M-1 RAIL NEWS

Shop Detroit for your Last Minute Gift Needs

Posted:12/23/16

There are less than 48 hours until the stores close and you are stuck recycling the worst holiday tie known to man or your aunts fruitcake as a gift because you waited too long to shop for the holidays. Well don’t worry, the shops of the historic Woodward Corridor have you covered. With many stores […]

People wait in cold to catch glimpse of QLine streetcar

Posted:12/16/16

Author: Kyla Smith, Detroit News Detroit — The QLine streetcar hit Woodward for the first time Tuesday in its debut for testing. It was the first of 1,000 planned tests on the street car system before its commercial open next spring, said Matt Cullen, CEO of M-1 Rail, which oversees the project. The streetcar was towed […]

M-1 RAIL Testing Continues Next Week

Posted:12/09/16

During the week of, December 12, 2016, M-1 RAIL will perform a series of tests. In preparation, we ask that residents, business owners, employees, delivery drivers and visitors participate in keeping Woodward Avenue fully accessible. This includes but is not limited to: Double parking Parking on the active roadway Temporarily staging – attended or unattended […]

M-1 RAIL Unveils Station Design Concept

Posted:12/09/16

DETROIT —Today M-1 RAIL unveiled the design for the 20 streetcar stations along the QLINE route. The stations will recognize corporate and philanthropic partners whose support formed the foundation of the landmark public-private partnership that brought the QLINE streetcar project to life. “The dream of bringing a modern streetcar to Detroit was made a reality […]

Bedrock Unveils Connective and Inclusive Development for Brush Park

Posted:12/02/16

Over the last twenty years, the historic Brush Park neighborhood has seen its share of disinvestment, while neighboring communities, Midtown and the Central Business District have seen a slow, but steady surge of investment, taking off to new heights in the last six years.  Finally, Brush Park will begin to see new investment for the first time in […]

44th Annual Noel Night Takes Over Midtown

Posted:12/02/16

In Detroit, the holiday season doesn’t officially start until the Salvation Army Brass Band Sing Along takes place in Midtown, the city’s cultural center, during Noel Night. The mother of all holiday season festivals, entering its 44th year, Noel Night is the most magical night of the year for the district as it brings out […]

M-1 RAIL and MDOT Celebrate QLINE Milestone

Posted:12/01/16

DETROIT– Woodward Ave. is officially open to traffic M-1 RAIL and the Michigan Department of Transportation announced at a press conference today. “The partnership between M-1 RAIL and MDOT is transforming the Woodward Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods,” said M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen. “I want to thank MDOT for bringing this vision to reality and […]

M-1 RAIL to Host Career Info Session at Matrix Human Service Center

Posted:11/11/16

As M-1 RAIL looks toward the future of operations in the spring of 2017, operations partner Transdev has begun the hiring process for permanent QLINE operating staff. Currently, they are seeking candidates to fill positions as both Streetcar Operators and Vehicle Maintenance Technicians. Operators will start at $15 dollars per hour during training and once […]

We Salute You! Honoring Our Veterans

Posted:11/11/16

Today, we honor those who have stood for our great country in not only the greatest of times, but also our darkest, as we celebrate Veteran’s Day 2016. Designated a holiday on November 11, 1919 it was originally called “Armistice Day”. It was created to honor, the first anniversary of the end of World War […]

QLINE TRACK INSTALLATION COMPLETE

Posted:11/11/16

Final Weld Connects 6.6 Mile Route DETROIT – The QLINE reached an important milestone today as construction crews welded the final pieces of rail, completing installation and connection of the 6.6-mile streetcar route on Woodward Ave. “Today marks the end of QLINE track construction,” said M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen. “We’re entering a new phase of […]

Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation Hosts Career Fair for QLINE Openings

Posted:11/04/16

On Wednesday, November 9, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) will host a QLINE Career Fair at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the east side community hub and resource center, The Samaritan Center. Learn more about the services offered by DESC and receive resume writing assistance, interviewing skills assessment and training and more. Applications will […]

Union Street Detroit, a Midtown Restaurant Staple

Posted:11/04/16

For over thirty years, one restaurant in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood has served generations of Wayne State University staff and students, theater attendees and lovers of food and drink with a kick. That destination is the legendary Union Street restaurant. Originally owned by Mr. John Lopez of Agave and Atlas Global Bistro fame, it is now […]

“Passage of RTA transportation millage will help Detroit work better”

Posted:10/28/16

Author: John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press The purpose of a city is to offer a vast range of opportunities — economic, social, recreational and educational. But there’s a catch: A city works best only if everybody can get around to everything. That’s where metro Detroit falls short. Our over-reliance on the private automobile and our woefully […]

Countdown towards Thanksgiving

Posted:10/28/16

The countdown is on.  With 27 days until America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van, M-1 RAIL is plowing ahead full force to complete roadway construction on Woodward Ave.  Barrels, type-three barricades, and cones alike will vanish like Houdini. Drivers, already noticing the openness of areas along the corridor will have access to a newly […]

Paper applications for Transdev Operator positions are now available!

