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Letters to Cleo's Michael Eisenstein Talks Old Times, New Music (and a local show at The Magic Bag)
2d ago
Letters to Cleo's Michael Eisenstein Talks Old Times, New Music (and a local show at The Magic Bag)
Coming to town next weekend on Sunday, June 30, to the Magic Bag in Ferndale is a band that anyone who grew up in the nineties will definitely know. And if you don't, well, you should get acquainted with the alt-rock legendary sound of Letters to Cleo. The band has some new material to go with favorites like "I Want You to Want Me," "Here and Now," and "Cruel to Be Kind." To talk about the band, music, and the show, my guest is guitarist Michael Eisenstein. If it sounds like I'm a little excited, I'll put it on the table right now that I'm a fan. Michael shares stories along the band's journey — and the fresh energy they bring to their new material. We discuss how technology has changed the way they create music, contrasting the hands-on, live development of songs in the early nineties with today's digital collaboration. Michael reflects on the unique challenges and benefits of remote recording and how it has affected the band's creative process. We also get into the band's involvement with the iconic movie "Ten Things I Hate About You," sharing behind-the-scenes stories, including the thrilling experience of filming the closing shot from a helicopter. Michael talks about the gratifying experience of hearing from younger musicians who were influenced by Letters to Cleo and how the band continues to inspire the next generation of artists. Looking forward to their upcoming show at the Magic Bag, Michael shares his excitement about returning to the Midwest and performing in a venue that feels like home. He reminisces about past tours through Metro Detroit with other artists and the joy of reconnecting with old friends and fans. The intimate setting of the Magic Bag suits the band's vibe perfectly, promising a night of great music and energy. Don't miss Letters to Cleo at the Magic Bag in Ferndale on Sunday, June 30. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/kickstand-productions-presents-letters-to-the-magic-bag-tickets/13463344?pl=magicbag p.s. - I want to put a pin in your calendar for Thursday, July 11, 2024. Our Daily Detroit Happy Hour returns, this time at The Royce in downtown Detroit from 4pm to 7pm. If you've got questions, email us at dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com. Follow us on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Or Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Thanks to our members: http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit
Dooped Donuts, Self-serve taps, Is it now the Detroit 2 as Stellantis is cutting jobs?, Michigan transit funding in limbo
3d ago
Dooped Donuts, Self-serve taps, Is it now the Detroit 2 as Stellantis is cutting jobs?, Michigan transit funding in limbo
Welcome to your Daily Detroit for Thursday, June 20, 2024! Jer and Devon dive into a packed episode covering everything from new local spots to major news impacting the region. First, Devon shares his excitement about Elephant and Company, a new venture by Eastern Market Brewing Company in Midtown. The spot offers coffee, vegan donuts by Duped Donuts, and soon, self-serve taps for beer. Devon also introduces us to Jarvis, Michigan’s only robot barista. Next, they discuss The Lone Goat, a British pub in the Metropolitan Building, offering an authentic atmosphere with traditional British ales, lagers, and hearty pub food. It's a new favorite for Devon, who appreciates the unique selection of beers and the cozy ambiance. The conversation then shifts to the aftermath of a severe storm that left 40,000 people without power. On the business front, they talk about Stellantis' major cost-cutting measures, which could result in significant job losses at their North American headquarters in Auburn Hills. The discussion touches on the company's lag in EV and hybrid technology, the possibility of a downtown Detroit headquarters, and their seemingly lesser civic presence compared to Ford and GM. Lastly, they tackle a contentious issue: The potential blocking of over $2 billion for housing, public transit and projects by two progressive Democrats in the Michigan state legislatue. As always, your constructive feedback and support are appreciated. Join our Patreon community at   / dailydetroit   to access our member-only Discord launching soon. Thanks for listening, and remember - you are somebody. We'll talk tomorrow!
