October 15, 2019
On today's show: The Lions got robbed on Monday Night Football, but also could have made some key plays and the after of the effects of the game have made it all the way up to ownership meetings. Is the team cursed?  Also, Detroit City FC has a big win in New York that puts them in the catbird seat for their season. Fletcher Sharpe - who nailed the score prediction of the game - joins us to break it all down and set the path ahead. 
October 14, 2019
On this edition of your Daily Detroit, we’re checking in on what’s new in the historic and beautiful Woodbridge neighborhood. it’s one of the city’s older neighborhoods, with people moving in starting in the 1870s. It’s named after William Woodbridge. he was the Governor of Michigan from 1840-1841 and much of the neighborhood sits on what used to be his farm. It’s located near Grand River, Wayne State University, Midtown and is a great position to benefit from Detroit’s resurgence. It contains some of the best examples of turn of early 1900s homes in the city and an eclectic mix of dedicated residents. In recent years it’s gotten new restaurants and is dealing with the impacts, both good and bad, of skyrocketing property values. To talk about it, our guest is Angie Gaabo, the Executive Director of Woodbridge Neighborhood Development.
October 11, 2019
- There are more details on the mysterious disappearance of a Detriot house owned by a State Representative - The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit says it’s received a $5 million matching gift as part of its $15 million Future Fund capital campaign.  - Project officials tell us that flooding and high water on the island park has delayed this fall’s planned installation of the two-and-a-half-acre garden by world-renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf - Want free pizza? Sicily's is your ticket on October 22 - And, buy one get one free burgers at BurgerIM - The Allen Park Digital Cinema Closes - And Fletcher Sharpe checks in on what promises to be Detroit City FC's most important game of the season 
October 9, 2019
Detroit is a city with a lot of ideas worth spreading. The 11th TedXDetroit conference looks to highlight those and gather local luminaries from a variety of fields, along with some pretty powerful and superstar guests including Nicole Curtis from HGTV's Rehab Addict and many others. To talk about the event on November 6, 2019 is Shawn Lee. He's the Director of Photography for the event and an entrepreneur himself. If you're interested in learning more about the event or attending, you can go here. 
October 9, 2019
Hey Friends! Here's what's happening around town. - An update on day 22 of the GM/UAW Strike - Lead has been found in the water in the suburbs of Birmingham and White Lake - The Detroit Pistons open a shiny new practice facility - Another one of the food stalls inside the Fort Street Galley in downtown Detroit says it plans to close up shop - A new report says Detroit is one of the least green cities in America - Jeff Daniels is going to play controversial former FBI director James Comey on screen - I-275 has a major project coming - And I-96/M-39 is getting an emergency repair because there are holes in the bridge - You can support women experiencing homelessness at Canine To Five in Detroit or Ferndale If you value what we're doing, consider joining us as a member.  
October 7, 2019
Starting a business is hard, and even more challenging in a city like Detroit. But there is help out there. Today’s episode is your opportunity to hear from five different entrants to the Hatch Detroit contest. They’re the winners of a public vote from the top 10. That annual event sponsored by Comerica bank grants $100,000 to a business to start their brick and mortar location somewhere in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park.  The finalists are Brix Wine & Charcuterie, The French Cow, Ilera Apothecary, 27th Letter Books, and Street Beet. We’re going to talk to each of the five would-be grantees and executive director Vittoria Katanski. And after listening to the show, if you want to vote for your favorite, you can do so here.
October 4, 2019
On today's show, we hit on the headlines of the day from the GM/UAW Strike to new restaurant openings, plus talk to Nieron Hales from Zingerman's Corman Farms about their innovative and affordable Tiny Weddings.
October 3, 2019
Jason Hall is a community advocate and bike enthusiast who you might know from those Apple TV ads awhile back showing off the famous group ride, Slow Roll. What you might not know is that after co-founding that event and non-profit, he’s on to some new paths. One is RiDetroit, showing the beauty of Detroit through a variety of walking and bike tours. The other? The new Electric Avenue Bikes on Woodward. They specialize in E-bikes. That technology gives you an extra boost when you pedal, opening up a bunch of new options on two wheels. And it’s my opinion that Detroit is a city that is best experienced by bike. So join me for my conversation with Jason.
October 2, 2019
Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week is October 4-13, 2019 and it brings 24 restaurants to the table highlight food from a variety of Latin countries and regions. Monica Casarez and Juan Carlos Dueweke Perez stopped by the studio to talk about this exciting event. More information here. In other news: We share information about the impending demolition of the Detroit Saturday Night building and ask if yet more surface parking lots is the right thing to do in a downtown Detroit that has already devoted 40 percent of its space to parking And in news you’ll either be very excited for, or very not, there’s a hard seltzer event coming to Royal Oak in December.
October 1, 2019
Hello friends. Today we’re covering StateBudgetPalooza, in which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed all 16 budget bills sent at the 11th hour by Republicans, but only after making 147 line-item vetoes totaling nearly $1 billion, unleashing hilarity on the Great Lakes State. Is this any kind of way to do state budgeting? We discuss. Elsewhere, soccer correspondent Fletcher Sharpe joins us to run down the big news that Detroit City FC will launch a women’s team in 2020 to compete in the United Women’s Soccer, the second-tier pro league. Also: Auburn Hills police are looking for two people who allegedly broke into a shack and loaded an adult video onto a digital billboard on I-75 over the weekend. Someone on our Facebook page called it the “best crime of 2019” A house owned by a nonprofit run by state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, D-Detroit, was inexplicably and mysteriously demolished. And chef Max Hardy may be closing his River Bistro in northwest Detroit, but he’s added a second night to his Jamaican Reggae Dinner pop-up at Frame in Hazel Park on Saturday. Deets here. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
September 30, 2019
Man about town Devon O'Reilly joins us in the studio to talk about Detroit's openings and closings. One of the notable openings? Smith And Co. And closings include a circus-themed bar no one understood in Grand Circus Park.  
September 27, 2019
The Detroit Tigers have the worst record in Major League Baseball, and we’re wistful of Tiger Stadium’s last pitch 20 years ago Electric car startup Bollinger Motors releases a pair of new vehicles, and they don’t use stamping so it’s very boxy Oakland County guarantees county employees $15 an hour Detroit’s North End breaks ground on a new mini golf course A makerspace in Ferndale is having a livestream fundraiser this weekend and has a pedal pub with sewing machines and soldering irons. Find out more at Fletcher Sharpe talks all things Detroit City FC A new T-Shirt is getting Twitter talking, and no, Michigan doesn’t have a budget deal yet.
September 25, 2019
Lester Graham is a journalist at Michigan Radio, where he hosts “The Environment Report” and the news magazine “Stateside.” Tammy Coxen is the host of Tammy’s Tastings, a series of food and drink tastings, classes and experiences in Ann Arbor. The two friends been doing a segment on cocktails on Michigan Radio called “Cheers!” for more than three years. Now, they’ve got a new book based on that series. It’s called “Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.” As Graham and Coxen explain in today’s episode, the book is part recipes, a little how-to and a lot of Michigan history stirred in the shaker. It covers everything from Detroit’s outsize role in bootlegging during Prohibition to the city’s invention of three famous cocktails, and the current boom in craft cocktails and craft distilleries. So belly up and have a listen. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
September 25, 2019
The United Auto Workers strike against GM over a lack of a new contract has dragged on into a second week. Meanwhile, the negotiations over the state budget are going down to the wire ahead of the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, and the prospects of enacting a budget and avoiding a state government shutdown don’t appear bright. The combination of those two storylines isn’t good news for Michigan’s economy. On today’s show, we hear from Charles Ballard, an economics professor at Michigan State University who has written extensively about the state’s economy. Ballard says the economics of a prolonged GM strike, coupled with a state government shutdown, would particularly hurt the Lansing region, which has a GM plant and is the state capitol. And it could definitely push Michigan back into recession for the first time in a decade. And Michigan’s economy hasn’t been doing all that great to begin with, Ballard says, with a major slowdown in the number of jobs created since 2017, and any economic gains mostly flowing to the top earners. Have a listen in the player above. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
September 23, 2019
The Motor City is a nickname for our town that is known the world over. After all, we put the world on wheels. But what if the same industry that gave us economic strength also, in a way, took away the vitality of the city? Detroiters for Parking Reform says there is too much surface parking around greater Downtown Detroit. And our guest today is Francis Grunow. They point to statistics like 40% of Downtown Detroit is devoted to storing cars. And they say in today’s world, that hurts Detroit’s resurgence. We’ll get into that with Grunow and talk about lessons learned from being a key part of a Neighborhood Adivsory Council in the shadows of Little Caesars Arena. After all, the District Detroit held a lot of promise. But most of it is unfulfilled. And then we share a couple things you should know around town.
September 20, 2019
The now-defunct Axle Brewing said it hoped to find a like-minded brewer to take over their gleaming Livernois Tap when it announced it was ceasing operations in June, and it appears to have found one in Eastern Market Brewing Co., which announced it will take over the gleaming brewpub and eatery in Ferndale they’re calling the Ferndale Project. According to the Freep, EMBC will rebrand the facility, which will allow them to triple — yes, TRIPLE — their brewing capacity. Also on today’s episode, we talk about Devin Myers, the guy from that viral guilty-of-being-black video of being questioned by police officers from Royal Oak after a white woman said he was suspicious. He faces charges from an unrelated incident allegedly fleeing the po-po. [Daily Tribune] We also talk about what’s going on with the project to convert I-375 in Detroit from an urban freeway to a surface boulevard with bike lanes, and one other little ditty about perseverence in Detroit. BONUS AUDIO: If you listen all the way to the end, I pull my leftover bottle of Axle’s Secret Meeting, a 13% ABV Baltic porter that was released way back in April. Is it still any good? Tune in to find out. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
September 19, 2019
On today's show: Amazon is looking to build a new facility at the site of the old Silverdome. Also, Amazon is buying 100,000 electric delivery vans from local electric car startup Rivian. An adult club was shut down in Detroit. The city is getting a grant for self-driving vehicle testing. I-75 is going to be a special kind of mess this weekend. The Somerset Collection is opening a permanent spot in downtown Detroit And Jer stopped by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to talk about the progress on the riverfront and a new cigar and cocktail event, Smoke on the River.
