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Attend the Live.Work.Detroit. career and networking event on Oct. 24

Here's the scoop on this don't miss career event set for this Friday.

"Live.Work.Detroit. returns for networking, career matchmaking for college students and recent grads. Current college students and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to attend this season’s edition of  Live.Work.Detroit. on  Friday, October 24  at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit from  2:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Live.Work.Detroit is an informative career event sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and hosted by D:hive. Participants are invited to hear from young Detroit professionals and an array of local employers including Challenge Detroit, Lowe Campbell Ewald, Peacock Room, Quicken Loans and Salem Communications. The event schedule consists of networking opportunities, a keynote presentation by Eric Larson, CEO of Downtown Detroit Partnership, and an Insider Tour with the Detroit Experience Factory.

Registration for the  October 24  event costs $15. The registration fee covers dinner, a tour of the city and transportation. Round trip bus transportation will be made available from University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University."

For more info and to register, click here.

Take this survey and weigh in on Detroit's downtown!

Now's your chance to air your views on where downtown Detroit is and where you'd like to see it go. Complete the survey and you'll be entered to win a $100 gift card to Pure Detroit or Blumz by JRDesigns. The survey runs through October 31.

Why is DDP conducting this survey?
DDP’s goal is looking to better understand people’s interests, attitudes and perceptions about the Downtown Detroit neighborhood and set benchmarks to measure progress year after year.   The business improvement zone will establish performance measures based on survey results related to clean, safe and hospitality services provided for Downtown Detroit.

What will happen with the survey results – is this information being collected to impact plans to improve Detroit?
DDP will proactively use survey results to inform our programs and services to better serve businesses, residents and visitors contributing to Downtown’s revitalization. DDP also wants to tell the positive stories about living, working and experiencing the Downtown neighborhood.

Weigh in here.

Berliners envision defunct Fisher Body factory as dance club

Germans like Detroit grit: Visionaries there are thinking of retooling an abandoned factory into a dance club. And they're exploring sending their creatives to the city as resident artists.


"On each of his last 15 visits to Detroit, Dimitri Hegemann has visited his old friend, Fisher Body 21...

Fisher Body 21 is a decrepit six-story building that is covered in graffiti, lined with smashed windows and, according to state authorities, dangerously contaminated. Built in 1919, the former auto-parts plant in Detroit was deserted two decades ago.

But where others see a case for the wrecking ball, Mr. Hegemann and his friends see the first step toward the revival of America's abandoned city...

Mr. Hegemann, founder of a Berlin nightclub and record label, is spearheading a project called the Detroit-Berlin Connection, an effort by the movers and shakers in this city's music scene to help restart the Motor City. The Berliners compare Detroit to their city after the fall of the Berlin Wall and say it has all the ingredients for a similar rebirth as a center of underground culture: deserted buildings, cheap rents and a gritty reputation...

Katja Lucker, head of the Berlin Music Board, a government-funded agency that promotes the city's music scene, said she is discussing funding a Detroit residency for German artists with officials in both cities. Ms. Lucker, a political appointee who wears Adidas high-tops and a Detroit Tigers jacket around town, said her trip to Detroit this May made her see the city as "a healing place" that would rejuvenate burnt-out artists. "People are jogging in the streets because there are no cars," she said. "It's so inspiring."

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NY Times calls Detroit a "culinary oasis"

Used to be Detroit's dining scene barely got the leftover attention from national media outlets. Now they're at the table.


"Keeping up with the dining scene in Detroit these days is a full-time job. It seems that every time I return from my travels, a flurry of emails from foodie friends informs me of yet another restaurant or distillery that has opened, or gastronomic “event” I have missed, like a “Book & Bread” dinner at the letterpress studio,  Salt & Cedar, where diners enjoy a feast of locally grown ingredients before hand-sewing a journal.

Considered a food desert not so long ago, Detroit is now a culinary oasis. In the last year alone, nearly a dozen new restaurants have opened, from  Grille Midtown  serving everything from jambalaya to rib-eyes in a renovated century-old former theater on Woodward Avenue, to  Craft Work, which serves seasonal cuisine in the historic district of West Village. And while the city has long been known for its great diversity of ethnic food and chili dogs, it is finally getting a reputation that reaches beyond ribs."

