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Tim Hortons added 20 shops in Metro Detroit in 2012

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is celebrating a successful 2012 with the opening of 20 new traditional and non-traditional restaurants across metro Detroit.

Source: dBusiness

Developing Detroit: Year in Review – Midtown and Downtown drove development in 2012

Compared to recent years, 2012 could be seen as a year that someone threw a brick on the accelerator for development in the Motor City.

Source: MLive

Upcycling Motown-style with containerized condos

The conversion of old shipping containers into habitable spaces has been a growing upcycling trend that appears to be accelerating as we turn the corner into 2013. As admirable as these may be in a green building sense, the aesthetics of these projects has tended to be, well—let’s just say a bit too “functional” for most residential tastes, to use a real estate term. A new multifamily development being planned for Detroit, however, may change a few opinions on the spartan, post-industrial nature of containerized living spaces.

Source: Earth Techling

2013 Detroit Auto Show to unveil 50+ vehicles

Global automakers have saved their best for the 2013 North American International Auto Show, and with less than one month to go before the curtain rises, the industry remains focused on one of the top automotive events in the world. “This show is a reflection of the positive changes that are occurring in our industry,” said Jim Seavitt, chairman, 2013 North American International Auto Show. “Automakers from around the world continue to place the Auto Show at the top of their global auto show strategies, and have committed to more than 50 vehicle debuts with the majority being worldwide unveilings.”

Source: dBusiness

Metro Detroit’s $1 million homes: almost 150 sold in 2012 as demand soars

Few would have thought that in metro Detroit’s long-suffering housing market — still down markedly from its 2005 price peak — that million-dollar homes would enjoy a surge in sales this year unlike any in recent memory. Real estate experts say the high-end boom in metro Detroit is a promising sign for a broader and sustainable housing recovery, though it’s no guarantee, they told the Free Press.  There were 148 recorded sales of $1 million-plus residences in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties from Jan. 1 through last week.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Wayne State represents Michigan in EcoCAR 2 national hybrid engineering competition

Engineer Idan Regev loves the feeling he gets when things he builds perform well. He is part of the Wayne State University team participating in the “EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future” competition. Regev, the WSU team’s project manager, said the task at hand for the 15 participating universities is to convert a traditional gas-powered 2012 Chevrolet Malibu into a plug-in hybrid vehicle over the course of three years.

Source: The Oakland Press

Bing: We need city’s help fighting violent crime

Detroit officials this morning said the city had 411 homicides in 2012, including those termed justifiable homicides. The city reported 386 criminal homicides, compared to 344 in 2011. Including justifiable homicides, there were 377 homicides in 2011, the city reported. Mayor Dave Bing vowed to hold regular briefings on crime in Detroit.  Bing said police need residents’ help.  “I think the message that we want our citizens to understand is we need them,” he said. “We need them to help us. I just don’t believe that our police department should have the total responsibility for safety in the city.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

Watch Detroit’s first major retail development in two decades start to take shape

Detroit’s first major retail development in more than two decades is starting to take shape at Eight Mile and Woodward Avenue near the old Michigan State Fairgrounds.  Gateway Marketplace, located on 36 acres, is expected to include more than 325,000 square feet of retail; Meijer and Marshalls are expected to be the big-name anchor stores.

Source: MLive

Compuware helps foster early reading

Mothers of newborns at DMC Sinai Grace Hospital have been getting a five-year assignment of daily homework. The parents are to read with their child for 15 minutes every day, giving the youngster a foundation for success in school and life. In return, the families receive one free children’s book a month through the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Early Literacy Initiative, which aims to bridge the education skills gap common among children of low-income families.

Source: Detroit Free Press

CBS Sports Radio debuts in Detroit market

The neighborhood of sports radio stations in Detroit just got a little tougher. CBS Sports Radio, with nationally syndicated programing, launched midnight Jan. 2 on WXYT 1270 AM with a lineup that includes two former TV and radio personalities with ties to the area. The network, according to the press release, will launch in “all of the top 10″ major media markets including New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Baltimore and Orlando.

Source: MLive

Manufacturing tech center awarded federal grant

A $1.1 million U.S. Department of Commerce grant was recently awarded to the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center to fund its operations across Michigan for the coming year. The Center is located in Plymouth, just outside Detroit.

Source: The Mining Journal

Historic home makes living on a Detroit canal glamorous

Built in 1896, this six-bedroom carriage house in the Joseph Barry Subdivision has got to be one of the most unique properties in all of Detroit. It has a summer AND a winter kitchen, both full-sized. The asking price is $600,000.

Source: Curbed Detroit

Clearing the cliff: Automakers see boom ahead

A new study by R.L. Polk is forecasting new vehicle registrations will reach 15.3 million in the U.S. this year and “We see it getting into the 16 million range by 2015,” Tom Libby, Polk’s lead analyst for North American forecasting, tells

Source: The Detroit Bureau

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