Check out winners of Quicken’s Hudson’s redevelopment contest

17 June 2013

Drum roll, please: First place goes to "MINICITY Detroit," by Davide Marchetti and Erin Pellegrino of Rome, Italy. It incorporates an urban path to an elevated platform and includes sculptural high-rise elements and low-rise compon...

Metro-West moves headquarters to downtown Detroit

17 June 2013

Metro-West Appraisal Co plans to execute the move of its headquarters from Northville to downtown Detroit next month, an investment that will bring another 40 jobs to the Motor City. "We want to be a leader and get our office here now," says...

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Alternative Energy

Dept of Alternatives headlines latest downtown renovation

Posted on 05 February 2013

When the Department of Alternatives holds its first open house on Thursday it won't just be showing off downtown Detroit's newest co-working space, but the latest renovation at a big building in the Motor City's Central Business District.

Architecture

Check out winners of Quicken’s Hudson’s redevelopment contest

Posted on 17 June 2013

Drum roll, please:

First place goes to "MINICITY Detroit," by Davide Marchetti and Erin Pellegrino of Rome, Italy. It incorporates an urban path to an elevated platform and includes sculptural high-rise elements and low-rise compon…

Arts

Movement organizers reinvest into Detroit arts with CAMP Detroit

Posted on 20 May 2013

Movement, Detroit's electronic music festival happening this weekend at Hart Plaza, is about more than just the music. Movement is about creating and promoting the full Detroit city experience for tens of thousands of out-of-town guests, and that i…

Building Communities

Metro-West moves headquarters to downtown Detroit

Posted on 17 June 2013

Metro-West Appraisal Co plans to execute the move of its headquarters from Northville to downtown Detroit next month, an investment that will bring another 40 jobs to the Motor City.

"We want to be a leader and get our office here now," says…

Development

Detroit’s first Downtown Farmers Market is open every Thursday

Posted on 24 June 2013

The Compuware urban garden Lafayette Greens is now home to the first-ever farmers market in downtown Detroit. Located on the site of the former Lafayette Building, which was demolished in 2010, the garden is a result of Peter Karmanos, Jr. – Comp…

Dining

Bagger Dave’s in Greektown moving forward after construction delay

Posted on 25 March 2013

You may have seen the new vinyl banner that reads "Coming Soon!" with the Bagger Dave's logo that was hung over the weekend at 1224 Randolph Street next to the recently-opened Buffalo Wild Wings in Greektown. While the restaurant is still…

East Riverfront

Study: Greater downtown growing in wealth, diversity

Posted on 19 February 2013

A report published today and to be shared with investors, developers and city planners, found that greater downtown residents are wealthier than Detroiters at large, but less affluent than the average for the full populations of cities such as Min…

East Side

Top development news of 2012 spread across Motor City

Posted on 18 December 2012

There was no no shortage of big announcements in Detroit's built environment in 2012, so Model D has expanded its Top 5 Development News Stories to its Top 5 Development News Subjects. This year's list includes:

The Gilbert Effect
Quicken Loan…

Education and training

Students grow 313 Energy out of M@dison Building

Posted on 29 January 2013

Sawyer Altman and Matthew Tukel, high school students at the Jewish Academy in Bloomfield Hills, started their first business a few years ago. The idea? Bottle tap water from Detroit and brand it after the Motor City.

"We pitched it around and fo…

Features

May 30: A Special Mackinac Island Episode of Opportunity Detroit

Posted on 07 June 2013

Tune in this week to hear Paul W. Smith and Stephen Luigi Piazzi for a CAN’T MISS episode of Opportunity Detroit from the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference tonight on WJR-760 AM at 7 p.m. Mayor Dave Bing-  Special Guest Detroit Mayor Dave Bing stops by to talk with Paul W. Smith and Stephen Luigi Piazzi […]

Film

May 10: Film Editing, D:hive, and Visit Detroit

Posted on 17 May 2013

There’s a lot going on in Detroit, especially with the people who are working tirelessly to reshape the Motor City. Hear about their tales of helping to revitalize Detroit tonight on Opportunity Detroit tonight at 7 p.m. on WJR-AM 760! Visit Detroit/Cobo Hall –  You’ll hear about all of the great developments going on in […]

FilterD

Detroit City back on home pitch this Friday

Posted on 13 May 2013

Yes, the Detroit City Football Club's home opener is finally here. Le Rouge hosts their Lake Erie rivals AFC Cleveland on Friday, May 17. Match time is 7:30 p.m. at Cass Tech's football field. Tickets are $5.