September 17, 2019
Nearly 50,000 UAW workers have gone on strike at General Motors, the first time the union has gone on strike in 12 years, after the last four-year agreement expired without an agreement over a new one. The strike also comes at a time that federal authorities are widening their investigation into embezzlement by top union leadership past and present, with nine people so far convicted of skimming member dues and money from automakers meant to support job-training programs. On today’s show, we speak with auto analyst Michelle Krebs of all about the strike, how the corruption scandal is affecting negotiations and how a protracted labor stoppage could affect workers, GM and the broader economy. Also on this episode, we run through Ford’s new master plan for its Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn. And we discuss Bon Appetit’s mention of Ochre, a bakery you probably hadn’t heard of (raised hand) on the far edge of Woodbridge, in its Hot 10 list. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
September 16, 2019
Today my guest is Chris Gethard. He's the host of the podcast Beautiful / Anonymous, which tells beautiful stories from anonymous people in a most interesting way. Each week Gethard opens the phone line to one anonymous callet — and he can’t hang up first, no matter what — and he doesn’t know where the conversation will go. Anything can and does happen, and a live show is coming to Hamtramck this weekend as part of the Motor City Comedy Festival. More on the Motor City Comedy Festival: Also some brief news around town: There's a massive strike at GM. UAW workers want a better contract that makes up some of the ground they gave in leaner times. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wants city council, then voters, to approve a $250 million bond to fight blight ahead of schedule. And 20,000 defective streetlights in the city have been replaced, according to the Public Lighting Authority.
September 13, 2019
It’s almost the weekend! On the show today: Sven Gustafson breaks down what he’s been able to track down up on Mackinac Island about the Grand Hotel’s sale to a private equity firm, and talks about his experience working on the island Fletcher Sharpe joins us in studio to talk about Detroit City FC’s epic win over Mexican first division Club Atlas, and previews this weekend’s match against the Milwaukee Torrent And we chat with educator Justin Trombly as Waldorf schools are celebrating their 100th anniversary next week, and a Waldorf school has been a part of Detroit’s Indian Village for decades. Love the show? Support us on Patreon. Or tell a friend about the show. Available in all of your favorite podcast apps.
September 12, 2019
The nonprofit Jefferson East Inc. has been working since the 1990s to redevelop Detroit’s hard-bitten Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood and business district, located on the far east end of Jefferson Avenue near the border with Grosse Pointe Park. Recently, the organization and its for-profit real estate development arm East Jefferson Development Corp., held a weeklong community workshop to solicit ideas from residents about what they want to see in their neighborhood. On today’s episode, we speak with EJDevCo CEO Derric Scott and Jefferson East Chief Exec Josh Elling about what the organization learned from the process, how it’s working with would-be tenants to best serve the immediate needs of the neighborhood, and how the for-profit development unit helps expand what the organization can accomplish. Scott says East Jefferson Development Corp. owns or controls 87% of the properties located within Jefferson-Chalmers, a once-thriving business district that stretches along Jefferson from Lenox Street to Alter Road. The district is filled with some incredible architecture, but also many vacant and blighted buildings. It’s also home to the first protected bike lanes in the city. Residents who came out to the workshops expressed a desire for things including a new first-run movie theater, a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, and a redevelopment of the formerly whites-only Vanity Ballroom as an inclusive mixed-use asset to the community. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
September 10, 2019
On today's show, the first half is auto news and the back half a grab bag of other stuff: - A big investment round for Rivian (Sven's story on Autoblog here: - Why does Wall Street hate Ford? We discuss. - The Dodge Ram pickup gets a top safety rating - Rochester Mills brewery is bought by a California firm - Nathaniel Wallace is named the new Detroit Director of the Knight Foundation, putting a person of color in an important seat  - Longtime Detroit (and then Cleveland) sportscaster Fred McLeod suddenly died at the age of 67. - And the Grand Hotel up on Mackinac Island has been sold to a private equity group.
September 9, 2019
Over on Marlborough and Kercheval is an old post office from the 1940s that you might consider an unlikely spot for a Detroit retail and maker success story. After all, it’s a few blocks from Grosse Pointe and has a giant automotive plant between it and the hip West Village and Indian Village. But the duo behind Mutual Adoration, Wayne Maki and Clare Fox, are making the 10,000 square foot craft, class, creation and retail space called Post Detroit work. So I thought it’d be good to check in with them to see what we all could learn from what they’re doing in the Jefferson-Chalmers east side corner of Detroit. The even you can check out this weekend is  Textile Takeover Outdoor Craft Fair on September 14 and 15. More than 50 artists and makers will have their artwork and goods on display and for sale in the outdoor art and craft fair. During the weekend event, attendees can learn about and try out different types of art and craft techniques, such as macramé, natural dying, yarn spinning, knitting, marbling and henna body art. There will be food and beverages, as well as live musical entertainment. Post is at 14500 Kercheval in Detroit, and is open Wednesday through Saturdays. If you like the Daily Detroit podcast, don’t miss another episode and subscribe in your podcast app of choice.
September 6, 2019
A jam-packed show for you today. Comedian, Actor and Impersonator Dave Coulier is returning to his roots and moving back to Metro Detroit. More at Hour here. KMart is closing all but three of their Michigan stores, as an era draws to a close for the once mighty retailer created in Detroit. A new salon called “Hair.” is opening in the Fisher Building. We talk with lead stylist and owner Jenna Drudi. High-end Detroit restaurant staple Cuisine has a new, very blue facade. American Idol is doing auditions right here in Detroit. Sign up, future stars and starlets. A restaurant named after a Norse goddess is coming to Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction. The Elton has opened in Corktown at Michigan & Trumbull. And finally, Detroit journalist and longtime Hour Editor Steve Wilke has died at the age of 61. We remember him and play a clip from an interview we did with him about the role of newspapers and magazines. Love the show? Don’t miss another episode and get it automagically delivered to you via podcast.
September 5, 2019
On today’s show: Michigan became the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. There’s a crackdown on drivers and pedestrians with the goal of lowering pedestrian deaths, with both the cities of Detroit and Warren ranking near the top of the list for fatalities. A $50 million proposed project to revamp the Motown Museum in Detroit took a step closer to becoming reality yesterday, with a $4 million gift from none other than Motown founder Berry Gordy. Dally in the Alley returns this Saturday. Jennyfer Crawford stopped by to talk about the Vintage Market happening this Sunday at Fort Wayne. More info here. And, there are some stunning renderings of what the future of the historic Book Tower could look like. Like the show? Don’t miss another episode and subscribe free on iHeartRadio or your podcast app of choice.
September 4, 2019
Large projects like the new Fiat Chrysler America plant on Detroit's east side that are part of Detroit's comeback - and a lot of economic development in Michigan - almost always come with incentives given by the city and the state. But does the math work? Does it make sense? The President of the Center for Economic Accountability, John Mozena, says no.  One of the stunning statistics Mozena says is that the city of Detgroit spent more assembling land for FCA than they did on the health department that year.  The Center for Economic Accountability is a nonprofit education and advocacy group that is for free markets without corporate welfare and central planning. It's important to note that I had the other side of this argument on the show earlier this year. On episode 277 of the podcast I talked to the head of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Kevin Johnson. He was obviously for incentives, so I wanted to get someone on the other side of the conversation.
August 30, 2019
For your show for August 29, 2019: East Jefferson is getting a new master plan There's a new app to pay for bus rides on DDOT and SMART and soon the QLINE More Tiny Homes are rising in the Dexter-Linwood neighborhood thanks to Cass Community Services. They're doing tours as a fundraiser this weekend: And Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk about the week ahead for Detroit City FC.  Thanks for listening! See you Tuesday as we get back on our regular schedule. Be sure to follow our Patreon page for updates, and consider becoming a supporter for the cost of a bus ride.  
August 27, 2019
Welcome to your Daily Detroit for Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Here's what to know today: Up in Marysville, a city council candidate that made national news resigned.  Metro Detroit has the largest apartment construction spike in the country, with half the units being in the city of Detroit. $75,000 in high end Scotch as well as $150,000 in building damage was done in a liquor store caper involving an excavator. Former gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar is rumored to be looking at a House seat Cobo Center is being renamed later this morning. We have three fun ideas they're not going to use. Russell Street Deli closes for good Saturday. So get in while you can. Buddy's Detroit style pizza is expanding to Woodhaven And apparently the region is out of Popeye's Chicken Sandwiches.
August 23, 2019
Today’s episode is all about cars — specifically, about how the law has paved the way for their dominance in our everyday lives and shaping the way we live in fundamental ways. Our guest is Gregory Shill, a Law Professor at the University of Iowa who grew up here in Metro Detroit. Professor Shill recently wrote a piece in the Atlantic headlined, “Americans shouldn’t have to drive, but the law insists on it." It’s an especially germane topic here in Detroit, where there’s been so much controversy over adding protected bike lanes on busy roads and the recent decision to permanently close the Spirit of Detroit Plaza to vehicle traffic.
