Downtown Detroit continues its remarkable transformation, with more and more foot traffic, construction sites sprouting like weeds and new businesses opening up on the reg.
On this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, we caught up with Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, for an update on what's happening in downtown Detroit, how it's evolved over time and what the future could look like for the rapidly growing central business district.
"We really have tried to use the downtown quite frankly as that case study," Larson said. "If it works downtown, we really try and make sure it's replicable in other areas. Not only in other areas of the city, but quite frankly a lot of the public space activation and placemaking activities that we've been doing now for over 20 years are being done all over the country and have become sort of the buzz approaches for continuing to turn around urban centers."
Among the topics Larson touches on:
Friends, this is our longest podcast episode BY FAR, but frankly there was a lot to chew over. Give it a listen and you won't be disappointed. As always, we welcome your feedback.
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Henry the Hatter is one of the most beloved establishments in all of Metro Detroit. The clientele of the oldest hat shop in the United States, owned by Paul Wasserman, is a who's who of musicians, politicians, and even a president.
For this special episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, Sven Gustafson stopped into the iconic store to talk to Paul Wasserman. He shared the story on how his lease got unexpectedly ended, the history of the place (including how his father came to buy it), and we even touch on the future plans for this piece of living Detroit history.
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Ned Staebler is the kind of guy who will tell it to you how it sees it, and in this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour Podcast, Sven met up with him at Techtown where he is CEO to get a beat on what's actually happening in Detroit's entrepreneurial scene.
If you want a discussion on business and Detroit that's not a bunch of jargon filled fluff and staged appearances, then this episode is the place for you.
We cover a variety of subjects over the half hour, including the success of MoGo (it has double its ridership projections), how entrepreneurship is really doing and some of the challenges it faces, and being an outspoken advocate for what you truly believe in.
Staebler has driven some pretty impressive results at Techtown, leveraging the space that's on Wayne State University's campus to get businesses and ideas off the ground not just through providing physical space, but encouraging collaboration through different kinds of events and partnerships.
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More on Techtown here: http://techtowndetroit.org/
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Social media is becoming the center of modern communications, especially when it comes to brands and media outlets.
Sven & the some of the Daily Detroit team attended Social Media Day Detroit in Greektown this year, where there were educational tracks on a variety of topics as well as a lot of experts who spoke. Social Media Day was put together by the Social Media Association of Michigan (SMAMI).
For this special episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, we caught up with three interesting people in the digital media space locally.
First, Nikki Little. She works over at Identity, a PR agency, as their Social Media Director and also runs a bi-weekly e-newsletter for the local industry, the MichComms report.
Second, Robert Courtney Collins, a brand strategist. His agency provides a variety of brand services as well as events and a reward program. You can find him here.
Third, someone who may be the Dean of digital marketing in Detroit, Mike McClure. His long career has landed him at the Yaffe Group as a Senior Vice President and Executive Creative Director, and he shares how in some ways although the tools have changed, it's still all about connecting with people.
The next two guests we have in coming weeks are pretty interesting. We've booked Paul Wasserman, the proprietor of Henry the Hatter as well as Ned Stabler, the CEO of Techtown.
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Detroit's culinary scene has been getting a lot of ink as of late. But there's a lot of facets to this story. Sure, the food has to be good. But starting a restaurant or food truck is a lot more difficult than many might think.
How do you make sure that the little guy (or gal) with a great recipe has a chance it happen? That's where Yum Village comes in.
Sven's guest this week, Godwin Ihentuge, takes his experience and lends it to others to raise the community up.
He also is a weekend regular serving up Nigerian food at the Villages Biergarten in West Village, where you can catch some pretty great flavors along with a beer or a glass of wine. We dived into the finer points of Nigerian cuisine as well.
Beyond the kitchen, Ihentuge has also gone to Washington D.C. to advocate for sustainable wages for restaurant workers and benefits - and he's also an educator for the immensely successful BUILD program.
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One of the most interesting stories in Detroit is that of the lower east side of the city. The area running from Lafayette Park all the way to Jefferson Chalmers and the Grosse Pointe border has amazing history, a sense of community, as well as residents and activists determined the make this part of town all it could be.
Sven Gustafson sat down with Josh Elling of Jefferson East at Andrew's and talked about how to develop a neighborhood in a truly inclusive manner, the things happening with beautiful historic buildings like the Vanity Ballroom, and how the community has worked together to face and address the challenges of the area.
Jefferson East can be found here: http://goeastjefferson.org/
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Could Detroit be a little better than Silicon Valley? This guy thinks so.
