May 2nd: Downtown Detroit buildings go blue and green for NF awareness month (Crain’s Detroit Business) – Bedrock LLC buildings in Detroit, including the Federal Reserve Building on Fort Street, shine blue and green in May for Shine a Light on NF, a global awareness initiative for neurofibromatosis

May 3rd: Parking deck collapse in Downtown Detroit: 8 vehicles fall, no injuries (Click on Detroit) – Parking deck partially caves in at 1400 Woodbridge Street

May 3rd: Detroit Zoo looks to build Downtown Detroit aquarium (MLive) – The potential project could take over the site of the former Ford Auditorium

May 4th: Double dribble: Downtown move a mixed bag for Pistons (The Detroit News) – Here’s a look at some of the positives and negatives from the first season at Little Caesars Arena

May 6th: Teams at Walk MS in Downtown Detroit hope to create world without multiple sclerosis (Click on Detroit) – Attendees raise money to help find MS cure

May 11th: Microsoft moves into new downtown Detroit office, donates $2 million to Southwest Solutions (Crain’s Detroit Business) – New 50,000-square-foot office to be one-third employee space, two-thirds client

May 11th: Detroit just got another burger joint: Why this one’s different (Detroit Free Press) – An emphasis on grass-fed, non-GMO beef burgers, salads, fresh-made juices and smoothies

May 14th: Downtown Detroit aquarium idea may be sunk (Detroit Free Press) – That aquarium the Detroit Zoo wants to build alongside Hart Plaza? Mayor Mike Duggan says the idea won’t float

May 14th: Are there enough people to fill downtown Detroit condos, apartments? (Detroit Free Press) – Many developers scoff at the idea that the greater downtown is getting overbuilt

May 17th: Detroit named a Top 10 vegan-friendly city in America by PETA (Detroit Free Press) – Detroit came in at No. 6 on the list of 10. Los Angeles was No. 1.

May 17th: Stretch of Randolph Street in Downtown Detroit to be renamed Michael Jackson Avenue (Click on Detroit) – The official naming ceremony will take place on June 15, during the Detroit Music Weekend festival

May 17th: Central Kitchen, Atwater, and Great Lakes to launch downtown Detroit beer garden (Detroit Metro Times) – Kegs in the temporary 6,000-square-foot beer garden will be tapped on Friday, May 25, and the garden will remain in place until Monday, Aug. 12

May 18th: For a real come back, give downtown Detroit’s janitors, security officers a raise (Detroit Free Press) – Going unnoticed, and unnamed in those same new buildings, are the janitors and security officers who clean up behind – and protect – Detroit’s “resurgence.”

May 20th: New Kaws statue in Campus Martius gains fans and critics (Detroit Free Press) – The latest addition to downtown Detroit’s public art portfolio is already turning heads and sparking debate

May 21st: G-Star RAW to open new store in downtown Detroit in July (Curbed Detroit) – Bedrock tells Curbed that the brand will open this July in 1419 Woodward, next to Bonobos and across from the Shinola Hotel

May 22nd: Foodworks brings rotating lunch options to downtown Detroit (Crain’s Detroit Business) – Aims to increase lunch options, bring more visibility to local restaurants

May 22nd: Bedrock gets final approval on 4 major redevelopment projects in Downtown Detroit (Click on Detroit) – 4 projects to create up to 15,000 construction jobs, 9,000 permanent jobs

May 22nd: Rising rents in Detroit force nonprofit agencies to move from downtown (Detroit Free Press) – Nonprofits are facing the likelihood of moving out of downtown to cheaper parts of the city because of the rising cost of space

May 23rd: MSU-funded experimental art gallery to open in Detroit (Crain’s Detroit Business) – Launches June 16 with opening of exhibit called “Hustle”

May 24th: New XO Detroit website aims to market downtown happenings (Crain’s Detroit Business) – Promoting downtown Detroit as a destination for food, entertainment and shopping

May 24th: Downtown Detroit Markets open for the summer (Curbed Detroit) – This season’s lineup of vendors are majority women-owned, with over 50 percent owned by people of color

May 24th: Get back to nature in Downtown Detroit at Milliken State Park (Click on Detroit) – Riverfront park offers the perks of the great outdoors

May 24th: Ford begins move of EV, autonomy employees to downtown Detroit (AutoBlog) – Ford has begun moving about 200 employees to a new office in a refurbished hosiery factory in Detroit

May 25th: Detroit offered $4 billion for Amazon HQ2, state says (Crain’s Detroit Business)

May 29th: Two buses and a 2-mile walk: Evans’ trek illustrates transit disconnect (Crain’s Detroit Business)

May 29th: Meridian sold to national health insurer Wellcare for $2.5 billion (Crain’s Detroit Business) – The deal is expected to close by the end of the year

May 29th: Don Garber: Detroit’s 2020 MLS bid hindered by choosing Ford Field (Detroit Free Press) – Garber was clear that Detroit remains in the mix when the league awards two additional franchises to start play in 2022 — if concerns over the venue are addressed

May 30th: Morouns transfer ownership of train station to mystery company (Crain’s Detroit Business) -A  warranty deed dated May 22 was recorded May 23 by the Wayne County Register of Deeds, transferring ownership

May 30th: It’s a big deal PGA Tour chose Detroit instead of suburbs. Here’s why (Detroit Free Press) – Beginning next summer, some of the world’s best golfers will compete in Detroit’s first PGA Tour tournament. Quicken Loans will be the title sponsor

May 30th: Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield will lead gun violence rally downtown (Michigan Chronicle) – The rash of violence in the city comes just as Sheffield is set to lead a call to action rally Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. in front of the Spirit of Detroit Statue in downtown Detroit.

May 31st: CrossFitters row their way to $100K goal for military veterans (Fox2 Detroit)

May 31st: Attorney: Grand Prix appears to be running on Belle Isle illegally under state law (Detroit Metro Times) – The attorney, Paul Andrew Kettunen, owns a downtown Detroit practice and is working on the case pro bono for Belle Isle Concern

May 31st: The World’s First IHOP-Applebee’s Combo Is Open for Breakfast (Eater Detroit) – The restaurant better known by its couples name — IHOPplebee’s — began limited service for breakfast-only this week at the base of the Millender Center next to the Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Downtown hotel

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