Trynna keep up with the news, In and About, Downtown Detroit?

Downtown Paige has you covered, check out the list below!

Late Feb: Emagine, Big Sean plan to open movie theater, live music venue in Detroit (Crain’s Detroit) – Although the Troy-based company has not yet determined a precise location for the theater, which would also include a new music venue, it would provide a new movie option in a city

MarchDowntown Detroit Markets seeks vendor applicants – Applications are now open through Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Vendors will be announced on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

March 1: Beacon Park to turn winter tent into a pub for March (Crain’s Detroit) – Downtown Detroit’s Beacon Park is making its 10,000-square-foot heated tent a sports bar in March.

March 2: Detroit welcome center needs $200K to stay open (The Detroit News) – Detroit Experience Factory said its welcome center on Monroe Street may close at the end of the month.

March 2: 4 restaurants, 1 location: New Detroit eatery first-of-its-kind (Detroit Free Press) – The planned 8,646-square-foot restaurant incubator and “food hall” is a first of its kind in Detroit and will feature chefs at four kiosks that will serve customers in a sit-down restaurant environment.

March 4: High-speed rail system Hyperloop studies Detroit-Toledo route (Crain’s Detroit) – The Michigan Department of Transportation has been asked to fund a feasibility study for a new high-speed train system that would link Detroit to Toledo and then the western border of Indiana near Chicago.

March 5: Detroit’s inclusionary housing ordinance, explained (Model D) – Last September, housing advocates and members of city council stood outside the Spirit of Detroit statue downtown for an announcement about the just-passed Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO).

March 5: DACA immigrants rally in Detroit as deadline set by Trump expires (Detroit Free Press) – DACA immigrants and their supporters rallied Monday night at Hart Plaza in Detroit as a deadline set by President Donald Trump to reach a deal on immigrant legislation expired.

March 5: Detroit auto show could move to October, away from January cold, CES shadow (MLive Michigan) – “We are exploring many opportunities for the show, with October being one of those opportunities. Ongoing discussions are underway with key stakeholders around the world.”

March 7: Mo Pop Festival reveals 2018 lineup: Rare Bon Iver set, the National, St. Vincent (Detroit Free Press) – The Mo Pop Festival’s strongest lineup yet includes Bon Iver’s first Detroit show in a decade, alongside an indie-rock upper class that includes the National, St. Vincent and Portugal.

March 7: Hour Detroit names Parc 2018 Restaurant of the Year (Fox 2) – Centrally-located in Downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park, and opened in late 2016.

March 7: New Tapas Restaurant Starts Passing Plates Near Greektown in March (Eater Detroit) – The 5,000-square-foot Asaysia Plates to Share will seat 150 patrons in a space decked out in stainless steel, quartz, and vintage furnishings including booths made from reclaimed church pews.

March 7: How Detroit Denim, Nike, Whole Foods And Shinola Are Rebuilding Retail In Detroit (Forbes) – Nisch describes Detroit as an urban incubator for new retail models that will ultimately define the future of retailing in cities across the country.

March 8: U.S. Sen. Cory Booker to give keynote at Detroit NAACP fundraiser (Crain’s Detroit) – The dinner, in its 63rd consecutive year, is the largest fundraiser for the NAACP’s Detroit branch.

March 8: Step Inside Lovers Only, Downtown’s Quirky New Burger Spot (Eater Detroit) – Lovers Only hovers somewhere between fast-casual and full-service dining.

March 8: 2 of Detroit’s most powerful men got together. Here’s what they said (Detroit Free Press) – Detroit has made tremendous progress but needs to make more, especially in its neighborhoods among the longtime residents who may feel excluded from the downtown revival.

March 8: 3-way deal big step toward jail land swap in Detroit (The Detroit News) – The tentative deal is a major land swap involving Wayne County, billionaire Dan Gilbert and the city of Detroit. If it works, Wayne County gets a new jail, courthouses and juvenile detention center; Gilbert gains yet another major piece of downtown; and the city could find new life for the blighted ex-headquarters of an automaker that gave us the Pacer.

March 9: Video game art dances across Cobo Center marquee as part of yearlong series (Crain’s Detroit) – Cobo is displaying a different artist’s work each month on its massive video board, starting last October and running through this October.

March 11: Life after the Joe: Big changes proposed for site (The Detroit News) – The goal: to make the isolated property more accessible to the riverfront and connect it with the blossoming downtown.

March 11: Detroit’s Amazon tax incentives remain ‘trade secret’ – (Crain’s Detroit) – Public money was being offered that would have benefited Gilbert, but the public isn’t being told how much.

March 12: Detroit Ale House Debuts Vegan Comfort Food Menu (VegNews) – Along with a rotating vegan beer and wine list, the eatery serves a variety of vegan cocktails featuring bee-free “honee.”

March 12: After demolition, Detroit to connect Joe Louis Arena land with downtown (Fox 2) – Detroit director of planning is giving a first look of what the area will look like after Joe Louis is torn down scheduled for the end of this year.

March 12: Detroit to launch $250 million affordable housing fund, strategy (Michigan Radio) – Mayor Mike Duggan is putting out more details about his plan to guarantee some affordable housing remains in the city.

March 13: Blo adds to Detroit blow-dry bar scene (Crain’s Detroit) – Blow-dry bars are an established trend in major cities, but Detroit is still catching up.

March 13: The Siren Hotel Brings New Cafes and Bars to Detroit This Week (Eater Detroit) – Siren Hotel is preparing for a partial debut downtown this weekend on March 17.

March 14: Food truck season kicks off Friday at several downtown venues (Detroit Free Press) – Downtown Street Eats, returns Friday for another season.  

March 15: I-94 to close in Detroit as fans descend on city for NCAA tournament (MLive Michigan) – MDOT lists alternate routes for fans heading to Little Caesars Arena for the NCAA basketball tournament, or downtown for St. Patrick’s Day festivities

March 15: Detroit Bartending Legend Farouk Elhaje Has Died (Eater Detroit) – He was in downtown Detroit’s bartending scene for nearly 60 years, died on March 2, 2018. He was 80.

March 15: Southwest’s Señor López is planning a downtown Detroit location (Detroit Metro Times) – Southwest Detroit Mexican restaurant Señor López is planning a second location.

March 15: New $5.4B regional transit plan costs more, adds more destinations (Detroit Free Press) – “In this one, it’s putting the money into a lot more routes with a lot more frequency which will make it way more useful to people for getting around.”

March 15: New book secures Michigan’s role in modernism movement (The Detroit News) – Lafayette Park is the largest collection of buildings by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

March 15: Detroit Small Businesses Get Grants To Improve Curb Appeal (CBS Detroit) – Motor City Re-Store grants of nearly $300,000 were announced Thursday.

March 15: Crowds swarm to Downtown Detroit as city prepares for March Madness (Click On Detroit) – Tournament hosted at Little Caesars Arena

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