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


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!


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


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 […]

McDonald's in Midtown Detroit

Midtown McDonalds Gives Back with Coats for Kids


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 […]

Detroit Yoga Labs in Midtown Detroit

Kick Start The Weekend With Detroit Yoga Labs!


For the last two years, area yoga lovers have flocked to Naomi Gold’s slice of yoga heaven on Forest known as the Yoga Shelter. Tucked inside of Wayne State University’s Parking Structure, between Cass and Woodward, yogis find refuge from the fast-paced big city life and get centered with a little downward dog. Recently, Gold […]

Last Community Advisory Council Meeting is in November


Be engaged and get informed!  Join M-1 RAIL as we host the final Community Advisory Council Meeting of the year on Thursday, November 12 at the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church. This meeting will provide stakeholders with information on the construction progress, maintenance of traffic control plans, business supports programs and more. This meeting is open to ALL. This month’s special guest speakers will be Travis Gonyou,Regional […]

Detroit Artists Market Art for the Holiday’s Exhibit Opening


The Detroit Artists Market will open its annual “Art for the Holidays” exhibition next Friday, November 6. Every year at this time DAM transforms into an exciting art-filled gift market where you can find just the right presents for all the special people in your life. DAM stocks Art for the Holidays with original gift items that match the taste and […]

Pushing for inclusive development along Woodward Avenue


NICOLE RUPERSBURG | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015 What does a sports marketing and event manager know about transit? Sommer Woods admits that when she first started out as director of external relations — she’s now VP of external relations and marketing — for Detroit’s M-1 Rail, she knew nothing about transit. But she knew people, and that’s what […]

Holiday Budgeting 101: Your Smart Savings Guide for this Holiday Season


If you’ve walked into any big box retail store or spoken to local store owners, you know we’re less than 60 days away from the gift giving season. For local businesses it’s the most welcome time of the year and for shoppers it can be the scariest- for their budgets. With the help of Woodward […]

15 Years of Honoring Neighborhood Change Makers


According to Webster’s Dictionary, change is defined as; to make something different than what it would be if it were left alone. On Thursday, October, 28, Detroiters will gather to honor nine trailblazing change makers and organizations who are driving Detroit‘s neighborhoods forward at the 15th Annual Detroit Community Development Awards.  Produced by Detroit LISC, […]

Woodward Willis Development Brings Lawrence Tech University to Detroit


On October 14, Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) celebrated the grand opening of the long awaited Woodward Willis project. The three story, 26,320 SF mixed use development with 35 surface parking spaces provided onsite is home to Lawrence Tech University’s first Detroit campus.  The new LTU Art and Design Center will join Quinn Evans Architects, ULI […]

Detroit Run City: the 2015 Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank International Marathon


At precisely 6:58 a.m. Sunday, October 18, nearly a record breaking 28,000 thousand runners will take over the streets of Detroit for the 38th annual Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank International Marathon. With record setting registrations this year, runners young and old have been laser focused on training their mind and body to conquer everything […]

The Biz Grid


If you’re a business owner looking for resources from retail loans to customer service training, your search is over. Meet your one stop shop for navigating the landscape of organizations providing business assistance in Detroit; The Biz Grid. Created by a collaborative that includes the Detroit Economic Grown Corporation, The Downtown Detroit Partnership, Detroit Regional […]

RTA Launches Fall Community Meetings Series


You are now free to move about the region – in a more connected manner. While a more connected multi-model transportation system seemed like a dream for Southeastern Michigan just a few years ago it’s closer to becoming reality under the shepherding of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The RTA’s mission is to provide a […]

Discover the North End Neighborhood


Home to 12,379 residents, this historic neighborhood is one of the Detroit’s most treasured jewels. Once a hub of African-American small business growth, culture, automotive manufacturing and home ownership, the neighborhood saw significant disinvestment from the late 1960’s until the mid-2000’s. With the support of philanthropic organizations such as The Kresge Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, […]



DETROIT — Detroit-based M-1 RAIL and Brookville Equipment Corporation (BROOKVILLE) agreed to terms on Friday, June 5 for the supply of six off-wire capable Liberty Modern Streetcars for the 3.3-mile Woodward Avenue line, set for delivery to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016, with a contract valued at $32 million. The M-1 RAIL Liberty […]

