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3/28/18: Detroit Man Exonerated After 45 Years In Prison, Vehicle Sales Up, Quicken Loans Demo Day, Weekend Events & The Internet Of Things

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, March 28, 2018. -A Detroit man wrongly spent 45 years in jail -Vehicle sales are up -We break down new data on parking rates in the city -Quicken Loans is going to award a million bucks to entrepreneurs -Stephen Clark comes out of a short retirement -Boxed Water benefiting Belle Isle -We talk weekend plans with our 5 picks for things to do in the city of Detroit this weekend -And we talk with M I Tech newses Mike Brennan about an upcoming Internet of Things conference.


28 Mar 2018

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3/20/18: New Life For The Old Train Station? Eastern Market Micro-Grants, Dan Carmody, Macomb's Terrible Roads & More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, March 20th, 2018. -Ford may breathe new life into the long-empty Michigan central station -Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer locks up a big union endorsement -Macomb County’s road situation is in dire straits -Eastern market is offering micro-grants to boost local businesses -Three of Detroit’s Golf Courses won’t close after all -Baseball will be played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull again -You’ll be able to bring your dog to not just one, but two Tigers games this year -A Hatch Detroit contest winner is opening in Corktown -Antiques Roadshow is coming to metro Detroit And we caught up with the head of Detroit’s Eastern Market, Dan Carmody, to talk about what’s ahead for the historic and popular neighborhood. Thanks to our sponsors, Milo Digital and Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed. 


21 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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Local True Crime Podcast "Already Gone" Hits 100 Episodes, Yzerman Returning To Detroit? And Your Detroit News

This is your Daily Detroit podcast for September 11, 2018. Our feature interview today at the end of the show is with Nina Innsted. Her True Crime podcast, "Already Gone," hits 100 episodes this week and it's about a murder that happened on the site of what's now Oakland Mall. We talk about the show, what she's learned podcasting, and more. You can find her at http://www.alreadygonepodcast.com Your Detroit headlines: - Could Detroit Red Wings legend Stevie Yzerman be heading back to the Motor City? Maybe. Yzerman stepped down from his job as General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lighting Tuesday, a position he’s held since 2010. - The Scott Fountain on Belle Isle is in line for a makeover.Officials on Tuesday announced that $400,000 of the money raised at the Grand Prixmere charity gala this year will be used to maintain and improve the 93-year-old fountain. - A quick update to yesterday’s story about a deadline extension for medical marijuana businesses. - One of Hamtramck’s legendary packzi palaces, New Palace Bakery, is getting a national nod of approval. - The end of one Ferndale restaurant is a new beginning for Bobcat Bonnie’s. Zeke’s Rock and Roll Barbecue is closing their doors on Wednesday. The restaurant on West Nine mile opened in 2015. - Karas Brothers and Capers Steakhouse are getting renovations - And, we honor the fallen and the heroes of 9/11. It's at the end of the show.  That's your Daily Detroit podcast sharing what to know and where to go in Metro Detroit. Like the show? Be sure to subscribe wherever fine shows are found: http://www.dailydetroit.com/podcast 


11 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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One On One With Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Opioids In Michigan & More

This is your News Byte Podcast for May 30th, 2018 Today we kick of a series of one on one interviews with Michigan Gubernatorial candidates from both parties. Today's show has Dr. Abdul El-Sayed. More on that in a minute. - Detroit didn't get an MLS team. Why? - And Royal Oak is getting a new parking deck. - Up here at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Karen Dybis and Jer Staes discuss a panel about cities called "Not open for business," and then dive into a discussion on Michigan's growing opioid problem. - Finally, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed dropped by Daily Detroit today at the Mackinac Policy Conference to talk about his decidedly underdog candidacy, his progressive policies, why he lost the endorsement of Mayor Mike Duggan and firmly establish his outsider credibility. El-Sayed is famous — or in some circles, infamous — for being openly Muslim. He’s the son of Egyptian immigrants who grew up in the Detroit area, played lacrosse at the University of Michigan and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England. He’s a doctor who most recently ran the Detroit Health Department following its shuttering in the city’s bankruptcy. He says his travels around the state have shown him that Michigan residents are concerned mostly with the quality of their children’s schools, infrastructure and health care. Like the show! Subscribe free in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever your favorite shows are found. 