As always, there are pregame festi…

Fundraising

Detroit River dip raises money for Special Olympics

Posted on 12 February 2013

A sure cure for the winter doldrums, the Detroit Polar Plunge at Milliken State Park will involve 500 or so brave "plungers" who consentingly jump into the Detroit River — a frigid 30 degrees Fahrenheit or so — all in the name of a good cau…

Grandmont Rosedale

M@dison Building, D:hive, coffee shops dominate start-up news in 2012

Posted on 18 December 2012

Small business news in 2012 wasn't dominated by individual start-ups as much as it was the places that let them grow. Here are the Top 5 enablers of Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

M@dison Building
Nothing has been grabbing headlines in M…

Hamtramck

A city lover’s guide to America’s most underrated city

Posted on 06 November 2012

Jay Walljasper tours Detroit through the eyes of the revitalization fellows he's profiled and comes back with an up close and personal look at the city.

Higher Ed

Start-up Studycache’s software focuses on digitizing research data

Posted on 24 July 2012

Clinical research is often seen as part of the cutting edge of science but one downtown Detroit-based start-up is trying to bring research into the 21st Century.

Studycache is developing software that digitizes the research process, getting rid of pap…

Jefferson East

Hey, let’s get married in Detroit

Posted on 21 February 2012

On Valentine's Day in HuffPost Detroit, we found this timely story with slideshow on some excellent locations in Detroit to get hitched. Also timely is an exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum called "Saying I Do: Metro Detroit Weddings….

Lafayette Park

Challenge Detroit begins recruitment of second fellowship class

Posted on 19 March 2013

The folks behind Challenge Detroit are looking to build on the talent attraction/retention initiative's initial success by repeating it this year.

Challenge Detroit brings in a couple dozen recent college graduates to Detroit each year, giving the…

Law

Hertz Schram law firm opens downtown office in Chrysler House

Posted on 03 June 2013

Hertz Schram PC, the Bloomfield Hills-based law firm, is opening a downtown Detroit office this week with an eye on taking advantage of the intellectual property legal market and other entrepreneurial activity that comes with the growing cluster of tec…

LGBT

Hotter than July kicks off at multiple locations

Posted on 24 July 2012

Who's going? Events include an interfaith candlelight vigil, a three hour cruise on the Detroit River, the Gathering, a day of education and advocacy with an array of interactive and informative workshops covering issues of importance to women, men…

Life Sciences

Urban Science, Wayne State team up to create Life Beyond Barriers start-up

Posted on 15 May 2012

Downtown Detroit tech firm Urban Science, the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Wayne State University of Michigan are partnering to create a new health-care innovation start-up, Life Beyond Barriers.

The new start-up, which calls the Renaissan…

Live

March 15: Broderick Tower, Campbell Ewald, Free Art Friday, and Park Players

Posted on 28 March 2013

Happy early St Paddy’s Day! Before you head out to the celebrations this weekend, tune in tonight to hear from some of Detroit’s brightest and best. Tonight into Opportunity Detroit on WJR-AM 760: Broderick Tower -  Broderick Tower Building Manager, Erick Novack, and current tower resident and Quicken Loans team member, Matt Pruitt, stop by the […]

Museums

November 30: Rock Connections, Detroit Historical Society, Mosaic Youth Theatre, and Greenlancer

Posted on 30 November 2012

It’s freezing outside, so let the sweet sounds of Destination 313 warm your ears. Destination 313 will get you up close and personal with four guests who are helping Detroit move forward every day. Tonight on D313 at 7 p.m. on WJR-AM 760: Rock Connections-            CEO and Founder of Rock Connections, Victor You, comes on […]

Nightlife

SkyBar and Lounge now open on 33rd floor, previous ground floor space being renovated and expanded

Posted on 25 March 2013

Up until a couple of weeks ago, "Sky Bar" was a bit of a misnomer, what with the bar and lounge being located on the ground floor of the David Stott Building in downtown Detroit.
 
"We are in the process of a rebranding," says …

Performing Arts

Five years in the making, the Elizabeth Theatre takes a bow

Posted on 19 March 2013

When Jerry Belanger opened the Park Bar in December 2006, he didn’t even want to open a bar. As a theatre major and a passionate supporter of the performing arts, Belanger really wanted to open a theatre and performing arts space.
 