This week Sven Gustafson sat down with Tom Lawrence of Lawrence Technology Services at the Urban Bean Coffee Shop in downtown Detroit. In a wide-ranging conversation with entrepreneur, technologist, and podcast and YouTube host Tom Lawrence, we touch on a variety of topics involving technology and Detroit.
Beyond being the owner of a technology firm, Lawrence also hosts the popular Sunday Morning Linux Review Podcast and also has a YouTube channel that has received hundreds of thousands of views.
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The Urban Bean (they have draft iced coffee, kept our Silent Bob silent and happy): http://www.urbanbeanco.com/
The Tall Boy of Coconut Juice: http://www.focopure.com/
Detroit is best by bike.
Slow Roll has taken Detroit and the nation by storm - or, well, by bike. The ride that attracts 3,000-5,000 people per week and winds through Detroit's neighborhoods and by our landmarks has become a phenomenon. Now they're taking it to the next level, not only by showing off the city but partnering with nonprofits and others looking to improve Detroit.
On the patio of Queens Bar, Sven Gustafson sits down with Jason Hall, a co-founder of Slow Roll, and Kelsey Hubbell, their human Swiss army knife, and talk about this truly revolutionary ride and what it's all about.
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Detroit is in many ways becoming more and more of a biking city, along with other modes of transportation than just cars.
Todd Scott, Executive Director of the Detroit Greenways Coalition, joins our host Sven Gustafson at the legendary Locker Room Lounge on Livernois to talk all things biking. We touch on the popularity of the Dequindre Cut. The addition of protected bike lanes down Cass Avenue. Discuss plans for biking on the new Gordie Howe bridge. The potential impact of the new MoGo bike share. The Elmwood Cemetery connector - and a ton of other bike related topics.
Thanks to the Locker Room Lounge for their hospitality and our network Podcast Detroit for their continued support.
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Special note: This week we're going to be up at the Mackinac Policy Conference. Be sure to follow http://www.dailydetroit.com for all the action.
Airbnb in Detroit has become quite the thing, with a multi-million dollar economic impact for residents and their newest service, trips, where you can have an experienced Detroiter guide you through a variety of city experiences.
Our host Sven Gustafson sat down with Nelson T. Sanders, Jr. and Tommie Robbins on the patio of Queens Bar to talk about their experiences. Sanders is your guide for an experience called "Sharp," that lives up to the name seeing places like Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Sugar House, and 1701 Bespoke. Robbins is a home host in the New Center area who has been able to supplement his teacher's income hosting guests from around the world.
So sit back - enjoy - and these two guys will give you the real deal when it comes to Detroit.
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Detroit's a city where locally made products can do really well and become a thing. One of those is Sfumato Fragrances, created by the Corktown-based husband and wife duo of Kevin Peterson and Jane Larson.
They're already at work on their new Midtown retail store, thanks to a $20,000 Motor City Match grant. Sven caught up with the pair at Queen's bar in Detroit and talked juggling a day job with your passion, how the idea for starting a company focused on fragrances came about, and the future.
Thanks to Queens Bar for their hospitality, Podcast Detroit for their network support, and of course, for more stories visit DailyDetroit.com
This week on the podcast our guests are Pastor Aramis Hinds of the Breakers Covenant Church International and Rabbi Ariana Silverman of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.
They're working to raise funds to renovate the historic Temple Beth El on Woodward Avenue into the Bethel Community Transformation Center (BCTC). It's a beautiful example of the Christian and Jewish communities coming together.
It's powered by a coalition of local clergy, community leaders, visionaries and builders joining forces to weave together the past and the future at BETHEL: a modern performing arts center, worship space, and community center all under one roof.
You can find more about the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/betheldetroit/bethel-transforming-a-detroit-gem
Dave Phillips and Bob Waltenspiel are two of the folks behind IT in the D, the networking group / podcast / now helping with job training in Michigan.
Our host Sven Gustafson sat down and talked with them about their newest project and how exactly they got there.
The group, founded as DetroitNet.Org, has grown into it's various forms through doing something rather straightforward - helping connect people to jobs and making sure people have fun while they do it.
Along the way, the pair of tech professionals (one a sales guy, one a tech guy) authored a series of wildly popular posts called "Don't Be That Guy," appeared on WDIV's Flashpoint, been honored by CNN Money, and now have Detroit's largest tech podcast that records on a Monday night (although they are modest about it, they do get hundreds of thousands of listens every week).
Now they have a podcast network in Podcast Detroit (which, full disclosure, The Daily Detroit Happy Hour is a small part of), and they're working with the MEDC (Michigan Economic Development Corporation) to roll out technology job training first in Flint and then in areas around the state.
It's an interesting and entertaining interview with two Detroit change makers. Enjoy!
