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Feed your entrepreneurial spirit at a talk featuring social entrepreneur Lauren Bush Lauren at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
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During changing times, how can you become more civically-engaged, offline and IRL?
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Last week, after leaving 36th District Court, the activists were triumphant: real estate magnate Dan Gilbert hadn’t been the one on trial, but it still felt like he’d been found guilty.
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How 'The Dean' used Twitter to become the moral conscience of the Democratic Party. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress, ever, will be laid to rest today in Dearborn. The former “Dean” of Congress has been hailed by media, colleagues and constituents since his passing on Thursday -- both for his legendary political record and prowess on social media. The congressman had earned 250,000 Twitter followers at the time of his death last week -- no shabby feat for a 92-year-old born before the Great Depression even began. But what’s most remarkable about John Dingell was not that he
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The city of Sterling Heights, Mich., erected a large gold ring and new signage to promote M-59 as the "Golden Corridor."
Last month, Sterling Heights erected the “Golden Corridor icon,” a giant circle sculpture on M-59 by Lakeside Mall. With a cost of about about $180,000, it’s part of a larger landscape and roadway improvement project and will be joined by more standard city signs.
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genusee eyewear startup flint michigan
By Erin Gold Ali Rose VanOverbeke and Jack Burns, co-founders of Flint eyewear startup Genusee, can measure their progress in plastic. So far, they’ve turned more than 16,000 water bottles into eyewear and accessories. After raising nearly $100,000 through crowdfunding campaigns earlier this year, Genusee officially launched their site and online ordering last month. They’ve shipped more than 1,100 frames, and are already seeing customers return for second pairs. They have come a long way since VanOverbeke first came back to her home state to volunteer with the Red Cross in the wake of the Flint water crisis in 2016.
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detroit designer campo collective holiday window
It’s hard to imagine something in Detroit that provokes as much nostalgia as the former Hudson’s downtown -- double it for the holiday season, when the department store went overboard with the decorations, Santa shop, window displays, it goes on. People came from far and wide to check out the seven-story tree of lights and do their shopping. Davey LaFave grew up in the Upper Peninsula and remembers driving down with his family each year for their traditional holiday trip to Hudson's, capped off with their own spin on a classic Detroit Christmas -- hamburgers at Telway. Hudson’s closed, then
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michigan marijuana
Michigan voters passed Proposal 1 by a wide margin Tuesday, making us the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The law won’t go into effect for about another month, and the state has another two years before it must roll out business licensing and regulations. POT FOR PROFIT  The delay hasn’t dampened excitement about a blooming weed industry. Pot stocks jumped Wednesday, and you can’t go a day without seeing another panel or industry event about marijuana biz. That brings up a pressing question: who’s going to profit off of all those plants? There’s a particularly cruel irony to the idea that a possession
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detroit tax foreclosure
Even if a buyer can’t unload the property again or decides paying taxes isn’t worth the trouble, losing the house to the auction is worth the risk because the purchase price is so cheap.
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  In this occasional series, Detour founder Ashley Woods digs in for some #realtalk with Detroiters you may already know and follow. And if you don’t… duh, get with the program already. First up: Marrow co-owner Ping Ho. Name: Ping Ho You know her as: The powerhouse owner behind wine shop and bar The Royce in downtown Detroit and newly opened restaurant Marrow in West Village. Where she calls home: Southwest Detroit Detroit has a small circle of restaurant owners and investors, and an even smaller community of wine buyers and wine nerds. There’s some overlap between these two circles,
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rouge park detroit
By Detour Neighborhood Ambassador Frank Nemecek   Warrendale is a familiar name to most folks in the Detroit. The neighborhood shows up in the news quite a bit, and it’s even been feature in The Onion. In spite of that, most Detroiters could not point to Warrendale on a map. (For the record, my neighborhood is on the city’s border, both north and west of Dearborn.) And don’t get me started on Rouge Park, which is adjacent to the Warrendale neighborhood and just as unfamiliar to the typical Detroiter. While the old Onion article jokes about a fictional park the size of
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detroit cocktail week
Detroit’s first Cocktail Classic launched in 2014, with a respectable 12 bars and restaurants serving drinks alongside a relatively modest brunch. In the fifth year, more than 40 establishments will be mixing it up at Friday’s Cocktail Classic -- and that doesn’t include the dizzying (perhaps literally) schedule of events in the days leading up to the main event. The celebration of local drinks -- and their creators behind the bars -- has grown into an entire Detroit Cocktail Week. The schedule is jam-packed, and includes way too many interesting events for most reasonable people to drink their way through. So we asked Nick
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