Detroit Design Festival Brings Art to the Streets


While Detroit may most be known for its rich automotive heritage and musical legacy from Motown to Hip-Hop and Gospel, it’s also a home to emerging and legendary visual artists. This weekend, discover the Detroit design scene at the fifth annual Detroit Design Festival, North America’s largest festival of independent artists and designers. This event […]

Cuisine: Fine French Dining That’s Uniquely Detroit


Along the beautiful tree lined Lothrop Avenue in the New Center area lies dining gem; Cuisine Restaurant.  Owned and operated by Chef Paul Grosz, Cuisine has served the foodies culinary masterpieces that combine French and American elements since 2001.  After training at the world renowned Le Francais and Le Cordon Bleu and learning from some […]

Detroit Restaurant Week Celebrates Dining in the City


Cars. Music. Art. Food. Yes Detroit is quickly becoming known around the world for its growing, vibrant restaurant scene with newcomers such as Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails to staples such as La Dolce Vita. On Friday, September 18, foodie fans will raise their forks and glasses in celebration of the start to Detroit Restaurant Week. The […]

The Wright Museum Celebrates 50 Years of Inspiring Beauty; Ebony Fashion Fair


There are many events that celebrate the art of fashion, but none of them brought the glitz and glamour to cities across the county like the Ebony Fashion Fair. For 50 years, women donned their best dresses,  hats and gloves to see what was new, next and hot in fashion for African Americans at the […]

BLAC Magazine Interviews Crew Member


Local Detroiter’s Passion to Build the M-1 Rail Charnae Sanders  It takes patience driving downtown Detroit, especially now that the M-1 Rail project on Woodward Avenue is in full swing. But when it’s all over, one person you’ll have to thank is Terrance Terrell Anderson of Operating Engineers Local 324 at contractor Stacy and Witbeck, […]

Jazz, Food and Fun: Summer’s Last Fling


In the country’s hardest working city, we take our celebration of Labor Day seriously. From the annual parades that celebrate the union workers that build our roadways and transit system, to the festivals which honor the world’s Jazz heritage, it’s time to end the summer with a bang! Make your staycation in the city spectacular […]

2015 Intern Cohort Says Goodbye!


As construction on the M-1 RAIL Project continues to blaze ahead, the internship program has come to a close. The 2015 Intern class, each exhibiting the ability to learn quickly and put ideas into motion have proved to be Detroit’s best of the best. The cohort consisted of college and high school students that live […]

Detroit Jazz Fest begins Next Weekend!


Grab some sun, fun, and great music at the 36th Annual Detroit Jazz Fest. With special performances from local and national artists, this year’s lineup is sure to impress. The 2015 Artist-in-Residence, Pat Metheny, will treat festival visitors to four performances. Students from Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Youth Band and local colleges will […]

Roads and Bridges


Beyond City Limits Paul Childs The Motor City stages a streetcar-system comeback After seven years of planning, construction on the M-1 RAIL project in Detroit, Mich., kicked off in July 2014.A modern streetcar line, the M-1 RAIL was designed to circulate 3.3 miles (6.6 miles total) along Woodward Avenue, Detroit’s main thoroughfare. This public transportation […]

Spotlight: Beyond the Motor City


The city that put the world on wheels is riding a new trend in transportation.  The revolution rides on two wheels. Detroit boasts a “growing diverse bicycle culture” according to Detroit Greenway Coalition coordinator Todd Scott who’s organization is working to obtain a $10.4 million federal grant to support completion of the Inner Circle Greenway, […]

Section Of I-94 To Close For Weekend


M-1 RAIL and the Michigan Department of Transportation announced today that construction crews will be closing a section of I-94 in Detroit this weekend between I-75 and M-10 (Lodge Freeway). The closure will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, August 21, with all lanes of the freeway expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, August 24. […]

African World Festival starts today!


