This town, at least when it comes to online chatter, has been buzzing about the possibility of an X-Games. You know we’re all for aiming high (remember this post about the idea Olympics should be in Detroit?) but the X-Games, especially if we win the bid, is a bit of progress.
So without further ado, here’s your list of ten links that make up your weekly reading list!
This is why the X Games should come to Detroit
Autoblog: Recently, ESPN announced the finalists for cities eligible to host the 2014 Summer X Games, with Detroit, MI – my hometown and current place of residence – making the list. And despite the naysayers that give my city a really bad rap (quite literally, actually, since I’m sure many of you have heard about how it’s “So Cold” here), there’s good reason for Detroit to host the annual competition. Want proof? Check out the full five-and-a-half-minute-long video posted below.
Kevyn Orr: Detroit is in worse shape than I thought
CBS Detroit: Detroit’s emergency manager says the city is bleeding much more red ink than originally thought. That’s what Kevyn Orr told WWJ City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas in an exclusive one-on-one interview. “The situation is severe,” Orr said. “It’s worse that we originally thought. It ain’t good.” With just 39 days under his belt, Orr is already putting the final touches on a draft of his 40-plus page financial report, which must be submitted to the state on Monday. Some of the 40,000 foot view items shared include a debt that exceeds $15 billion and an operating deficit of $325 million.
Meanwhile, Kid Rock is playing seven straight $20 shows in Detroit…
Digital Music News: Which of these seems like a closer approximation of the future to you? On one hand, you have the Rolling Stones milking Boomers for $600 a pop, all while phoning in out-of-tune classics and struggling to fill arenas at $85. On the other hand, we have a strategic Kid Rock selling out multiple, $20 shows in Detroit and beyond, with perks like cheaper beer and free coffee when the gig is over.
Lawrence Tech anchoring Midtown Detroit development, joining neighborhood’s boom
MLive: Architecture and design school Lawrence Tech will anchor a long-awaited development in Midtown at the corner of Woodward and Willis. The two-story, all-commercial building is scheduled to begin construction this summer and will take about a year, said Sue Mosey, executive director of Midtown Detroit Inc.
Silicon Valley vs. Detroit: The battle for the car of the future
Forbes: The Lexus SUV barreling down Silicon Valley’s Highway 101 is much like any other, save the $65,000 laser sensor spinning on the roof like a nerdy propeller beanie. Capturing 1.3 million bits of data per second along with video feeds and radar pulses, the car’s computers can “see” the vehicles around us and keep us clear of them. Which is a good thing. Because no one is driving. Google cofounder Sergey Brin wants to see driverless cars on the road in five years. Detroit versus Silicon Valley. The war is on.
Hotel Charlevoix demolition to begin this month
WXYZ: A crumbling downtown Detroit eyesore will be coming down this month. Demolition on the Hotel Charlevoix will likely begin on May 28th, according to Nathan Ford, who is the director of Detroit’s Buildings, Safety, Engineering and Environmental Department. Required abatement work will start about two weeks before that, Ford added.
Analysis: Hedge funds in search of distress take a look at Detroit
Reuters: In the past two decades, a group of specialized hedge funds have transformed corporate bankruptcies, injecting much-needed capital while at the same time drawing fire as “vultures.”
Now these same funds may be poised to descend on another landscape: struggling cities and counties – and no place beckons more than Detroit.
Detroit Jobs Alliance says it will streamline services for city’s vast number of unemployed and underemployed citizens
MLive: Dozens of people met at the Detroit Historical Museum in Midtown Detroit and discussed the paralyzing joblessness that lies outside of Midtown or Downtown, while launching the Detroit Jobs Alliance. The Detroit Jobs Alliance is essentially 76 different municipal, private and non-profit organizations with the common goal of bringing more work to a city that has an 18 percent unemployment rate.
Sleeping Bag Coat Designed For The Homeless Draws Attention From Fashion Industry
HuffPost Detroit: A coat developed by a social entrepreneur and designed for homeless people is now a somewhat hot item in the high-end fashion world. Earlier this month, 23-year-old Veronika Scott told PBS NewsHour that she had plans to add a for-profit arm to her non-profit company, The Empowerment Plan, which has donated over 1,000 coats to the homeless since launching in late 2010. Scott’s foray into the private market comes after she debuted the coats at last year’s Aspen Fashion Week to much fanfare, helping her land a $100,000 investment from the billionaire founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely.
Sit on it Detroit vows to keep installing benches at bus stops despite DDOT pushback
HuffPost Detroit: In a city where long waits at bus stop are common and many riders are senior citizens, college student Charles Molnar had an idea: Why not build some benches? Spurred to action, he rallied several students from Detroit Enterprise Academy, a charter school, to make a handmade bench out of recycled wood. They installed the bench at a bus stop on East Jefferson Ave. Rather than praise the initiative, however, the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) said the benches are unauthorized and will have to be removed.