Posted:10/21/16

The construction of the QLINE streetcar, led by M-1 RAIL, which has taken over Woodward for the last two years is coming to an end. As M-1 RAIL looks toward the future of operations in the spring of 2017, operations partner Transdev has begun the hiring process for permanent QLINE operating staff. Currently, they are […]

The Royce Detroit – a premiere wine shop

Posted:10/21/16

So what does a former Vice President of Music for Warner Brothers and a Vice President of Product for Bedrocket Media Ventures have in common? A love for wine, a love for community and a passion for Detroit.  Together they channeled their passion and energy to create The Royce Detroit.  Ping Ho and Angela Rutherford, […]

Extended Hours for the QLINE

Posted:10/14/16

A ride on the QLINE won’t have to end as early as 10 p.m. most nights. Instead, Detroit’s streetcar line will run until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and perhaps more noteworthy for weekend warriors, service will continue until midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Concern that the system would not run late enough to serve many of […]

West Elm Hotel Coming to Midtown

Posted:10/14/16

Brooklyn is coming to Detroit, well at least the Williams – Sonoma brand West Elm that calls the B-down home is.  The hotel industry has its eyes on Detroit and now Midtown is getting its second hotel in less than three years, on the heel of the successful launch of The Elmore. The new boutique […]

New Development Coming to New Center Neighborhood

Posted:10/07/16

For the first time in nearly 30 years, there is a new build apartment and retail development coming to the New Center area. At the site where 60 years ago his father-in-law Max M. Fisher broke ground  for the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge helping to provide needed hotel space for a thriving city, home grown […]

Southeast Michigan’s labor unions say YES for regional transit

Posted:10/07/16

Detroit – The UAW and more than a dozen other labor organizations representing more than a quarter million members across the automobile, construction trades, education, health care, and public safety sectors have endorsed the Vote YES for regional transit ballot initiative this November. “We’re honored to receive the endorsement of the UAW and so many […]

Grey Ghost: A Dream Come True

Posted:10/07/16

In an era when every week a slew of restaurants open in the Greater Downtown neighborhood, it has become harder to stand out and draw the palate of an increasingly foodie town. So how does one stand out and create their own lane? The recipe is simple according to Grey Ghost co-owners Chef Josef Giacomino […]

Goodwill Industries Brings Groundbreaking Program to Detroit’s North End

Posted:09/30/16

When many speak of Detroit’s turnaround, thoughts of new housing, transit improvements and new investment come to mind. But what about jobs? How do you ensure that everyone is connected to the opportunities coming online, especially for those residents who are returning citizens? On Thursday, September 23, Goodwill Industries answered that question and more with […]

Detroit’s Motown Coney Island

Posted:09/30/16

In 2013 Kristina and Valentin Guzili embarked on a lifelong dream, becoming hospitality entrepreneurs. “I have worked in the restaurant industry for over 15 years, starting off at the iconic One Detroit Coney Island, and when the opportunity came own our own restaurant, we couldn’t pass it up,” said Kristina. Located at the southwest corner […]

Blogosphere Star, Awesomely Luvvie, will be Spilling Tea at the Detroit Public Library

Posted:09/23/16

When the world speaks of the universe that is “Black Twitter” one of its foremost blog stars, comes to mind; the thought provoking, gifted wordsmith who spills the tea and tells it like it is, Luvvie Ajayi, known by her fans as Awesomely Luvvie. On October 8, her fans in Detroit will have the opportunity to meet the woman […]

WSU Invites you to Explore Walkable Warren

Posted:09/23/16

Since 1868, Wayne State University has been rooted in Detroit with the area of Warren and Woodward serving as its front door to the rest of the city of Detroit. This week as the Detroit Creative Corridor hosts the 2016 Detroit Design Festival, the Wayne State University Office of Economic Development in partnership with the […]

