The Best Detroit reads Vol. 1 – The Bulldog Edition


Every week for the last three years the Hub has sent out the “Bulldog Edition” with news tips and links to interesting stories about Detroit. Almost 2,000 people get this email every week. We thought we’d share it with the tens of thousands who read this blog every month … because you deserve to know the best about Detroit, too.

Why the “Bulldog Edition?” Well, legend has it (read – unverified) roots in the New York newspaper wars of the 1890s that the publishers “fought like bulldogs” over circulation. It then transformed to signify the early edition of a publication. Since we’re all about highlighting the best and the underreported, we thought it fit. And it’s part of why there’s a bulldog on the top of our masthead. After all – we firmly believe in collaboration to get the rest of the Detroit story out.

So enjoy these stories, and thanks for reading!

Detroit, One  of the 10 best US cities to become a millionaire
After losing 16% of millionaires in 2008, it’s added about 15% back.
Source: Business Insider

New thirst for urban living, and few Detroit rentals
Abandoned houses with overgrown yards may be the image most people associate with Detroit, but the city’s downtown and midtown neighborhoods have the opposite problem: a shortage of rental apartments to meet a growing demand for an urban lifestyle. Developers say occupancy rates in these areas are at least 96 percent, spurred by young professionals, students and empty nesters who want an easy commute to school or work and a short walk to local cafes and bars.
Source: New York Times

From the Valley to the Motor City: Why Stik moved back to Detroit
The founders of Stik needed a change. Silicon Valley wasn’t working. Something was missing. And, as I learned during our chats, they needed access to a new pool of talent. They found all that in Detroit.
Source: Tech Crunch

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ actress recalls classic film role in visit to Plymouth
Giving up a promising career in Hollywood to start a family might be a difficult choice for a talented young actress, but for Virginia Patton, the decision paved the way for a wonderful life away from the limelight. Patton, now 86, portrayed Ruth Dakin Bailey in the 1946 Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life, starring alongside such screen legends as James Stewart and Donna Reed at just 20 years old, but left acting soon afterwards to move to Ann Arbor to pursue a family with husband Cruse W. Moss, a successful automotive executive. Patton, of Ann Arbor, and Moss appeared together at the historic Penn Theatre in downtown Plymouth for a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life.
Source: Plymouth-Canton Patch

Efficiency marks Car and Truck of the Year finalists
Midsize sedans and small crossovers dominate the list of finalists for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards to be presented next month at the Detroit auto show. The finalists for car of the year: the Cadillac ATS, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord sedans. In the truck category, judges must choose a winner from among the Ford C-Max hybrid crossover/van, Mazda CX-5 crossover and Ram 1500 pickup.
Source: USA Today

Menorah’s message lights up Detroit
About 1,500 people witnessed the lighting of a 24-foot stainless steel menorah at Campus Martius for the Menorah Lighting in the D. The menorah lighting marked the fourth day of the eight-day Jewish holiday Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, when Jews mark their emancipation from religious persecution by Greeks in 165 B.C. Sponsors of the event said they wanted to share the message of the holiday with everyone in Metro Detroit. “The whole message of Hanukkah and lighting up the darkness should be shared,” said Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov of the Shul Chabad-Lubavitch in West Bloomfield.
Source: Detroit News

Honigman law firm’s donation of laptops a boon – and ideally, a model for others
It’s hard to get a handle on how many adults can’t read. A report last year that 47 percent of adult Detroiters are functionally illiterate was quickly debunked, which is comforting. More responsible estimates vary, but it’s clear the number is ugly. That’s why the atmosphere was practically giddy when 100 refurbished Dell Latitude laptops came through the door at Matrix Human Services. The giver was Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, southeast Michigan’s largest law firm. The go-between and the inspiration was the coalition of kind souls behind the Rotary Literacy Initiative. The hope is that more companies — and more computers, and more changed lives — will follow.
Source: Detroit News

DPS launching new text messaging system for parents
The Detroit Public Schools wants to stay in touch with parents — via text messaging. The district says text messaging will help when it comes to district information, emergencies, and important classroom news.
Source: CBS Detroit

Community center on Detroit’s east side saved from closing
A longtime community center that was on the verge of shutting down because of financial issues will remain open after it raised about $20,000, officials announced at a fundraiser breakfast. Ravendale Community Center, which has been a sanctuary at 13903 Harper Ave. for many Detroit youngsters and seniors for nearly 30 years, was in jeopardy of closing its doors this month after losing funding from many of its corporate backers over the years.
Source: Detroit News

Auburn Hills firm selling 3D movie goggles for dental patients
A trip to the dentist becomes more like taking in a 3D movie matinée with the Cinema ProMed System, powered by the Carl Zeiss Cinemizer organic light-emitting diode screen. The new system was launched across the United States and Canada by Total 3D Solutions, based in Auburn Hills.
Source: CBS Local

Tiger Stadium gone, but Detroit’s field of dreams lingers on: Perkins
A recent trip to Detroit drew the family car to the brick-worked corner of Michigan and Trumbull, a locale familiar to generations of baseball fans. Tiger Stadium used to stand there, of course. Last April would have been its 100th birthday, but it was demolished nearly four years before. All traces of the grandstand, including rubble, have been removed, yet this day visitors were delighted to see that the field itself remains and is carefully maintained, meaning infield dragged, mound covered, baselines freshly painted, etc. The centerfield flagpole, which was in play more than 400 feet from the plate, stands rock-solid in its original location, a new flag snapping proudly. There are a few ruts in the outfield, because heavy equipment rumbled about the place during the takedown, but over-all the field is in sensational shape, considering. The infield looks game-ready.
Source: The Toronto Star

Extra-large auto show getting in gear
As U.S. automobile sales rebound, the world’s automakers are betting big on next month’s North American International Auto Show, with nearly 50 products slated to be unveiled at Detroit’s newly renovated Cobo Center. Most of these will be global reveals — cars and trucks making their worldwide debut.
Source: Detroit News

Why does Detroit have land banks?
When you ask the average Metro Detroit Joe, “What is a land bank?” expect to get a response, but not one that actually answers your question. After Joe unfurrows his brow and completes his list of random phrases like “community gardens” and “tax protected,” you find yourself nodding and smiling while reaching for your computer to Google for all of those terms above.
Source: The Huffington Post

US, Canada agencies train for joint river patrols
The U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police are wrapping up two days of small-boat training exercises in preparation for joint patrols along the U.S. -Canada border that runs down the middle of the Detroit River.
Source: WTOL-TV

Top 10 best new metro Detroit restaurants for 2012; do you agree with our list?
The Free Press’ picks for the 10 Best New Restaurants of 2012 range from a contemporary modern-American dining destination and a high-end steakhouse to an affordable pizzeria and an ultra-casual joint known for its massive beer selection. Only venues that opened between Dec. 1, 2011, and Dec. 1 of this year were eligible for the list. Second locations of existing restaurants were not considered.
Source: The Free Press


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