Monday, November 28, 2011

News from Detroit 11.28.11


Saying Thank You to Those Who Support Detroit


Transformative Infrastructure to Boost Exports and Manufacturing

Making of a Mural: Welcome to Woodbridge

Can Motor City restart its engines?

SOURCES: Ficano deputy spends county time raising campaign money, organizing political events,-organizing-cpoltical-events


Talking about the city: Say hello to new Model D publisher, Claire Nelson

"Detroit," Meet Detroit

Detroit Is the Only Place That Matters

Developer revives long-held dream

Focus: HOPE halts workforce training programs

I'm a Detroiter Too: A Response

Riverfront's rebirth proves what's possible in Detroit

Rochelle Riley: A new idea for an old eyesore|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Restorations Aplenty in Detroit

Mayor Bing must tap business pals

Editorial: Time for Detroit to act

Why Detroit? Why Now?

Living at Home in the 6th Happiest City in the Nation

Struggling Detroit Seeks Economic Boost

900 oak saplings taking root in businessman's Detroit farm|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Hantz Farms finally growing in Detroit

Urban Farming Grows in Detroit

Developer revives long-held dream

Detroit's future looks bright

Why Choose Detroit?

Transcript, video of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's speech

Even in the most violent areas, Detroiters cultivate a sense of community

A Simple Plan for Detroit's Resurgence

Bing: Back my proposals or get ready for emergency manager, bankruptcy

Culture / Art / People

Picturing Motor City: Julia Reyes Taubman Trains Her Lens on Detroit


Jeffrey Eugenides – Against Ruin Porn

New Chyrsler Ad For Thanksiving Game Quotes Edgar Albert Guest

Upcoming Chrysler ad is based on 'Imported from Detroit' campaign|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Book reveals Detroit's decay, majesty

Touring the Parade Company

Touring the D

Disciplined for success: From ballet dancer to CEO|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

A food adventure in Detroit

Regional News

From the comments: Detroit will not spontaneously combust, or why the city's problems are the region's problems

Ann Arbor beats Cambridge and Berkeley for smartest city in the U.S.

Wayne County Airport Authority elects DMC exec Mary Zuckerman to chair board

Head of Medical Main Street to oversee Oakland County's economic development efforts

Amid Wayne Co. scandal, Macomb Co. officials pass ethics ordinance

Transportation / Transit / Aerotropolis

Detroit light-rail project's path to funding to get easier|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Obama signs bill that green lights Woodward light rail private funding deal

U.S. OKs $150M for Chicago-Detroit high-speed rail$150M-for-Chicago-Detroit-high-speed-rail

Editorial: Regional authority is key to any transit progress|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Study points to deficiencies around Memphis airport area

Cash boost for Dubai World Central aviation plan

A Will for Transit in Metro Detroit

Ficano, Patterson support second bridge

I94 in Detroit is one of the most congested roads in America

City of Grand Blanc to support aerotropolis designation, township to consider decision at later time

Why We Can Afford High-Speed Rail

Regional transit bills linked to creation of a third bus system

Gov. Rick Snyder to push ahead on new Detroit River bridge, House speaker says

Pictures: Amazing Transportation Inventions

New Bridge Proposed Between Detroit And Canada A Prisoner To History

Michigan Policy

A state of innovation is focus at Accelerate Michigan event

Powers pledge $15M to keep conversation going

Welcome to Austerityville
Can a technocrat save the Michigan city that democracy failed?

Ron Dzwonkowski: Forget taxes and regulations, Michigan must build it so they'll come

MEGA Projects

Michigan Receives $7.1 Million in 2011 HUD Sustainable Communities Awards, Nation's Largest Total

Author Thomas Friedman will keynote Mackinac conference

National Policy / Politics

How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich

Smile. They Can't Commoditize Creativity

Business / Auto

Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams

Detroit’s Tech Town: An Incubator of Creativity

Resurrection Corridor

Lights, cameras, interaction
Supplier innovations drive the cars of the very near future

From Model Ts to Green Start-ups

A123 layoffs expected to be temporary|newswell|text|Livonia|p

Novi Recognized for Fostering Entrepreneurial Growth, Economic Development

Forbes lists Detroit 40th on its list of best places to get a tech job, but calls it an 'up-and-comer'

Enterprise Detroit Announces Name Change to Detroit Development Fund and Plans Move to Harmonie Park

Competition highlights growing ranks of successful tech startups

Urban Issues

Urban Areas Defy Crime Trends

Is the solution to sprawl reimagining office parks?