31 May 2018

Rank #4

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Detroit City FC Is Becoming A Pro Soccer Team. Here's What's Next With Fletcher Sharpe

Detroit will get a professional soccer team, but in a different way than many expected. No, Major League Soccer isn’t coming to Detroit — not yet anyway — despite the efforts of Dan Gilbert and Pistons owner Tom Gores. Instead, the popular semi-pro club Detroit City FC has announced it will join a new pro league called the NPSL Founders Cup. What does that mean for the team? The players? And what exactly is happening? To sort that out, soccer journalist and Daily Detroit contributor Fletcher Sharpe joins Sven Gustafson for an interesting conversation. And then we unpack the soccer landscape and talk about some key differences between the U.S. and the rest of the world when it comes to pro soccer.  Like the show? We're wherever fine podcasts are found. Would you like to support the show? Check out our Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit 


21 Nov 2018

Rank #5

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Savor Food and Wine Festival coming to the Detroit Zoo and your Detroit news

On our show recorded on August 1, 2018: - There's a Savor Food and Wine Festival coming to the Detroit Zoo you'll want to check out. HOUR Detroit's Lauren Mohan joins us to talk about the event with all you can eat samples and tastings of beer and whiskey. - The Michigan Supreme Court has struck down a challenge to a voter referendum to create an independent redistricting commission. The 4-3 ruling means the Voters proposal - Not the Politicians’ one - will appear on the statewide November ballot. - In another high-profile case involving voting, a federal judge has ruled that the Republican-led Legislature intentionally discriminated against African Americans when it passed a law banning straight-ticket voting. - On Tuesday, the Detroit City Council approved a Development Agreement with Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock and Woodborn Partners for a planned mixed-income neighborhood. It’ll be built on a former public housing site. We told you a bit about this on a previous episode, but more details have come into focus. - Gordon Food Service is opening up their first location in the city proper. The wholesale and retail outlet is taking over the old Staples location at Jefferson and Jos Campau. - The house music festival Charivari is making its return to the Detroit Riverfront, but a week later than usual. - Turns out Detroit has one of the top five mural festival in the world.  That's it for our show. Thanks to Nuri Gocay for joining us today.


1 Aug 2018

Rank #6

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Talking Eastpointe With Macomb County's First African American Mayor, Monique Owens

Most people in our region live in the suburbs, and we’ve found many want to know about their — and their neighbors — communities. so today’s conversation is a continuation of our occasional series visiting the various cities that, well, frankly, are not Detroit proper. Eastpointe is a city of about 32,000 people, bordered by Eight Mile on the south, I-94 to the east, about 10 Mile to the north, with Hayes and Beechwood on the west. It’s full of single-family houses, tasty food, and a grid street pattern like much of it’s big neighbor to the south. First incorporated as the village of “Halfway,” as it was halfway between Detroit and the county seat of Mount Clemens on horseback.  In 1929, it became the city of East Detroit — and in 1992, the city changed its name again to Eastpointe. The goal was to associate it more with the more affluent and nearby Grosse Pointes, complete with adding an “e” on the end of “point.” It’s also the only Michigan city to use ranked-choice voting, after a lawsuit that was settled with the U.S. Department of Justice that the previous system discriminated against African American voters. So our guest is the first black mayor in Macomb county, Monique Owens.  I met up with her in Eastpointe and we had a wide-ranging conversation about the city she represents, how it fits into the region, and what’s next.  We’ll also share a couple things you should know around town. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.


3 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Inside Rivian, Detroit's Newest (And All-Electric) Automaker

You may have seen that Daily Detroit recently made its Detroit Public Television debut with a profile of Rivian, the electric vehicle maker that caught the automotive world by surprise last fall when it unveiled its high-powered, battery-electric pickup truck and SUV. For today’s episode, we’re following up on our promise to give you more from our visit to Rivian’s Plymouth Township headquarters. We have more from my interview with the company’s founder and CEO, R.J. Scaringe, including how the company is founded and why he’s confident they can clear the hurdles and start manufacturing their vehicles. Rivian is now taking orders on both the R1T pickup, which is slated for delivery to customers in late 2020, and the R1S SUV, which delivers in 2021. The former starts at $69,000, or $61,500 after federal electric-vehicle tax credits, while the latter starts at $72,500 ($65,000). In the meantime, enjoy the photos from our visit. Like what we’re doing? Then leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. And consider supporting our work through our Patreon campaign. If you have questions or story ideas, hit us up! dailydetroit@gmail.com 