Get a Razor Sharp Haircut on a Budget

Posted:09/16/16

There’s nothing like the feeling of a fresh fade or trim and finding a great barber can be one of the hardest things in the world and keeping him or her next to impossible. Never fear. A great cut in a shop that feels like home is just around the corner.  Praise Him Barbershop, is a New […]

Detroit Design Festival Celebrates the City’s Creative Spirit

Posted:09/16/16

Detroit was once known internationally primarily as the birthplace of the automobile manufacturing and music. Today, our great city known as one of the world’s foremost design cities according to UNESCO Creative Cities Network as their first City of Design in the United States in 2015. This year the Detroit Creative Corridor celebrates this important […]

FIRST QLINE STREETCAR TO ARRIVE THIS WEEK

Posted:09/12/16

Delivery of First QLINE Vehicle Expected Wednesday DETROIT – Detroit’s first QLINE streetcar will be delivered this week, M-1 RAIL announced today. “Delivery of the first QLNE streetcar is an important milestone for this project,” said M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen. “We’re bringing a sleek, modern vehicle of exceptional quality to Detroit. This project is one of […]

The Detroit Jazz Festival: 37 Years of Scats, Beats and Keys

Posted:09/02/16

Detroit is known for putting the world on wheels whether its two wheels or four. We’re known for our burgeoning foodie culture where you can find everything from street eats to the hyper local James Beard award winning chefs. Our beloved city is also known as one of the world’s foremost hubs for music, the […]

Most M-1 RAIL work to end for season by Thanksgiving

Posted:09/02/16

*CORRECTION: Detroit Free Press Article Author: Candice Williams Article Originally posted on: Detroit Free Press Orange barrels and barricades snarling traffic on Woodward for M-1 Rail project construction should be gone by Thanksgiving, officials said Thursday. “The goal is to have it open to traffic,” said Paul Childs, COO of the M-1 Rail, which operates […]

Getting Schooled: Safety First!

Posted:08/26/16

It’s that wonderful time of year again when commercials show the sheer joy parents of K-12 children have at the mere thought of sending their bundles of joy off to school for eight full  hours! It’s also the start of the journey into adulthood for college students around the country. Starting next week, the Woodward […]

QLINE Track Testing to Begin on Woodward

Posted:08/26/16

*Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Press Release DETROIT-A small motorized inspection car called a “speeder” will travel on Woodward between Larned and Adams on Tuesday as part of ongoing construction testing for the QLINE. The speeder ensures that the route is free of obstructions taking into account the physical dimensions of the vehicle and ensures proper […]

African Culture Takes Center Stage in Midtown for the 2016 African World Festival!

Posted:08/19/16

This weekend marks the 34th annual African World Festival (AWF). The highly anticipated event is the signature community program for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. It will feature performances, poetry, arts and crafts, African drumming and dance, hundreds of vendors, ethnic foods, and events for all ages. Over 150,000 people are […]

Regional Transit Initiative Placed on the November Ballot

Posted:08/12/16

After months of negotiation, voters will have their say on a $4.6 billion dollar Regional Transit Plan that would transform public transportation in Southeast Michigan. After months of negotiations and public meetings, the 1.2-mill, 20-year property tax millage will be placed on the November ballot for voters in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw County. The plan […]

An Inside Look at Z’s Villa

Posted:08/05/16

Z’s Villa is one of Detroit’s oldest restaurants with 18 years of service and hospitality to the community. Z’s Villa has provided a family-based establishment at its former Wayne State location and also at their new location on 42 Piquette Street. They offer a variety of services to keep customers satisfied and to keep business […]

Motor City Brewing Hosts “An Electro-Operatic Adventure”

Posted:08/05/16

On August 6, Motor City Brewing will host an event entitled “An Electro-Operatic Adventure, an intimate opera that allows the audience to engage with the performers.” This event will incorporate pieces from Mozart, Delibes, Bizet and Verdi performed by Opera MODO, and sampled and remixed by John Collins, a member of Detroit’s Underground Resistance, (UR) […]

Detroit Police Department’s National Night Out

Posted:07/29/16

On Tuesday, August 2, the Detroit Police Department’s (DPD) Third Precinct will join millions of other public safety administrations, community and faith based organizations to make communities across the nation safer with the 33rd Annual National Night Out. Since its inception, this national program has engaged over 38 million residents, law enforcement officers and community […]

An Exclusive M-1 RAIL Update from COO, Paul Childs

Posted:07/29/16

January through July 2016 brought many reasons to celebrate for the Woodward streetcar project. Construction continued at a rapid pace, even as winter gave way to spring. The QLINE moniker – a nod to the naming rights secured by Quicken Loans – was announced on March 24, and the Penske Technical Center was dedicated on May […]

MO POP comes back to Detroit for a Second year!

