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RTA Detroit Is Searching For Regional Transit CEO, But Has No Funding Source

(6) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 10:24 AM

This article originally appeared in the Thursday, July 11 edition of Mode Shift: Move Together.

DETROIT—How will Southeast Michigan’s new Regional Transit Authority cover its expenses once provisional state funding runs out? That’s a question the authority’s governing board wrestled with during their meeting Tuesday at Wayne County...

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Detroit Inner Circle Greenway Route Will Loop City's Biking And Walking Paths

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 12:57 PM

This post originally appeared at Mode Shift: Move Together, Southeastern Michigan's online hub for all things transit.

DETROIT—Taking an extended bike trip through Detroit may become a no-brainer in the not-too-distant future. A new trail project is in the works that would link together several of Motown’s most...

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Shipping Container Hotel Collision Works, Planned By Shel Kimen, Seeks Funding For Detroit Prototype [UPDATE]

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 9:11 AM

It's hard to say whether this project is out-of-the-box or in-the-box.

Shel Kimen, who moved to Detroit from New York, wants to build a 36-room boutique hotel out of shipping crates in the city's Eastern Market neighborhood by early 2014. The venture is called Collision Works....

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Sander Levin, Michigan Congressman, Will Live On Food Stamp Budget To Protest Cuts

(734) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Survive on less than $5 a day for groceries? That's a fact of life for many recipients of food stamps -- but we have a feeling most lawmakers deciding program funding for food-assistance programs have never grocery-shopped on such an austere budget. To get a sense of this hardship and...

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Bay City Nazi, Confederate Flags Anger Birney Park Neighborhood Residents In Michigan Town

(433) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 6:13 PM

Two men in Bay City, Mich. hanging controversial flags from their homes have shocked members of their local community -- but they say they have a reasonable excuse.

About six weeks ago, two men began hanging provocative flags in the window of their residence near the city's Birney...

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Baby Penguin At Detroit Zoo Given Foster Parents With Re-Hatching Technique (PHOTO)

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Parents can be very protective of their kids, including foster parents -- or penguin parents, for that matter.

This two-week old macaroni penguin chick being sheltered by foster dad, Tubby, is one of the newest additions to the Detroit Zoo.

The chick's real mom and dad, 25-year-old Needles and 8-year-old...

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Balaal Hollings, Detroit Student Who Was Shot In The Head, Speaks At Northwestern High Graduation

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 2:58 PM

Balaal Hollings, a promising student and athlete at Detroit's Northwestern High School, seemed to have everything going for him.

That is, until he was shot in the head while attending a party last April. After the shooting, it was uncertain whether the high school senior would ever walk or talk...

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Detroit Whole Foods Store Opens, Austin Chain Debuts New Upscale Grocery In Midtown (PHOTOS)

(50) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 12:51 PM

As crowds of well-wishers cheered, the doors to the first Whole Foods Market in the city of Detroit opened Wednesday at 9 a.m. -- one of the most significant national investments recently made to the Motor City's flourishing Midtown neighborhood.

Building a gourmet grocery store in a city facing bankruptcy...

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Terri Lynn Land, Former Michigan Secretary Of State, Running For Carl Levin's Senate Seat

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 2:34 PM

A Republican has finally stepped forward in the race for the seat of departing U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich). Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan Secretary of State, announced her intention to pursue the GOP's nomination for the office on Monday.

Representing our magnificent state of Michigan...

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Catherine Ferguson Academy Farm Animals Killed By Dog Attack, Michigan Humane Society Says

(29) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Animal lovers were shocked by the slaughter of more than a dozen farm animals at a Detroit charter school for young mothers and pregnant teens last week -- and residents worried that a violent individual might be on the loose in the neighborhood.

The Michigan Humane Society's Cruelty...

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RecoveryPark, Detroit Urban Agriculture Project, Would Create Jobs For Ex-Offenders, Addicts

(46) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 2:28 PM

Gary Wozniak is cultivating an urban farming initiative in Detroit that he says could create 18,000 new jobs in the city over the next two decades. Those kind of numbers are likely to perk up the ears of job-seekers in the Motor City, where the unemployment rate hovers...

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Detroit Development Projects, Real Estate Investments Are Booming In 2013

(21) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 9:46 AM

Development is back and booming in the Motor City, even despite the city's very real fiscal issues.

Midtown has arguably become Detroit's most successful -- and talked about -- district for new commercial and real estate ventures. Mixed-use projects like The Auburn apartments and Willys Overland Lofts...

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Terrence Edwards, Man Who Held Up Former Michigan State Treasurer, Said Foreclosure Motivated Him

(5) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Terrence Edwards told police his home was facing foreclosure. That's apparently what drove him to the drastic action that landed him in prison, a botched stick-up of Michigan's former state treasurer.

An Ingham County Circuit Court judge sentenced the 56-year-old Okemos man to five years behind bars Wednesday...

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Midtown Detroit Retail Establishments Are Opening Up All Over The Neighborhood

(6) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 3:56 PM

Summer is apparently the time to go shopping in Midtown Detroit, if the new stores popping up all over the neighborhood are any indication.

The area west of Woodward Avenue, also called the Cass Corridor, was probably better known a decade ago for its abundance of poets, working-class folks and...

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Michigan Gay Marriage Equality Legislation Introduced By Democratic State Senators

(117) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Michigan isn't known for being a state with policies that are friendly toward the LGBT community, but several state lawmakers are trying to change that. On Wednesday, a group of Democratic state Senators sponsored a package of legislation supporting gay marriage on a statewide and national basis.


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Michigan Tornadoes, Storms Wreak Havoc In Genesee, Shiawassee Counties (VIDEO)

(12) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:54 PM

Residents in two Michigan counties were recovering Wednesday from the havoc wreaked by a night of heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes. Funnel clouds reportedly touched down at three locations in Genesee County near Flint and two other sites in neighboring Shiawassee County, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Detroit X Games Bid Organizers Holding Free Street Party To Wow ESPN

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 11:42 AM

The organizers of the Detroit's Summer X Games bid are holding a gnarly street party Tuesday to make a splash with ESPN representatives in town on a site selection visit.

The X Games is a competition that features extreme sports like skateboarding and motocross. ESPN is now...

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Detroit Pet Coke Study Results Released By Michigan State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Concerns Linger

(10) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 12:36 PM

Concerned about possible risks associated with growing mounds of a petroleum waste product piling up along the Detroit River, State Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) gathered samples last March to be tested with an Ann Arbor environmental nonprofit. She released the results of this testing on Thursday.

The material, known...

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Petroleum Coke Piles On Detroit River Should Be Investigated, Urges Congressman Gary Peters

(131) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:02 PM

As three-story-high piles of petroleum coke pile up along the Detroit River, Congressman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) unsuccessfully urged his colleagues in the U.S. House on Wednesday to reject a measure expediting the permit approval for the Keystone Pipeline, and instead investigate the health and environmental implications of coking byproducts.


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Michigan Marijuana Driving Ruling By State Supreme Court Offers Limited DUI Protection

(10) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 1:22 PM

Michigan's Supreme Court has ruled that taking a toke before driving is OK for state-approved marijuana patients in certain circumstances. In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, the high court decided that the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) supersedes a zero-tolerance drug policy provision of the Michigan Vehicle Code.

Approved by state...

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