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On the road to driverless car testing, development in Detroit

Detroit's automakers and suppliers are readying for the time when the brains behind the wheel will become automated.


"Google’s driverless car may still be a work in progress, but the potential for semiautonomous vehicles on American roads is no longer the stuff of science fiction.

By the end of the decade, a growing number of automakers aim to offer some form of hands-off-the-wheel, feet-off-the-pedals highway driving where a driver can sit back and let the car take control...
G.M. made a splash last month by announcing that its Super Cruise technology — the company’s version of autonomous highway driving — will be available in two years on certain Cadillac models...

Gerald J. Witt, with the auto supplier Delphi, said the company was working on sophisticated driver monitoring that by 2016 could be ready for production vehicles. The system would know if a driver was being distracted or falling asleep at the wheel. The goal is to eventually tap into other aspects of the connected car, like the Internet connection, not only to warn drivers but also to offer timely suggestions."

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Detroit magnate Dan Gilbert is the new Forbes cover story

In its new cover feature, Forbes magazine has coined downtown Detroit "Gilbertville," a place that's now attracting the coveted Millenial generation to work downtown. This story on Dan Gilbert and his city empire makes for a fascinating read.


"As you’ve likely heard, over the past four years Gilbert has become one of Detroit’s single-largest commercial landowners, renovating the city with the energy and impact of a modern-day Robert Moses, albeit bankrolled with his own money. He’s purchased and updated more than 60 properties downtown, at a total cost of $1.3 billion. He moved his own employees into many of them–12,000 in all, including 6,500 new hires–and cajoled other companies such as Chrysler, Microsoft and Twitter to follow. He recruited 140 tenants, though most are tiny startups and other entrepreneurs his venture firm helped finance.

His empire rests on luring the kind of young, educated, technologically savvy employees that every employer in the nation craves. To get them he must compete with the golden glow of places like Palo Alto and Manhattan. Gilbert’s genius is to see Detroit–the most dilapidated, forlorn urban environment in North America–not as a hindrance but rather as a unique opportunity to build the kind of place that Millennial workers crave: authentic, inspiring, edgy and cheap.

And it’s working. “We turned down 21,000 kids who raised their hands and said, ‘I want to work in downtown Detroit,’ ” says Gilbert, who got 22,000 résumés for 1,300 internships this summer. “ They were from everywhere. Of all the metrics you’re looking at, that’s the one that makes me the most optimistic."

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Gourmet food-truck bandwagon rolls in Metro Detroit

From gourmet chicken fingers served in a waffle cone to "umami-bomb" BBQ brisket in Ferndale, metro Detroit is catching up to the rest of the nation's cities in terms of gourmet options on wheels.


"We know, we know. Food trucks are so 2012, right? Tell that to the intrepid souls who decided this year to put meals on wheels, hoping against hope that mobile cuisine hasn't yet jumped the Detroit shark. Based on the entries we've encountered, there's no danger in that happening. After all, the trucks might be new, but the chefs behind them are, for the most part, veterans who understand the power of a good business plan and a full stomach.

Conveniently, although the calendar says that it's officially autumn, the climate has remained cooperative for those who like to dine al fresco. Whatever the weather, here are five new food trucks and trailers that you won't want to miss."

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"Homecoming" event spotlights Detroit's economic progress to the nation

Detroit showed itself off to advantage at a recent event attended by the nation's movers and shakers.


"In May, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said the bank would invest $100 million over the next five years in the city. Other companies, foundations and the state of Michigan pledged more than $800 million over 20 years to help protect the city-owned Detroit Institute of Arts from possible sale...

Residential vacancy in the city's downtown and midtown neighborhoods is low as office space has begun to fill up, driven in large measure by dozens of buildings acquired and renovated by Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert. As part of the event Thursday, premium grocer  Whole Foods  said it was searching for a second location in the city after opening its first store last year.