Posted:07/22/16

The Mo Pop Music  Festival returns to West Riverfront Park this weekend. Featured artists include G-Eazy, M83, Haim, The Head and the Heart, Matt and Kim, Glass Animals, Father John Misty, The Greeting Committee and more! In addition to the performances, there will be a food truck rally, Riverside Biergarten, Craft Bazaar and the Mo Tech area which includes interesting […]

Mac N’ Brewz is perfect for national Mac n’ Cheese Day!

Posted:07/15/16

If Tuesday’s National Mac n’ Cheese day left you hungry for more, head to Mac N’ Brewz! for a bowl. This restaurant just opened up in its new midtown location on the corner of Warren and Cass in February. Mac N’ Brewz! is the most recent addition to the ‘Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez’ […]

Concert of Colors is back again!

Posted:07/15/16

Looking for an exciting event this weekend in Midtown? The Concert of Colors begins July 14th and runs until July 17th from 12-7 pm in Midtown Detroit at 3939 Woodward Ave. The event unites metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting musical acts from around the world. The Concert of Colors is Detroit’s free […]

DDOT to Host Community Input Workshops

Posted:07/08/16

The Detroit Department of Transportation recently announced that they will be holding five public hearings during the week of July 18 – July 25 to propose the major service changes coming in September 2016 and January 2017. The schedule for the week is as followed: Monday, July 18 from 10:00am to Noon at the Patton […]

Grand and Third Development Project

Posted:07/08/16

It’s summer and with the warm weather comes more people, outdoor activities and the downsizing of homes by new empty-nesters. Many of them have one thing in common: a desire to live in one of the greatest cities on earth, Detroit, particularly in the Greater Downtown area. That can be tricky as developers strive to […]

DTE Brings New Community Green Space to Downtown

Posted:07/01/16

Against the backdrop of historic and restored buildings, a transformation began earlier this week as DTE Energy broke ground and shared its plan for a 1.5 acre public park to energize the western edge of downtown Detroit. Similar to Campus Martius, the park will serve as a vibrant green space to anchor the emerging neighborhood, spur […]

Transdev Services Inc. Selected as QLINE Operator

Posted:06/30/16

Author: Eric Larson Original Source: Detroit Free Press Detroit’s streetcar has its operator. M-1 Rail, the organization overseeing the QLINE, has inked a five-year, $15.5-million contract with Transdev Services Inc., of Lombard, Ill., for operations and maintenance. The contract is renewable for up to an additional five years. Today’s announcement puts in place a key part of the rail […]

Wayne State University Farmers Market

Posted:06/07/16

Looking for fresh foods during the week and can’t make it to Eastern Market? Head over to Wayne State University’s 9th Annual WSU Farmers Market. The market is supported by SEED Wayne and the Wayne State University’ College of Liberal, Arts and Science. As one of the most anticipated signs of summer in the city, […]

Las Vegas looks to Detroit for Insight

Posted:06/07/16

What Las Vegas can learn from Detroit when it comes to revitalization By Jackie Valley Tue, Jun 7, 2016 (2 a.m.) When it comes to cities Las Vegas should emulate as it grows and evolves, Detroit might not take first billing on most residents’ lists. After all, the Motor City made national headlines when the municipality […]

Briggs Houze Adds New Housing Units to Greater Downtown

Posted:06/07/16

Its spring and with the warm weather comes college graduations, new jobs and the downsizing of homes by new empty nesters. Many of them have one thing in common: a desire to live in one of the greatest cities on earth, Detroit, particularly in the Greater Downtown area. That can be tricky as developers strive […]

DIA Honors Prince at Friday Night Live

Posted:06/07/16

In April, the world lost one of the greatest musical geniuses of our time, his purple highness, Rogers Nelson, aka Prince. Over the past 30 years, Prince created music and films that were cutting edge, timeless classics. From Purple Rain to The Most Beautiful Girl in the World and beyond, his music was loved around […]

The Detroit Grand Prix 2016

Posted:06/03/16

It’s been months in the making. Each week Detroit’s island jewel, Belle Isle has slowly transformed 2.3 miles into “The Raceway at Belle Isle”, one of the most challenging motor race tracks in the country. From Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5, Belle Isle will host racing enthusiasts from all over the world as […]

