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10 Gems of Hamtramck You Need to Experience

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You don’t have to go far to travel in Detroit. This city and region has a rich blend of cultures, history and stories spread across all of its square mileage, though there is one part of the region where you can walk around half the world in a day.

Hamtramck is a 2.09 square mile enclave within the city of Detroit. It is almost completely surrounded by Motown except for a small section on its western border that hugs up to Highland Park, which in turn is surrounded by Detroit.

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Detroit: Evolution of a City

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An interactive look at the growth, decline, and revival of the city of Detroit through historic and present-day pictures.

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These Are 7 of the Most Underrated Food Cities in America

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What makes a great food city isn't necessarily Michelin stars or food trucks per capita. While NYC, LA, and Chicago have always shined brightest, and upstarts like Austin and Portland might be the kings of meals on wheels, there are a ton of cities out there where tradition and innovation mix into unique melting pots... full of melting food.

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Hatch Detroit Winner Batch Brewing Company to Have a New Home (With a Railroad Car)

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The oft-talked about and much anticipated Batch Brewery, slated to open in late summer, won’t be on Michigan Avenue.

But it will probably on the most apropos of streets for brewery, Porter Street. 1400 to be exact (we’re thinking that’s the perfect name for a porter, how about you?).

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When Can You Call Yourself a Detroiter?

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With businesses opening up touting the Detroit name, Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press asks what should qualify a place to claim ownership of the city. 

Listeners call in to share what they think makes up a real "Detroiter" and how they feel toward these new businesses.

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Zenith Restaurant Opens in Detroit's Fisher Building

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After watching artists and musicians move from the East Coast to Detroit to take part in the city’s turnaround, restaurateurs Robert and Melissa Jasper sold their two eateries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and headed to the Motor City. Their new restaurant, The Zenith, opens today on the first level of Detroit’s Fisher Building.

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15 (More) Reasons to Go to Detroit Right Now

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For people who like to explore the new, the up and coming, the yet to be discovered, the unbeaten path, the authentic and numerous hidden gems – Detroit might very well be the place for you. Here are 15 reasons to go now:

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Some of the Most Amazing Startup Spaces are in Detroit

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Detroit’s woes are well known; so too, are the efforts of some entrepreneurial spirits to revitalize this once-great city. Dan Gilbert, the CEO of Detroit-based Quicken Loans, has poured a billion dollars into Detroit’s downtown, as Chuck Salter reported in Fast Company Magazine last year.

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The 2014 DVF Awards Honorees include Empowerment Plan's Veronika Scott

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This year marks the 5th anniversary of the DVF Awards. The DVF Awards were created in 2010 by Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to honor and support extraordinary women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire. Women who have transformed the lives of others through their commitment, resources and visibility.

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Detroit's Guide to Retail Evolution Available for Download

The REVOLVE Guidebook is a collection of resources to support Detroit’s Retail Evolution. Whether you are starting a business, installing a public art project, restoring a building, or promoting a neighborhood, this is your one-stop shop for practical how-to information regarding the revitalization of Detroit’s neighborhood business districts.

The guidebook is designed for a broad audience of entrepreneurs, artists, community organizations, and building owners with the common goal of activating vacant space. It is oriented to help stakeholders work together and take action. Included are checklists, flow-charts, permits, and much more in easy-to-understand, ready-to-use formats.

Some of the information may not be  applicable to you. However, we believe that good things happen faster when we work together and have a mutual understanding of the to-do list. The guidebook is developed specifically for Detroit. However, much of the information is transferable to other cities or applications of urban revitalization.

Finally, there is no “one way” to do this. Every neighborhood requires a unique approach. This guidebook tells you how we facilitate Retail Evolution at REVOLVE. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these resources and do things in your own way. We also realize that things evolve. Consider this a living document. We encourage you to share your feedback and lessons learned to improve this guide by emailing us at info@revolvedetroit.com.

We ask just one thing of you: Be revolutionary. 

 

Old Detroit in Stunning Black-and-White Photographs

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At 95, photographer Bill Rauhauser is something of a legend in the Detroit arts community. He’s spent more than 60 years taking beautiful street images that reflect the vibrancy and history of the city’s past. In January, Rauhauser was named the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist, an honor that comes with a $50,000 prize. Later this year, Kresge will publish a monograph of Rauhauser’s career.

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Home furnishings stores return to the Motor City

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Inside a sleek, modern storefront, a collection of Japanese tea pots shines in the February sunlight. Towels create a collage across one wall. And mobiles with bright, bold geometric shapes dangle from the ceiling.

A Brooklyn boutique? Try Nora on Cass Avenue right in Midtown Detroit.

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City Versus Suburb A Longstanding Divide In Detroit

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On the No. 34 bus heading out to the suburbs of Detroit, most of the structures are abandoned. But there are people at every stop, still living in the neighborhoods and still trying to get on with their lives during the city's financial troubles and recovery.

Lifelong Detroiter Fred Kidd, a rider on the No. 34, works at a car parts manufacturing plant in another one of Detroit's suburbs. This bus does not make it all the way to the suburbs; it stops at the city line.

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Urban Farm Planned For Shuttered Detroit School

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A nearly 27-acre urban farm that will provide produce for Detroit public school students’ meals is planned at a former high school as part of the district’s efforts to reuse empty buildings instead of tearing them down.

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Traffic Jam Owners to Reassemble Dairy Barn in Detroit

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To repurpose all of the vacant land in Detroit, many have called for large-scale urban farming. Now Carolyn and Scott Lowell, owners of the Traffic Jam & Snug and numerous apartments in Midtown, are bringing one of the pillars of the agricultural age to the Motor City — a family-owned dairy barn from the west side of Michigan.

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