markings. That brings the city's total to more than 150 miles, Scott said.

"It's pretty exciting, some of these bigger projects coming through," Scott said. Also, Ferndale is planning bike lanes on Livernois that should ultimately help connect Detroit to downtown Ferndale, he said.

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Write-a-House to offer Detroit home ownership to struggling writers

Start your pens! In a program garnering national notice, Detroit's creative leaders are banking on the literary arts as another way to shore up the city's economy and arts and culture offerings.

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This is their mission statement...

Our mission is simple: to enliven the literary arts of Detroit by renovating homes and giving them to authors, journalists, poets, aka writers. It's like a writer-in-residence program, only in this case we're actually giving the writer the residence, forever.

More here.

To apply for the program, click here.
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