"It…

Play

February 15: Pop Up Yoga, Motor City Golf Show, DMCVB, and Batch Brewing

Posted on 18 February 2013

Still feeling the long cold winter in the D? Listen tonight to hear about some activities that should give you a break from the cold. Tonight on Opportunity Detroit at 7 p.m. on WJR-AM 760: Pop Up Yoga -Want to hear how to get “your stretch on” all around Detroit? Pop Up Yoga co-founders Corinne […]

Sense of Place

March 22: Youth Boxing, Detroit Mower Gang, and X Games Detroit

Posted on 28 March 2013

Don’t wait for opportunity to come to you; go out and find it! Hear what Motor City citizens are doing to find opportunity tonight on WJR. Tune into Opportunity Detroit  on WJR-AM 760: Youth Boxing Gym - Another great “Opportunity in Detroit” was recently featured on NBC Nightly News with the inspiring story of the Downtown […]

Shop Local

D:hive accepting applications for rotating retail pop-up program Pilot starting June 6

Posted on 03 June 2013

After inviting Pot & Box to temporarily set up shop inside D:hive as a pilot to its new Pilot program, D:hive will start accepting applications on June 6 for the next pop-up retail tenant.
 
"Lisa (Waud, of Pot & Box) was part of a fo…

Social Networking

McConnell Communications expands staff as it grows services

Posted on 05 February 2013

Darci McConnell spent 14 years as a newspaper reporter before leaving the profession about a decade ago.

At that moment in life she heeded the advice of family and friends, including well-known local businessman Don Barden, and decided to create her o…

Speaker Series

Model D Speaker Series tonight: Gay Detroit

Posted on 14 June 2011

After the massively successful Motor City Pride and march we keep the heat turned up with our next next speaker series event on Gay Detroit. It’s tonight at downtown’s Park Bar. And there is an afterglow, doggy style. Sign up now.

Tours

Detroit’s new bicycle economy

Posted on 09 October 2012

Ideas for a non-motorized future are rolling forward, cycling businesses are forming and improving the quality of life. This looks like another "wow" Detroit enterprise trend gaining traction. Dennis Archambault reports from the fast lane.

Transformational change

Detroit Labs doubles staff, preps to move into its own space

Posted on 12 February 2013

When the M@dison Building opened in downtown Detroit in late 2011, Detroit Labs was one of the first start-ups to move in. Today the mobile app company has grown to the point where it's almost standing-room only in its office, prompting it to start…

Transit

National Bike to Work day gathering at BCBS

Posted on 13 May 2013

On Friday May 17, celebrate national Bike to Work Day in downtown Detroit by riding to a gathering of likeminded cyclists. Food and limited giveaways will be available.

 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will host a morning reception 7 – 9 a.m. …

Transit-Oriented Development

Gilbert thinking retail ahead of M-1 dig

Posted on 22 January 2013

Our favorite extravagant but hardly reckless spender Dan Gilbert is ahead of the pack again, hinting that once the M-1 is fully developed (by 2016) more Woodward corridor retail will be waiting for it.

Excerpt from the Detroit News:

And Gilbert, one …

Urban Leadership

U of D Mercy Law School turns old fire station into law clinic

Posted on 18 December 2012

The University of Detroit Mercy has finished work on the new home for its law school clinics, turning a century-old fire dept building into a top-of-the-line office space.

The university's School of Law purchased the two-story building at the corn…

Venture Capital

GreenLancer scores $277,000 in seed capital, hires 6

Posted on 01 April 2013

GreenLancer recently landed six-figure's worth of seed capital and has added six people to its staff.

The downtown Detroit-based startup calls the M@dison Building home, helping business work green technology into their business models. The nearly…

Video

Detroit “digital revolution” gets video attention from NBC cable

Posted on 26 June 2012

It's somehow gratifying to see and hear, on a national cable TV broadcast, that there are so many young, tech-savvy workers employed downtown that there is not enough places for them to live. Well, let's fix that. More residential construction …

Wind Energy

DTE Energy pledges $500M to Pure Michigan Business Connect

Posted on 21 June 2011

Woodward Avenue Transit-Oriented Development

Opportunity Detroit behind downtown retail plan

Posted on 01 April 2013

For a roundup of all the exciting downtown redevelopment and retail growth news that was announced last week, see Nicole Rupersburg's Dev News piece here.

For a closer look at Dan Gilbert's Opportunity Detroit initiative, including Papa Joe…

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