Your hand-crafted Detroit weekly reading list

Greetings From Gratiot sign on east side of Detroit

The first article in this weekend’s list really catches our attention. Why? Because although we haven’t cut hair in the same building in the city for almost sixty years, started a trucking company or rehabilitated a 250,000 square foot historic building, we do our best every day to lift up others and share the rest of the Detroit story with you.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy this hand-crafted list of the best stories around the web on Detroit!

Meet the makers: Rebuilding Detroit by hand

Fast Company Create: If Detroit is going to survive, it’s going to take more than the efforts of advertising shops: It’s going to require a lot of people rolling up their sleeves and making things. Luckily, the town is full of builders and artisans–some homegrown, others drawn to the city for its cheap rents and generous business incentives–who are doing their best to refurbish America’s biggest fixer-upper.

Challenge Detroit seeks second cohort of young workers

Greetings From Gratiot sign on east side of DetroitCBS Detroit: Challenge Detroit, a national initiative focused on revitalizing Detroit by retaining and attracting top talent to bring their intellectual capital to the city, has launched year two of the program and is now accepting applications for 2013-2014 Fellows. Challenge Detroit provides this talent the opportunity to live, work, play, give, and lead over the course of a year-long fellowship program. Fellows work with and learn from top companies and non-profits in and around Detroit while helping to make a difference in the region.

A Pulte grandson joins with city to boost home demolitions

Detroit Free Press: Detroit has a new partner in demolishing eyesore buildings. That partner is Bill Pulte, grandson of the founder of the Bloomfield Hills-based Pulte Group homebuilding firm, to raze eyesore structures through a new non-profit call the Detroit Blight Authority. The Bill Pulte-led effort has been behind the recent demolitions in a 10-square-block area on Detroit’s near-east side just east of Eastern Market and near the Detroit Edison Public School Academy.

‘Magic’ Johnson and other investors to develop Michigan State Fairgrounds

WXYZ: “Magic” Johnson and other investors are on track to develop the Michigan State Fairgrounds, according to Detroit businessman Marvin Beatty. Their investor group, Magic Plus, garnered approval from the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority to develop the 157 acre plot of land into a luxury theater and entertainment complex with retail and senior housing, according to Beatty.

Business Leaders To Discuss Progress Toward New Economy

GLITR: Top executives from across the state will convene in Lansing March 11 to update their economic development strategies and plan next steps. This summit represents an important checkpoint on the path forward for Michigan’s business economy.  Conference participants will spend a half-day in updates and discussion related to each component of BLM’s New Michigan strategy. The New Michigan Summit will be held on Monday, March 11 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The half-day event is free and includes panel discussions on six directions of future growth for Michigan.

Automation Alley trade missions support more than $220M local export sales

CBS Detroit: Southeast Michigan companies have made more than $220 million in export sales as a result of Automation Alley trade mission activities, Michigan’s largest technology business association announced. These export sales have resulted in the creation or support of more than 1,200 manufacturing jobs. According to the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, for every $1 billion is U.S. exports, 6,250 manufacturing jobs are created or supported.

DPS, state show improvements on MEAP

WXYZ: Students in the Detroit Public Schools scored better on all but the fifth-grade science portion of the 2012 Michigan Education Assessment Program tests than the previous year. The largest Detroit increase was 11.3 percent on the eighth grade reading test. The lowest increase was 0.1 percent by sixth graders on the social studies test.

Think summer with DIA Inside/out, Community Weekends programs

Macomb Daily: On a day when inside was preferable to outside, the Detroit Institute of Arts unveiled the lineup for its spring and summer Inside/Out program and new Community Weekends.  In its fourth year, Inside/ Out brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to the streets and parks in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, and Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. From April to June, 81 reproductions will be in 13 communities, and from July to September, 80 will be placed in 12 other municipalities. The details can be found on an interactive map at

Picture this: Jewelry made with ‘nostalgic images’

The Detroit News: Vershion Young of Detroit has made quite a name for herself around town as the lady who makes jewelry using “nostalgic images.” After years of creating a stylish, upscale jewelry collection, and selling it at local shows and boutiques, Young decided she wanted to do something “fun and whimsical” to sell at the 2007 Dally in the Alley, an annual festival in Midtown.

New book describes fictional transformation of island in the Detroit River

WXYZ: ‘“Belle Isle: Detroit’s Game Changer Belle Isle” is a new book by senior housing developer Rod Lockwood. The fictional story is about the transformation of a real 982-acre uninhabited island in the Detroit River into a glittering American commonwealth.”

Specs Howard School of Media Arts celebrates 43 years

The Detroit News: When Specs Howard opened his Metro Detroit school for aspiring broadcasters, Al Kaline was still playing for the Detroit Tigers and Philips was introducing the videocassette recorder. The school has evolved along with the culture. Today, the Specs Howard School of Media Arts has programs in graphic design and digital media along with its traditional focus on broadcasting. Students attend a mix of online classes while practicing in edit labs, studios and simulated work environments.

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