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HGTV's 'House Hunters' show comes to Detroit

Check out this episode of House Hunters, where the search for a Midtown Detroit home is on.

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"Young first-time buyers, Dan and Rachel, are hoping to find the ultimate deal in the hip Detroit neighborhood of Ferndale. But the seemingly inexpensive, five-figure deals are a wake-up call for these 20-somethings when they encounter the realities of the turbulent Motown real estate market."

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The Atlantic Cities calls for bus rapid transit all the way downtown

With mass transit finally going places in Detroit, The Atlantic Cities makes its case for dedicated bus lane network through city downtowns. 

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"One of the reasons so-called  Bus-Rapid Transit projects have been  so  contentious  in U.S. cities is that urban street space is a precious commodity. Unwilling to give BRT  exclusive lanes  along the median, many cities route the buses into curbside lanes with mixed traffic. There, BRT must share the curb with turning cars, double-parked trucks, and other traffic conflicts — forcing the buses initially sold to the public as "speedy" to a crawl.

In other words, what feels like a compromise is really a critical error. American cities that fail to extend true BRT through the downtown area ensure that the systems receive their greatest visibility in places where they experience their lowest effectiveness. The result can be to sour public opinion on BRT at large, making subsequent expansions —  there or elsewhere around the country  — all the more difficult."

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Michigan's venture capital growth outstrips national trends

As Michigan becomes a knowledge economy, venture capital firms and deals are coming its way. 

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"Despite a diminished national fundraising climate during the last five years in which total capital under management nationally decreased by 3.5 percent, total capital under management among Michigan-based firms increased by 45 percent, from $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion, essentially the reverse of the national trend.

Other key survey findings in Michigan's venture capital growth from 2009-2013 include:
  • 44 percent increase in number of venture capital firms in Michigan, compared to a 6 percent increase nationally.
  • Nearly a doubling in the number of venture capital professionals in Michigan, compared to a net 13 percent decrease nationally."
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Forbes profiles Michigan's advanced manufacturing sector

Check out this video in Forbes on Michigan's attempt to close the skills gap and match employers with talent.

International Academy is nation's 9th-best public high school

Against overwhelming odds, the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills is the no. 9 ranked public high school in the nation in 2014, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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"We started out by  analyzing 31,242 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. That number was reduced to 19,411 schools, which  is the total number of public high schools across the country  that had high enough 12th-grade enrollment and sufficient data from the 2011-2012 school  year to be  eligible for the rankings."

Several other Metro Detroit schools also ranked well nationally.


Find the national rankings here.

And the state rankings here.

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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Providence Hospital makes list of nation's 100 top hospitals

Southfield-based Providence Hospital and Medical Center is the recipient of a national award honoring hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over a five-year period.

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"Each year,  Truven names the top 100 hospital and top 15 systems  by measuring key indicators in quality, safety and patient satisfaction.

Competition among hospitals is fierce for higher performance because most hospitals are striving to cut costs and meet Medicare quality goals to keep annual reimbursement increases.

Eight key indicators are assessed. They are mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate and adherence to clinical standards of care published by the  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services."


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And see the rankings here
 

Business-friendly Ferndale experiences boom in new enterprise

New businesses are flocking to Ferndale, and existing ones are expanding. This boomlet is in no small part because of the city's treatment of businesses as customers, according to Ferndale Mayor David Coulter.

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"Three years after Michelle Lewis opened her first  Painting with a Twist  franchise in downtown Ferndale, business was so good that she needed to double the studio's size to 5,000 square feet on West Nine Mile Road. 

Lewis' story isn't an aberration downtown, where 14 businesses have expanded into larger space during the last two years or are opening this year, according to Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director of theFerndale Downtown Development Authority.

In 2000, vacancy in downtown Ferndale was well over 30 percent, she said. Today, the core downtown is just 2 percent vacant, and the outskirts of the downtown are just 4 percent vacant."

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X-Games champion snowboarder praises Metro Detroit's outdoors

From good snowboarding drops to fishing lakes, the region's got a mix of everything, and that's the way Danny Davis likes it.

