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Your Detroit weekly reading list: Ten of the best Detroit stories

So who will be the “major tech company” coming to the D? Here’s your ten links from around the web of some of the best news stories about Detroit!

Old Main at Wayne State University

Wayne State University. Photo credit: Nick Hagen

The picture of the week is of Old Main at Wayne State University. The evening sun was hitting it just right, and simply had to snap away at one of Detroit’s iconic structures.

Struggling Cities, from Detroit to New Orleans, see startups as saviors

Business Week: After graduating from the University of Michigan, Greg Schwartz worked in New York at Warner Music Group as director of digital business. Then the entrepreneurial bug bit him, and he tried to turn a calendar app he had created into a business. But instead of staying put or moving to a tech mecca like Silicon Valley, he returned in 2011 to his hometown of Detroit to found UpTo, inspired by Dan Gilbert, founder of Detroit-based Quicken Loans and majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Like so many others, I left Detroit during a massive brain drain.

Downtown Detroit getting 150-employee ADP digital center

CBS Local: ADP Dealer Services Inc., a division of Automatic Data Processing Inc., announced it would build a “Digital Marketing Innovation Center” in downtown Detroit, bringing another 150 jobs to what’s become a growing tech hub.

Dan Gilbert says ‘major’ tech company announcement coming for Detroit, as he, Sue Mosey and George Jackson discuss city’s future

MLive Detroit: “There’s some major announcements coming,” he said at the Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics breakfast. “There’s a major technology company that’s about to make an announcement here. There’s a bunch more retail, major stores that are going to be announced.” Gilbert did not offer any further specifics. Last month, as his team unveiled a major “placemaking” plan to revitalize the downtown core, he also announced that Papa Joe’s gourmet grocer would soon open up shop on the ground floor of the First National Building. Downtown Detroit badly needs more retail, but the city as a whole needs a multitude of things. All three speakers acknowledged this, but insisted that Detroit is now on the right path.

Researchers: Michigan tourism spending rose in 2012

Associated Press: Business grew for Michigan’s tourism industry for a third consecutive year in 2012, with help from the weather, good publicity and the “Pure Michigan” advertising campaign aimed at luring visitors from other states. Michigan State University specialist Sarah Nicholls said tourism spending in the state rose by about 6 percent last year. The hotel sector had its highest occupancy rates since 2000 and visits to high-profile attractions such as national parks jumped, she said.

Michael Bay talks about plans for making the new ‘Transformers’ in Detroit

Detroit Free Press: Get ready, Motor City. Michael Bay is on his way. “I’ll be there in a month and a half,” says the director of his plans to shoot a big chunk of the fourth “Transformers” movie in metro Detroit. The director of the blockbuster “Transformers” franchise shot scenes for 2005’s “The Island,” 2007’s “Transformers” and 2011’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” — in Detroit. But this time, he’s bringing a much bigger portion of the work here. “Transformers 4” expects to spend roughly $82 million in Michigan, or more than any previous film under the film incentive program besides “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

M1 Rail streetcar gets key government clearance; construction will begin this year

CBS: The U.S. Department of Transportation has given final clearance to developers of a privately managed $140 million streetcar line following a 3.3-mile course through the heart of Detroit. M-1 Rail chief executive Matt Cullen announced the move. Cullen says the Federal Transit Administration’s decision means M-1 Rail can proceed with design, right-of-way acquisition and construction. He says he expects construction to start south of Adams Street this year and north of Adams next year as part of a state reconstruction of Woodward. The streetcar line is expected to include 11 stations, with connections to Campus Martius, Comerica Park, the Detroit Medical Center area, and Wayne State University. Major construction commitments of $3 million have been secured from Wayne State University, Quicken Loans, the Ilitch companies, Penske Corp., Compuware, Chevrolet, Chrysler Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, Wayne County government, the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Detroit finds ally in U.P. legislator Tom Casperson

Review Magazine: Senator Tom Casperson, (R-Escanaba) found himself on an unconventional day-long tour of Detroit. As chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Casperson was approached about bills creating a rapid-transit bus system for Detroit. … “I couldn’t believe the city, how beautiful it is.” Casperson recalled more of his day in Detroit with passion—a passion for the city itself. “It’s a beautiful city and so many people don’t know it,” he says. “There’s so much negative dialog about Detroit and we need to stop that in the Legislature, in Michigan. People need to go there and see.”

Pushing 90, Avern Cohn not ready to adjourn career

Bridge: Notes on the family fridge to remind to “pick up milk” or “Bobby’s soccer game 6:30 tonight” are a common sight in Michigan homes. Avern Cohn uses such notes, too — except his are stuck to the bench in a federal courtroom in Detroit. And Cohn, a federal judge, is trying to remind himself that a jurist doesn’t always have to have the last word.

Philanthropic groups step up to lead Michigan’s urban revival

Bridge: There’s no doubt that one of Michigan’s biggest stories this year is Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to put Detroit under an emergency manager, and put attorney Keyvn Orr in that post. There is, however, an important back story behind our concern for distressed Michigan cities. Perhaps it’s best told by Rip Rapson, president of the Kresge Foundation, which has invested almost $500 million in the Detroit tri-county region over the past 20 years.

Detroit is Michigan’s beating heart

Review Magazine: Imagine your body without your heart. Sure, maybe some fancy life support machine could keep your arms, legs and gut technically alive. But you certainly won’t grow and thrive. So why do so many of us seem to think Michigan can thrive without Detroit?

Old Main at Wayne State University

Wayne State University. Photo credit: Nick Hagen

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