"It's much better after the bankruptcy than before," investor  Warren Buffett  told an invitation-only crowd.

Last year, the chairman and chief executive of Omaha, Neb.-based  Berkshire Hathaway  said Detroit had huge potential for investors, saying he would be open to buying business in the city. On Thursday, he said in a staged conversation with Mr. Gilbert that he once considered buying the Ambassador Bridge that connects Detroit across its namesake river to Canada and wouldn't rule out future investments in the city."

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Thrillist eats up Detroit's hottest new restaurants

A slew of new restaurants in Detroit and its close-in neighbors makes Thrillist's menu of must-eats.


"Royal Oak
By contrast, absolutely nothing about DROUGHT -- or its devotees -- will make you think "hot mess". Because, you know, healthy. The newest DROUGHT cold-pressed raw juice retail location has opened in Royal Oak, to be followed by its fifth spot in Birmingham next month...

Boogie Fever, the quintessential nightclub for all Detroit-area phallus-themed bachelorette parties, has closed. Long live Boogie Fever. In its place, the owners have opened Twisted Tavern, a restaurant in front and party in the back (with Twist Night Club). They're billing it as a from-scratch small plates tavern (think polenta fries and pork belly flatbreads), but some questions remain, including: now where will all the cougars coug? And the dudes who try to prey on sad, single bridesmaids, only to end up cougar food? This is a delicate ecosystem!"

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"Grain" feature film begins shooting in Detroit

The cameras are zooming in on a very intriguing plot unfolding in Detroit this month.


"Grain will film in the city of Detroit at various emblematic and historic locations. It was awarded an incentive of $238,588 on $727,406 of projected in-state expenditures and is expected to hire 77 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of eight jobs.

The film is set in an indefinite near future, where the existence of sustainable life is threatened. Together, a genetics expert and a general chaos scientist join forces in the Dead Lands to find fresh seeds, changing everything they thought they knew in the process."

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Raise your glasses! Pop-up biergarten fundraiser set for Sept. 20 on Belle Isle

On Sat., Sept.  20, the Belle Isle Conservancy  Emerging Patrons Council is creating a pop-up beer garden to raise funds for the installation of bike racks on the island. The beer garden will be located on the grounds of  the White House, the oldest building on the island, built in 1863.

Click here for more details.


Detroit Slow Roll co-founder appears in iPad advertisement

Check out the new iPad ad featuring footage of the summer bike rides that have attracted thousands to pedal Detroit streets.


"Among a series of new story-advertisements for its iPad, Apple is featuring Detroit community activist Jason Hall, who co-founded weekly bike rides that attract thousands of cyclists to the city.

With two videos and some background on Hall at  apple.com/jason, the technology giant notes that Hall "rallies thousands of people to experience the rebirth of Detroit from the ground level."

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"Game on, Detroit," says Delta Airlines's Sky magazine

Detroit has landed prime feature coverage in the August issue of Sky, Delta Airlines's in-flight magazine.


"With Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera on the cover, the publication declares, "Game on, Detroit," with a smaller title, "Seizing Opportunity in America's Motor City."

The August issue features interviews with Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan, as well as commentary from the Detroit Free Press' Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Stephen Henderson. Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson kicks things off with an editorial titled, "Detroit's Remarkable Turnaround."

More here.

And read the Sky story here.

USA Today captures Michigan's natural and manmade beauty

Lighthouses, the Ambassador Bridge, The Henry Ford Museum, and fields of golden daisies are all captured at the height of the summer travel season in this lovely USA Today photo essay.

View it here

New York Times Magazine comes for the ride at underground biker rally

Could Detroit host the next version of the eponymous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally? Custom Harleys, BBQs, even a cowboy showed for a biker rally that's been powering up in Detroit every weekend.


"Every Sunday for the past decade, people have been gathering in a sparse corner of East Detroit for an ad hoc bike rally and block party that has grown solely through word of mouth. The event grew out of jam sessions held in a small shed called John’s Carpet Shack that featured local blues and jazz musicians including Otis Williams, the last surviving member of the Temptations."

View the photo essay here.
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