Movement 2016: Celebrating 10 Years of Honoring Music Uniquely Detroit

Posted:05/27/16

If you’re from Detroit, you know Memorial Day weekend is for more than going up north or just another long weekend. It is the weekend when the world comes to our doorstep to pay homage to the land that birthed the D.J, bass, beats and the soulful grooves of House and Techno music. This weekend […]

Discovering Forest Avenue

Posted:05/20/16

Forest Street in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood is home to a vibrant business community, lovely mid-rise historic apartment buildings and of course Wayne State University properties. A vital corridor, this street connects residents to theJohn C. Lodge Free to west and the Detroit Medical Center Campus, home to several hospitals, the Karmanos Cancer […]

NEIdeas Now Accepting Application for Last Year

Posted:05/13/16

The New Economy Initiative,  Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan embarked on a bold mission three years ago when they launched NEIdeas; to help support the existing businesses of Detroit in the dramatically changing landscape. Three years later, their ground breaking competitive grant program, NEIdeas highlights the diversity of Detroit’s […]

The North End is well on its way!

Posted:05/13/16

Podcast Author: Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio Image Credit: Michigan Radio Detroit is changing. Record-setting demolitions, new development and new transit projects are transforming the landscape in some parts of the city. There’s excitement and unease as many Detroiters see change coming their way. Michigan Radio visited one Detroit neighborhood right on the edge, and […]

Celebrating Life and Legacy of Changemaker: Deborah Virgiles

Posted:05/06/16

Last week, we lost one of our most dynamic stakeholders along the Woodward Corridor, Ms. Deborah Virgiles. As an owner-operator of two successful McDonald’s franchises, one located in the heart of Midtown on Woodward and the other in the Grandmont Rosedale Park neighborhood on Grand River, she opened doors of opportunity for the community. Virgiles […]

Transit Riders United Regional Transit Awards Dinner

Posted:05/06/16

Celebrate Regional Transit Change Makers with TRU! On Thursday, May 12 join Transit Riders United as they celebrate the region’s transportation change makers at the 2016 Regional Transit Awards. This year the event will be held at the beautiful Greektown Hotel. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. This fifth annual fundraising dinner recognizes the efforts of […]

M-1 Rail Penske Tech Center render

M-1 RAIL Opens Penske Tech Center

Posted:05/06/16

The new home of the QLINE opened its doors this week in the North End with a grand opening ceremony touting the streetcars transformational impact. The event brought together project supporters, partners, elected officials and community members including M-1 RAIL Chairman of the Board, Roger Penske, Mayor Mike Duggan, Councilwoman Mary Sheffield, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell […]

The 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted:05/06/16

You have two days to find it. The one special gift to the most special women in your life: Mom. This woman, whether related by blood or by sheer sweat equity, has poured her all into helping you through life’s twisted journey, navigating major decisions,  offering gentle guidance and love along each step. Yes this […]

M-1 RAIL to Host Internship Recruitment Meetings Next Week

Posted:05/06/16

In its third year, M-1 RAIL is participating in the City of Detroit’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent’s program in partnership with City Connect, and we are happy to announce that the application period is open for the 2016 M-1 RAIL Summer Internship Program. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, May 18. Detroit’s young people can select from […]

M-1 RAIL Opens Penske Tech Center

Posted:05/03/16

Today M-1 RAIL officially dedicated its Penske Tech Center, marking the latest milestone in the construction and infrastructure for the QLINE — the streetcar which will run along the Woodward corridor. Located in the North End neighborhood, the facility is sponsored by Penske Corporation and named for Roger S. Penske who serves as the chairman […]

The Last Class, M-1 RAIL will be hiring Interns!

Posted:04/29/16

Are you looking for a rewarding summer employment experience? Why spend another summer flipping burgers or cleaning out fitting rooms when you can gain real world experience in the world of transportation and civil engineering across the varied professions it takes to build and manage and successful project.   For third year, M-1 RAIL is excited […]

Ultimate Guide to Mother’s Day Brunch in the D

Posted:04/29/16

You have one week to make your moms Mother’s Day one she will remember.  Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th and if you haven’t made reservations for brunch or dinner and don’t know where to start we’ve got you covered. With the hundreds of great restaurants to choose from we’ve selected several that would make […]

The Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts 61st Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner

