Your Detroit reading list for the weekend of Jan 26-27, 2013

One of many building renovations in the McNichols and Woodward are of Detroit Palmer Park

It’s a winter weekend in Detroit. But that just means it’s easier to curl up with your laptop or iPad and check out the best of Detroit stories from across the web.

Come workout Detroit: New fitness studio to open with free, low-cost classes

Dig Downtown Detroit: Justin Jacobs found one of the highest-density areas in Downtown and is setting up the first “Come Play Detroit’ Fitness Center. No monthly or annual dues. Tons of classes. Free drinks and energy-restoring snacks. And, best of all, no excuses. Come Play Detroit’s Fitness Studio is slated to open Feb. 1 at 110 Clifford Street. All of the classes during that opening month will be free.

Three indie shops open in Eastern Market, Midtown Detroit

Detroit Free Press: Two are located in Midtown and the other is in Eastern Market. Among them you can find Stormy Kromer wool hats, fabulous notecards and wrapping paper, cuff links made from Tiger baseballs, vintage Playboy magazines and barware, tablecloths and linens, and home accessories with a Scandinavian flair.

Devastatingly beautiful in Detroit

Autoblog: The 2013 Detroit auto show was jammed packed to the rafters with creative imagination; not to mention technical expertise and talent that featured many triumphs. The Detroit show was a complete 180 from LA that lit the fuse on some serious competition for both domestic and international competitors.

Gilbert promises ‘retail action’ along Detroit M-1 rail route

Detroit News: Gilbert, one of downtown’s major employers and private land owners, said his group has “definitely gotten commitments” from retailers who will be ready for business when the M-1 debuts.

A Behind The Scenes Look at Producing a Viper

New York Times Video: The New York Times has put together a nice time lapse video of the assembly of a Dodge Viper in a newly reopened Chrysler plant in Detroit, Michigan.

Tyree Guyton’s next vision for Detroit

Michipreneur: When the Heidelberg Project’s creator returned in November 2012 from a yearlong stay in Switzerland, he found his Midtown neighbor still idle, still empty. Tyree went to work lining the steps with old shoes, and the walls with bright colors. Orange, teal, and red now mark the sides of this grey building off Watson and Woodward, demanding every Detroiter’s attention.

New Economy Initiative transforming region, embracing diverse communities through New Michigan Media

Arab American News: The New Economy Initiative has been able to leverage its investments in ways that are jump-starting sectors of the region’s economy while embracing and engaging often-overlooked minority, ethnic and immigrant communities. One of the beneficiaries of the NEI’s vision has been New Michigan Media (NMM). New Michigan Media’s founding members – The Michigan Chronicle, The Arab American News, The Latino Press, The Jewish News and Michigan Korean Weekly – have established common ground on an array of domestic issues, many relating to entrepreneurship, immigration and small business development.

Does Detroit have the discipline to stay on top?

NBC News: This year, momentum is clearly in the industry’s favor. Sales surged to 14.5 million in 2012, ending with a burst of showroom activity few had expected.  And, while a small minority of manufacturers, notably Toyota, predict 2013 will be relatively flat, most experts are rapidly ratcheting their numbers upward, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson this week predicting demand could reach 15.5 million. That would be the best tally since the industry hit its last peak. Ironically, that leaves some within the industry worried.

Sara Aldridge of Greening of Detroit talks Nothing Elegant and urban farming: My Detroit

Huffington Post Detroit: It’s easy to say you love Detroit. But Sara Aldridge actually lives it. By day, she brings the Greening of Detroit mission to kids all over the Motor City, helping plant an awareness for urban farming, healthy eating and, of course, more trees in the next generation of Detroiters. When she’s not painting the town green, Aldridge is half of the fearsome DJ twosome, “Nothing Elegant.” Along with Detroit SOUP’s Amy Kaherl, she’s turned her love for ’90s music, sweaty dancing and DJ girl power into one of the city’s most vibrant dance nights.

Streak continues: most visited state tourism website, sixth straight year

CBS Detroit: attracted more visits than any other state tourism website for the sixth year in a row, according to the independent online measurement company Experian Hitwise. With nearly 1 million more visits than the number two state tourism website, Florida, received 7.1 percent of the overall market share of visits to state tourism sites.

One of many building renovations in the McNichols and Woodward are of Detroit Palmer Park

One of many buildings being rehabbed in the Palmer Park neighborhood of Detroit

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