The Detroit weekly reading list: Numbers, reports and a “mancessory”

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There are a lot of numbers this week! Three happening neighborhoods, 10 great Detroit property buys under $20k, Avalon Bread doing a $2.2 million dollar expansion project.

So if you’ve got love for the 313, here’s your Detroit reading list of 13 of the best stories. Including one about a “mancessory.”

3 happening Detroit neighborhoods for 2013

Yahoo News: Detroit gets its fair share of negative press. But all is not lost in Motown, not by a long shot. The Detroit News reports that the Brookings Institute’s Global MetroMonitor study cited Detroit as one of six U.S. metro growth pockets. The report looked at 300 metropolitan areas around the world to see how they were faring since the recent global recession. To house that growing population, here are three popular pocket neighborhoods to explore.

Top Ten under twenty: Detroit’s best buys under $20K

Curbed Detroit: Detroit has some of the cheapest real estate in the world, but exactly how much bang can you really get for just a few bucks? Quite a bit, in fact. We’re not implying that these houses are anything near flawless, or that their property taxes aren’t huge, or that they’re on terrific streets. But many are large, in decent shape, and cost less than a compact car.

Avalon Breads rises to new heights

PrideSource: Ann Perrault, co-owner and CEO of Avalon International Breads, never dreamed she would turn a dilapidated industrial building in Detroit into a state-of-the-art bakery to be called Avalon City Ovens. “Not in a million years,” she said when talking about the first phase of her $2.2 million expansion project. The new 50,000-square-foot production facility is scheduled to open this month at 6555 East Forrest.

Outside of redone Uhaul faciliy in Detroit

US ‘Motor City’ undergoes economic revival

Al Jazeera: John Hendren explains that Detroit is undergoing a transformation, after learning some lessons from the past.

University Research Corridor a worthy investment

Detroit News: For every dollar the state invested in the three URC universities — Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — it saw $17 in economic benefits. That added up to $15.5 billion in economic impact statewide.

Detroit Tech: Automation Alley 2012 report says engineering, technology jobs growing in Southeast Michigan

HuffPost Detroit: Detroit’s tech industry growth is outpacing national hubs like Silicon Valley, Boston and Chicago in a number of categories, according to the latest annual report from Automation Alley.

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CEO Group forecasts faster growth for Michigan than U.S. as a whole

CBS Detroit: Business Leaders for Michigan, the statewide successor CEO organization to Detroit Renaissance, issued another report forecasting that Michigan’s economy will grow faster than the United States economy as a whole over the next six to 18 months. The forecast is reinforced by 60 percent of BLM members planning to increase hiring in Michigan in the next six months. Nearly two thirds say they added jobs in Michigan last year.

Who will pay to save Belle Isle now?

Detroit Free Press: Belle Isle may be a Detroit jewel, but it isn’t going to get the polishing it needs without money.

Detroit’s police force makes major reforms, begins to regains city’s trust

KTVU: Detroit’s police force has made major strides in improving its bad reputation after completely reorganizing itself and using some of the reforms suggested by Bill Bratton.

Microsoft will open an outlet near the Apple Store at Somerset North

Detroit News: Microsoft Corp. will open its first Michigan store in Troy’s Somerset Collection, the Seattle-based technology. It will go head to head against the competing Apple store on the first floor. The New York Times reported last year that almost all new Microsoft stores through February 2012 opened within a few feet of existing Apple stores.

Detroit bus app Stop313 gives iPhone users real-time transit information

HuffPost Detroit: An app cooked up by a software developer in his free time and quietly released last month is making it easier for iPhone-carrying bus riders to get around Detroit. Stop313, available for free in the iTunes store, determines a user’s location and then shows arrival times from nearby bus routes. It’s great for riders who are might otherwise have to wait for long periods without knowing when their bus will show up — a frequent problem in the city.

CriticCar Detroit: Reviews on the road

Michigan Daily: CriticCar collects video reviews of plays, concerts, festivals and other events, publishes the reviews in one place and helps elevate the discussion of arts events in Detroit.  The hope is CriticCar can show how, in the midst of adversity, creativity has taken hold in the city.

Larry King to lend marketing support to Metro Detroit suspender company

MLive: HoldUp Suspender Company says Larry King is a perfect spokesman for its product, as the 80-year-old veteran broadcaster claims to own more than 150 pairs of suspenders.  His image will be used in a variety of print and online advertising for the Southfield-based company, which sells the “mancessory” wholesale and over the web and at independent men’s stores in all 50 states.

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