August 22, 2019
It’s late summer. Things slow down a bit. Think of this episode as a summer book at the beach before fall hits us with crisp breezes and hectic schedules. Today, we’re going to talk about having meaning in your everyday life. To chat about that is Lynne Golodner. She’s the host of the Make Meaning podcast. A former journalist, Lynne Golodner has dedicated her life to sharing stories about how people find meaning in the mundane. Her podcast: My favorite episode with Rachel Lutz of the Peacock Room:
August 21, 2019
Oakland County is under new leadership — and Democratic control — after former Ferndale Mayor David Coulter was sworn in Friday as new county executive. Coulter will serve out the remainder of the term of longtime boss and Republican, L. Brooks Patterson, who died Aug. 4. Coulter is a former member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners who had been mayor of Ferndale for almost nine years. On this episode, Jer and I talk about Coulter’s track record in Ferndale and what it suggests about how he might govern from the County administrative building on Telegraph. (Hint: No more comments about blankets and corn, for starters.) Other things you’ll be delighted to hear about: The QLINE will now accept a universal fare card called the DART that also covers bus far on DDOT and SMART, yay! But what else does Detroit’s underwhelming streetcar need to really get rolling? Ford and Lincoln plan to launch two electric crossover utility vehicles based on a common EV platform that will be built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant. That means the end of production — locally, at least — for the very handsome Lincoln Continental sedan. [Automotive News] is holding a pair of job expos in Southfield, on Aug. 24, and Sterling Heights, on Aug. 28. And the Beaver Island Public Library, way up in the middle of northern Lake Michigan, will hold a rededication for the Ernest Hemingway sculpture, which was mysteriously returned after being stolen. The sculpture, shown above, was done by local sculptor John Sauve, famous for his “Man in the city” pieces. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
August 15, 2019
Today’s episode hits on three topics. First, journalist Darren Nichols joins us to add context around a racially charged incident in Royal Oak that’s made national headlines. A white woman called police on a black man who looked suspicious. And Royal Oak Police questioned him for 30 minutes outside of a popular restaurant, while a bystander broadcast the thing live on Facebook. We dive into previous incidents in Royal Oak and in Detroit’s history. You may know Darren from his work at the Detroit News. Today he freelances and also hosts a weekly local podcast, Beyond the Headlines. Recommended reading: Origins of the Urban Crisis. Second, the drama around who will be Oakland County Executive next continues. And third, Detroit City FC finally is truly going professional and Sven will tell you all about it. Plus, Sven’s back from up north!
August 14, 2019
On today's show, we go to the Two Way Inn to talk about celebrating the 198th birthday this weekend of Colonel Philetus Norris. The civil war veteran who fought on the Union side built a place now known as one of the best dive bars in America - the Two Way Inn - and more in a village called Norris. Now, it's the Nortown neighborhood of Detroit, and they're looking to take Philetus's old house and fix it up into something good for the community. It's an interesting story in a corner of town that doesn't get a ton of headlines. Here's a link to the event Saturday afternoon and early evening if you want to go. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Norris House restoration. Also: Ford is now covering repair costs on clutches for 560,000 Focus and Fiesta vehicles. Soft serve shop Huddle is open downtown. Ilitch property up in Farmington Hills will become the headquarters for Mercedes Benz Financial and Royal Oak has a new interim city manager. 
August 13, 2019
The eyes of the nation have been on Metro Detroit, as this is where Chaldean Christian Jimmy Al-Daoud was picked up for deportation to Iraq. The 41 year old Oakland County man came to the United States legally as a baby, and as an adult, dealt with health issues like diabetes and schizophrenia. He also had numerous problems with the law, which got him the attention of the Federal Government. A couple months after his deportation, Jimmy died in the city of Najaf. But the story goes deeper, and beyond Mr. Al-Daoud. Although all the media attention is on the Mexican border and talk of the wall, it is Michigan that has been the incubator for the U.S. government’s recent policies and practices on deportation. And the first group to deal with mass roundups was the Chaldean community, mostly in suburban Oakland and Macomb County. So joining us is Clarence Dass. He’s a lawyer who personally dealt with more than 25 of these kinds of cases. We have an interesting conversation on something that is dividing the nation, immigration. With a very local angle.
August 12, 2019
Our public school system in Detroit has a lot of needs. Not just for the district itself, but as a lot of families don’t have money, a lot of programs that kids in the suburbs just do? Well, they don’t in Detroit. Like travel and fees to robotics competitions, for instance. Often in the suburbs, parents pick that up. In Detroit, often, the families don’t have the money. Here’s some context. The median household income in the city of Detroit is less than $30,000 a year. Statewide, it’s nearly $55,000. It’s not just about what the district itself gets per student in state funding, but the impact of poverty on families and educational outcomes. Mix that with all of the other challenges big city districts have here in Detroit and around the country and there’s a lot to deal with. So my conversation today is with Pamela Moore. She’s the president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, a non-profit that works to raise money and give grants to the Detroit Public Schools Community District and non-profit organizations that provide programming to Detroit students. Link to DPS Foundation: Also on the show: I-75 is gonna be a hot mess Detroit’s DDOT might be getting a new bus line (26 – Junction) The Gold Dollar is no more Popular noodle shop Ima is adding another location (First reported Freep) And a sheep was recorded on Detroit’s east side. Yes, a sheep. Video, where he calls it a Llama:
August 9, 2019
On today's show for August 9th, 2019: Up in Royal Oak, there may be a new plan for the site of long-time Italian restaurant that recently closed. A local brewing magazine, MIBREW, is ceasing publication after a controversial photo spread. Electric buses are coming to DDOT and SMART. Detroit bike share service MoGo is getting E-Bikes. A Pokemon-themed bar is coming to town. Shianne talks about her trip to the Lobster Pound up in Birmingham. And Jer and Sven Gustafson try the newly released Stroh’s Detroit Lager before it hits stores. 
August 8, 2019
On today's show: Wahlburgers opens in Royal Oak, Jeff Goldblum descends upon Detroit on a bicycle, Jack White is re-releasing some great stuff, there's a cat film festival coming and Arts Beats and Eats releases their lineup. Also: Sister Mary Jane Herb stopped by the studio to talk about the future of the Marygrove campus after the closure of the college later this year. The plans are big and funded. Fletcher Sharpe and Sven break down what's happening in the land of Detroit City FC ahead of their extra season and the possibility they will change leagues. Thanks for listening to your Daily Detroit! Be sure to tell a friend about the show. 
August 7, 2019
There’s a beer battle brewing in Michigan. Our guest on the show is Dayne Barscht, Managing Director of Eastern Market Brewing to talk about it. They’re leading a petition drive to change state law to make it easier for small breweries in Michigan to self-distribute their beer, without having to go through a distributor. Also, Riopelle Street in Eastern Market is getting redone as a part-time pedestrian street that will be shut down during the evenings to create a space between EMBC and Detroit Distillery to enjoy. Additionally on today’s show… We highlight election results from around town, including oft-criticized Warren Mayor Jim Fouts coasting to victory in his primary. Townhomes in Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood are going for $620,000 each. As part of the deal, developers have also rehabbed the home of an existing resident. They’re calling it ‘reverse gentrification.’ It made us scratch our heads and we’ll talk about it.  The giant tower being built on the old Hudson’s may get downsized. Kroger is hiring and Pizza Hut is closing some stores And finally, we’ll tell you about Pups in the Plaza.
August 6, 2019
Today on the show, it's Jer's birthday! dBusiness Editor and Publisher R.J. King joins us at the Podcast Detroit studio to talk about Hantz Woodlands. Created with a lot of controversy during Detroit's bankruptcy, the operation has, well, grown. RJ talks about his cover piece for the July/August issue of dBusiness on newsstands now. Also: Dan Gilbert is sounding alive and recovering from a stroke. Pizza-shaped windows are finally going into the Little Caesars HQ And StockX lost 6.8 million records to hackers and wasn't exactly up front about it.  Thanks for listening to your Daily Detroit. Be sure to tell a friend about the show. 
August 5, 2019
L. Brooks Patterson, who died Saturday at age 80 at his home in Independence Township, was one of the Detroit area’s most consequential and controversial figures in local politics. To some, he represents the ascendancy of an economic powerhouse, in Oakland County, and the very pinnacle of good governance and fiscal stewardship. But he’s also a key player in the region’s ugly racial divides, through his bitter rivalry with former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young and his history as an attorney fighting bussing and school integration in the 1970s. Patterson was diagnosed earlier this year with pancreatic cancer, and while there were plenty of signs that the modern era was starting to pass him by, there is no denying that he left a major mark on the regional — and on regional politics. On today’s show, I go back in time to when I was covering politics in the mid-aughts for The Oakland Press. We hear from state Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, who worked with Patterson when he served on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. And I speak with the guy whose desk was across the divider wall from mine, Steve Huber. He covered Patterson for the OP starting when he was still the county prosecutor, then later transitioned to a job in communications in Patterson’s office. Then Jer and I share our own thoughts about Patterson’s complicated legacy. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
August 3, 2019
Detroit's Capitol Park has a long, storied history. And it's seen a lot of transformation the last five years. It also has a special place in my heart as it's a place I traveled often as a kid. My first Hot Wheels set was bought in a store where Prime and Proper is now. My McDonalds? As a kid, it'd be the one that was at State and Shelby streets when my dad went and painted offices.  On today's show, we dive in on the history with's Dan Austin. We take a tour of the recently renovated Farwell Building. It had sat basically abandoned since 1984. We talk to Capitol Cafe operator and Eatori owner Zack Yatim about his new spot. And with Brian Rebain of Kraemer Design Group.
August 1, 2019
Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and the rest of the CNN teevee crew have packed up their new Shinola gifts and “Detroit Vs. Everybody” T-shirts now that the Democratic presidential candidate debates are over. Aside from the economic bumps for the Book Cadillac, Detroit Water Ice and no doubt many swanky downtown eateries, did Detroit learn anything from any of the 20 candidates hoping to end Donald Trump’s presidency after one term? Do we know anything more about how the Democratic field will shake out? We talk about that and what issues are likely to resonate among Michigan voters with Matt Grossmann, director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. What does he think about the Democratic Party’s epic struggle between progressives and moderates? Plus, Jer and I offer our own thoughts on a crowded debate stage. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
July 31, 2019
This week on Daily Detroit, we’re dusting off our politics hats. The Democratic presidential debates are in town at the Fox Theater, after all, and Round 1 took place last night, with the second debate planned for Wednesday evening. Tuesday night’s debate featured front-runners and progressive-wing standard-bearers Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, plus South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. And they showed well. But Jer and I argue that former Grosse Pointe resident and self-help author Marianne Williamson arguably advanced her cause the most of any candidate on stage. Williamson, who recently penned a column for CNN discussing the school inequality she witnessed as a Pointer, used her limited air time to talk about issues like the Flint water crisis and even the hot-button issue of reparations, which she supports. Could last night’s debate be Williamson’s golden escalator moment? Also, I speak with former Democratic state Rep. Marie Donigan of Royal Oak for her take on the debate. Who strengthened their argument to win the party’s nomination? Who tanked? What messages should Dems hammer to win Michigan? And is a progressive, left-wing message or a more moderate position the way to go to win back the state from Donald Trump and the GOP in 2020? Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
July 30, 2019
On today’s Daily Detroit podcast: Brian “Q” Quinn from the TruTV show Impractical Jokers will join us on the line. He’s one of four that make up the comedy troupe The Tenderloins. They’re coming to DTE Energy Music Theatre on August 9th. [Tickets here] A schedule change puts the Rocket Mortgage Classic and Grand Prix on the same weekend. A new incentive district is coming to the Livernois-McNichols area in Detroit to spur commercial development. Royal Oak is looking for a city manager [Royal Oak Tribune] And some local breweries win medals at the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship [Complete list of winners] Do you like what you’re hearing? Follow the Daily Detroit podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you download your favorite shows. And thanks to Seth for joining us as a member! You can be cool like Seth at 
July 29, 2019
On today’s show we touch on: Is there a restaurant bubble? Here’s the original piece we discuss that's worth a read. Praise for Peso Excitement over Bowlero, a retro bowling alley coming to Oakland County Grand Circus Park with Bourbon Mudgies has one of the best sandwiches in America. Who else around here deserves a nod? 
