I"m waiting to hear back on a job in Troy, and I promise if/when I get there I will head to downtown DET and take the most fantastic photographs of our beloved city to show everyone how beautiful she really is.
Sounds like a good plan - I’m looking forward to it! Best of luck with the job!
When you hear the word gentrification, what do you think?
With recent announcements of new retail development and housing incentive programs, the word is on the tip of many Detroiters’ tongues. In other cities, these conversations happen too late, or not at all. So let’s talk about it now. And then let’s keep talking about it.
The word was coined in 1964 by British urban sociologist Ruth Glass to denote the influx of middle-class people to city neighborhoods, sometimes displacing lower-class residents. Since then, the word has been used, often pejoratively, to describe new development in urban areas that have suffered from disinvestment.
So what does gentrification mean in a city that has experienced extreme population loss over several decades? Is displacement even an issue in a place with thousands of abandoned homes and vacant properties? How do long-term residents feel about new residents and retail?
Join us for a frank conversation about the realities and myths of gentrification in Detroit presented by Model D and WDET. Speakers will include Kurt Metzger, Data Driven Detroit; Noah Stephens, The People of Detroit, Meagan Elliott, a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Urban Planning at University of Michigan, Burney Johnsonfrom MSHDA, Malik Goodwin, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and Lori Robinson, B.L.A.C Detroit Magazine.
The discussion will be moderated by Jeff Wattrick of MLive.
Come early (5:30 p.m.) for a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Virgil H. Carr Center by Oliver Ragsdale, President of the Arts League of Michigan. Then stay after the discussion for a reception (8 p.m.) at the new COLORS restaurant downstairs (special thanks to Phil Jones).
Collaboration and shared commitment are a growing part of the future in Detroit. For Belle Isle, the future is now.
The island jewel of the city and region has benefited from the philanthropic and volunteer efforts of several groups and interested private institutions through the years. Now, four of the groups have found commonality and the synergistic potential of acting as one. The Belle Isle Women’s Club, the Friends of the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Botanical Society, and the Friends of Belle Isle have agreed that their shared commitment to restoring Belle Isle to the prominence designed by historic landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1880s is worth setting aside special interests…
…Perhaps the greatest lesson in this merger is the value, even necessity, of collaboration. “This is pretty extraordinary to get four nonprofits to merge to do something bigger than each one is doing individually,” Earley acknowledges. “I can’t stress enough the work that went into this, on the part of each of these four organizations. It’s taken time. The important is that the people involved have built a great deal of trust in one another and that what we all are doing is for the greater good of the park.”
This Saturday Midtown Detroit will transform into a holiday open house during the 39th annual Noel Night. Over 60 Midtown venues, including the DIA, will open their doors to the public free of charge! Activities include holiday shopping, family craft activities, and performances by over 120 music, theatre, and dance groups. Festivities will take place between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. in and around Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center institutions. Free shuttle service will be offered between participating venues.
Special performances byThe Blind Boys of Alabama, The Tartan Terrors, Melvin Davis and The United Sound, and Breathe Owl Breathe. The evening’s festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band—a long-standing Noel Night tradition.
Noel Night activities take place in and around Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center institutions, primarily between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis. Free shuttle service is offered between participating venues. Convenient parking is available in area lots. Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit’s Midtown district.
For more information, contact Midtown Detroit, Inc. at 313.420.6000.
List of participating venues and schedule of events can be found here!
About a month ago, Detroit rejoiced over the news that the Yellow Pages sign would be saved. Well not anymore, according to MLive. Yesterday’s report adds insult to injury with the news that the majority of it will be sold as scrap metal. The sign has been there for 50 years but is expected to be gone by next week. The Michigan Bell Telephone Building (home of The Sign) is being converted into apartments to house the homeless. The new owner, Neighborhood Services Organization, wants to keep the little white phone from the sign for display in their crisis hotline center. Maybe the Big Yellow sign should try calling that for help.
The French surrendered Ft. Pontchartrain to the British on Nov. 29, 1760, after losing the seven-year French and Indian War.
The handover at noon was marked by the new rulers of the city, commanded by Maj. Robert Rogers, raising the Union Jack.
Under the British, the fort, once a quarter of a city block, grew to include 80 mostly one-story, log buildings or four square blocks — and the name shrank from Ft. Pontchartrain du Detroit to just Detroit, which stuck.
The fort was south of what is today the Jefferson-Griswold intersection.
When Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded the fort in 1701, he named it in honor of his patron, Louis Phélypeaux, the Comte de Pontchartrain, who was part of King Louis XIV’s court. Cadillac would leave nine years later to become governor of Louisiana, home to Lake Pontchartrain.
Though the French haven’t ruled Detroit for more than 250 years, their influence remains, mostly in street names, such as Beaubien and Livernois.