How should we design the cities of our dreams?

The True Choice: Jobs vs. Pollution

Wanted: Revolutionaries Ready to Lead the Country's Second Great Rust Belt Recovery

Planning for a smaller future

Life in the Rust Belt’s Growing Concentrated Poverty Zones

Mapping the innovative city

The Death of the Fringe Suburb

To Rethink Sprawl, Start With Offices

Fostering Sustainability in Houston

Resetting Urban Land Use: What’s Next?

Wayne County Saga

State Rep. Olumnba calls for Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano to resign in wake of severance scandal|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Wayne County commissioners' proposals aim to increase government transparency|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

$308K seized in Wayne County corruption probe$308K-seized-in-Wayne-County-corruption-probe

Wayne County has amassed thousands of records in response to FBI subpoenas

Who's Involved with Bob Ficano's PAC?

Did local developer with close county ties have inside track to federal money?

Development deals raise conflict issue for Ficano aide

Feds' subpoenas target Wayne County business dealings

$220M jail deal comes under fire amid Wayne Co. probe$220M-jail-deal-comes-under-fire-amid-Wayne-Co.-probe

History gets bit of editing at new jail site

Ex-chairwoman of Detroit Metro Airport board didn't disclose conflicts of interest|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Editorial: Keep track of Wayne County funds

Sunday, November 13, 2011

News from Detroit 11.13.11


Model State for Michigan’s Future?

Why Tokyo's Privately Owned Rail Systems Work So Well

Unleash the Entrepreneurs
Bad policies are holding back the ultimate job creators.

It’s Carbon and Monoxide, the Old Detroit Perfume

4 area communities among best for fostering growth

Culture / Art

Detroit evolving into a haven for artists,0,3242102.story

Can the arts save struggling cities?

Diego Rivera's pre-Detroit work goes back on display in New York

Fishing for a living in Detroit

Planning your trip to Detroit,0,1470384.story

Wayne County Saga

Turkia Awada Mullin key in no-bid land bank contracts that went to associates, contributors

Source: Fired Ficano aide gave contracts to friend's firms

Foundation raises new questions in Wayne Co.

Airport board chairwoman resigns, citing personal reasons

Poll: Nearly half of Wayne County residents think Bob Ficano should resign|head

Ficano Recall Effort

Stephen Henderson: Wayne County government needs new ethics standards, oversight and strong penalties|topnews|text|Opinion

Culture sustains Wayne's abuses

Business minds could better mind the airport

Ficano appoints former MichCon CEO to airport board|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Does land bank play favorites?

Ex-energy executive Glancy replaces Axt on airport board

County needs to focus on taxpayers

Business / Auto / Entrepreneurship

Snyder: 1,300 Michigan small businesses have received loans through new state program

Detroit Foundation awards its 1st creativity grant

Trade War in Solar Takes Shape

Need 4.2 million square feet of space?

WSU incubator sets sights on neighborhood's small businesses

One man’s retirement crusade to help Detroit and baby boomers

Hatch Detroit announces winner of $50,000 for retail idea

Transportation / Transit

Guest commentary: Public transportation can be life-changer for region

Editorial: For now, gas tax hike should be an option to fund roads|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Jeff Gerritt: : Light-rail line takes wrong turn in firing

A road fix desperately needed in Michigan


Quicken Loans sees Detroit as a great place to live, work, play

Another downtown Detroit firm to offer relocation incentives to workers|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit: rejuvenation through urban farms, sustainable living and innovation

In Detroit, Joblessness Spurs Reinventions of Concept of Work

In Detroit, dreams of civic renewal collide with hard realities

‘Detroit is the new Detroit' — and real estate developers talk about why that's good

Could Detroit Become the Silicon Valley of Social Entrepreneurship?