This weekend marks the 33rd annual African World Festival.  The highly anticipated event also commemorates the 50th Anniversary of 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 expected to […]

Business Spotlight: BE NICE Yoga


When balancing a busy work and family life, it is difficult to find time to focus on yourself and relieve stress. The “boutique”yoga studio in Midtown Detroit, BE NICE Yoga, provides a friendly and non-competitive space to step away from the everyday grind. BE NICE Yoga owner, Monica Breen, believes everyone “is a unique construction of body, mind, energy, and spirit.” […]



DETROIT – M-1 RAIL and the Michigan Department of Transportation announced to-day that construction crews will be closing a section of I-375 (Fisher Freeway) in Detroit, between I-75 (Chrysler Freeway) and M-10 (Lodge Freeway), starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, with lanes expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17. Closing this section […]

Ribs and R&B Music Festival Returns to Hart Plaza


Stop by Hart Plaza this weekend to enjoy live music and classic BBQ! This weekend marks the 19th annual Ribs and R&B Music Festival  at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Friday, August 7-9, eat, drink, and celebrate Detroit’s soulful music roots at the Ribs and R&B Music Festival. The festival brings Detroiters together to experience […]

Business Spotlight: Chickpea in the D


Remaining true to a healthy lifestyle while eating out can often be inconvenient and expensive in the city. Located on John R. off Woodward Avenue, Chickpea in the D is the perfect place to get a fresh, healthy and reasonably priced lunch. Owner and Detroit resident, David Ayyash, opened Chickpea in the D nearly two […]

Detroit’s Transportation Future


Detroit will always be the Motor City. But the future of transportation in Detroit is expanding beyond motorized vehicles towards alternative forms of transit. Bikes, trains and of course, the M-1 RAIL streetcar are changing the way people move through Detroit. The bike culture in Detroit is booming.  Living a green and healthy lifestyle is […]

Business Spotlight: Bob’s Classic Kicks


The city of Detroit is known for its combination of classic history and modern innovation. The local Midtown sneaker boutique, Bob’s Classic Kicks, embodies Detroit’s beloved character by pairing “the old school with the new.” Some believe the city of Detroit is just now working its way back to a lively city. For Bob’s Classic […]

Walk Detroit Campaign has launched!


Finding creative ways to get exercise in the city can be difficult. The Detroit Experience Factory(DXF) and the Downtown Detroit Partnership(DDP) are taking on the task while promoting Detroit through the Walk Detroit campaign. The campaign was created to encourage Detroit residents and visitors to explore the city by foot and it is doing just […]

Shakespeare in New Center


In theater,it is considered to be bad luck to utter the words “Macbeth” aloud with the fear of something going wrong with the play. However, Detroit based theater troupe, “Shakespeare in Detroit” is tackling both performing the classic play, while at the same time avoiding speaking aloud those treacherous words. In 1852 William Shakespeare would […]

Business Spotlight: Praise Him Barbershop


For most people, finding their purpose in life can prove to be a challenge. For “Praise Him Beauty, Barber, and Nail Salon” owner, Miles Nelson, cutting hair is more than a trade, it’s his purpose. Although the shop was established in 2001, styling hair has been in Nelson’s family for over 40 years. While growing […]

M-1 RAIL helps get Woodward developments rolling


Louis Aguilar | The Detroit News M-1 RAIL may be a year away from ferrying passengers from downtown to Midtown, but housing developments already are popping up along the Woodward Avenue route: an early sign the streetcar service could play a major role in eradicating blight along the 3.3-mile line. It’s been a hard-fought battle to […]

The Hannan Summer Open: Art & Entertainment in the D


The Hannan Summer Open showcases Detroit’s extraordinary range of artistic talent and creativity. Presented by the Ellen Kayrod Gallery from June 26 to August 14, the Summer Open brings together over 30 artists featuring painting, sculpture, ceramics, collage, and photography. The Gallery is located on the bustling Woodward Avenue just three blocks south of the […]

Welcome In the Official Start of Summer in Detroit: GM River Days & Ford Fireworks


Celebrate Father’s Day weekend in Detroit with the return of GM River Days and the Ford Fireworks! GM River Days has returned to the beautiful Detroit riverfront going on now through June 21,  marking the official start of summer. The 2015 River Days festival will take place at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock […]

TRU’s Summer Meeting: Be Engaged in Transit Decision-Making


Want to help improve your community’s transit? Get involved by joining RTA and TRU at TRU’s Summer Meeting! Learn the latest from the RTA about the transit projects they’re planning and how you and your community can help shape those decisions. Share Why Transit Matters to you and your community! Also, help get people throughout […]

