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Attention haters: Muslims in Dearborn are... Americans

As most metro Detroiters know, Dearborn, home to the Ford Motor Company and Carhart workwear, is also a peaceful melting pot of Muslim and non-Muslim Americans alike. But for some it's become a rhetorical punching bag, the target of bigoted conspiracy theories. The Daily Beast attempts to set the record straight.


Folks invested in harmful myths about Dearborn, Stockton says, have “a social and ideological location within the population. They’re almost all on the right, they’re almost all Republicans, and they’re almost all over a certain age.”

It’s part of a broader cultural battle, said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.“These people feel like they are losing their America, because the true America is reflecting and embracing more diversity,” he said. “… Many are using the politics of fear to galvanize their bases.”

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Check out these techs. Google Demo investors will.

Three Detroit-area tech startups have won a chance to pitch their companies to investors lined up by Google and looking for business ideas to put their money behind.
After competing last week in the Grand Circus Detroit Google Demo Day competition, the founders of AdAdapted, GENOMENON and LevelEleven, are hoping to be picked to visit Google’s California HQ in April and spill to investors what’s promising about their companies. One or two will make the cut to make the trip to Mountainview, Calif.

“We’re very impressed by the talented entrepreneurs and innovative companies in the Detroit area. Google for Entrepreneurs partners with organizations like Grand Circus to help these local communities of entrepreneurs grow and thrive,” said John Lyman, head of partnerships and marketing for Google for Entrepreneurs.

Read more about these little companies that could here.

2015 Detroit auto show a record-setter

This year’s North American International Auto Show is another one for the record books when it comes to attendance. After setting a high last year for the last 11 years this year’s show 808,775 visitors helped kick that record to the curb.
Was it milder weather or a rebounding economy? Could it be the dozen new displays or 55 new car and truck reveals? Was it the fact that the average car is 11 years old and people are ready to shop?
Does anyone really care? What matters is whether show-goers find their way to real, car-selling showrooms after the show.

“The automotive industry is really resurging right now and so they brought the best of the best,” says Scott LaRiche, chairman of the 2015 show. “Not only great displays and new things. It makes us very proud of the fact that the manufacturers feel that it’s important to bring that kind of firepower to Detroit.”

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Eminem's taking Detroit's pugilist message to masses with new video

It was a t-shirt that first introduced us to the Detroit Vs. Everybody cry. Eminem then put the us-against-them message to song.

Now comes the video follow-up to the November release and the worldwide audience that will view the black-and-white scenes of grimy and abandoned spots, the solid sports meccas and local monuments that are the backdrops for Detroit rappers as they wax on what’s good and bad about the city with a fight to fight.

For Eminem’s part (he was raised in part in Warren, worked in St. Clair Shores and now lives in northern Macomb County) he promises to never leave the bitch. It may not be fodder for chamber, economic development or tourism officials, wanting to retain and attract talent, but there’s no denying that the city will be in the heads of countless fans – for better or worse.


"The approach definitely suits the song and its gritty portrayal of Detroit, lending a kind of personality and romanticism to all that darkness and intensity."
Read more and watch the video here.

Free ride for lucky LTU engineering students

A $5 million gift to Lawrence Technological University will cover the cost of education for future engineering students and go to applicants based on academic merit primarily and also financial need and other qualifications. The Minks’ scholarship fund is one of the largest in LTU’s College of Engineering.

The donation from the trust of the late George and Dorothea G. Mink will pay for college tuition starting in the fall of 2016. Mink attended LTU and held several patents for material handling apparatus.


The scholarships will help Lawrence Tech attract and retain more top students, according to LTU President Virinder Moudgil.
“This generous bequest will have a profound impact on the lives of our students,” Moudgil said. “We are so grateful that Mr. and Mrs. Mink chose to share the priceless gift of a great education with so many other students today and for generations to come.”

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Livonia's Roush Industries to supply parts for Google concept vehicle

Driverless cars may be here sooner than you think. And the metro Detroit auto industry stands to be on the forefront of game-changing technology once again.


"Google’s self-driving vehicle has made it to the epicenter of the auto industry as parts suppliers in Michigan, Livonia, based Roush Industries Inc., has signed a contract to supply parts for the concept vehicle.

According to Valley News, the driverless Google vehicle is scheduled for testing in the spring at California Google facilities. The prototypes are being scheduled for the spring as Google does not want to do initial testing on snow. Chris Urmson, the director for Self-Driving Cars for Google, says that the company has a goal of having the driverless vehicles on the market in just five short years."

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Detroit Eater picks the region's best dining options

Thirty-eight is the magic number. That's the tally on Eater's selection of restaurants that best represent what our region is about. It's not about the best food of thebuzziest scene, but rather the unique personality of our sprawling community.