The next big thing at Eastern Market — and what Whole Foods has to do with it

Can Detroit Grow Green Shoots With a Budget In the Red?

Bing to unions: Detroit needs concessions|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

New plan in the works for older Hudson's site in Detroit on Woodward

Detroit City Charter revisions win voter approval

Column: Detroit nearing a cash crisis

Urban Issues

New Documentary 'Urbanized' Explores Design of the City

Lessons for cities in these hard times: get it together

How Ordinary Urban Experiences Can Inspire a Preference for Cities

Why cities should dismantle highways

Sustainable Inroads for National Transportation Policy

Can IT Make Cities Better?

Michigan News / Regional News

Grosse Pointe 2.0

Cobo board gets funding for renovation

Charities urge donors to give before tax credit dies

Detroit Regional Chamber hires Maureen Donohue Krauss for new job in business attraction

Historic, brownfield site developers vie for shrinking state aid

Water system overhaul grants director broad powers

Time to consolidate government

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

News from Detroit 11.1.11


A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs

Regional News

Nonprofit to be foreclosure auction stand-ins in Wayne

To fix Detroit region, women's voices must be heard|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Conan Smith praises governor for supporting increased road funding and regional transit authority

Have Detroit home prices turned the tide?|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Oakland expands base in life sciences, medicine

Macomb County all charged up about going electric


4 non-profits combine to form new Belle Isle Conservancy|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

New nonprofit to focus on improving, preserving Detroit's Belle Isle|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Gilbert seeks tax extension on Hudson's site

Gilbert takes his talents and company to Detroit

LiveWorkDetroit Shows Young Creatives The Best Of The City

Detroit’s Future: From Blight to Bright

Millennials will save Detroit

What the Detroit News editorial on 'Motor City Millennials' got wrong

Detroit: rejuvenation through urban farms, sustainable living and innovation

Spirit of Hope Urban Farm: Filling Food Pantries, Strengthening Communities in Detroit

Detroit Labs app company to move into Madison Theatre building

City charter goes to voters

New Detroit Charter Aims To Curb Corruption in City

Detroit forfeits $9.2 million in weatherization money because it can’t spend it fast enough

Michigan Policy & Politics

Moroun’s money writes sad tale for state

Manuel (Matty) Moroun working on Ambassador Bridge Gateway project, but is it enough to avoid judge's wrath?

Guest commentary: New bridge too important to let stall|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Q&A with Lou Glazer on creating a knowledge-based economy in Michigan

Urban Issues

Outside Cleveland, Snapshots of Poverty’s Surge in the Suburbs

The Folly of City-Owned Parking Garages

Transportation and Food Access Idea 1: Transit and Good Food

Geography of housing recovery favors cities and walkable neighborhoods

Culture / Extra

America’s Most Iconic Drives

Mobile dining in the Motor City: From indie fad to new industry?

Which U.S. City Needs a Nap?

Somerset Collection shops to open for holiday shopping in downtown Detroit|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Transportation / Transit

Full text: Gov. Rick Snyder makes case for improving Michigan infrastructure

What to do with Woodward: Crosswalks, narrowing considered to make roadway more friendly|head

Snyder to propose high-speed bus network to knit Detroit, suburban systems|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Lansing airport 'aerotropolis' agreements approved by Lansing, DeWitt officials

Editorial: Unify Metro Detroit transit

Snyder calls for improved rail connections to Canada

Editorial: Gov. Snyder's road-worthy transit initiative deserves broad support|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Snyder: 'Continued failure not an option' for regional transportation in Metro Detroit

Snyder: State should spend $1B more a year, link spending to road use

Prisoners of Transit: Why Public Transportation Deserves More Attention

Metro Detroit needs high-speed bus plan in '12, Snyder says|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

High-speed service great idea, suburban bus GM says

Editorial: Road spending reforms needed

Greening Energy and Transportation with Ideas from Steve Jobs

Business / Auto / Entrepreneurs

Journey, not interrupted: Say goodbye to 'Bureau,' hello to 'Nest'