MSU Detroit Center: Monday Night Movies in the City


Throughout the summer months, enjoy the free Monday Night Movies at the Michigan State University Detroit Center. Stop by the MSU Detroit Center for free monthly movie screenings to celebrate the connections between health, agriculture, the economy, and community. Located on 3408 Woodward Avenue, the MSU Detroit Center features free Monday night movies once a […]

M-1 RAIL announces vendor for streetcars


Six American Made Vehicles To Be Built for Nation’s Leading Off-Wire Streetcar System M-1 RAIL announced today that it has entered into a contract with Brookville Equipment Corporation for the design, build, testing and safety certification of six individual streetcars to run along Woodward Avenue. “Selection of Brookville provides M-1 RAIL with a company that […]

Join Us to Support City Year Detroit


On Tuesday, June 16, join City Year Detroit for its fourth annual fundraiser to end the high school dropout crisis.  City Year Detroit trains recent college graduates who commit a year of their lives to be tutors, mentors, and friends to at risk students. The fundraiser, hosted by Fountain Bistro from 6:30-9:30p.m. at Campus Martius, […]

Detroit Film Theatre and DIA Host Cinetopia International Film Festival


The 2015 Cinetopia International Film Festival will be kicking off in Detroit this weekend! The festival will present the best feature-length dramas, comedies and documentaries from film festivals around the world from June 5-7. In addition to over 70 film screenings, Cinetopia includes post-film events such as presentations, discussion panels and Q&A sessions. Created specifically […]

 I-94 bridge rebuild to move into second phase


Work shifts to northbound lanes, traffic restored to southbound lanes  As earlier announced by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), M-1 RAIL, in conjunction with MDOT, will be closing a section of I-94 in Detroit this weekend between I-75 and M-10 (Lodge Freeway). The closure will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, June 5, with all […]

Charge up the batteries for M-1 Rail


Eric D. Lawrence| Detroit Free Press As construction on the M-1 Rail in Detroit builds momentum this spring, officials are touting the technology that will power the streetcars as highly advanced and the wave of the future for such transportation systems. The line is projected to be operational by late next year, and most of […]

New Center Park: Summer in the D


New Center Park is back to kick start Summer 2015! Located in Detroit’s Historic New Center on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and West Grand Boulevard, New Center Park is a unique green space in the midst of urban Detroit. From June through August, New Center Park provides free movie screenings, live music, and […]

Small business gets boost through NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth


Nearly twenty years ago, “Turkey George” Lyles set up shop in a historic 1927 building located on Woodward across from the Virginia Park Historic District. His North End Eatery, Turkey Grill, has made headlines and even topped Metro Times Best of Detroit List this year. Last year, George was one of thirty small businesses in […]

Spotlight on the News: Getting ready for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix & the M-1 rail


Chuck Stokes | WXYZ In one week, Detroit and Michigan’s reputation for putting the world on wheels will be back in the international Spotlight. Thousands of people will make their way downtown for the Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix. Is the Motor City ready? We’ll find out from Grand Prix Chairman Bud Denker and GM […]

Movement 2015:  Beats, Rhymes and the D


This Memorial Day weekend, Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival returns to Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit.  From May 23rd through 25th, thousands of music enthusiasts from across the globe will gather in the City of Detroit to enjoy the techno music scene. In its 15th year, the Movement  festival at Hart Plaza features over 140 performers, six stages, and numerous after […]

Regional Transit Authority Open Houses


This week, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) of Southeast Michigan held Public Open Houses for the Building Equitable and Sustainable Transit (BEST) Projects in each of the counties in the RTA region.  The Open Houses were held in the following locations: Monday – Washtenaw County: Eastern Michigan University Tuesday – Western Wayne County: University of […]

M-1 RAIL Internship Applications Due Monday


Calling all Detroiters ages 16 to 24, M-1 RAIL wants you!  M-1 RAIL is now accepting applications for the 2015 M-1 RAIL Summer Internship program now thru Monday, May 11th.  We are proud to participate in this year’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program administrated by City Connect Detroit as a part of Mayor Mike Duggan’s […]