Bye, Monty Williams. Who's next for the Pistons? (BONUS)
3d ago
Bye, Monty Williams. Who's next for the Pistons? (BONUS)
Welcome to an emergency bonus edition of Daily Detroit! We get into the surprising (to some) decision by the Detroit Pistons to part ways with head coach Monty Williams. Despite a hefty $65 million contract, new management decided it was time for a change. Fletcher shares his reaction to the move, admitting that he didn't see it coming, though he was never on Team Monty - and gets into the reasons behind Williams' leaving. The conversation touches on the challenges Williams faced, including re-interviewing for his own job and failing to convince the management of his vision. The duo discusses the mixed reactions from fans and the potential future for Williams, who now has $65 million reasons to be okay with never coaching again. They also talk some potential candidates for the Pistons' head coach position. Names like JJ Redick and James Borrego come up.. On top of the Pistons' news, we have a quick preview of an international soccer friendly coming to Detroit. Pumas, one of Mexico's top clubs, will face off at Keyworth Stadium, promising a fun match for local soccer fans. https://www.detcityfc.com/international-friendly/ As always, we appreciate your feedback and support. You can reach us at dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com. Don't forget that our Patreon-only Discord is launching later this week, offering an exclusive space for our community to connect and discuss all things Detroit. Thank you for tuning in to this special episode. Remember, you are somebody, and we'll talk tomorrow. Take care! Follow us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, and consider supporting us on Patreon. Thanks for listening, and remember, you are somebody. We'll talk tomorrow.
Juneteenth and Crossing City Borders in Metro Detroit
4d ago
Juneteenth and Crossing City Borders in Metro Detroit
It's Juneteenth, and normally we take Federal holidays off. But today, we're getting into a conversation about the holiday, the scope of our coverage in Metro Detroit, the changes in our area, as well as the importance of listening to people who’ve been around when you're new to working in a community. We tackle some common feedback that Daily Detroit should focus solely on the city Detroit proper. We talk about why we cover the region, and argue that Metro Detroit's interconnectedness means covering the suburbs is essential. Crossing city borders is a way of life here, acknowledging that two-thirds of Detroiters work in the suburbs and 75% of city jobs are held by suburbanites — not to mention family connections and more. The trio also touches on the issue of gatekeeping and the need for a more inclusive approach to covering the region. Blackness crosses borders here, and that understanding the diverse demographics of Metro Detroit is crucial. They also discuss the need for diversity in media and the importance of hiring local talent to truly understand the community. The conversation wraps up with a call for intentionality in media representation and community engagement. Feedback: dailydetroit@gmail.com or 313-789-3211 and leave a voicemail for the show.  Follow us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, and consider supporting us on Patreon. We have a member-only Discord launching this week - kinda like Metro Detroit's personal helpdesk. Thanks for listening, and remember that you are somebody.
Detroit’s Grassroots Solutions to Gun Violence (ft. Dujuan Zoe Kennedy, Force Detroit)
5d ago
Detroit’s Grassroots Solutions to Gun Violence (ft. Dujuan Zoe Kennedy, Force Detroit)
In this deep-dive episode, we explore the transformative work of Force Detroit, a nonprofit organization led by Dujuan "Zoe" Kennedy. His story goes from end to end - from prison to being invited to the White House twice. He gives us an intimate look into the world of community-based violence intervention. Kennedy explains the science-backed methods behind their work, and how these approaches help regulate thought processes and emotions. He discusses the importance of addressing trauma and the need for proactive, intentional efforts to deal with it. The conversation then moves to the role of social media in community conflicts. Kennedy maintains that social media can escalate conflicts by providing unlimited access to individuals, a problem that Force Detroit addresses directly. Kennedy also shares the impressive impact of their work, with stats showing a significant reduction in non-fatal and fatal shootings in their areas of operation. However, he highlights the need for continuous funding to maintain and scale their work, arguing for policy changes that would ensure permanent funding for community-based violence intervention. Lastly, Kennedy calls on listeners to get involved, whether through volunteering or advocating for community-led solutions, emphasizing that everyone's expertise and lived experience is valuable when they're informed. Don't miss out on this enlightening conversation about a grassroots solution to community violence that's making a real difference in Detroit. More on Force Detroit: https://forcedetroit.org/ Feedback as always - dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com or 313-789-3211 Follow us on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Or Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Thanks to our members: http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit
Hello, Monday.
6d ago
Hello, Monday.