Is America's automotive love affair over? [w/poll]

Apple's Marketing Playbook Was Written in the 1920s

Detroit Can Revitalize Ailing Economy by Spurring Solar Jobs

The UAW's Grand New Bargain and the Future of Organized Labor

Hatch Detroit offering startups a chance to win $50K$50K

100 years of Chevy: An improbable journey to American icon

Building Blocks for growth
To reach next level, DNA Software re-engineers itself, software

Detroit leads the way as hotel industry rebounds

Graphic: Why do we need more entrepreneurs?|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Wayne County Saga

FOX 2's Charlie LeDuff Digs into Turkia Mullin's Past

Bit by bit, support for Turkia Mullin crumbles

Ficano walks tightrope over Elder

Column: Silent Bob's got to start talking

MARY KRAMER: New problems, same old culture?

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano suspends a third aide in widening scandal

Another non-profit fund linked to Turkia Mullin, Ficano administration,-ficano-administration

Fired Metro Airport CEO Turkia Mullin to fight for job back

Pawn or player in scandal, Mullin paid pretty price

Mullin's ouster is only the beginning
Suspect severance just a symptom of culture rewarding cronyism under Robert Ficano

Rochelle Riley: Firing of Detroit airport CEO Turkia Awada Mullin a jab at Robert Ficano

Ex-employee sues ousted Detroit airport CEO Turkia Mullin, Wayne County over his firing

Turkia Mullin may have more to worry about than losing her job at Detroit Metro Airport

Mullin's promising rise now in limbo

Who Helped Pick Turkia Mullin for Metro Airport CEO?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

News from Detroit 10.23.11


A Regional Vision for the Great Lakes

The parable of Detroit
So cheap, there’s hope

One House at a Time

Other shrinking cities
Smaller is more beautiful
Many other cities are battling problems almost as acute as Detroit’s

How Startups Have Changed the Way American Business Thinks


LiveWorkDetroit showcases the city and introduces young jobseekers to potential employers

MARY KRAMER: Dem's Detroit idea gains GOP support

Editorial: Charter for a new Detroit is a giant step in direction of more accountable government

20% of Detroit in the dark, paper says

New Detroit hockey arena likely faces funding hurdles

Art by numbers
Study: Heidelberg has $3.4M impact on Wayne County

'America's Urban Crisis': Book can be starting point for a talk about race, consequences of color-blind politics

National Policy / Politics

Car Company Gets U.S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland

10 Things Still Made in America

Herman Cain unveils 'Opportunity Zones' in Detroit: 'I believe in empowering cities to help themselves'

Transit / Transportation

Regional Transit Authority for Southeast Michigan Now!

Waving a yellow flag

Editorial: Fix basics in Detroit area transit

Detroit-Windsor passenger ferry considered|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Feds working to boost transit manufacturing

Wayne County Saga

County inflated $5.5B investment claim|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Substantial involvement in development projects is needed to take credit, experts say|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Wayne County appointees, nonprofit targets of FBI subpoenas|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Airport official expresses concerns about Mullin under FBI probe

Flashpoint: Fallout Of Ficano Office Severance Scandal

Contracts paid Mullin backers $2M$2M

Rochelle Riley: Reactionary Ficano should take a whack at leading

Aerotropolis Plan Under Cloud Of Controversy

FBI subpoena focuses on Elder, Mullin, IT chief and local companies,-mullin,-it-chief-and-local-companies

Letters: Hold Robert Ficano accountable

Robert Ficano Target of a Recall Effort

Under fire, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano pulls back on many generous perks

Answers to questions building around Ficano, Mullin

Business / Auto

The World's Greenest Companies

Google goes searching for Michigan small businesses

TechTown leadership change is real-life lesson for startups

Developer Eric Larson to oversee Ilitches' real estate as Olympia Development president

Velocity center aims to bring more defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing jobs to Macomb County

The new Detroit model

Magic bullets in the form of advanced battery manufacturing

Michigan Policy / Politics / Economic Development

Snyder will speak about infrastructure

MEGA approves incentives for $29.3 million in new investments$29-3-million-in-new-investments/