Join M-1 RAIL at the May Community Advisory Council Meeting


Be engaged and get informed!  Join M-1 RAIL as we host the May Community Advisory Council Meeting on Thursday, May 14th at the Michigan State University Detroit Center. This meeting will provide stakeholders with information on the construction progress, maintenance of traffic control plans, business support programs and more. This meeting is open to ALL. […]

M-1 RAIL Marks National Construction Safety Week with Perfect Safety Record in Recordable Incidents


The Second U.S. Construction Industry Safety Week is being celebrated May 3 through May 9, and M-1 RAIL is joining with its construction partners to recognize and reinforce the importance of safety for employees, pedestrians and drivers throughout the construction zone. M-1 RAIL Chief Operating Office Paul Childs said the M-1 RAIL project has experienced […]

Campus Martius and Fountain Bistro: A Summer Oasis in the City


This weekend marks the 11th summer of Campus Martius Park. In the heart of Downtown Detroit’s green space is Fountain Bistro, a renowned restaurant from local entrepreneurs Matt and Kevin Morin and Jay Lambrecht of Bookies Bar fame. Known for its seasonal menu, flawless service and upscale yet unpretentious atmosphere, Fountain Bistro has become a […]

Detroit-area transit agencies consider single fare card


Eric Lawrence | Detroit Free Press Imagine grabbing a DDOT or SMART bus and paying with a plastic card that you just used to ride the People Mover and M-1 Rail. Later, you head to Ann Arbor and use the same plastic card to ride the bus there. Or maybe you just used a credit […]

Mother’s Day at Woodhouse Spa Detroit


With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, there is still time to plan an unforgettable day for Mom! To celebrate this special day, The Woodhouse Day Spa is offering a series of exclusive deals. Located at the corner of Clifford St. and Woodward Ave., this will surely be a relaxing treat for all the hardworking Moms. Show appreciation for your […]

I-94 Partial Lane Closure This Weekend Enables Bridge Work: Concrete to be Poured for Woodward Ave. Bridge Over I-94


M-1 RAIL, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), will close the left two lanes in each direction on I-94 (Edsel Ford Freeway) in Detroit this weekend between I-75 (Fisher Freeway) and M-10 (Lodge Freeway) for bridge work at Woodward Avenue. One lane on I-94 will remain open to traffic in each direction.  […]

Motor City Match: Business Innovation in Action


In early January, during his second State of the City Address, Detroit Mayor, Mike Duggan announced a new program, Motor City Match (MCM), that in partnership with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, will radically shift the city’s small business landscape. Earlier this month MCM officially launched with a round of neighborhood information sessions detailing how to participate in […]

Transit Riders United Regional Transit Awards Dinner: Celebrate Regional Transit Change Makers with TRU!


On Thursday, May 7th join Transit Riders United (TRU) as they celebrate the region’s Transportation Change Makers at the 2015 Regional Transit Awards. This year the event will be held at the beautiful Hotel St. Regis located in the midst of Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. This fourth annual fundraising dinner […]

2015 Construction Update: Frequently Asked Questions


Didn’t M-1 RAIL already complete track construction downtown? The track construction completed before the 2014 America’s Thanksgiving Parade took place from Adams Street to Gratiot Avenue.  The track construction scheduled for 2015 will take place on Woodward Avenue from Gratiot Avenue to Larned Street and Adams Street to I-75 in both the northbound and southbound […]

M-1 RAIL Spring Clean-Up Kicks Off Aggressive 2015 Construction Schedule


Specialty curved track to be installed around Campus Martius Park starting Monday, April 20 Visitors still able to enjoy Campus Martius Park during construction M-1 RAIL has jumpstarted the 2015 construction season with some spring cleaning in construction zones, laying track in the Midtown neighborhood, and making preparations for the installation of a specialty curved […]

Art X Detroit Returns to Nearly 20 Venues Throughout Detroit


Over the next three weekends, Detroit will be taken over by some of the world’s best emerging and established artists, as Art X Detroit takes center stage from April 9th – 26th. Back for its third cycle, Art X Detroit is a celebration of the work of 2013 and 2014 Kresge Artist Fellows and Kresge Eminent Artists. […]