July 26, 2019
Happy Friday. On today’s show, Jer speaks with Detroit muralist Sheefy McFly — he’s the one who was arrested while doing a city-commissioned mural on a Detroit viaduct. He’s got a new mural that will be unveiled this weekend at the Mo Pop music festival on Detroit’s riverfront. We also run down a few news stories from the past week: New affordable housing units are being planned in North Corktown aimed at “middle-income” residents. [Crain’s] A shooting at a west-side gas station over stolen potato chips has sparked protests urging residents to support black-owned businesses. [Warrendale Blog] Raccoons are terrorizing a neighborhood near Rouge Park! [WXYZ] And Wine Spectator spotlights dozens of Detroit-area restaurants for their wine lists as part of its 2019 Restaurant Awards. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
July 25, 2019
Today we take a trip to the near eastside suburb of Grosse Pointe park. There’s a new pizza joint out that way called “The Bricks.” Me, Randy Walker and Shianne Nocerini checked out a preview of this elevated neighborhood spot and had plenty of thoughts. Do they get three thumbs up to give it a shot when they open in August? 
July 24, 2019
Recovery Park works to re-build on vacant land, create jobs and help to revitalize a historic Detroit neighborhood. Unfortunately, they recently went through three thefts at their location on the east side of Detroit. But the community is rallying, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to check in on an organization doing important work – from farming to helping returning citizens get jobs – in Detroit. My guest is Anna Kohn, the Chief Impact Officer of Recovery Park. We talk about their GoFundMe, a link to that is here. Also: The Oakland County Executive says it’s time for raises for 825 non-union employees to keep talent working for the county. Detroit City FC’s pro league has a new name for their cup and a new schedule. [Detroit City FC] And Vernor’s is honoring more Michigan lighthouses on their cans. Find them all here. Like the show? Be sure to tell a friend about the Daily Detroit podcast.
July 23, 2019
On the show today…. On August 6, 2019 there’s going to be a neat event on the Detroit riverfront. It’s called the “Silent Hike.” It’s an audiovisual experience with music, narration and nature. Our guest on the show today to talk about it is creator Murray Hildary. Also on the show: Spirit Plaza in downtown Detroit is going to become a permanent thing, thanks to a 5-4 Detroit City Council vote that reverses a previous decision. After the news, Jer gets into why he thinks the plaza and walkable spaces downtown are good ideas. The legendary Gold Dollar burned Tuesday night, where the White Stripes got their start. It’s being investigated as arson. Kid Rock is selling his Detroit riverfront home. And free ice cream tomorrow (Wednesday) for Detroit’s birthday! Be sure to catch the Hudsonville crew in Campus Martius from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Don’t miss another episode! Be sure to catch the show on your favorite mobile podcast app. 
July 22, 2019
Today’s show is a two-fer. First, we speak with Randy Essex of the Detroit Free Press. He tells us all about the paper’s investigation into how Ford Motor Company tried to hide defective transmissions in older models of the Focus and Fiesta small cars. The problems have led to many injuries and lawsuits. Then we catch up with soccer correspondent Fletcher Sharpe after Detroit City FC crashed out of the NPSL playoffs Sunday against Cleveland.
July 19, 2019
Cynthia Canty is a veteran broadcaster who hosts the news, policy and culture program Stateside on Michigan Radio, a NPR affiliate that broadcasts in the Detroit area at 91.7 on the FM dial. She’s been on air a variety of places in Detroit. She spent years as part of Jim Harper’s legendary morning show, following him across the FM dial. Canty also was on television at WKBD-TV. She recently announced plans to retire at the end of the year after four decades in broadcast news in Southeast Michigan. On today’s show, me and Sven talk with Canty all about her career, how radio has changed over the years — and her thoughts on why so many people have so little trust in the news media. Hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did. 
July 18, 2019
There’s been a ton of scrutiny, including from this podcast, about the Ilitch family’s failure to follow through on its promises to develop the District Detroit. Now, The Detroit News reportsthat the Ilitches also own 44 vacant lots and eight empty buildings surrounding the MotorCity Casino Hotel complex, where the family now hopes to build a seven-story parking structure. But ya know, yours truly has been doing some thinking about the whole District Detroit thing, and I may have actually found a silver lining, which I discuss in this episode. Elsewhere, we round up some recent food and fun news: The New York Times name-dropped two Detroit chefs among its list of 16 Black Chefs Changing Food in America. And here’s our friend Melody Baetens’ writeup on the same at the News. Syd Gold’s Request Room opens Friday. Taqueria Mi Puebla is expanding to Macomb County. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will hold a pop-up old-school video game arcade on Tuesday, coinciding with the performance of “Video Games Live.” Last but certainly not least, soccer correspondent Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk about Detroit City FC’s NPSL Midwest Region semifinal match Friday against Minneapolis City SC, plus some weird shenanigans elsewhere in the Midwest Region. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
July 17, 2019
We previously told you about a project that would overhaul the Livernois streetscape, north of 6 Mile (McNichols) to 8 Mile. But it seems that things, at least for local businesses, aren’t going so well. Jonathan Merritt joins me on the show today to talk about what’s happening on the Avenue of Fashion. He says the project — though he’s excited about what it will bring — is putting many of the businesses in danger of closing, including his own, Narrow Way Cafe. Narrow Way opened in 2017 and has quickly become a neighborhood anchor. Beyond the immediate things happening on the Avenue, I took the time to talk to Merritt about being of service in the community and what that looks like. After all, he has a unique perch of the city and region as a Pastor at Straight Gate International Church, an entrepreneur, and now an author. His new book is “Step Out: Leave Your Impact On The World.”
July 16, 2019
On today's show, Jer talks with Jill Gonzalez an analyst from WalletHub about Detroit being the most stressed city in the United States. Then, Sven talks with Drew Kups from the Michigan Glass Project about the upcoming glass show at the Russell Industrial Center this weekend. Also, here's a pair of quick stories around town. The Detroit City Council has rejected a plan make Spirit Plaza a permanent instillation. Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles in the Avenue of Fashion has temporarily closed for renovations. They are expected to reopen in November. Thanks for listening! Love what we're doing? Consider telling a friend to subscribe free on Apple Podcasts. 
July 15, 2019
Today we’re talking about Michigan’s emerging recreational marijuana economy with Roberta King. She’s the founder and owner of Canna Communication, a communications firm focused on the cannabis sector. Plus, we bring you up to speed on: The start of UAW negotiations The Regional Transit Authority (2045 priorities map is here) The city of Detroit has partnered with 3 universities to get its own economic data And upcoming Detroit City FC playoff matches.
July 12, 2019
Happy Friday, friends! On today’s show, we run down the new proposal by Lansing Republicans to fix the damn roads in Michigan. They want to borrow $10 billion against teacher pensions. What could go wrong? Also, Jer tells us about his recent visit to the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. Specifically, the flooded streets east of Jefferson, where canals that cut through the neighborhood from the Detroit River have topped their banks. Lastly, what’s up with White Claw? Sales of the so-called “hard seltzer” — which tastes to me like a LaCroix mixed with vodka, blech — have surpassed those of all other craft beers save for Blue Moon. We discuss. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
July 11, 2019
The Detroit Shipping Company is a recent success on Peterboro, just west of Cass. The "shipping company" part, if you didn’t know, doesn’t refer to logistics and freight but to the 21 shipping containers that make up the two-story building. It’s about 10,000 square feet of food and beer hall, having a variety of culinary outposts and a couple of bars in a blended indoor/outdoor space. Reports last year said it cost about $3 million dollars to build. And before we go any farther, cards on table. We kind of have front row seats. As long time listeners of the podcast probably know that we often record at the Podcast Detroit studios within the complex.  The Detroit Shipping Company has now been open a year, so I figured it’s a good time to take the temperature and talk to their Events General Manager Julie Sailus about the story of the place, what they’ve learned, what they’d really like to see in the neighborhood and how they’re celebrating a year in business. DSC Facebook:
July 10, 2019
We run down your headlines plus Randy Walker joins us to talk about Duck in Novi, Bread at Kroger and Dumplings downtown. 