We've got a lot of stories to talk about today. First, a quick note: it's going to be a hot one this week. There are a number of cooling centers across the region and in the city of Detroit, including libraries, as temperatures are expected to soar into the nineties. Please be careful out there, especially with pets. If you walk them, walk them on grass instead of cement and keep them hydrated. We have some sad news from the weekend. A mass shooting occurred at a splash pad in Rochester Hills, Michigan, leaving nine people injured, including two children. The shooter, a 42-year-old male from Shelby Township, took his own life hours after the incident. Police are still investigating the motive. We discuss for a bit. On a brighter note, the annual Concert of Colors is this week, featuring events all over Midtown. Highlights include a K-pop dance review and the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue. The Concert of Colors is a foundational event in Detroit, bringing people together through music and culture. In sports news, the Detroit Lions have signed kicker Jake Bates to a two-year deal. Despite some concerns, Bates has proven he can make long field goals, which could be a valuable asset for the team. Switching to Detroit City FC, the team recently beat Charleston 2-0 at Keyworth Stadium. Maxi Rodriguez scored a PK goal, and Elvis Amoh scored in the fourth minute of added time. Despite the win, Detroit City FC is still in fifth place, with a widening gap between the top teams and the bottom four in the playoffs. Additionally, Ali Coote is reportedly not returning, and there might be changes in the goalkeeper position. We discuss the potential wind down of the Nate Steinwasher era at Detroit City FC, as new (to Detroit) goalkeeper Carlos Saldaña has been getting more play time. But to get a long-saught after home playoff match, the team needs to focus on scoring more goals. Thank you to our members on Patreon who keep this show going. We’re excited to announce a new benefit: a Discord for members only, where you can chat with us, get story updates, and more. This will be available to all tiers sometime this week. As always, we appreciate your feedback and support. You can reach us at dailydetroit -at- gmail.com or 313-789-3211. Follow us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, and consider supporting us on Patreon to keep local media thriving. Thanks for listening, and remember, you are somebody. We'll talk tomorrow.
Summer in the City: New Openings, Sushi, a Coffee Shop and a Bourbon Garden
Jun 14 2024
Summer in the City: New Openings, Sushi, a Coffee Shop and a Bourbon Garden
Today, we're diving into the vibrant summer scene in Detroit. Devon and Jer kick things off by discussing the new restaurant and bar scene, including the exciting opening of Easy Peasy, a new concept located in the old Cornerstone space downtown. They’re now offering a lunch sushi program from Detroit Sushi, making it a must-visit spot. We also highlight the Monarch Club's fantastic cocktails and the importance of using reservation apps to snag last-minute tables at popular spots. Jer shares his recent experience at Coriander, a restaurant on the far east side of the city by the canals, which has upped its game with an excellent Marrow burger and a busy, vibrant atmosphere. For those with kids, Devon offers some tips on finding family-friendly restaurants in Detroit, emphasizing the need for space and a lively atmosphere. He mentions Supergeil as a great example of a kid-friendly spot with outdoor space. There's a new coffee shop opening at Post in Detroit on Kercheval near Grosse Pointe Park, adding to the growing list of cool daytime spots in the area. We also discuss the transformation of a Starbucks into a Lucky Coffee in the village of Grosse Pointe, expanding the brand's footprint. Summer events are in full swing, and we talk about the Brisa Bar in Campus Martius, which offers a casual vibe with small bites and tropical drinks. Capitol Park's new art installation and the upcoming Grand Circus Gala and Bourbon Garden are also on our radar, promising fun and unique experiences in the city. And in other news, Michigan has surpassed California to become the largest cannabis market in the United States by sales volume. We discuss the implications of this milestone and what it means for the state's economy and tax revenue. As always, we appreciate your feedback and support. You can reach us at dailydetroit@gmail.com or 313-789-3211. Follow us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, and consider supporting us on Patreon to keep local media thriving. Thanks for listening, and remember, you are somebody. We'll talk on Monday.