Opening Day: What You Need to Know


Detroiters rejoice! Opening day returns this Monday, April 6, and with it the unofficial start of spring. We anticipate that downtown will be overflowing with baseball fans on Monday, so to help alleviate congestion and keep you moving through construction and baseball traffic, we have written up a short roundup of what you can expect […]

Shell Eco-Marathon Takes Over the Streets of Detroit This Spring


Experience a day of inspiring fun for the whole family! Science and fun will be combined to create an experience like no other for families and students from across the country as Shell brings the Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Coming to Detroit’s Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, April 10-12, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. […]

Business Spotlight: Falafill– Healing Detroit from the Inside Out


The Fardoun’s family history in the restaurant business is, in part, what inspired Kassem to follow his dream of opening a Falafill with his sister Maya. His belief in the benefits of a healthy diet and vegetarian lifestyle propelled him to open the restaurant with his sister. Maya’s passion for the city of Detroit, is what […]

Business Spotlight: Flash Delivery– Detroit’s Culinary Experience Delivered to Your Doorstep


What happens when two entrepreneurs meet at the innovation entrepreneurship development hub, Build Institute? Collaboration that leads to the development of one of the most exciting and unique businesses to open in Detroit– Flash Delivery. Created by veteran business owners, Tatiana Grant and Erica Billnglesa, Flash Delivery’s goal is connect people to great restaurants in […]

I-94 closure enables bridge work


Ten steel beams will be installed to support new Woodward Avenue Bridge over I-94 M-1 RAIL, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), will be closing a section of I-94 in Detroit this weekend between I-75 and M-10 (Lodge Freeway). The closure will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, March 13, with all lanes […]

Motor City Streetcar


Nick Wright | FFJournal In a move to rejuvenate downtown, crews lay over 1,000 tons of fabricated rail through the heart of Detroit Detroit demonstrates what happens when a city lives and dies by one industry—auto manufacturing. From its peak population of 1.8 million in the 1950s down to its bankruptcy filing in 2013, Detroit’s […]

M-1 RAIL seeks streetcar operator, issues RFP


Provider must fulfill M-1 RAIL’s commitment to operating a clean, safe, reliable streetcar system  M-1 RAIL is now accepting proposals from companies to manage the operations and maintenance of the streetcar system. The Request For Proposal (RFP) has been posted to M-1 RAIL.com with a due date of April 16, 2015. It will also be […]

Big ambitions for Detroit’s M-1 Rail system


Matt Harding | Bridge Magazine From his new Midtown apartment at Woodward Avenue and Kirby Street, Michael Ford can look out and see construction on the M-1 Rail system. The new commuter rail line linking downtown Detroit to Midtown won’t be done until late 2016, but Ford is already focusing on what’s next. Ford, the […]

Valentine’s Day on Woodward Avenue


If Cupid’s arrow has struck, but you’re at a loss as to how to celebrate love’s special day, don’t panic. Everything you need to create the perfect Valentine’s Day is right outside of your doorstep on Woodward Avenue, home to the future M-1 RAIL Woodward Streetcar.  From a romantic dinner at the historic Whitney Restaurant […]

Business Spotlight: Yoga Shelter


Finding Balance at the Yoga Shelter For Yoga enthusiasts, Midtown has become a haven. Boasting three studios, classes at FitnessWorks and even yoga in several parks during the summer, classes can be found almost everywhere. What keeps students coming back to the Yoga Shelter with so many choices? “ Students love it here because it’s […]

M-1 RAIL Hosts North End Community Project Update Meeting This Weekend


Be engaged and get informed!  Join M-1 RAIL as we host a 2015 Winter Community Project Update Meeting on Saturday, February 7 at the Metropolitan United Methodist Church in the historic North End Neighborhood. This meeting will provide stakeholders with information on the construction progress, maintenance of traffic control plans, business support programs and more. M-1 […]

Navigating the Corridor: A Guide to Driver and Pedestrian Safety


During the winter months Michigan drivers have become accustomed to driving through the snow and slush, but we all have to be a little more careful on the road, especially while traveling near M-1 RAIL construction zones on Woodward Avenue. Construction crews are working every day on a variety of projects—from utility relocation to duct […]

Regional Transit eyeing new fare card technology


Leonard N. Fleming | The Detroit News Regional transportation officials are studying the benefits of a unified fare card they say will make it easier for customers to pass from bus to train and back. The results of the study, funded through a $100,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation, are expected as early […]

