midtown detroit http://michiganradio.org en Check out these award-winning Instagram pictures from Detroit's Brush Park http://michiganradio.org/post/check-out-these-award-winning-instagram-pictures-detroits-brush-park <p>A Detroit Free Press photo editor <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131108/NEWS05/311080153/Diane-Weiss-grant-photography">won a $3,000 grant</a> for her latest project — capturing her community through her iPhone lens.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:48:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15241 at http://michiganradio.org Check out these award-winning Instagram pictures from Detroit's Brush Park Midtown Detroit woman is turning graffiti into jewelry http://michiganradio.org/post/midtown-detroit-woman-turning-graffiti-jewelry <p><em>"Defiant jewelry with a purpose!"</em></p><p>That's the slogan for a unique jewelry business that launched in the Midtown area of Detroit.</p><p>It's called Rebel Nell.</p><p>The goal? To turn actual pieces of graffiti found on the ground into jewelry. The company is hiring disadvantaged women, hoping to give them a hand-up from poverty and dependence.</p><p>Amy Peterson is a co-founder of Rebel Nell. She joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:10:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 15022 at http://michiganradio.org Midtown Detroit woman is turning graffiti into jewelry Despite Detroit's troubles, a number of programs bring recent graduates to the city http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-detroits-troubles-number-programs-bring-recent-graduates-city <p>There seem to be two types of stories emerging from Detroit these days: one bleak and one optimistic.</p><p>Both can be spun wildly out of proportion, but the two – seemingly contradictory – narratives paint the same city in a very different light.</p><p>Detroit’s bankruptcy has garnered attention from around the world – from the <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2013/jul/19/detroit-bankrupt-but-not-the-first-place">U.K.</a> to <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Americas/World-s-auto-capital-Detroit-files-for-bankruptcy/Article1-1094790.aspx">India</a>. The bankruptcy, the underperforming school system, the lack of public services, the high crime, the dysfunctional local governments: they all contribute to the bleak narrative.</p><p>At the same time, there have been a number of reports that have highlighted a more optimistic narrative in the city.</p><p>A recent boom in population and economic activity in Midtown and downtown has completely changed those areas of the city over the last several years.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:31:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13693 at http://michiganradio.org Despite Detroit's troubles, a number of programs bring recent graduates to the city Why the art world is freaking out over a house in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/why-art-world-freaking-out-over-house-detroit <p></p><p>“Huh.”</p><p>That is a completely understandable reaction the first time people see the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s new exhibit. It’s called “Mobile Homestead.”</p><p>The "work of art" is a mobile house, a suburban-looking, one-story, white ranch house. It's the kind of house they've seen a million times before.</p><p>So why is the modern art world, the <em>New York Times</em>, and the <em>Wall Street Journal</em> breathlessly declaring this house one of the most significant, world-renowned pieces of 2013?</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 01:56:09 +0000 Kate Wells 12549 at http://michiganradio.org Why the art world is freaking out over a house in Detroit Whole Foods will open in Detroit this June http://michiganradio.org/post/whole-foods-will-open-detroit-june <p>Whole Foods announced today the store will open on June 5th in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood and will employ 75 people.</p><p>The store will be on the corner of John R and Mack, right off of Woodward Avenue.</p><p>The Associated Press reports details about job openings will be posted online April 2nd.</p><p>In the meantime, Whole Foods is holding <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/sites/default/files/media/Stores/D-M/MDT/WFM_OpenHouse_March.pdf">informational meetings</a> about jobs on March 5th, 6th, and 7th.</p><p>Parts of Detroit have been described as "<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/food-desert">food deserts</a>," where access to healthy food can be a major problem. Whole Foods hopes to fill that void in Midtown.</p><p>The Austin, TX based chain received <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20110727/FREE/110729897/-4-2-million-in-incentives-key-to-whole-foods-deal">millions in tax breaks</a> to build the store.</p><p>Some have questioned whether this is fair to other grocery stores operating in Detroit.</p><p>When it was announced that a Whole Foods would open in Detroit in 2011, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/whole-foods-open-detroit-2013">Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra spoke</a> with the competition:</p><blockquote><p>Kim Smith lives in Detroit. Last year she opened <a href="http://www.infoharbor.net/addonsites/kimsproduce/index.html">Kim’s Produce</a>, just a couple blocks over from where her competition will soon set up shop. As a resident of Detroit, she’s excited about Whole Foods coming to town:</p><p>"I mean that’s the question on everybody’s mind: When they move to Detroit, where am I gonna shop? So I think it is a really good thing for Detroit."</p><p>As for what Whole Foods will mean for her business?</p><p>"I don’t know. I really don’t know if we can really compete."</p></blockquote><p></p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:54:06 +0000 Mark Brush 11487 at http://michiganradio.org Whole Foods will open in Detroit this June Group seeks to create Detroit Jewish neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/group-seeks-create-detroit-jewish-neighborhood <p>DETROIT (AP) - A group of young Jewish professionals attracted to the vitality of Detroit&#39;s evolving downtown wants to bring others into the city decades after their parents and grandparents left.</p><p>CommunityNEXT Director Jordan Wolfe says the 25 people targeted through a rent program would help return Jewish culture to Detroit and contribute to the city&#39;s revitalization.</p><p>Subsidies of $250 per month for a year will be offered. Wolfe says he is seeking to bring in people &quot;who get a kick out of building a community.&quot;</p><p>The rent program piggybacks offers major corporations and businesses are making to entice their employees to relocate downtown or to Detroit&#39;s growing Midtown area.</p><p>A dodgeball tournament fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday in Detroit and will be followed Sunday by a kickball tournament in Los Angeles. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:10:05 +0000 The Associated Press 3827 at http://michiganradio.org Group seeks to create Detroit Jewish neighborhood Buy Detroit effort hopes to spur city's economy http://michiganradio.org/post/buy-detroit-effort-hopes-spur-citys-economy <p>Three major Detroit institutions are looking to leverage their spending to give a boost to the city&rsquo;s economy.</p><p><a href="http://www.henryfordhealth.org/">Henry Ford Health System</a>, the <a href="http://www.dmc.org/">Detroit Medical Center </a>and <a href="http://wayne.edu">Wayne State University </a>are all part of an <a href="http://livemidtown.org/">initiative </a>to revitalize the city&rsquo;s Midtown area. And the &ldquo;buy Detroit&rdquo; campaign is part of that.</p><p>So far, the three institutions have shifted about $400,000 to Detroit businesses, says Lisa Prasad is with U3 Ventures, a firm that&#39;s helping with the project.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The number may be very small at the moment compared to their overall procurement, but we think the growth will be exponential once we really get it institutionalized.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Prasad says food is one thing all three institutions have been able to buy more locally.</p><p>Combined, the university and health systems spend $1.6 billion a year. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:44:05 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1636 at http://michiganradio.org Buy Detroit effort hopes to spur city's economy