July 9, 2019
The RISK! Podcast lives in a unique place in the podcasting world. If you’re not familiar, the show is a series of short stories by the known and unknown that are true and boldly told. What does that mean? It means the topics are very real. They’re sometimes heartfelt. Sometimes risqué. And most often, hilarious. So my guest today is the ring leader of the podcast, comedian Kevin Allison. He has credits in a variety of media, but the for the last decade — along with his talented co-conspirators — he’s been producing RISK! It has a passionate following and millions of downloads to their credit. It’s often a traveling show and they’re coming here to Metro Detroit on August 15 to Ferndale’s Magic Bag. We chat about storytelling and podcasting, including how to develop the good stories that are already inside of you. Enjoy. If you like what you're hearing and want to keep pushing Detroit's conversation forward, support us on Patreon:  
July 8, 2019
Welcome back from the holiday weekend, comrades. Today’s show is Episode 300 of your Daily Detroit, and for that we thank you, our listeners. We also dive into two pieces of Ilitch-related news: First, that Olympia Development has missed a deadline to submit a development proposal for a parcel on Woodward between the Little Caesars Arena and I-75. After already receiving a one-year extension. [Crain’s] Secondly, that Chris Ilitch signed Tigers GM Al Avila to a “multi-year” contract extension, because the Tigers rebuild is never-ending going great! Other things you’ll hear on No. 300: Soccer correspondent Fletcher Sharpe joins us to recap Detroit City FC’s big weekend, in which it clinched the conference championship and a spot in the NPSL playoffs. Stevie Wonder is getting a kidney transplant. Ann Arbor could get a new 19-story high-rise behind the Michigan Theater. [MLive] Lobster Week is a thing, and it’s happening at two Detroit-area eateries. Two Guys From Italy pizzeria is closing in Hazel Park. The newly reopened Belle Isle conservatory is extending its summer hours. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
July 3, 2019
Welcome to the final podcast before Independence Day! Here’s what we cover around town: Sven and Jer ruminate on the legacy of Lee Iacocca, who died at the age of 94. [NY Times] The state of Michigan has issued new emergency rules outlining requirements for new marijuana businesses now that voters have legalized recreational weed. The rules are meant to help local municipalities and prospective business owners decide whether they want to participate in the new industry. Plum Market is opening in downtown Detroit. Randy sent us details. It has groceries. A grab and go bar. And a Moet champagne vending machine. Detroit Eatz is opening in downtown Farmington. With a drive thru deli counter. And yes, it’s another business that ends their name with a Z. [Crains] And, Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk about the red-hot Detroit City FC.
July 2, 2019
Can the bus be the “in” thing as far as getting around town? Tastes are changing around the country and here in Detroit. Many younger adults don’t feel the same attachment to the car as previous generations. Today our conversation is with Sarosh Irani. He was recently featured in the national publication Streetsblog for his research at Wayne State University to improve Detroit’s bus system. For instance, just by moving the shelters to where people actually need them — not building new ones — 8x more people could have access to bus shelters. And weather in Detroit? As you know, it can be a real thing to deal with. Also on the show: Chicago-style pizza joint Giordano’s downtown Detroit outpost closes without fanfare. We have feelings.  The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is getting some big upgrades, including a kayak launch. And, sadly, Cutie Pie the goat has passed on. Cutie Pie and his owner Erick Brown have been spotted numerous times around Detroit. Fortunately, Brown still has Deer, a second therapy goat. If you’re unfamiliar with Erick and his therapy goats, try this video. Love the show? Be sure to tell a friend and subscribe free in your podcast app of choice. It’ll download to your mobile device whenever there’s a new episode.
July 1, 2019
New Census estimates are out that show Detroit lost 1,526 residents between 2017 and 2018 to 672,622, yet the city’s tax revenues are up, thanks mostly to more people working in the city and paying the city income tax. So we ask: Can Detroit’s recovery continue even if population losses continue? Mayor Mike Duggan has famously said he should ultimately be judged by whether the city can stem its long-running population loss and grow again. Elsewhere, we talk about that viral video of the blockade of the Lodge Freeway Friday in Detroit so a bunch of people driving Dodge Charger Hellcats could do donuts and burn rubber. Because Detroit is a weird place. Also: Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar says he’s moving to Detroit and may run for public office. A new auto show aims to fill the void left by the North American International Auto Show’s move to June. It’ll be held in Novi in January. Condada Tacos is coming to Royal Oak. Three Detroit-area pizzerias rank among the top 50 in North America. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 28, 2019
It's the weekend in summer! So we thought with the heat and sun we'd do a rundown of what's hot, what's not, what's new and what's closing around Detroit's bar and restaurant scene. Joining Sven Gustafson is our regular man about town, Devon O'Reilly. Also in studio is Randy Walker and of course Jer.  We cover: Tasting the new Momo Cha in the Detroit Shipping Company Capper and Capper pops up in the David Whitney Pao opens in Grand Circus Park Delmar, the new rooftop bar coming to the roof of an old bakery called Delmar in Greektown Is Greektown de-Greekified? Fort Street Galley Stumbles, and what it really takes to make it in downtown Detroit The inappropriate use of the letter "Z" in marketing Izakaya Katsu closing after just six months. Was Detroit ready?  The excellence that is Frame in Hazel Park Thanks for listening! If you love what we're doing on Daily Detroit, be sure to become a member at
June 27, 2019
Aquavit is a caraway-flavored spirit long popular in Scandinavia, where it originated (aquavit literally translates to “water of life”). Yet it’s never exactly been a liquor of choice here in the states. But here comes Norden Aquavit, a nearly year-old brand distilled right here in Detroit by longtime bartender and Berkeley, California native Robyn Cleveland. I met Cleveland last weekend at a midsommar Swedish dinner at Frame in Hazel Park put on by chef Jill Vedaa, of Salt in Cleveland, no less. It featured four different cocktails made with Norden Aquavit. Today, Cleveland dropped by the studio with a bottle of Norden to sample and to discuss the company and his work launching a startup aquavit brand from Detroit. Norden Aquavit drinks like a very smooth, non-juniper-y gin, with notes of caraway, of course, but also the sweetness of dill and a licorice/anise finish. We drank it neat — traditionally it’s enjoyed slightly chilled — but it was subtle and not hot. And yes, we discuss recipes.
June 26, 2019
We all want the roads in Michigan fixed. But the price? And paying more for it? That’s been a topic of hot debate among politicians and online commenters since Governor Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her plan to raise the gas tax by 45 cents a gallon to raise about $2.5 billion for the roads. But actually “Fixing the Damn Roads” is harder than a catchphrase. There’s a real problem on the ground, with large populations, high traffic volumes and aging infrastructure. The bill is adding up, and getting bigger the longer we don’t do anything. So to dive in on a very local level – specifically Wayne County, Michigan’s most populous county – we’re joined by Deputy Wayne County Executive Khalil Rahal and Director of Public Services Beverly Watts. We talk about previous road funding “fixes,” where technology really is at to fix roads, where Michigan really stands per capita on funding our roads and some of the restraints Michigan law puts on local cities and counties for raising money for their roads. It’s an interesting discussion. Then, we run down a few quick stories around town. Detroit is the fastest-growing in the nation for walkable places, but still, only 10 percent of the city fits that bill. A Detroit-based Unicorn startup, StockX, has a new round of funding and new CEO. And the old Motorama Motel in Ferndale is going to see new life. Thanks for listening to the Daily Detroit podcast! 
June 25, 2019
What does it take to make a startup work in Detroit? Our conversation today is with Andrew Landau. His Detroit-based e-commerce company, Jewel, was recently purchased by banking giant Capital One. They’re going to stay, grow and hire in Detroit, even after the acquisition. We also talk about why he’s choosing the Motor City, and what tips he has for other entrepreneurs. Oh, and they’re hiring. Also on the show: A wealthy suburban school district votes to close two schools amid racial tension. There’s new life for the site of the old Hazel Park Race Track. The cold truth is that Cold Truth, a popular soft-serve joint in Eastern Market, is temporarily closing. Also, The Villages Biergarten may be no more. However, one of Detroit’s notorious dive bars, with a history they say is connected to the infamous Purple Gang, may be reopening this fall.  Love the show? Be sure to tell a friend and subscribe in Apple Podcasts or wherever you download your favorite shows.
June 24, 2019
Over the weekend, an interesting thing happened. Detroit's Rosa Parks Transit Center got swarmed by bees. A very alert Twitter user shared the story. This set in motion a rescue of the bees from Detroit Hives. The Detroit-based nonprofit not only advocates and takes of bees in the area, but educates people on the benefits of bees. Whether it's health benefits, or like in the food desert that is parts of the city, that natural honey can be one of many benefits of bees. Our guests for the show are Timothy Paule Jackson and Nicole Lindsay who stop by to talk about what happened at the Transit Center, how bees can benefit Detroit and how you can support bees. Also: Muralist and graffiti artist Sheefy McFly was arrested by Detroit Police last week for vandalism while working on a mural commissioned by the city of Detroit. The Palace of Auburn Hills is meeting the wrecking ball. And Ferndale is installing a new rainbow sidewalk. Thanks for listening to the Daily Detroit podcast! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your favorite shows, and tell a friend about the podcast. It's the best way to push Detroit's conversation forward. 
June 21, 2019
Over the last fifteen years, Michael Matthews rode along with officers of the Detroit Police Department. He had unrestricted access to the day to day life of the Motor City’s men in blue. His new book, “American Ruin: Life And Death On The Streets Of Detroit – America’s Deadliest City” dives into what’s happening in a variety of neighborhoods, with first-hand accounts from his own eyes and on-the-job Detroit cops. In that time, Matthews – a former London cop and Scotland Yard officer himself – has come to see two Detroits. One that’s shiny, new and resurgent. New buildings. new residents. One of promise and progress. And another where children are literally huddled in a house with no water, no heat, no furniture — and a pair of guns. The truth is that in Detroit, both stories exist. Side by side. Sometimes just one block from each other. Today’s episode of the Daily Detroit podcast is a conversation between our Sven Gustafson and Michael Matthews. You’ll find that below. We also have a short excerpt of the book as a downloadable PDF. Please note, it contains a highly offensive slur used in a direct quotation. Download the PDF here. If you’re interested, you can buy “American Ruin – Detroit: America’s Deadliest City” online here. Our daily podcast pushes Detroit’s conversation forward. You can subscribe free to that here in Apple Podcasts.
June 20, 2019
Ford — as part of the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) negotiated as part of the $740 million Michigan Central Station/Corktown project — launched a City:One in Detroit. It’s a competition for ideas to make it easier for Detroiters to get around. Sven went to Corktown to get all the details and we talk about what’s happening on the show.  If you want to enter, go here. Also – Billionaire investor and Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has moved from Beaumont Hospital to an inpatient rehabilitation facility. And the Detroit Zoo is temporarily closing the recently built Polk Penguin Conservation Center from September through June of 2020 to fix waterproofing issues that they’re saying are due to the contractor. The $31 million building only opened in April of 2016.