Holistic Approaches to Poverty (ft. Ryan Hertz of Lighthouse Michigan)
Jun 13 2024
Holistic Approaches to Poverty (ft. Ryan Hertz of Lighthouse Michigan)
Today on your Daily Detroit, we're chatting with Ryan Hertz, the head of Lighthouse Michigan.  Ryan tells us about the amazing work Lighthouse is doing for affordable housing and emergency services in Oakland County and beyond. We begin with how Lighthouse Michigan started. It's a combination of two old human service organizations. They aim to provide emergency shelter, food services, and affordable housing. Ryan talks about the big problems that cause homelessness and the new ways Lighthouse is using to solve them. Ryan also talks about the issues of affordability in cities like Pontiac, comparing it to what's happening in Detroit. He speaks about the growing number of households in Oakland County struggling to pay rent and the various strategies Lighthouse is using to make housing affordable. Ryan shares some interesting future projects, too. These include rebuilding apartment buildings in Pontiac, expanding their emergency shelter, and setting up a campus with a health clinic, job training programs, and a food pantry that respects the choices of its clients. Ryan stresses that working together is key to achieving these big goals. He highlights the need for everyone to help fight poverty and build fair communities. He suggests moving from a charity approach to a justice approach, which he believes will benefit the whole economy. Join us for this interesting chat about the future of affordable housing, community development, and the important role of teamwork in making lasting changes in southeast Michigan. This was recorded at the Mackinac Policy Conference. Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, your Metro Detroit Best Choice Roofing. Call 313-474-7031 for more information. Feedback as always - dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com or 313-789-3211 Follow us on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple  Or Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify  Thanks to our members: http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit
Restaurants may need to show their cards // Royal Oak approves apartments // A new hat in the Detroit mayoral race?
Jun 12 2024
Restaurants may need to show their cards // Royal Oak approves apartments // A new hat in the Detroit mayoral race?
Welcome to your Daily Detroit, your essential guide to what’s happening in Southeast Michigan. It’s Wednesday, June 12, 2024, and we’re broadcasting from our studio at TechTown. First off, a huge congratulations to Hajime Sato of Sozai in Clawson for winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef! It's fantastic to see a spot in the suburbs, like Clawson, getting recognition alongside Detroit. We also talk about the vibrant restaurant scene in Oak Park and the regional growth that lifts everyone. Next, we discuss Councilman Scott Benson’s renewed push for health inspection placards at Detroit restaurants. The proposed system would use a simple pass/fail color code (green for pass, red for fail) to indicate health inspection results. Despite some pushback from business groups, we argue that this measure is essential for public safety and transparency. We then shift our focus to Royal Oak, where a contentious meeting resulted in the approval of a 42-unit apartment development on an old bank site. Despite local opposition citing increased traffic and a desire to maintain a "rural feel," the need for more housing in Metro Detroit ultimately won out. We delve into the broader issue of NIMBYism and its impact on regional development. Lastly, we discuss the political landscape as Dennis Archer Jr. hints at a mayoral run if Mayor Mike Duggan doesn’t seek re-election. With his deep connections in both the business and local communities, Archer Jr. could be a formidable candidate. We explore what his potential candidacy means for the city and the challenges he might face. Don't forget to support local media by becoming a member on Patreon. Your support is crucial to keeping independent journalism alive. Follow our all-local daily podcast is on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Feedback as always - dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com or 313-789-3211
When a speedbump is a ramp, "Sub-Zero" Terrion Arnold, Visit Detroit x Burnley
Jun 11 2024
When a speedbump is a ramp, "Sub-Zero" Terrion Arnold, Visit Detroit x Burnley
Hey all - welcome to Tuesday! Today, we're diving into a variety of topics. Starting with a local traffic and design issue that has been causing quite a stir. A listener highlighted a large speed bump on Lafayette near downtown Detroit that has been surprising many drivers. We discuss the implications of this speed bump, its design, and suggestions for making it more noticeable to ensure it serves its purpose without being a surprise ramp for drivers. Next, we shift gears to sports. Terrion Arnold has picked up the number zero on his jersey and earned the nickname "Sub Zero" from his teammates. We get into the the confidence this choice represents. We also discuss the cornerback competition during minicamp, including standout performances and ongoing questions about the Lions' roster. Tayshaun Prince, a Pistons legend, is being considered for the role of general manager of the franchise. We explore his journey from player to front office executive and the potential impact of his return to Detroit. His experience with the Memphis Grizzlies and his connection to the Pistons' culture make him a promising candidate. For soccer fans, Burnley Football Club is partnering with Visit Detroit, and you'll see their jerseys featuring Detroit's name during the soccer tournament in North Carolina. This collaboration celebrates the shared industrial heritage of Detroit and Burnley, and we discuss the potential cultural exchanges and joint events that could arise from this partnership. Lastly, we touch on Detroit City FC's recent 2-0 victory over Rhode Island, highlighting the return of Elvis Amoh to the field. Despite not scoring, his presence is a positive sign for the team's future. We also discuss the team's current standing in the Eastern Conference and the importance of securing a home playoff game. Feedback as always - dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com or 313-789-3211 Follow us on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple  Or Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Thanks to our members: http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit
What will it take to grow Michigan? (ft. Hilary Doe)
Jun 10 2024
What will it take to grow Michigan? (ft. Hilary Doe)
As long as we’ve done this show, growing Michigan, and getting it into gear to be competitive against the rest of the country has been a topic. Honestly, it sometimes feels like I'm screaming down into the void as someone who is usually pushing for things to be better. Because as much as we love our city, region and state, there's much to be proud of… There is work to do. There has been for years. After all, Michigan is second to last in the nation for attracting people from other states. Mix that with our well-documented brain drain? It hasn’t been a good recipe. So how do we wrestle with all of this?  Today’s conversation is from the Mackinac Policy Conference with a special guest, Hilary Doe, Michigan's Chief Growth Officer. Join us as we have an in-depth discussion about Michigan's population growth, talent attraction, and the future of the state. Key topics include: Population Growth and Talent Attraction: Hilary Doe shares insights from a new national poll targeting young talent in cities like Austin, Nashville, New York, and LA. Discover what factors are most important to young people when choosing a place to call home, with safety, community diversity, and walkability topping the list. Public Engagement: We talk about the public engagement efforts undertaken by Hilary's office, including conversations with thousands of Michiganders and national polling. Hear how these efforts are shaping policies and initiatives aimed at retaining and attracting young talent. Housing and Economic Realities: Dive into the critical issue of housing affordability and its impact on talent attraction. Hilary discusses the importance of down payment support and the need to address Michigan's rent burden to make the state more attractive to young professionals. It's not just about the cost of housing, but the cost as percentage of income.  Legislative Momentum and Pilot Programs: We talk about some of the policy recommendations from the "Growing Together Michigan" report and the legislative momentum they've gained. Hilary outlines the pilot programs being rolled out to address regional specificities in talent retention and attraction. Storytelling and Marketing Michigan: We get into the importance of storytelling in changing perceptions about Michigan. Hilary highlights the success of the "You Can in Michigan" campaign, which has already driven significant interest and won multiple awards. Balancing Long-term Goals with Immediate Actions: Hilary discusses the importance of incremental progress and the role of every Michigander in promoting the state. Discover the specific policies and initiatives that are set to make a difference in the short term. Don't miss this conversation about the future of Michigan, its challenges, and the exciting opportunities ahead. Tune in on this website, Apple Podcasts or Spotify to hear how Hilary Doe and her team are working to make Michigan a top destination for young talent. Our all-local daily podcast is on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Join us as a member at: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit Feedback as always - dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com or 313-789-3211
Michigan Central concert reaction // Inside Nuevo Soul // Why Mobility is important
Jun 7 2024
Michigan Central concert reaction // Inside Nuevo Soul // Why Mobility is important
Welcome to your Daily Detroit, your go-to local podcast for everything happening in Southeast Michigan. It's in two parts. First, we dive into one of Detroit's most talked-about events - the concert at Michigan Central. Then we catch up with our regular Friday host, Devon O'Reilly to talk about a new restaurant in downtown Detroit and answer some questions about what "mobility" is. Concert Extravaganza: Norris Howard joins us to recap one of the best free concerts he's ever attended. From the energetic crowd to the stellar performances by Eminem, Big Sean, and Diana Ross, we break down what made this free concert a standout event. Norris shares his firsthand experience from the pit, highlighting the family reunion vibe and the sober, yet electrifying atmosphere.Detroit's Ultimate Talent Show: Jer and Norris discuss the significance of the Michigan Central concert's impressive turnout of 20,000 people, the fact it was a dry event and the potential for making this an annual Detroit family reunion. They also touch on the diverse lineup, from Diana Ross to a heartfelt tribute to J Dilla to a pyrotechnic-filled performance by Jack White and finishing off with Eminem.Are you into concerts? Devin O'Reilly talks about how he doesn't dlike for concerts and gets into his eclectic taste in music, from reggaeton to country, and the types of smaller, more intimate venues he prefers.New downtown Detroit restaurant: Devin introduces us to Nuevo Sol, a hidden downtown lunch spot offering a unique Mexican-Korean fusion menu. From birria tacos to Korean fried chicken, Devin raves about the food, the vibe, and the full cocktail bar. Check it out for a delightful dining experience.Michigan Central Insights: We revisit the Michigan Central Station transformation and the feedback we've received. In response to listener questions, Devon, who once held the title of Director of Mobility Initiatives, explains the importance of mobility in Detroit's future and how Michigan Central is poised to become a national hub for innovation in transportation and technology. Don't forget to leave five stars in your favorite podcast app and share the show with a friend. Our all-local daily podcast is on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Join us as a member at: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit Feedback as always - dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com or 313-789-3211
Inside Detroit's historic Indian Village (And tour it this weekend!)