Posted:04/21/16

On Sunday May, 1 join the Detroit branch NAACP for the largest fundraising dinner in the country, the 61st Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner.  The crown jewel in a weekend of events that educate, elevate and celebrate, including the ACT-SO competition, the dinner is one of the area’s single night largest fundraisers. This year […]

Franklin Wright Settlement: Investing in Families for Over 135 Years

Posted:04/21/16

On the corner of Lothrup and Woodward, there is a special place that has served the families of Detroit for over 20 years. Once known as Youthville Detroit, created under the careful guidance of the legendary youth advocate, the late Gerald Smith, the facility has served as the hub for Youthville programs, the site for […]

Small Business Spotlight: Happy’s Pizza

Posted:04/15/16

Along Woodward Avenue, just north of West Grand Boulevard, you will find nestled between Detroit’s historic New Center and North End neighborhoods, a local pizzeria that believes in putting family and community first. Guided by those principals, owner Tony Yasso, is building his Happy’s Pizza franchise empire. At only 36 years old, Yasso’s entrepreneurial hustle […]

Atomic Chicken Launches Story Creation Contest

Posted:04/08/16

Create the Atomic Chicken Story. ­ Submissions are now being accepted! ­ Are you a storyteller? Creative? Here is your opportunity to be involved with the latest Detroit restaurant to hit the scene Atomic Chicken. Atomic Chicken is opening in Detroit’s historic North End neighborhood this summer and they’re looking for a little help to […]

Strathmore Apartments, a new place to call home in Detroit

Posted:03/25/16

Housing is in high demand for the Greater Downtown area and developers are flocking to its neighborhoods to help meet the pent up demand for rental housing. From The Scott at Brush Park to the Woodward Garden Apartments, developers have focused their sights on Midtown to create housing to meet needs of one of Detroit’s […]

QLINE announced as official name of Detroit’s modern streetcar

Posted:03/24/16

DETROIT – Quicken Loans and M-1 RAIL today announced that QLINE (pronounced Q-Line) has been selected as the official name of Detroit’s modern streetcar line, currently under construction and set to begin operations in early 2017. The project also unveiled the official QLINE logo, which features a stylized “Q” in a design that symbolizes the […]

M-1 RAIL is surrounded by place-making!

Posted:03/11/16

Author: Kirk Pinho The big things were supposed to be done by now. Three years ago this month, the concept of “place-making” in downtown Detroit was officially introduced with a plan to turn the central business district into a pedestrian and shopping haven using a community development concept aimed at boosting a community’s quality of […]

Slices Pizza: Serving Downtown Detroit a Slice of New York

Posted:03/04/16

On any given day, there’s one place in Downtown Detroit that serves as the unique dining intersection where everyone from the suit and tie crowd to the work boots and yellow vest laborers gather to experience some of the best pizza in the city. It’s a place where the staff knows your name and your […]

M-1 RAIL to Host March CAC Meeting

Posted:03/04/16

Join M-1 RAIL for the March Community Advisory Council Meeting  Be engaged and get informed! Join M-1 RAIL as we host the final Community Advisory Council Meeting of the year on Thursday, March 10 at the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church. This meeting will provide stakeholders with information on the construction progress for 2016, maintenance […]

Classical Roots 2016 at DSO

Posted:02/26/16

For over 30 years, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has paid homage to the contributions of African Americans in the Metro Detroit community and in classical music through the Classical Roots program. This week-long celebration is equal parts education for young people and emerging artists, world class entertainment and fundraising for community programming. This year […]

Celebrating Black History Along the Corridor

Posted:02/19/16

As one of the oldest cities in the country, Detroit’s greatness has been built by a wide variety of racial and ethnic groups including African Americans. From the leadership of its first African American Mayor, Coleman A, Young to Berry Gordy’s founding of the legendary record label Motown Records, the contributions of African Americans in […]

Jewish Vocational Services: The Road to Self Sufficiency Starts Here

Posted:02/19/16

At the corner of Canfield and Woodward, hidden in plain sight is the life altering work of Jewish Vocational Services (JVS). From Veterans Empowerment Groups, job skill straining programs to mental health support services. JVS has been meeting the needs of the Metro Detroiters since 1941. Operating across six campuses in Oakland and Wayne Counties, […]

Open City Detroit gives an Inside to Business Owners

Posted:02/12/16

In 2007, after navigating the the maze of City of Detroit and State of Michigan systems to open a business, Canine to Five owner, Liz Blondy and urbanist and former Detroit business owner, Claire Nelson  created the ground-breaking  small business support program Open City Detroit. The goal was simple, sharing their own experiences to help […]