June 19, 2019
On today’s episode, we check in with soccer journalist and The Outer Drive podcast co-host Fletcher Sharpe, who covers Detroit City FC. With five games remaining in the NPSL regular season, Le Rouge are now unbeaten in seven games and have held opponents scoreless in each of those matches. But City has also notched scoreless draws during that stretch with their top divisional rivals in the NPSL Great Lakes Conference — AFC Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids FC. Le Rouge will have rematches with both teams during their final five games, and as Sharpe says, not all three teams are likely to make the NPSL playoffs. What else do we cover on the show, you ask? Federal officials are reviewing the Motor City Match program, which is meant to encourage small business entrepreneurship in the city, over its record-keeping and spending. [Detroit News] Jer talks to us about Ford’s new information and community center as part of Michigan Center, the company’s new name for its big investment in Corktown. Buddy’s Pizza is giving out $7.30 discounts in celebration of its 73rd year in business. And in more soccer news, soccer superstar Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona will highlight a friendly match Aug. 10 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. They’ll play Italian side Napoli in the inaugural La Liga-Serie A Cup. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 18, 2019
On today's show for June 18, 2019: - The City of Detroit is one of 10 American cities to join a new national program to figure out how to help residents make more money and improve their economic status.  - You’ve heard of Hell, Michigan, right? it’s an unincorporated town near Pinckney in Livingston County. It’s famous for its road signs, a tavern and stores selling souvenirs branded with the community’s name. Now, a California YouTuber has purchased the whole five-acre commercial property and officially renamed it “Gay Hell” in protest of the Trump Administration. - The Conservatory on Belle Isle is opening nearly a month ahead of schedule. - A 2,500 Square Foot Premier Pet Supply is coming to the City Club Apartments near Grand Circus Park. And yes, it'll have a DIY dog wash station. We discuss. - A Grand Opening date has been set for the new Brooks Brewing in Ferndale. It'll be June 26th, and we talk about their unique approach to pricing their brews. - And finally, there's the 6th Annual Art of the Cocktail competition in downtown Ferndale on Thursday. More:
June 17, 2019
Cleveland. It’s a city that is often compared to Detroit, and not always for their positive attributes. And nothing against our Rust Belt cousin, but it turns out it’s one of the prime destinations for renters around metro Detroit who are looking to get out of town. And apparently there are a lot of people in that category. A new “Renter Migration Report” from Apartment List says the Detroit area is No. 2 among the 25 largest metro areas for the share of renters who are searching for apartments in other regions, at 49.6%. Conversely, just 21.9% of searches for rental units in the Detroit area come from outside the region, good for dead last. In addition to Cleveland, the top cities where Detroit-area renters are looking for rentals are Cincinnati and Grand Rapids. “Detroit has suffered from a decades-long population loss, and although this loss has slowed in recent years, the area has yet to cement a full revival,” the report concludes. You can read it here. Remember, this is the whole region — there are hot areas like downtown Detroit where they can’t seem to build units fast enough to meet demand. And Ferndale’s rents are rising. So yeah, we’re coming up short against Cleveland, for God’s sake. Here’s what else we’re discussing today: There’s a penthouse loft apartment in Midtown Detroit listing for more than $1.4 million. Woah. [Freep] Drunk people are apparently stumbling out of bars in Royal Oak and into homes where they don’t live, and city officials are on the case. [Daily Tribune] The metal panels are coming off the exterior of Joe Louis Arena as part of ongoing demolition work. [Detroit News] Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 14, 2019
Bridge Magazine has a fascinating new story out that finds that while mortgage activity in Detroit is steadily increasing after bottoming out during the Great Recession, the recovery isn’t mirroring Detroit’s population demographics. What’s more, there are still vast tracts of the city where mortgage activity is virtually nonexistent. Despite making up just 10% of the city’s overall population, white people got almost half of all mortgages in Detroit in 2017, while black people, who comprise 80% of all Detroit residents, got 48% of all home loans. By comparison, black homeowners got three-quarters of all mortgages in the city in 2007. Interestingly, the data show that black people are getting mortgages, just not in the city. They’re increasingly moving to suburbs like Southfield, Farmington, Warren and Eastpointe. On today’s show, we speak with Mike Wilkinson, the Bridge Magazine reporter who wrote the story. We go deep on what the data tells us about what’s driving the trend, how some black people appear to be giving up on Detroit and whether the trend of rising numbers of white homeowners is sustainable, given the city’s many endemic problems. It’s a fascinating story with lots of different narratives to untangle, and you should go read it. Then, listen to this episode in the player above. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 13, 2019
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel wants to build a new jail, because the current one is a squalid death trap. On June 19, he plans to ask a special meeting of the county board of commissioners’ Records and Public Safety panel for approval of the $375 million project, plus the OK of ballot language for a tax to pay for the bonds that would pay for it. It’s not clear how much the tax millage would be or whether this would constitute a tax increase for residents. But for a generally tax-averse county, this one could get problematic, fast. Oh, and there’s a new attempt to thwart the new Gordie Howe International Bridge, this time via an addition to a state budget bill that would prohibit the state from spending any money to finance its half of construction. You know, even though Canada is reimbursing us 100% of the costs. Will wonders never cease? Elsewhere, we run down: Security guards in downtown Detroit began a strike today, though it’s unclear how widespread it actually is. The city has broken ground on the Joseph Campau Greenway, a 1.2-mile non-motorized path that will run parallel to the Dequindre Cut. Friday is Flag Day, and the Fisher Building will celebrate by displaying its collection of 60 national flags from way back in 1928, when the building opened. [Facebook] Beyond Juice, the Madison Heights based food retailer, will open its second Detroit location on the ground floor of The Platform. Shinola is selling love locks that you can hang in Parker’s Alley. And there’s a cash flash event planned for a stretch of Grand River Avenue seeing reconstruction on June 26. You can learn more about the event, which aims to support neighborhood businesses in Detroit, at Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 12, 2019
The Motor City is synonymous with the car. It’s called, after all, the Motor City. But will the next chapter of Detroit be so car-focused? And how will those changes happen? Today’s episode of Daily Detroit is a conversation with Kevin Bopp, the Vice President of Parking and Mobility for Bedrock. That’s the real estate arm of Dan Gilbert’s family of companies. Each day, they need to get many thousands of people in and out of their properties, whether they’re employees, tenants, visitors or residents. Topics include the parking woes of downtown Detroit, public transit, scooters, the new ride sharing program Scoop, and there’s a bold call that the Detroit People Mover will see a renaissance. One more thing to know before you go. Marygrove College has announced that it will be closing due to declines in enrollment and large debts. The fall 2019 semester will be the final semester for the 92 year old Catholic college. Thanks for listening to the Daily Detroit podcast!
June 11, 2019
Over on Belle Isle today, boosters broke ground on the Piet Oudolf garden, the unofficial name for the landscape installation planned for 2.5 acres at the Nancy Brown Peace Carillon. Oudolf is a legendary Dutch garden designer and author who’s perhaps best known for his work on New York City’s High Line, a linear park on a former elevated rail track, and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park. You can watch a PBS NewsHour segment with him below; in it, he talks specifically about the project in Detroit and the city itself. On today’s episode, we speak with two members of the volunteer organization Oudolf Garden Detroit — Maura and Duncan Campbell. They tell us all about how Oudolf was persuaded to do a commission in Detroit, what’s involved and how backers hope it might lead to some transformational changes to Belle Isle — and the city as a whole. Installation — that is to say, the planting of the 18,000 plants — kicks off in September, and the organization is still raising money toward its $4.2 million total price tag. If you’re interested in volunteering, making a contribution or just learning more, visit them at Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 10, 2019
Midtown Detroit, Inc. and the Detroit Institute of Arts have announced the winner of its DIA Plaza | Midtown Cultural Connections international design competition, first launched in 2017. Detroit Square is a proposal from an international consortium led by Paris-based Agence Ter and including Detroit-based Akoaki, rootoftwo, and Harley Etienne. The proposal reimagines the 83-acre Cultural Center in Midtown and its 12 educational and cultural institutions, highlighted by the DIA, the Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Michigan Science Center and several others. It includes major new green spaces, a winding greenway connecting the 12 institutions, cafes, art installations, performance spaces and two plaza areas that could serve as public event spaces and warrant the temporary closure of Woodward to vehicles. There’s also a big focus on adding public Wi-Fi and 5G cellular connections throughout the site. In addition to talking about that on today’s show, we cover: Royal Oak has had enough of your Woodward cruise shenanigans, and police there are adopting a zero-tolerance policy toward speeding, illegal parking and littering. Google is investing $17 in expansions in Detroit and Ann Arbor. The Special Inspector General For the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or SIGTARP, will audit demolitions in Detroit and other Michigan cities to monitor against the spread of contaminated soil. About 100 security guards in downtown Detroit have voted to go on strike. A man listed by police as a suspect in a string of serial killings in Detroit has been charged in an attack after his alleged victim was able to escape. [Detroit News] And I offer a completely ludricrous-but-maybe-not idea for relocating the Grand Prix from Belle Isle: The ring road at Oakland Mall. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 9, 2019
Oak Park is a diverse inner-ring suburb of more than 29,000 people nestled between Ferndale, Detroit, Berkley and Southfield. It’s in a great location, minutes from a variety of job centers. It’s seeing a lot more action as nearby cities like Ferndale grow (yes, there are lofts going for $5,000 a month in downtown Ferndale now and housing prices are racing up). And the added cost of living in nearby Detroit is burdensome for many families. Recent changes — including allowing restaurants to serve alcohol — are making Oak Park more of a draw. Sure, MoGo bike sharing is coming to the community this summer. But the last few years there has been a greater focus on walkable spaces and a city manager that clearly believes that a well-designed and thoughtful built environment, mixed with solid city services, can make for a better life for residents. In short, Oak Park could be the next urbanist suburb you need to watch. To talk about it, we had City Manager Erik Tungate in the studio. The conversation with Sven Gustafson hit a variety of topics, including: A status update on the restaurant project in the old WWJ transmitter building on 8 Mile MoGo bike sharing coming to Oak Park with five stations How something as simple as sunflowers can make a big difference New developments, including a Gastropub and an autonomous mobility company How to be a family-friendly bedroom community that offers amenities and access people want A new welcome bridge over I-696 And the role fixed-route mass transit could play in catapulting the region to world-class status Like the Daily Detroit podcast? Don’t miss another episode and subscribe free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you download your favorite shows.
