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Aired 5 months ago 13:13
Imaginative Detroit Square Project Would Transform Midtowns Cultural Center
Midtown Detroit, Inc. and the Detroit Institute of Arts have announced the winner of its DIA Plaza | Midtown Cultural Connections international design competition, first launched in 2017.Â Detroit SquareÂ is a proposal from an international consortium led by Paris-based Agence Ter and including Detroit-based Akoaki, rootoftwo, and Harley Etienne. The proposal reimagines the 83-acre Cultural Center in Midtown and its 12 educational and cultural institutions, highlighted by the DIA, the Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Michigan Science Center and several others. It includes major new green spaces, a winding greenway connecting the 12 institutions, cafes, art installations, performance spaces and two plaza areas that could serve as public event spaces and warrant the temporary closure of Woodward to vehicles. Thereâ€™s also a big focus on adding public Wi-Fi and 5G cellular connections throughout the site. In addition to talking about that on todayâ€™s show, we cover: Royal Oak has had enough of your Woodward cruise shenanigans, and police there are adopting a zero-tolerance policy toward speeding, illegal parking and littering. Google is investing $17 in expansions in Detroit and Ann Arbor. The Special Inspector General For the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or SIGTARP, will audit demolitions in Detroit and other Michigan cities to monitor against the spread of contaminated soil. About 100 security guards in downtown Detroit have voted to go on strike. A man listed by police as a suspect in a string of serial killings in Detroit has been charged in an attack after his alleged victim was able to escape. [Detroit News] And I offer a completely ludricrous-but-maybe-not idea for relocating the Grand Prix from Belle Isle: The ring road at Oakland Mall. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what youâ€™re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe onÂ Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming aÂ Patreon member.
Aired 5 months ago 6:52
Detroit-Area Renters Are Eager To Leave. Even For Cleveland
Cleveland. Itâ€™s a city that is often compared to Detroit, and not always for their positive attributes. And nothing against our Rust Belt cousin, but it turns out itâ€™s one of the prime destinations for renters around metro Detroit who are looking to get out of town. And apparently there are a lot of people in that category. A new â€œRenter Migration Reportâ€ from Apartment List says the Detroit area is No. 2 among the 25 largest metro areas for the share of renters who are searching for apartments in other regions, at 49.6%. Conversely, just 21.9% of searches for rental units in the Detroit area come from outside the region, good for dead last. In addition to Cleveland, the top cities where Detroit-area renters are looking for rentals are Cincinnati and Grand Rapids. â€œDetroitÂ has suffered from a decades-longÂ population loss, and although this loss has slowed in recent years, the area has yet to cement a full revival,â€ the report concludes.Â You canÂ read it here. Remember, this is the whole region â€” there are hot areas like downtown Detroit where they canâ€™t seem to build units fast enough to meet demand. And Ferndaleâ€™s rents are rising. So yeah, weâ€™re coming up short againstÂ Cleveland, for Godâ€™s sake. Hereâ€™s what else weâ€™re discussing today: Thereâ€™s a penthouse loft apartment in Midtown Detroit listing for more than $1.4 million. Woah. [Freep] Drunk people are apparently stumbling out of bars in Royal Oak and into homes where they donâ€™t live, and city officials are on the case. [Daily Tribune] The metal panels are coming off the exterior of Joe Louis Arena as part of ongoing demolition work. [Detroit News] Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what youâ€™re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe onÂ Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming aÂ Patreon member.
Aired 5 months ago 19:06
Mortgages Are On The Rise In Detroit, But Theyre Increasingly Going To White People As Black People Buy In The Burbs
Bridge Magazine has aÂ fascinating new storyÂ out that finds that while mortgage activity in Detroit is steadily increasing after bottoming out during the Great Recession, the recovery isnâ€™t mirroring Detroitâ€™s population demographics. Whatâ€™s more, there are still vast tracts of the city where mortgage activity is virtually nonexistent. Despite making up just 10% of the cityâ€™s overall population, white people got almost half of all mortgages in Detroit in 2017, while black people, who comprise 80% of all Detroit residents, got 48% of all home loans. By comparison, black homeowners got three-quarters of all mortgages in the city in 2007. Interestingly, the data show that black people are getting mortgages, just not in the city. Theyâ€™re increasingly moving to suburbs like Southfield, Farmington, Warren and Eastpointe. On todayâ€™s show, we speak with Mike Wilkinson, the Bridge Magazine reporter who wrote the story. We go deep on what the data tells us about whatâ€™s driving the trend, how some black people appear to be giving up on Detroit and whether the trend of rising numbers of white homeowners is sustainable, given the cityâ€™s many endemic problems. Itâ€™s a fascinating story with lots of different narratives to untangle, andÂ you should go read it. Then, listen to this episode in the player above. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what youâ€™re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe onÂ Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming aÂ Patreon member.