"The Winter chill is settling into Metro Detroit, which means it's time for a new edition of the Detroit Eater 38. This regular feature seeks to list the city's key dining establishments (with a few representatives from the suburbs), with special emphasis on the defining meals that make the city and region move."

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Metro Detroit competes with Silicon Valley for talent

We've been writing about metro Detroit's need for more engineers for years now. It looks like both the auto industry and localk media are finally catching up. Examine any car made today and it's obvious that the technology that goes into each vehicle requires designers, techniciuans and engineers of the highest caliber. But how to recruit them away from the siren's call of Silicon Valley...


"More than 30 of GM's 2015 models are equipped with 4G LTE wireless connectivity. Then there's the frontier of intelligent highways, including the pilot project in Ann Arbor that will soon extend closer to Detroit.

Most major automakers have been key players for about a decade in the Consumer Electronics Show that happens in Las Vegas about a week before the Detroit auto show."

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Top 10 car innovations for 2020

Between CES and the Detroit auto show 'tis the season to forecast which technological discoveries are going change the landscape five years from now. A Forbes writer thinks he's got a handle on it. Ten bucks says driverless cars top the list.

Ca-ching! Somebody owes me ten bucks.


"The rate at which technology is changing personal transportation accelerates every year, which can make predicting the arrival of future car tech a dicey proposition. Even more compelling is the increasing priority we’re seeing consumers place on automotive technology during their shopping process at Kelley Blue Book. This had me wondering — what automotive technologies will go from science fiction to commonplace in just the next 5 years. I’ve listed these below in an effort to identify the top 10 advanced car technologies we’ll see in showrooms by 2020."

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Creating an alternative transportation system requires more than less cars

The challenge to building a city that truly offers alternative transportation amenities means reconciling some difficult relationships. CityLab sums up the issues with transitioning to a multimodal community.


"Supporting many modes requires including multiple actors in the planning process, all with different priorities and preferences. More travel choices also means private entrepreneurs will take the lead on some services normally offered by the public sector: from taxi or bus services to parking management to goods movement. And with the benefits of redefining and reallocating street space in a multi-modal system come new political problems in terms of fighting for that space, too."

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NBC spotlights Dearborn's success with assimilation

NBC visits Dearborn, MI to look at what successful assimilation looks like with regard to to the immigrant Muslim community.

Watch below.


Royal Oak gets web-savvy parking meters

You know the future is now when even the dreaded parking meter has an app and happily accepts internet transactions.


The sticker represents Royal Oak’s partnership with Parkmobile, a parking payment provider that allows visitors to conduct parking transactions via their smart phones. Users can pay for parking through the internet, a mobile application or a toll-free number.

There also are options for users to receive alerts to notify them when the time on the meter is set to expire.

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DDOT to get 80 new buses, real-time app

Detroit bus service is entering the new millennium with a fleet of new buses outfitted with GPS technology and an app for riders.


"The city says 10 of the buses from the fresh fleet will be longer, 60-foot articulated buses that provide additional capacity on DDOT's busiest routes. The other 70 will be standard 40-foot buses. The new fleet arrives thanks to a $38 million in federal grants, with the Michigan Department of Transportation kicking in the necessary amount in local matching funds. "

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How Southfield became a suburb to watch

Local press stalwart Jack Lessenberry sings praises to Southfield's surprising successes.


"Today, Southfield’s neighborhoods are neat and well-kept. Ranch and two-story houses are on leafy streets a few blocks from the office towers across from the city’s civic center.

Southfield has a huge, impressive new library that other suburbs envy. While there are concerns about the city’s public schools, there has not been the enrollment collapse Detroit schools have experienced.

Southfield’s ethnic transformation has been nearly as dramatic as Detroit’s. The population was less than 1 percent black in 1970. Twenty years later, it was 29 percent."

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How housing stock can influence the fate of an inner ring suburb

While many people understand the longterm impacts of white flight on inner ring communities, what's less obvious is how the post-war housing stock in these communities are gravely impaction their economic future.


But what’s not being discussed is how this racial tension is happening in some inner ring suburbs and not others. And one of the factors that may be contributing in a strange way is the housing stock in some of those suburbs. And not just the age. The problem is that in some of these suburbs all the housing was built at once, and it is all getting old and unsaleable at the same time — and no new housing is being built to take its place.

The suburbs that seem to be falling victim to quick decline (and the subsequent racial divides) are the ones that had most of their housing built between the end of World War II and 1959. About 60 percent of Ferguson’s housing was built in that time frame, meaning that these old houses are now wearing out all at once, hitting the point where they are not appealing to most new home buyers, regardless of race.

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