June 7, 2019
Welcome to a bonus Friday edition of your Daily Detroit. Today, we discuss the sad news that Axle Brewing will shutter its Livernois Taproom June 30th, barely two years after it first opened. Dave Phillips, one-half of Podcast Detroit and the IT in the D podcast, and himself a former partner in a failed craft brewery, joins us to discuss how difficult it is to succeed in an uber-competitive sector, where even established brands have to fight for shelf space, and drinkers like me fret about overabundance. Axle President Dan Riley told the Freep the brand doesn’t have the scale or cost structure to see a “clear path” to turning a profit. Elsewhere: Detroit may be dealing with a serial killer after three women believed to be prostitutes were found dead in abandoned homes on the city’s east side. Tipsters are asked to call (313) 596-2260. [Detroit News] There’s an update on Dan Gilbert, nearly two weeks after the billionaire real estate developer suffered a stroke. Detroit’s Public Lighting Authority is starting to replace those malfunctioned LED streetlights while a lawsuit against the company that made them proceeds. Hatch Detroit has doubled its prize to $100,000 for aspiring business startups looking to open brick-and-mortar storefronts in the city. Fresh Wagon, a bus service connecting Detroit neighborhoods to Eastern Market, has shut down. Grosse Pointe Park is getting a new pizza joint called The Bricks. And happy National Doughnut Day! We bring you some truly ridiculous trivia. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 6, 2019
Welcome to a very Motor City-centric edition of your Daily Detroit. Today, we’re running down a pair of big stories from the auto industry, speaking with Kristin Dziczek, vice president of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. First up: Fiat Chrysler has withdrawn its $35 billion proposal to merge with French automaker Renault just 10 days after FCA first announced the proposal. It comes after the Renault board on Wednesday failed to reach a decision on the proposal, citing the French government’s request to postpone a vote. The Wall Street Journal also reported that Nissan’s two representatives on the Renault board also objected.  Renault owns a stake in Nissan as part of a long-running alliance with the Japanese automaker, while the French government owns a 15% stake in Renault. Fiat Chrysler’s board met Wednesday evening and voted to withdraw its proposal with immediate effect, saying that although it remains convinced of the compelling rationale for the merger, “it has become clear that the political conditions in France do not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully.”  Secondly, we discuss the news that President Trump may levy 5% tariffs against all goods imported from Mexico starting next week and gradually ramp them up to as high as 25%. As Dziczek explains, that’s problematic for a host of reasons, since automakers source many components including wire harnesses from Mexico for cars sold in the U.S., and about 15% of cars sold domestically were actually built at factories south of the border. Even for consumers, there’s a good chance that those replacement windshield wipers or brake pads you buy from O’Reilly’s were made in Mexico. It’s a fascinating conversation. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 6, 2019
Are tax incentives as a tool to lure large-scale corporate investment and jobs here to stay? That’s the question at the heart of this interview today with Kevin Johnson, the president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Development Corp. It’s particularly timely in the midst of Chrysler’s planned $2.5 billion investment to create nearly 5,000 new jobs on Detroit’s east side, where workers will build the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV. The deal has won some $291 million in assorted incentives. The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation – or DEGC for short – has been instrumental in development projects in the city since the late 1970s. Johnson took over as head of the organization about a year ago. He spent a few years doing economic development in Atlanta, as well as stints at organizations in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina. He spoke with Jer at the Mackinac Policy Conference last week on Mackinac Island. Here’s that conversation. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 4, 2019
Welcome to an al fresco edition of your Daily Detroit, recorded au natural in a park near downtown Royal Oak. We were there to cover a press event to discuss some of the things in store for Arts, Beats & Eats, which returns for its 22nd edition with a new sponsor Aug. 30-Sept. 2. We also cover the details of the newest historic building rehab in Detroit. It’s called the Assembly, a mixed-use office and retail building in Corktown with 32 apartments from Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock real estate empire. Last but not least, we check in with our friend and soccer journalist Fletcher Sharpe to see how Detroit City FC is doing now five games into their NPSL regular season. Le Rouge appear to be shaking off a slow start to the season following three consecutive clean sheets and two straight lopsided wins. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
June 4, 2019
Happy Monday, and welcome to a new week of your Daily Detroit. Today, Jer talks about an eventful past week spent at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, filling us in on some of the things he came away with beyond just the headlines about no-fault auto insurance reform. Specifically, it’s becoming clear that Detroit’s comeback needs a lot more juice (read: money — and residents) just to come up to par with the competition. He also does the math on the so-called 7.2, the informal name for Detroit’s downtown and adjacent district that have seen most investment lately, and the costs to fix Michigan’s decrepit roads. Also, an interesting post pushes the idea that the cost $10 a month per Michigan driver on average to raise $1 billion for the roads. Elswhere, we cover: Could the Regional Transit Authority be revived in a scaled-back version? Its board chairman dropped a hint recently. [Michigan Matters] Mortgages hit a decade high in Detroit in April, but they’re still well below what they should be. The Detroit City Council is considering giving city residents a 50% break on parking violations if paid within five days. [Detroit News] The company behind the megahit online multiplayer video game Fortnite is opening an office in Detroit. No, not to develop new Fortnite dance moves. [Crain’s] The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is resuming nighttime closures starting June 23. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
May 30, 2019
Eastern Market is going through a lot of change. Shops are closing or moving. New land owners are moving in. Companies who have been in the market a long time need to expand. And at the center of it all is the Eastern Market Corporation (now the Eastern Market Partnership. Their CEO, Dan Carmody, saw these changes coming and has a plan. We talk about the changing neighborhood, the future vision, and how he defines the soul and authenticity of Eastern Market they’re looking to protect. It’s an interview that anyone who cares about the market that’s beloved by Detroiters near and far should give a listen. Also today from the Mackinac Policy Conference: Gretchen Whitmer signed into law auto insurance changes. But is it reform, or incremental progress? Detroit will still have the highest car insurance rates in the nation, and Michigan, the second-highest. And, there’s a $200 million bond proposal coming to pay for eliminating all blight in the city of Detroit by 2024. Thanks for listening!
May 29, 2019
Just in time for the Mackinac Policy Conference, the Center for Michigan and its Bridge Magazine have a new report out all about Michigan’s abysmal roads. It’s titled Fixing Michigan’s Road Mess: The Unclear Path Ahead. The report is the result of convening more than 3,200 residents across the state to talk about the state of our roads. It found broad agreement, unsurprisingly, that our roads are in terrible shape. But it found no consensus whatsoever on the issue of how to pay for repairing them — or how much we should spend repairing them. On this episode, we spoke with Bridge Magazine’s public engagement reporter, Allie Schmidt, about the report and some of its findings. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made “fixing the damn roads” a centerpiece of her successful election campaign last year, and with auto insurance reform edging closer to completion, the issue figures to loom over the Mackinac Policy Conference this week on Mackinac Island. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.
May 25, 2019
Spring is here! It’s the time of year where more people start to get out and about. Because of that, bar and restaurant concepts are starting to get into swing and get some attention. For today’s episode, our man about town Devon O’Reilly stops by the studio to talk about what’s hot around Detroit. Whether it’s a new bar on Bagley, a Mexican place named Peso, or winery that uses Detroit-grown grapes called Detroit Vineyards (or a variety of other stops), we get into what’s worth going out to now that there’s some sun and warmth. Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to tell a friend about the Daily Detroit podcast. It’s the best way to grow the show.
May 23, 2019
The Detroit Grand Prix is an annual event that brings nearly a hundred thousand people to the island, national television coverage and some charity dollars through their Grand Prixmere fundraiser. But there's a group of concerned citizens and park goers who say that the price paid in damage to the park and restricted access is too high. Today on the show, we talk about this with three members of Belle Isle Concern - Angela Lugo-Thomas, Sandra Novacek and Michael Betzold. What do you think? Get in touch at dailydetroit -at- Also in the news: -Chris Ilitch admitted in interviews that their timelines for the controversial District Detroit were "aggressive." Crains. Detroit News Investigation. Freep. -Juwan Howard is the new University of Michigan Basketball coach -And Detroit Tigers legend Willie Horton got a street named after him in his childhood neighborhood Like what we're doing? We're people powered. Join our Patreon membership.
May 22, 2019
Welcome to the Hump Day edition of your Daily Detroit, in which we run down the news that businessman Roger Penske is pouring $5 million into the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. It’s part of the city’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund. Jer also has a conversation today with Rob Sadow, the co-founder and head of Scoop Technologies. It’s a carpooling app that connects drivers, riders and designs routes. They’ve teamed up with the Bedrock family of companies to help employees ease their commuting and parking woes. Could carpooling be a thing in Detroit? Pretty interesting question in a region without comprehensive mass transit and long commutes, often to a central downtown. We also discuss two other bits of news: A Detroit charter school connected to an investment fund run by tennis star Andre Agassi is closing, another example of Michigan’s dysfunctional charter school system [Chalkbeat Detroit] And Detroit could get a whopping 60 new liquor licenses [Crain’s] Thanks as always for listening to Daily Detroit. You can help us push Detroit’s conversation forward by donating to our Patreon campaign. We’ll send you cool stickers for your laptop, bumper, fridge, whatever.