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"Michigan is a beautiful place, it raised me well," says snowboarder  Danny Davis, who won the snowboard superpipe at this year's Winter X Games. Davis hails from Highland Township (population 19,202), less than an hour from Detroit. "It's a funny place," he says. "Classic  Midwest: lots of Detroit Red Wings fans, dirt bikes, pond hockey, and a lot of horses and lakes."

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Local school districts rank as best communities for music education

Several southeast Michigan districts – Ann Arbor, Oak Park, Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Fraser, and Rochester – are attuned to excellence in musical education.

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"This year, the NAMM Foundation designates 376  districts  as Best Communities for Music Education and 96 individual  schools  as SupportMusic Merit Award winners. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education...

More than 2,000 schools and school districts participated in this year's survey, resulting in a 21% increase in designations."

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Three Metro Detroit breweries medal at World Beer Cup

When you're looking to grab a cold one in the warm months ahead, try award-winning Bastone Brewery, 51 North, and Atwater Brewery.

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"Last weekend three Metro Detroit breweries were given gold and bronze medals at the  World Beer Cup  in Denver, which included 1,403 breweries from 58 countries."

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German 3-D printing company chooses Canton for first U.S. facility

3-D printing, a fast-growing technology, has expanded what's possible in a wide range of fields from art to medicine to automotive. And now a 3-D printing company from overseas is now opening a Canton location.

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"A German 3-D printing company has announced it will locate its first U.S. facility in Michigan after representatives met with Gov. Rick Snyder in Germany.

Friedberg-based Voxeljet uses large-format 3-D printers to create automotive parts and molds. Snyder met with Voxeljet's chief executive during the governor's second trade trip to Europe this week."

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Old home restoration enjoys a revival

The city of Detroit and its older metros are full of 19th- and early 20th-century homes waiting for the right set of hands to fix them up. And as the housing market recovers, the demand for old-growth wood and period fixtures is returning.

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"Some owners don't start out as preservationists. Joseph C. MacLean, an attorney, picked out an 1873 Victorian in a historic district of Northville, Mich., because he and his wife, Margie, liked its simple style and location near downtown. After buying the house in December for $460,000, Mr. MacLean became interested in the home's history and started researching it, eventually hiring an architect who lived across the street to restore it...

The project isn't extensive—mostly adding bathrooms and a back porch, and opening up the rooms. But staying faithful to the authentic materials, including recovering original floors, window trims and framing boards from 400-year-old trees, will cost about $200,000. "It takes more craftsmanship," says the architect, Greg Presley, who does about 10 such projects a year."

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Calling all tinkerers: Entries open for Maker Faire Detroit

Apply now if you want to get your invention / pet project into the hands of visitors at the next annual Maker Faire at The Henry Ford Museum, July 26-27.

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"We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things. Here are just a few of things we'd like to see at Maker Faire Detroit:
  • Student projects
  • Robotics
  • Arduino projects
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Space projects
  • Conductive materials projects
  • Kit makers
  • Interactive art projects
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Green Tech
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Puppets
  • Bicycles
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines"
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DREAMJOB job summit coming to Ford Field in June

If you're in the professional job market, Ford Field is the place to be on June 13. After the interview, tour downtown workspaces, take part in a networking event, and even go to a Tigers game.

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"More than 80 Michigan employers from across the state will seek to fill more than 800 positions through an innovative matchmaking format that pairs qualified candidates with available job openings. Each employer will be stationed in its own booth for walk-ups and will have private space for interviews with candidates who have been pre-screened for the invitation-only matchup.

A comprehensive national advertising campaign, along with coordinated efforts with universities, associations and other talent resources will be mounted to attract resumes from qualified candidates. Jobs will be posted to an event-specific web portal – to be announced in coming weeks -- where candidates will be able to view and apply for one or more positions...

Participating companies include Quicken Loans, Whirlpool, Bosch, Lear, Delphi, Nissan, McCann Erickson, Roush, and Microsoft. These and other companies are seeking candidates for positions in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to: engineering, design, project management, supply chain management, finance, operations, sales, marketing and software development."

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