The Right Place expands economic development focus to include Ionia county

Michigan film industry gets update: Incentives bill progressing|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Ann Arbor SPARK to Support Economic Development Council of Livingston County

Senate panel may give bridge vote another try today|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Michigan gets $47 million in relief for transit riders

Regional News

What to do with Woodward

Extra cash? Metro Detroit officials advise to invest in real estate

Macomb County commissioners clash with Executive Mark Hackel|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Macomb adapting to new government

Detroit, Royal Oak development projects stand out for awards

Ypsilanti's survival as a city is at stake as it weighs options to raise revenues

Urbanism / Sustainability

Reinventing Fire: Getting Beyond Fossil Fuels

Remembering Urban Growth, From Idea to Implementation

Culture / Sports / People

Wings can flex financial muscle

Road Trip: Returning a ‘55 Chevy Bel Air to Its Detroit Roots

Sunday, October 16, 2011

News 10.16.11


Washtenaw County weighs $125K cost of membership in SEMCOG

Monorail and streetcars in Ann Arbor? City considers future transit options


Detroit's rebound feels real this time

Back to the future: Make no little plans for next big thing

Challenge people to think big about Detroit's future via a billboard

Economic development pieces came together for Whole Foods store in Detroit

People just love Detroit: Attitudes -- and the city itself -- are changing|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE|head

The truth on Detroit|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

HUD hits Detroit over block grant violations

Signs Of A Possible Renaissance In Detroit

Entrepreneur bets on Detroit, urbanism

Quicken Loans, Detroit mayor Dave Bing welcome 1,500 workers downtown|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Plan for Detroit: Immigrants bring money

Business / Auto

Dave Strenski: New Energy for Detroit

Beaumont threatens to drop Blue Care Network

Starting a Teach for America for Entrepreneurs

The Most Anticipated Cars of 2012

Menlo Innovations Shows A New Kind Of Michigan

Innovation Institute Debuts at Henry Ford Hospital

Michigan's next big job opportunity: growing agricultural industry?

Transportation / Transit / Aerotropolis

Editorial: Push for regional transit system back on track

Woodward Light Rail projects gets $2 million federal grant for study on Birmingham extension

Seeds planted for aerotropolis around Denver International Airport

DeWitt Twp., Lansing seek to create an 'aerotropolis'|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Aerotropolis plan benefits the region|newswell|text|Opinions|p

Jeff Gerritt: SMART to announce 22% cut; region must act now|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

High-level talks set on transit|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

MDOT: Amtrak sets ridership records in Michigan|head

Bridge facing hurdles in Michigan Senate

Regional News

Nest eggs go bad in Oakland County

More wild animals are making their home in the city and suburbs

People / Culture

Augustus Hutting: Lawyer fought to serve the public

DIA photo exhibit of Detroit a study in contrast, not cliches

Rich with culture and a strong queer identity, Detroit rocks as a gay destination

Cities / Urbanism / Sustainability

'Living' buildings could inhale city carbon emissions

Humbled Dubai looks to real economy, Arab world

Speaker Series recap: Christopher Leinberger on urbanism and economic development

Is transit the key to Dallas' future? Thinking TOD, as Dallas' O'Donnell heads to Washington to join conference

A Conversation With Allison Arieff, Writer and Editor on Sustainability

Michigan Policy & Politics

Snyder starts slicing red tape

Ron Dzwonkowski: Michigan's time in film spotlight over too quickly

Why can't Snyder get his way on the Detroit River crossing?

National Policy & Politics

What Compromise?

Wayne County Saga

Ficano apologizes, disciplines aides over severance scandal

Rochelle Riley: A few questions for Robert Ficano|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Editorial: Firings, apology shouldn't be the end of Wayne County severance scandal|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

CATALLO: Sources say FBI looking into Wayne County

Editorial: Dismiss Mullin to protect airport's reputation

In Wayne County, it can pay to retire

Airport board member gained $420K in land deal approved by Mullin$420K-in-deal

PAC includes donors with county deals

Olumba: Officials pushed him to back off request to probe Mullin severance

Ficano PAC donations legal but questionable