Meridian Winter Blast Takes Over Downtown

Posted:02/12/16

Celebrating 12 years of winter family fun, the Meridian Winter Blast takes over downtown DetroitFebruary 12 – 14  around Campus Martius Park. This year the Meridian Winter Blast (MWB) will feature winter activities, live entertainment, and delicious local restaurants for the whole family to enjoy.  This year’s festival is sponsored in part by Meridian, Talmer […]

Detroit has changed much since Super Bowl XL

Posted:02/05/16

Howes: Decade on, Super Bowl offered glimmer of future Author: Daniel Howes Ten years ago Sunday, Super Bowl XL came to town and Detroit hasn’t been the same since. Not because Chairman Roger Penske and the host committee he led necessarily transformed a city then still three years away from epic convulsions of corruption, bankruptcy […]

Q&A with COO, Paul Childs

Posted:02/05/16

A hands-on leader who walks or drives the entire M-1 RAIL route every day, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Paul Childs shares his perspective as construction continues. Q: What strikes you most every morning as you take a look at overall construction? Childs: The team in the field and their concerns for quality, safety and the […]

Empowering Detroit’s Youth Through Summer Employment

Posted:02/05/16

Although there’s snow on the ground and Superbowl celebrations are in the air, now is the time to help your young person get started on the path to summer employment.  Earlier this week, the City of Detroit, City Connect, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and SER Metro kicked off the 2016 Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Program (GDYT). […]

DFT to showcase Oscar Nominated Short Films

Posted:01/29/16

Film connoisseurs, get ready! Purchase your tickets for a seat at the DFT (Detroit Film Theater) special event tonight at 7:00 p.m. to see 2016’s most talked about cinema. The independent films will feature five shorts in the Animated and Live Action categories. The best part, all have been nominated for an Academy Award, and […]

Live Your Best Life This year with Whole Foods and Dr. Ian Smith

Posted:01/29/16

Each year millions of American’s resolve to make it their healthiest year yet. However many fail due in part due to lack of support and not knowing how to properly begin their journey. Well this year, Whole Foods Market Detroit and the Whole Cities Foundation is working to make becoming the best you a little […]

Woodward Ave. may get Express Bus Service?

Posted:01/22/16

Express bus service proposed for Woodward, Gratiot Writer: Eric D. Lawrence Expanded bus service on Woodward and Gratiot would function as an express service between Detroit and its northern suburbs. The proposal, unveiled Thursday as a draft at a meeting of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, would include 13 stops — rather than an estimated 100 […]

Studio One Apartments: In the Center of it All

Posted:01/22/16

Walkability. In communities across the country, neighborhoods are being planned with a focus on Transit Oriented Design (TOD) and connections to everything one needs to live in an area. In the 2008 Wayne State University and Prime Development made history with their South Village Campus Expansion development. At the core of this plan was the […]

Head to Union Street for Good Eats!

Posted:01/15/16

For over thirty years, one restaurant in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood has served generations of Wayne State University staff, students, theater attendees, and lovers of food and drink with a kick. That destination is the legendary Union Street restaurant. Originally owned by Mr. John Lopez of Agave and Atlas Global Bistro fame, it is now owned […]

Continuing Dr. King’s Legacy

Posted:01/15/16

It goes without question that 1983 was a victorious year in American history. Civil Rights advocates all over the nation were celebratory of the federal government’s decision to recognize Dr. King’s monumental strides for civil rights as a national holiday. After 33 years, his legacy continues to live in Detroit. Here is a list of […]

M-1 RAIL talks Hours and Fares with Deadline Detroit

Posted:01/14/16

New M-1 RAIL Details, Including Fares and Hours Author: Allan Lengel With the launching of M-1 Rail scheduled for early next year, authorities are still hammering out some details including the cost of a transfer from a bus and a universal pass, be it on a plastic card or smart phone,  that could be used […]

Ingenuity and Performance: North American International Auto Show

Posted:01/08/16

For months, Cobo Hall has been undergoing construction to present the best in automotive design, performance and technology to the world. The wait is finally over. This Saturday, the City of Detroit and the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) will officially welcome the world to the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). January 11-24, […]

Researchers say M-1 RAIL will Increase Public Health

Posted:01/08/16

Use M-1 Rail to Improve Public Health for Everyone Author: Bengt Arnetz After years of planning, the M-1 Rail is creeping up on us. In about 18 months, the 3.3-mile stretch of Woodward from downtown to Grand Boulevard will have a new piece of infrastructure that will transform the surrounding area. This transformation is potentially […]

