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Knight Foundation awards 6 Detroit projects $600K

March 31, 2015

Detroit will be one of three cities to have an urban consulate where city dwellers and travelers can have a cross-city cultural exchange. Claire Nelson’s plan to create such consulates — first in Detroit and then in New Orleans and Philadelphia — as a safe space for inquisitive minds and provocative ideas has won praise and financial support from the first Knight Cities Challenge. An initiative by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge is a nationwide competition that attracted more than 7,000 ideas from 26 communities. The idea is to create a project to make towns more vibrant places to live and work. Detroit had 1,000 submissions. Knight officials will announce Tuesday that Detroit represents six of the 32 winners who will share $5 million. All the winning projects focus on talent, opportunity and engagement, Knight officials said, which are three drivers of city success.

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Second Edition of “7.2 SQ MI” Report Provides New Data

March 23, 2015

Report serves as a tool for investment and measurement in city’s core  March 23, 2015 (Detroit) – A partnership of the Hudson-Webber Foundation, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Midtown Detroit, Inc., Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Invest Detroit released today an updated “7.2 SQ MI” report that tells the continued data story of Greater Downtown Detroit. First released in early 2013, the report provides a new snapshot capturing the information currently available on residing, working, employing, visiting, living, playing and investing in Greater Downtown. “With the second edition of the 7.2 SQ MI report, we can begin to identify what progress has been made in making Greater Downtown Detroit more attractive to residents and businesses,” said Dave Egner, president of Hudson-Webber Foundation. “The inaugural report gave us the first benchmark of centralized and agreed-upon data for this important section of the City. We are happy that this second edition will continue to fill a critical gap in data and understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.” The partners, along with data consultant Data Driven Detroit, collaborated to research, share and combine key data across all parties. The report covers a 7.2 square mile collection of neighborhoods: Downtown, Midtown, Woodbridge, Eastern…

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Report: Downtown Detroit improving but work needed

March 23, 2015

Greater downtown Detroit has made remarkable advances in recent years in attracting new businesses and residents. But a new report makes clear that revitalization remains far from finished. “We should not confuse progress with success,” Dave Egner, president and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation, said last week as copies of the latest edition of 7.2 SQ MI, a statistical portrait of the 7.2-square-mile greater downtown area, were being mailed to supporters. The new edition of the report that was first published two years ago is now available at the website detroitsevenpointtwo.com. Among positive findings in the latest edition: The greater downtown saw 77 new restaurants and 41 new retail locations open since 2013 when the first edition of the report was issued. Between 2010 and 2014 there were 1,258 new housing units added and 1,754 housing units renovated.

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Detroit is No. 2 city for sports travel, study finds

March 13, 2015

Since it’s 3/13 day in Detroit, let’s keep the good news about our favorite city going. A recent study by Hotels.com and SeatGeek has found that Detroit is the No. 2 best American city for sports travel, behind only Washington, D.C. (Hey, maybe that’s why Max Scherzer bolted. Too soon?) The study took the top 25 American cities based on ticket purchases across all sporting events, then ranked them in the following categories: Sports popularity (most tickets purchased), ticket affordability, destination popularity and average hotel price using a weighted point system. All data used was based on 2014.

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John Varvatos comes home to open Detroit menswear shop

March 13, 2015

Fifteen years after starting his own company, contemporary menswear designer John Varvatos is opening a shop in Detroit, the city where he was born. “I’m so excited and stimulated,” he said Thursday, as he showed off his store. “It felt magical to be home and welcomed back to the city.” The 4,600-square-foot store at 1500 Woodward is set to open to the public Friday morning.

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