Stories

Detroit’s sneaker scene is all grown up and cashing in
On October 18, 1984, a Chicago Bulls rookie stepped onto the court at Madison Square Garden for a pre-season game against the New York Knicks. Michael Jordan, then just 21, turned quite a few heads — for his shoes as much as his skills. The black sneakers with red accents and tell-tale swoosh violated NBA
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Storytellers in search of what’s truthful and real, across Detroit’s 139 square miles
In Hart Plaza this weekend, shimmering light seemed to drench all comers to Motor City Pride. It reflected purple hues off a man’s star-shaped sunglasses and sequined jacket; bathing two women in sun glow as they danced in unison; spotlighting a couple embracing with clasped hands and beaming smiles. But I wasn’t there to see
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Eat fugly food, save the world: Flashfood launches in Detroit
You know when you’re checking out some buzzy new app, only to get the “Sorry, not yet available in your area” message? Not this time. Canadian food delivery startup Flashfood kicked off its U.S. expansion by launching in Detroit, and Detroit only. Sorry, SF and NYC. It might seem like we’re at capacity for food delivery sites: Blue Apron
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Do we want to be the Motor City, or the Mobility City?
Can Detroit become a mobility city without some sort of regional transit agency to guide it?
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Hit on like these looks
Mom designs and sews the clothes. Aili chooses her outfit and practices poses. The whole family goes location scouting, and when they find the perfect spot, Dad starts taking photos. Later, Mom puts them on Instagram. Meet the Bolers: basically yr fashion-y, Metro Detroit Partridge Family… with a few 2018 twists. Aili Boler, 5, is
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regional transit plan
What the Bus?!
Last edition, Detour dove into the details of the proposed Detroit regional transit plan and the Regional Transit Authority’s urgent maneuvering to bolster public support. This week we’re looking at the tight timeline to push the plan forward and why a couple of local meetings next month have such high stakes.  Anytime I feel myself checking out
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Meet the District Detroit’s defender
With the constant drone of construction, bumper-to-bumper traffic and flurry of development announcements, it’s obvious something is going on in “The District Detroit,” the name for the area the Ilitches are developing around Little Caesars Arena. But it’s not always clear what that something is, apart from the lineup of games and big-name concerts. Enter Francis Grunow, Nain
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Remembering Asian Village
A new $50 million development called Asian Village will bring a Japanese and Korean food hall run by One World Market to Novi, along with housing, restaurants, office space and even a Japanese garden situated serenely upon a four-acre lake. The new Asian Village is big news for Metro Detroit’s Asian community and everybody who fantasizes about buying real
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You can’t cut corners in Corktown
There’s a new development coming to Corktown you probably haven’t heard about — no, not THAT one. As everyone holds their breaths waiting to hear Ford’s plans, a townhouse development may seem like small potatoes. But it’s giving us some insight into the future tensions Ford could face in a neighborhood where the smallest changes
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Can Detroit aquarium harder?
An aquarium along the river -- an idea floated by the Detroit Zoo last week -- seems like an obvious addition to the cultural landscape, one that could boost downtown’s pull for tourists and families. Even Dan Gilbert seems excited. Problem is, the ratio of hype to details is about 10 to one. And while top facilities around the U.S. bring in annual revenues upwards of $50 million, dozens of lesser ones have closed in recent decades.
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