The Detroit Holiday Gift Giving Survival Guide

Posted:12/18/15

The time crunch is on! Whether it’s fulfilling your child’s dreams of concert joy or the obligatory secret Santa holiday gift exchange, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with gift needs from these eight local  favorites. Bob’s Classic Kick’s 4717 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 The house that shoe built. Shopping for the gym shoe […]

Offin Rivers Boutique in Detroit

North End Boutique, Offin Rivers, serves Fashion

Posted:12/18/15

23 years ago Sharon and Kwame Yamoah took a leap of faith to combine their business savvy with a love for fashion and Detroit to open the Offin Rivers Boutique.  Life-long residents of the city, the couple dreamed of owning a business that would allow them to be central a connection point of the neighborhood, […]

Dencap advocates for keeping Dentists in Detroit

Posted:12/11/15

31 years ago in response to dentists fleeing the city to suburban communities, two men took a stand to ensure that the residents of Detroit would continue to have access to high quality dental care. Together Joseph Lentine Sr. and Dr. Frank Kutherall founded Dencap, a dental insurance firm that began serving primarily Detroiters with […]

“Hard work follows Detroit bankruptcy success”

Posted:12/10/15

Daniel Howes, The Detroit News One year after its epic bankruptcy concluded, Detroit is a city on the mend. Government is operating better, delivering quicker response times for police, fire and EMS. Streetlight replacement is running ahead of schedule. All-important revenue collection is exceeding conservative estimates detailed in the city’s Plan of Adjustment approved more […]

The 2015 America’s Thanksgiving Parade Takes Over the Woodward Corridor

Posted:11/20/15

On Thanksgiving Day, thousands of Metro Detroiters will line the streets of historic Woodward Avenue for the 89th Annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade. The nation’s second oldest parade will kick off this year at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Kirby, where the worlds of history and culture meet in front of the Detroit Institute of […]

M-1 RAIL to Host Holiday Open House

Posted:11/20/15

On Friday, November 20, join M-1 RAIL for our 2015 Holiday Open House. Join us in kicking off the holiday season and learn about the latest project updates. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. during the 12th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting. Representatives will be on hand to discuss the project and hear community concerns. There will be children’s […]

Shop Detroit on Small Business Saturday

Posted:11/20/15

On Saturday, November 28, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Detroit Experience Factory and the Build Institute will host The Second Annual Build Bazaar and Shop Detroit. In celebration of the backbone of Detroit, its small businesses, this event will feature a marketplace showcasing recent Build Institute graduates with goods ranging from clothing, accessories to specialty foods in addition to […]

12th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony

Posted:11/20/15

On Friday November 20, join a few thousand of your closet friends to kick off the holiday season with the 12th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony.This family friendly event will take place in the heart of Detroit’s playground, Campus Martius.  Festivities start at 5 p.m. with the 60 foot Michigan grown Norway Spruce, adorned with […]

America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van is Set for Woodward Avenue

Posted:11/17/15

DETROIT – The Parade Company and M-1 RAIL have come together in planning for one of the most iconic Thanksgiving parades in the country, America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van, to ensure a spectacular show as the 89th annual parade travels more than three miles on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. This year is the […]

Pho Lucky Opens Midtown Location!

Posted:11/13/15

Vietnamese food lovers rejoice! The Cong Nguyen family is bringing their signature friendly service, family centered design and authentic Vietnamese cuisine to Detroit as they open the latest Pho Lucky location in the Midtown neighborhood. This location will be family’s fourth addition to their hospitality portfolio. Open for just over a week, Pho Lucky’s first venture […]

Regis Houze, a New Option in New Center Detroit

Posted:11/13/15

For the first time in a decade, new housing is coming to the New Center neighborhood. With the support of M-1 RAIL project partners, Midtown Detroit, Inc, and The Kresge Foundation, Barbat Holdings utilized the Woodward Corridor Investments Fund to bring Regis Houze to fruition. The $4-million development brings much needed workforce housing and retail space […]

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Midtown McDonalds Gives Back with Coats for Kids

Posted:11/06/15

On Saturday, November 7, please support community champion and Midtown McDonald’s owner operator, Ms. Deborah Virgiles and WJLB FM-98 for the 33rd Annual Coats for Kids. Kicking off at 10 a.m.  at the historic Masonic Temple, volunteers will be on hand to collect new and gently used coats and other winter gear for Detroit children in […]

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