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Beautifying Detroit, one neighborhood at a time

This past Saturday was ARISE Detroit’s Fourth Annual “Neighborhoods Day,” bringing together local residents and organizations to help clean up Detroit communities. Volunteers worked from dawn to dusk building houses, playgrounds and giving the city a much needed “spit and [...]

What if the creative canvas is a cement wall?

A few weeks ago, we wrote about famed graffiti artist Banksy’s visit to Detroit and the  artwork he created while here. After his visit, some of the work was destroyed, removed, covered up or otherwise mutilated and no longer exists in its original form. Now, one of the pieces believed [...]

Pro basketball back in Detroit?

With the Red Wings and Tigers both plying their trade in the city of Detroit for nearly and over a century, respectively, and the Lions returning downtown in 2002, could it be only a matter of time before the Pistons also migrate to within Motown’s city limits? Though it’s nowhere [...]

You decide our future, with your vote

This week, like many Michiganders, we cast our votes in our state’s primary election to decide who our next leaders will be. Whether or not you voted for the winners in either party, one thing is certain – your participation in the voting process is the only way to keep our state and [...]

A golfer’s vacation in the Detroit

For years, going “Up North” has been the staple of Michigan summer vacations as metro Detroiters head northward along I-75 to getaway points such as Graying, Gaylord and Traverse City in search of sandy beaches and wide open golf courses. What many link enthusiasts may not know, [...]

Preserving a field of dreams

After Comerica Park opened in 2000, there were scores of ideas for what the old Tiger Stadium in Corktown should become – repurpose it for amateur baseball, make it a city park, tear it down for scrap materials (which was its eventual fate) and many more. Efforts to save the bleachers [...]

Higher education in Detroit

What would any major city in the U.S. be without a well-respected facility offering higher education to the surrounding community? With Teach For America coming to Detroit this fall, and several of the organization’s employees living at The Lofts of Merchants Row, the recommitment to [...]

Teach For America sets sights on Detroit

For years, Detroit Public Schools (DPS) have been in the negative national spotlight for grades, graduation rates and other issues. With the appointment of emergency financial manager Robert Bobb, however, the school system in Michigan’s largest city is poised for positive change. But [...]

Banksy was here

Banksy. To many, the name, like the ubiquitous spray-painted overpasses in metro Detroit, falls into the realm of another juvenile delinquent trying to make their mark on our city. That is, to those passing the artwork without stopping to take a look. Here in Detroit we have thousands of [...]

Hydroplaning – the good kind – on the Detroit river this weekend

By now you know from our Lofts blogs, there’s always something going on along the Detroit River every weekend in the city. This weekend, there’s a great event happening IN the river – the American Power Boat Association’s (APBA) Gold Cup Races kicking off today and running through [...]