Growth occurs along the M-1 RAIL streetcar route


Spurred in part by the promise of a more connected Detroit, the Woodward Corridor has seen a spike in new developments locating along the M-1 RAIL streetcar route and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Those traveling along the construction zone will see “coming soon” signs in storefronts and scaffolding around historic buildings that are being rehabbed. […]

M-1 Rail construction to ramp up this year in Detroit


Eric Lawrence | Detroit Free Press An M-1 Rail official is predicting a busy 2015 as construction ramps up on the Woodward Avenue streetcar line this year. The 2015 construction schedule, which includes the resumption of track installation beginning in March, is “very aggressive” to get in and get out and limit the impact, said […]

Midtown Detroit, Inc. to Host Workshops on Empowerment Zone Tax Credits for 2015


Join Midtown Detroit, Inc on Tuesday, January 27 at the University of Michigan Detroit Center for the informative program, “Empowerment Zone Tax Credit Facts”. This special presentation is open to businesses throughout the four neighborhoods along the M-1 RAIL Streetcar line:  Downtown, Midtown, New Center and North End. Most of Midtown and Downtown Detroit have […]

Business Spotlight: McDonald’s in Midtown


When Deborah Virgiles started working at McDonald’s as a teenager in 1972, she couldn’t have predicted that one day she would own her own store. In 1996, Virgiles purchased her first store in Detroit’s historic Rosedale Park neighborhood. Several years later, she expanded and opened her next McDonald’s location in the heart of Midtown Detroit […]

M-1 RAIL Kicks off Winter Community Project Update Meeting Series


Be engaged and get informed!  Join M-1 RAIL as we host the 2015 Winter Community Project Update Meeting Series.  Kicking off on Tuesday, January 27th, this series of meetings held throughout the corridor will provide stakeholders with information on the construction progress, maintenance of traffic controls plans, business supports programs and more. Save The Date! […]

Midtown restaurants will keep happy hour promotions during M1 Rail construction


Ian Thibodeau | MLive Midtown Detroit, Inc. on Thursday announced that the holiday happy hour promotions offered at Midtown restaurants over the holidays will continue for an extended time. What was supposed to be an “Orange Christmas” due to the lines of construction barrels in the area resulted in “increased traffic and sales during December despite […]

Street Beat: Detroit Future City, M-1 Rail, And The New District Detroit


On this segment of Street Beat, host Jill Washburn looks at the rebirth of Detroit through the eyes of various organizations who are forging the future. First, Sommer Woods, the Director of External Relations, M-1 RAIL, shares the impact that the new M-1 Rail system will have on Detroit. Watch the full segment here.

Crain’s Newsmakers of the Year 2014: Matt Cullen


Bill Shea | Crain’s Detroit Business It has taken seven years and an immeasurable amount of political jockeying, but the $137 million M-1 Rail streetcar project broke ground in July and is on schedule to be running up and down Woodward Avenue in 2016. The project’s conductor as CEO has been Matt Cullen, the longtime Dan […]

M-1 RAIL finalized New Market Tax Credit funding for Detroit streetcar project


The final piece of the 2014 funding for M-1 RAIL has been completed, with agreements finalized for the second phase of an approximately $40 million total in New Markets Tax Credit financing.   M-1 RAIL received the first tranche earlier this year, and the second tranche brings net proceeds to $8 million.  The deal marks the […]

M-1 RAIL, Stacy and Witbeck Join Forces with Mariners Inn to Brighten the Holiday Season


M-1 RAIL and Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. (SWI) have joined together to brighten the holidays of a family through the Adopt A Family Program at Mariners Inn this year. “Detroiters are truly our partners on this project, having worked with us throughout the years in preparing for the M-1 RAIL streetcar project and now through its […]

A Letter from M-1 RAIL Leadership


Dear M-1 RAIL Supporter, This year, we made history when we broke ground on the M-1 RAIL streetcar project, and now, we are well on the way towards building a better future for Detroit. When we began this journey, no one anticipated how great the challenge would be and the twists and turns it would […]