May 22, 2019
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and, more recently, the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe Farms are famed venues for jazz in Detroit. But another venue played a huge role in that scene for decades: the Blue Bird Inn. Located at 5021 Tireman on the city’s west side, the Blue Bird Inn was a major nexus of Detroit’s swinging post-war, pre-Motown jazz scene, a black-owned business that hosted the likes of Charlie Parker, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane and Miles Davis and playing a role in developing local talent like Yusef Lateef as well. It’s been closed and abandoned for years. But after being purchased recently by the Detroit Sound Conservancy, it’s poised to make a comeback. On today’s episode, we speak with DSC founder and director Carleton Gholz all about the past, present and future of the Blue Bird Inn. The nonprofit plans to seek more grant funding to renovate the buiding, with the goal of eventually reopening it as a jazz club and housing its own headquarters there as well. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, there are several ways to help us continue to push Detroit’s conversation forward: Tell a friend about us Subscribe or leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Support us via Patreon for as little as $1 a month — or as much as $1 million
May 21, 2019
Welcome to a Car-a-Palooza edition of your Daily Detroit. Today, we dive into the news that Dan “Dantroit” Gilbert is lining up a petition drive effort to force the issue of reforming Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system. If successful, it could allow Republican lawmakers, who already have passed essentially the same proposal, to approve it with simple majority votes. Will this ratchet up pressure on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers to cut a deal? Staying with cars, Ford employees came to work Monday to an email in their inboxes from CEO Jim Hackett outlining plans to whack 7,000 white-collar job cuts by September. And we discuss Michigan Auto Law’s list of the most dangerous intersections for 2018. We run down some non-cars stories as well: The University of Michigan might open a manufacturing R&D center in Detroit … on the #FailJail site? [Crain’s] Livonia could get Aloft and Element hotels as part of a proposed six-story development. [Hometown Life] Madonna University broke ground on two new buildings over the weekend. Royal Oak is offering free weekend parking in June in its under-utilized parking decks, which are going up as part of the larger Rethink Royal Oak project — hear our previous episode about that here. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, or support us via Patreon to help ensure we keep pushing Detroit’s conversation forward.
May 16, 2019
Detroit’s had a long journey since it was founded as a frontier outpost by the French. There’s been a lot of books about more recent Detroit history. Think 1900 forward. But not so many that look at the first years of Detroit, ones that were formative to the city we know today. R.J. King — an award-winning journalist, author and editor of dBusiness — joined me in the studio today to talk about his new book, “Detroit: Engine of America.” From the description: As the populace sputtered and grew, they developed the machinery and skilled trades that produced in volume wagons, stagecoaches, steamships, hearths, locomotives, boxcars, furniture, stoves, equipment, marine engines, pharmaceutical drugs, and finally, the horseless carriage. Detroit’s grit and brawn ignited what is the first city in the Midwest, ingenuity and self-sufficiency thrust it on the world stage. R.J. King So if you’re into Detroit history and the “how” of Detroit happened and found success, have a listen. If you’re interested in the book, you can pick it up here.
May 15, 2019
On today’s episode, we speak with Casper van Alfen and Joanna van der Leun of the Motown Movement. That’s the organization founded by architecture students from the Netherlands that bought an abandoned home in Detroit for $1,000 and have been fixing it up with the help of local nonprofits and with the goal of making it into a model of accessible and affordable environmental sustainability. Van Alfen and Van der Leun are students at Delft University of Technology in Delft, which is about halfway between the Dutch cities of The Hague and Rotterdam. They talk about how sustainability fits with an impoverished city where many residents worry about more fundamental economic issues of survival, what they’ve learned about Detroit since they’ve been here, and some setbacks they’ve suffered along the way. And yes, the project has even survived an arson fire. Appropriate for something in Detroit where our motto is, “We hope for better things; it shall arise from the ashes.” It’s an interesting conversation about an interesting project. If you’d like to learn more about the Motown Movement or support it, visit
May 15, 2019
Gerrymandering — the practice of drawing state legislative and congressional districts to favor one political party over another — is back in the news. Republican state lawmakers are proposing measures to weaken efforts to overhaul the process by which these maps are drawn. That’s despite a recent judicial order to design new district maps for 2020 and voters’ approval last fall of Proposal 2, which transfers the process to a redistricting commission. But old habits die hard, as they say. So Jer talks Gerrymandering. Also on today’s show: The hulking McLouth Steel plant on the Detroit River in Trenton is now a federal Superfund priority site, making it eligible for federal dollars for environmental cleanup. Authorities raided the home of Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith over possible misuse of public forfeiture funds. Developers recently broke ground on the construction of the new Oakland County Business Center, which will rise on the site of what is currently the Summit Place Mall in Waterford Township. [Oakland Press] The Iron Belle Continuation project, which aims to connect Detroit to Downriver communities along the larger Iron Belle Trail, won a $1.9 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. Olga’s is returning to the city of Detroit, this time opening in the MGM Grand casino’s food court. And we get all history-nerdy over the Detroit Mounted Police. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. Wanna do us a solid? Tell a friend, subscribe to our podcast or leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, or support us via Patreon.  
May 14, 2019
Welcome back to the week! There's a lot in our latest episode. Let's dive in. - The Ilitch organization will receive another $74 million dollars in taxpayer subsidies for the District Detroit.  - John Beilein is leaving his job as coach of the University of Michigan Men’s basketball team to take over as head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. - Hazel Park is set to get a new mixed-use mid-rise development on the site of a former CVS and Movie M ania store on John R as part of a vision to create a walkable downtown district.  - A new microbrewery might be coming to Livonia. - The Hello Kitty mobile cafe is coming back to Metro Detroit, this time in a new location. - Freep Columnist Rochelle Riley is joining Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's administration to promote and grow arts and culture in the city. - And, we talk about the preview of the beautiful Monarch Club on the roof of the historic Metropolitan Building.
May 11, 2019
Today we’re taking a look at a company that’s making high-end leather goods right here in the city of Detroit, putting Detroiters and veterans to work. We’re talking about Pingree Detroit, based just about a block away from the well-known Shinola. Pingree is a worker-owned company formed as an L3C — a special type of company that puts both the bottom line and the social mission of the company first. And when there’s profits, 77 cents of every dollar is shared with the workers. Pingree founder Jarret Schlaff and our Sven Gustafson toured the facility and talked about the project, the sacrifices made to create a worker-first company, the ups and downs of business and the optimistic view Jarret has for the future. The company was founded after meeting jobless veterans in the city. You can find out more about Pingree and shop their shoes, bags and other stuff at their website. Love what we're doing at Daily Detroit? Support us on Patreon. Having reader support allows us to tell the on-the-ground stories like this other so often media misses. 
May 10, 2019
Como's, a longtime mainstay of downtown Ferndale, has been reimagined by Chef Zack Sklar. The chef is doing something really cool in elevating pizza and having some creative takes on some old favorites. But, really, how good is it out of the gate?  Join us on the podcast for an unbiased first look at the place with one of our contributors, Randy Walker. Please don't treat this conversation as a full review as places need some time to get their legs under them, but it is one of the hottest tickets in Ferndale.  And yes, you should check this place out. Also, Ferndale has some great patios. We talk about those, too.  We have pictures of the tasty dining adventure up on Daily Detroit.  If you enjoy what we do here, be sure to support us on Patreon at  
May 8, 2019
Good Wednesday afternoon, and welcome to a super Detroit-y edition of your Daily Detroit. Today, we walked over to the Avenue of Fashion, where Mayor Mike Duggan came to speak about the streetscape redevelopment of a roughly 1-mile section of Livernois to calm traffic and make the commercial district more attractive to pedestrians and, hopefully, prosperous to business owners. Construction crews were already at work demolishing the 13-year-old median added by now-imprisoned former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Plans call for narrowing traffic to one lane in each direction, adding 24-foot-wide sidewalks to encourage more outdoor cafe seating, and adding sidewalk-grade bike lanes separated from the road by parallel parking spaces. All good. But reporters at the groundbreaking announcement wanted to talk about the controversy swirling around Duggan and his ties to the Make Your Date nonprofit. The Freep reports today that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is looking into the nonprofit’s fundraising activities. So is the Detroit Office of Inspector General. Duggan has been linked to the nonprofit’s director, Sonia Hassan. Also on today’s episode: Ford is working on a major overhaul of its customer experience efforts, rolling out efforts like a new customer rewards program and new retail dealership concepts. [Autoblog] The nonprofit Friends of the Rouge needs volunteers to help with its annual Rouge Rescue cleanup May 18. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Judge Damon J. Keith, the civil rights icon and longtime federal judge who died last month. Check out our interview about Keith’s legacy with Detroit historian Ken Coleman. Little Caesars turns 60 today. Check out a sweet TV ad from 1985, below. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. Want to help ensure we keep episodes like these landing in your favorite podcatcher app? Support us via Patreon. And tell a friend about Daily Detroit.
May 7, 2019
Detroit: A great bike city, or the best bike city? We dive into that superwonky argument in the wake of Detroit’s abysmal showing in PeopleForBike’s annual rankings of the Best Cities For Bikes in 2019. Detroit scored a lowly 1.6 out of 5 stars, the same as 2018, despite all the work that’s been done to install protected bike lanes, bike traffic counters and other bike-friendly infrastructure improvements. Ferndale and Ann Arbor both scored higher, at 3.0 stars each. But the organization’s methodology spurred a rebuttal piece by Todd Scott over at Detroit Greenways Coalition. Who’s right? We talk about it. Also on today’s show: Detroit’s new streetlights are already going dark, adding to a familiar narrative about the city with broken streetlights. Republicans on Tuesday approved a bill that would reform Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system, despite objections from those radical leftists at the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. The bill now heads to the state House. And we offer our suggestions for where to go to celebrate Mother’s Day. You can also read it here. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. Support us by telling a friend, reviewing us on Apple Podcasts or becoming a Patreon member.
May 7, 2019
What is it with Greektown and the rise in shootings lately? We talk about that in the wake of another shooting late Sunday that injured two, though not critically. For years, the retail district was an example of safety and vibrancy in an otherwise dead downtown, but even though it’s still technically a vibrant neighborhood — albeit much less Greek than it used to be — it’s increasingly a scene of violent crime. Here’s what else we’re talking about on today’s show: Longtime Red Wings GM Ken Holland is leaving Detroit for the Edmonton Oilers It looks like the city of Detroit has managed to assemble all the land needed for the new Jeep plant on the east side Beloved eatery Russell Street Deli is on the way out of Eastern Market in September following a dispute with their new landlord, Sanford Nelson We eulogize former Grande Ballroom owner and Detroit ’60s counterculture figurehead Russ Gibb The first new U.S. built Great Lakes freighter in nearly 40 years is being built at a shipyard in Wisconsin And we run through some restaurant news, including Buddy’s, Como’s, Shake Shack and Peso Thanks as always for listening. Find Daily Detroit and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and consider becoming a Patreon member to support us. Every little bit helps!
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