For $500, you could buy a house in Detroit. Or so how the story goes. Today our guest is Drew Philp, author, writer and house rehabber who joined us for a great conversation at Queens bar in Downtown Detroit about his new book, released by Scribner, A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home.
Philp inked the book deal after his viral Buzzfeed hit about his $500 house journey. Spoiler: It cost a lot more money and time than $500. But along the way, he learned just how amazing of a community Detroit can be.
So pull up a chair and take a listen to our best Daily Detroit Happy Hour yet.
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If you've been around Metro Detroit, the way you probably know Robin Schwartz is through her years on the air at Fox 2 News. A storyteller at heart, she's embarked on a new chapter of her career after a stint working for Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services.
Her PR venture has some very interesting clients like Mama Shu and the Avalon Village, the Downtown Boxing Gym and many more. She's helped get national attention and national stories placed with her prowess at knowing what a good story is.
So enjoy as Sven Gustafson sits down with Robin Schwartz at the Urban Bean in downtown Detroit.
Maybe the Motor City wasn't front of mind as a travel destination, but more and more it's turning out to be one. Our host Sven sat down with the Interactive Marketing Manager for Visit Detroit, Dan Fuoco, to talk about how exactly do you market Detroit as the place where you want to put your conference or spend your spare time.
It turns out most people when they get here, they end up underestimating how much Detroit has to offer and want to do even more.
You can find out more about Visit Detroit at their website, VisitDetroit.com
There's a lot of myth around Detroit's 8 Mile. From being featured in Eminem's movie of the same name, to being a "border street" between the city and suburbs, there's more nuance and more going on than people might assume along the 27 mile stretch that the 8 Mile Boulevard Association works with.
To get a better idea, we talked to Cindy Thomas, Executive Director of the 8 Mile Boulevard Association, as well as Anna Schroen, their Director of Programs at the historic Baker's Keyboard Lounge.
To learn more about the association, you can visit them at http://www.eightmile.org/
"If they don't fix the schools, the rest will be meaningless." It's a powerful quote from within this podcast about the state of Detroit's schools and the state of the city's revitalization.
But resources from traditional newsrooms are stretched. Enter Chalkbeat, a national network of education-focused sites. Recently, thanks to the efforts of Erin Einhorn, the site opened up a bureau to cover Detroit.
Our Sven Gustafson sat down with Erin Einhorn and Julie Topping, both veteran journalists with previous experience in Detroit including the major newspapers, to talk about what's happening with Detroit's schools, what the big stories are, and what to watch for in the coming year.
Thanks to Baker's Keyboard lounge, the legendary jazz and live music venue, for hosting us.
Note: Daily Detroit does syndicate content from Chalkbeat Detroit from time to time on our website.
What role does openly available, good data play in the comeback of a city? What are the ways good data can actually spread between administrations and become institutionally useful? This might sound boring at first, but it turns out to be a really interesting conversation with an interesting Detroiter.
Garlin Gilchrist II is the City of Detroit's Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology. He has an interesting backstory.
He most recently served as the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org, where he focused on mobilizing MoveOn's seven million members on issues of civil rights, education, and technology policy advocacy through community organizing and online action. Garlin also coordinated MoveOn's 2012 election mobilization program, Voters Rising. Gilchrist also the founded Detroit Diaspora, a network for native Detroiters living elsewhere to connect with one another as well as people doing positive work in the city of Detroit.
During the 2008 Presidential Election season, Gilchrist served as the Social Media Manager for the Barack Obama campaign in Washington. In this capacity, Gilchrist used social networking and text messaging to engage more online volunteers during the final month of the campaign than any other state.
This week Sven sits down with Calvin Moore, the owner of Seven Point Two tours and host of the podcast "Leading Questions with Calvin Moore."
Calvin has an interesting perspective in that some of his work is showing Detroit to non-Detroiters looking to come here for a job, as companies downtown are actively recruiting talent from all over the nation. Also, as the host of the podcast Leading Questions with Calvin Moore, he brings together people with widely different opinions to hopefully learn from each other.
The show was recorded this time at a very busy Queen's Bar in downtown Detroit.
For this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, Sven interviews Khali Sweeney of the Downtown Boxing Gym. But there's way more than boxing happening at this former book bindery. The lives of kids are changing not just by hitting the ring, but by hitting the books.
For our inaugural episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, we're with David Lingholm, proud Detroiter who is also the author of the "Adopting Fatherhood" blog. He is part of a mixed-race household in the city, with a Puerto Rican wife and an adopted African-American young child.
We talk about the experiences of adoption, raising a kid in the city, and what his favorite cigar is. It's a touching story you won't want to miss.