Remember that movie Keys To Detroit? Today, at Somerset Mall, I discovered that the mystery continues! There is a young man working on a letter press at the front of The Detroit Shoppe on the North side of the mall. He’s printing key cards with a unique number on the front and clues on the back to continue unlocking the treasures of our city! It’s awesome, so I advise you to check it out! If you haven’t heard about the film yet, go to www.keystodetroitmovie.com
Light Rail: Dead But Not Forgotten, Maybe Back But Shorter
Light Rail may have been proclaimed dead in Detroit two days ago, but it is not going quietly. Said local Real Estate mogul Dan Gilbert the news was “disappointing, and I don’t think it serves the interests of Detroit.”As all kids at Christmas time know, when Mom says “no” you go ask Dad and see if he’ll say “yes.” With Bing certainly not sticking to our list of requested gifts for the city, we’re wondering if local private investors are willing to play nice. According to Crain’s Dad Gilbert will keep pushing for a line that goes from New Center to downtown, leaving Eight Mile out there hanging. Given who his powerful cash-holding contacts are, this could get quite interesting. He’s calling on Penske Corp. founder Roger Penske, the Kresge Foundation President and CEO Richard Rapson, the owner of the Red Wings, Detroit Tigers and Little Caesars Pizza Mike Ilitch; and Compuware founder Pete Karmanos.
Hey! Sign this petition, aimed at reinstating the M-1 light rail!
While I realize there is a budget deficit right now, and we’re fighting to be an independent city, don’t forget we were awarded money to take advantage of creating this light rail. And while we know it won’t be finished quickly, studies have shown that mass transit actively improves the life of city residents, thus boosting our economy. Take a second-do the right thing.
Hip boutique Aloft Hotel slated for David Whitney Building
Downtown Detroit’s surging hotel scene is much closer to getting to get its first boutique hotel — a genre of small, trendy lodgings that often become local hangouts — at the elegant David Whitney Building in Grand Circus Park.
The state’s first Aloft Hotel, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, will join the redevelopment of the Daniel Burnham-designed David Whitney that is expected to open by July 2014 with 136 loft-like rooms. The hotel, to be named Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney, will have what Starwood officials describe in a statement as its signature “pioneering initiatives in pop culture, design and technology.” That includes a “re:mix lounge” and “w xyzbar” that have helped Aloft hotels earn TripAdvisor’s 2011 “Top 10 Trendiest Hotels in the U.S.” and “Top 10 Trendiest Hotels in the World” rankings lists.