M-1 Rail officials announce winter construction plans


Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press Construction on the M-1 Rail project will continue this winter, but the work will be adjusted to fit colder weather. M-1 Rail Chief Operating Officer Paul Childs said in a news release this week that the work would include construction on freeway overpasses and relocation of underground utility […]

M-1 RAIL construction continues through winter; requires collaboration with Mother Nature


M-1 RAIL Chief Operating Officer Paul Childs said construction of the modern streetcar line on Woodward Avenue will continue through the winter months, but weather conditions are a factor that must be considered when planning a winter construction schedule in Michigan. “We made significant progress over the past five months, due in part to great […]

Midtown Holiday Magic Sparks the 42nd Annual Noel Night


Join Midtown Detroit, Inc. and a few thousand of your closest friends to celebrate the 42nd Annual Noel Night, this Saturday, December 6th.  Taking over the Midtown neighborhood, this family-fun event is the official kick-off to the holiday season!  Showcasing Detroit’s art and cultural institutions, vibrant retail options and offering-up tantalizing culinary offerings, Noel Night will […]

Design/Build Team requests information for bid opportunities for the M-1 RAIL Penske Technical Center


To ensure participation of Detroit-based, and minority and women owned businesses, the design/build team for M-1 RAIL Penske Technical Center is requesting pre-qualification information from companies interested in bidding on multiple packages of work that will be released in the first quarter of 2015. “We are asking companies to complete our pre-qualification process by Dec. […]

Discover the North End Neighborhood


Home to just over 12,000 residents, this historic neighborhood is one of Detroit’s most treasured jewels. Once a thriving community that served as one of the hubs of African-American small business growth, culture, automotive manufacturing and home ownership, the neighborhood saw significant disinvestment from the late 1960s until the mid-2000s. With the support of philanthropic organizations […]

Midtown Detroit, Inc. Presents “Meet the Lenders”


Character based loans. Microloans. Grants.  Online based loan programs. SBA loans. What’s the difference between all of these products and how you begin to determine which one meets your business’ needs?  Join Midtown Detroit, Inc. as they host “Meet the Lenders,” a special presentation open to businesses throughout the four neighborhoods along the M-1 RAIL […]

M-1 RAIL on time with completion of first phase of construction on Woodward Ave. in Downtown Detroit


M-1 RAIL has completed its first phase of construction between Campus Martius Park and Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit in time for America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.  After the floats, clown corps and spectators have departed on Thursday, vehicle traffic will once again be able to travel the Downtown stretch of Woodward […]

Celebrating The Holiday’s Along M-1


On Friday, November 21st, Detroit’s gathering place, Campus Martius Park officially kicks off the holiday season in the city with the 11th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony. A tradition for thousands of Metro Detroiters, the Tree Lighting Ceremony brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the start of this special time of […]

Streetcar expert, M-1 Rail CEO share thoughts, hopes for development around Detroit rail system


Ian Thibodeau | MLive The M-1 Rail system expected to open in 2016 will do more for Detroit than move people around on a 6.6-mile loop along Woodward Avenue. Development should also see a boost, Michael Powell, Portland Streetcar, Inc. board chair emeritus, told those assembled at the 28th Annual University of Michigan and Urban […]

Detroit communications leaders appointed to M-1 RAIL Communications Advisory Board


M-1 RAIL has formed a Communications Advisory Board comprised of leading communications professionals from businesses and major institutions located on or near the Woodward Corridor.  The purpose of the CAB is to help inform the M-1 Rail communications strategy and reach key stakeholders, employees, and visitors who navigate the Woodward corridor area. “The CAB provides […]

Portland Streetcar expert comes to Detroit Nov. 19th to discuss economic development benefits of streetcars


Portland Streetcar, Inc. Board Chair Emeritus, Michael Powell, will join M-1 RAIL President and CEO Matthew P. Cullen in Detroit on Wednesday, Nov. 19 to discuss the development benefits of streetcars at the 28th Annual University of Michigan & Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum. Cullen and Powell will take part in a one-hour, moderated […]

NOTICE: Video Inspection Underway


M-1 RAIL is currently working with the firm of Mannik and Smith to complete interior video inspection of buildings along Woodward Avenue. These inspections are taking place in preparation for upcoming stages of the MDOT bridge and DTE duct bank work. Inspections are also being completed in preparation for spring 2015 track installation in zones […]

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