31 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Dick Purtan Returns To The Airwaves To Raise Money To Feed The Hungry Plus 6 Things To Know

On today’s show, Jer tags along with the Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread truck, which delivers 3,800 meals each day to hungry Detroiters. He also speaks with former Detroit radio legend, Dick Purtan, about the upcoming Bed and Bread Club Radiothon, which runs Thursday through Friday on WJR-AM 760. Here’s what else is happening around town: A federal corruption probe could be expanding to Taylor, as FBI agents raided the City Hall and homes of Mayor Rick Sollars. There’s also a tip line set up at 313.965.4545. GM says it’s investing $20 million in its Romulus Powertrain Plant to expand capacity. The American Center of Mobility, a 500-acre-plus test bed for self-driving cars at Willow Run, announced a new CEO. Autorama suffers a setback in its plans to jump a “Smokey and the Bandit” replica car next month over the event’s history of using Confederate flags. New legislation could expand a state law banning texting while driving to any use of social media apps. And Bob Seger has added a third night at DTE Energy Music Theater to his farewell tour. It’ll be June 12. Thanks as always for listening, and tell a friend about Daily Detroit. Or, consider supporting us via Patreon.


19 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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4 Things To Know And 3 Places To Go In Detroit

Welcome to the work week, automatons! Here's what to know: 1. We talk about the report Moody's Investors Services released on Detroit, which essentially asks where's the love (and money) for the neighborhoods. 2. Some development news: In Ferndale, craft beer retailer 8 Degrees Plato says it will close it store on Nine Mile by the end of the year. The beer will continue to flow at the Cass Corridor location, however. 3. In Northville, there's a battle brewing over the proposed demolition of a historic mid-century modern school. 4. That internet prank we told you about involving the Google results for Wyandotte Police Department? It's been fixed, but we solicit Downriver denizen and tech wizard/vlogger Tom Lawrence to try and get to the bottom of it. And where to go: 1. Shianne Nocerini fills us in on the new sculpture "Divergence" by artist Adriana Ohar. You can see it at New Center Park.  2. We have deets on this year's big Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which takes place Friday at Campus Martius, with concurrent activities taking place over at Beacon Park on the other side of downtown Detroit. THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR and all that. 3. Lastly, Sven interviews Dannis Mitchell of Barton Malow about the "Ready. Set. Build" workforce expo that takes place Wednesday at Cobo Center. It's all about helping to connect people with jobs in the skilled trades, where developers are also seeing a shortage of qualified employees. Find Daily Detroit wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Don't forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.


12 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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Cadillac Comes Back Home, Gilbert Could Buy Tigers And Your News From TedXDetroit

Detroit stories: Word comes today that the iconic Cadillac brand will again make the Detroit area its home after nearly four years in Manhattan. - Every single large-scale apartment development built in Detroit this year has been a luxury development. - Turns out that axe throwing and drinking might be a problem. Who knew? - Continuing with the theme of blundering mistakes, the Detroit City Council is considering revoking a demolition contract because of the use of the N-word. - Dan Gilbert is "110 Percent" interested in buying the Detroit Tigers - There will be a third dockless scooter service in Detroit. - Whole Foods delivery is coming to Detroit.] - The old DTE power plant at Conners Creek - once known as the “two Brothers” or the “Seven Sisters” - is about to be the site of an art installation. - Shianne Nocerini gives us her top picks for the performers and storytellers at TedXDetroit.


27 Sep 2018

Rank #11

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Why Those Auto Insurance Coronavirus Rebates Aren’t All That

Perhaps you’ve heard that, because people are driving so much less and accident claims have plummeted during the coronavirus lockdown, your benevolent automobile insurance carrier is planning to give you a big wet kiss in the form of a refund. Well, our guest today not only gives us the lowdown on why this might be happening, but he suggests that in reality, it’ll more likely be a credit rather than a check for cash. Steven Gursten is the managing partner at Michigan Auto Law. He tells us that the amounts insurers are promising to refund pales in comparison with the decrease in actual driving and, likely, accident claims. Meaning they’re seeing a windfall at this time when claims are way down and they’re enjoying a reprieve from court cases stemming from accident claims. Also today: Oakland County will begin offering drive-through COVID-19 tests at the county complex at 1200 N. Telegraph Road. You don’t need a prescription, but you do need to schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-848-5533. And, it's the 60th Anniversary of the incorporation of Motown Records. Sven and Jer share a couple of their favorites.  Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit


14 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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3/27/18: Macomb County Clerk Is Out, Gov Talks Transit & Roads, Belle Isle Boat Launch? And More

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger removed by a judge Governor Rick Snyder talks transit, roads Belle Isle might get a boat launch Wayne State is expanding the Hilberry Theatre Ford has a car vending machine in China Carhartt has new Tigers hats Comerica is helping connect low-income families with prom dresses Bookstock is coming to Livonia


28 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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Alan Mallach, Author Of "The Divided City," Detroit City FC Wrap-Up & Lafayette Park Development

This is your show for July 2nd, 2018. Our feature guests: Alan Mallach is the author of "The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America." He joins Sven to talk about Detroit's nascent and unequal comeback. Book link here: https://www.amazon.com/Divided-City-Poverty-Prosperity-America/dp/1610917812 Fletcher Sharpe also bring us his weekly wrap-up of Detroit City FC and he talks World Cup. And our headlines: Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighborhood will be seeing yet another new development. The developer, Ginosko Development Company, is currently calling the project “Lafayette West.” It’ll bring 374 new residences to the city across 5.2 acres. Michigan stands to lose more than $2.3 billion in economic activity if President Trump makes good on his threat to impose tariffs on imported automobiles. So says the reliably conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an analysis released Monday. Now, when you buy a Detroit bus pass, you’ll get a free 30-day MoGo bike share pass. The new deal between the city’s department of transportation and the bike share system is good for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly DDOT bus passes. Sears in Oakland Mall will be closing this year as part of yet another wave of cost-cutting amid the overall decline of retail as spending shifts online. And, don't forget, the deadline to register to vote is approaching!


3 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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Atwater Beach Breaks Ground, Norma G's To Open & Your News

Your show for August 27, 2018: - Ground broke today near Chene Park on what promises to be - when it’s complete - one of Detroit’s hottest new public attractions. Sven Gustafson caught up with Mark Wallace of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to get the details. - A 275 year old tree was cut down in Ferndale, says the Oakland County Times. More (including awesome pictures you gotta see) here. - A 28 year old bicyclist has died after being hit by a car on the bridge to Belle Isle State Park. - To many Metro Detroiters, a sushi event at Eastern Market has left a raw feeling. The Detroit Sushi Fest was on Friday evening and it is the current object of the Detroiternet’s ire, with many bad reviews. - Norma G’s Cuisine is opening its first brick and mortar location in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood of Detroit on Tuesday. - Beginners luck seems to be a real thing for a 19 year old Macomb County man. That’s because he won half a million dollars with the Platinum 7’s instant game on his fourth ticket.  - The King of pop - Michael Jackson - would be 60 years old on Wednesday, the 29th. For those of you who might need a little push to get over the hump day of Wednesday… to celebrate, the Joebar in Hazel Park is doing a party. That's it for the show today. Sven rejoins us tomorrow, where we dig into some buildings demolitions around town that have people talking because of the street art that went with it, as well as a large historic structure near Palmer Park. Be sure to subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite app of choice.


28 Aug 2018

Rank #15

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Detroit Native Phil Lewis of the Huffington Post + Your Headlines

Happy 317th Birthday, Detroit! We're having an informal happy hour at our Detroit studio to celebrate 100 episodes Thursday. Link on our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1882753571790877/ Phil Lewis, Front Page editor of the Huffington Post, joins us to talk about Detroit, the influence of the city, and the upcoming National Association of Black Journalists conference in Detroit. http://www.nabjconvention.com/ A lot of ink has been used covering downtown Detroit’s comeback, but one group that feels they have been slighted are the janitors working in many of the skyscrapers and large buildings in the city. In an interesting turn of events, Ford is spinning off a separate company to inhabit that old train station in Corktown. It has created Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. Over the weekend, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne was replaced by the board of the company due to quickly-escalating health problems. He had gone into a Swiss hospital for what was expected to be a quick procedure on his right shoulder, but things have quickly spiraled downward. The old Free Press building is getting an $8 million brownfield incentive package from the Michigan Strategic Fund. The renovation, being done by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock, is now going to have a price tag of almost $79 million. No more paper tickets at Little Caesars Arena Dining changes at Detroit Metro Airport Stroh’s has a new Michigan-only beer coming out for the summer. It’s called "Spirit Witbier."


24 Jul 2018

Rank #16

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Checking In On Belle Isle With Michele Hodges Of The Belle Isle Conservancy

As we hit the fall season, we thought it appropriate to check in with Michele Hodges about Detroit's beloved Belle Isle State Park. She heads the Belle Isle Conservancy, the non-profit devoted to supporting the park. The non-profit is working to keep everything running on Belle Isle State Park, while dealing with the effects of decades of disinvestment and very old buildings. A few of the things Sven Gustafson and Michele talk about include.. what the Conservancy actually does… the price tag for what it would take to properly fix up Belle Isle, as a lot of capital resources are being used to fix emergency repairs.… the new Piet Oudolf garden… if there are plans for the old zoo on the island… and more.


15 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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Michigan's Coronavirus Response w/ Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II

On today’s podcast, we have an in-depth conversation with Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II around Michigan and the Coronavirus. We talk about a wide variety of topics with the Lt. Governor: Lt. Governor Gilchrist is leading a new task force to examine the causes and find ways to lower the higher rate of African Americans dying due to COVID-19. How the state is mobilizing on things like unemployment benefits. Where Michigan is at in flattening the curve. What are the thoughts around the budget for things like roads after the initial crisis. A possible policy to help bars and restaurants. And much more. Remember we do this every day with special bonus episodes during the Coronavirus crisis. Tell a friend to listen: http://www.dailydetroit.com/podcast/ If you love the show, and you can swing it, think about becoming a member. Independent media requires independent funding, and it keeps it free for everyone else. http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit


11 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Mortgages Are On The Rise In Detroit, But They’re Increasingly Going To White People As Black People Buy In The Burbs

Bridge Magazine has a fascinating new story out that finds that while mortgage activity in Detroit is steadily increasing after bottoming out during the Great Recession, the recovery isn’t mirroring Detroit’s population demographics. What’s more, there are still vast tracts of the city where mortgage activity is virtually nonexistent. Despite making up just 10% of the city’s overall population, white people got almost half of all mortgages in Detroit in 2017, while black people, who comprise 80% of all Detroit residents, got 48% of all home loans. By comparison, black homeowners got three-quarters of all mortgages in the city in 2007. Interestingly, the data show that black people are getting mortgages, just not in the city. They’re increasingly moving to suburbs like Southfield, Farmington, Warren and Eastpointe. On today’s show, we speak with Mike Wilkinson, the Bridge Magazine reporter who wrote the story. We go deep on what the data tells us about what’s driving the trend, how some black people appear to be giving up on Detroit and whether the trend of rising numbers of white homeowners is sustainable, given the city’s many endemic problems. It’s a fascinating story with lots of different narratives to untangle, and you should go read it. Then, listen to this episode in the player above. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what you’re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming a Patreon member.


14 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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The Suburban Case For Regional Transit With Andy Meisner, Housing Prices Rising & More

June 21, 2018: There’s been a lot of talk about rising housing prices in downtown Detroit, but prices are rising in many areas of the state — especially southeastern Michigan. - Detroit’s Third Man Records is offering up a free vinyl record to customers who’ve donated to an aid group helping immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. - There’s a report out there that Michigan Central Station might get a movie theatre. And that movie theater might.. Just might… be put in by Big Sean and Emagine. - Popps Emporium — A storefront gallery, tool lending library and community space on the border of Hamtramck and Detroit — is looking to crowdfunding to complete the project. - There’s a new yoga studio opening on the east side of the city this weekend focused on hot yoga. - Castalia cocktail bar will be throwing a Solstice Party on Saturday. Castalia is owned by the same husband and wife who own Sfumato Fragrances. - For our feature interview, Jer sat down with Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner. We talked about the suburban case for regional transit, anxiety that some suburban leaders have of Detroit’s comeback, attracting and keeping young talent in Metro Detroit and more up at the Mackinac Policy Conference. Like the show? Be sure to leave a review - and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever you download your favorite shows. 


21 Jun 2018

Rank #20