Jun 6 2024
Inside Detroit's historic Indian Village (And tour it this weekend!)
Today we’re diving into one of Detroit’s most historic and charming neighborhoods: Indian Village. Joining us in the studio at TechTown is Mark Reynolds, the chairperson of the 2024 Indian Village Home Tour.  Get ready for a fundiscussion about the allure, history, and future of Indian Village. Mark Reynolds' Journey to Indian Village: Discover what drew Mark to move from the suburbs to Indian Village and why he became so involved in the community.Historical Significance: Learn about the fascinating history of Indian Village, from its origins as a ribbon farm and horse racing track to its development into a high-end neighborhood with homes built by Detroit's elite.Stunning Architecture: Explore the unique and eclectic architecture of Indian Village, where few houses are the same, and hear about the meticulous efforts to preserve these historic homes.Community Spirit: Understand the strong sense of community that has helped Indian Village thrive, including the role of the Indian Village Association in maintaining the neighborhood's integrity.Future Prospects: Discuss the influx of new families into the neighborhood and what this means for the future of Indian Village. It's chaning quickly, as 20% of the neighborhood has turned over since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.Indian Village Home Tour: Get all the details about the upcoming 48th Indian Village Home and Garden Tour, including how to get tickets, what to expect, and the unique homes and gardens featured this year. Join us for a walk through memory lane and a peek into the future of Indian Village. For more details on the Indian Village Home Tour, visit historicindianvillage.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church on the day of the tour. Our all-local daily podcast is on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Join us as a member at: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit
Feds charge in Riverfront embezzlement case, more Michigan Central thoughts
Jun 5 2024
Feds charge in Riverfront embezzlement case, more Michigan Central thoughts
Today is anchored by two big stories and two of our favorite returning contributors. The stories involve charges (and lavish details) against former Detroit Riverfront Conservancy CFO William Smith, and more thoughts on Michigan Central's renovation with a pair of people who toured it. Joining Jer as we return to the friendly confines of the studio at TechTown are Robin Runyan of Urbanize Detroit and Norris Howard. Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Embezzlement Case: William Smith, the former CFO, has been charged with bank and wire fraud in a federal court. The allegations involve a scheme to embezzle tens of millions of dollars, using conservancy funds for personal expenses and unauthorized payments to a company he controlled. Our hosts dive deep into the details and implications of this scandal.Michigan Central Station Transformation: Both Robin and Norris share their impressions of the newly renovated Michigan Central Station. From its architectural grandeur to the future potential of the space, this segment highlights the emotional and cultural significance of the project for Detroit. Background reading: Former Detroit Riverfront Conservancy CFO Charged with Embezzling Tens of Millions of Dollars from Conservancy [U.S. Attorney] Feds: Embezzled millions funded ousted Riverfront Conservancy CFO's lavish lifestyle [Freep] Feedback as always - dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com Follow us on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Or Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Thanks to our members: http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit Or those who do a one-time contribution: http://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit
Inside Michigan Central: What it means for Detroit, and what's next
Jun 3 2024
Inside Michigan Central: What it means for Detroit, and what's next
Excitement is in the air across the city as today the grand reveal of Michigan Central Station — and we got an inside tour of the historic icon. Join Jer Staes and Devon O'Reilly as they explore the transformation of this Detroit landmark. From its historical significance to its future potential, this episode is packed with insights and reflections on what this revival means for the city. In this episode if your all-local podcast, we cover: First Impressions: Jer and Devon share their initial reactions and the significance of Michigan Central Station's transformation for Detroit.Day One Vision: What the public can expect when they first step inside the station, including the pristine condition and initial plans for the space.Future Developments: Insights into the planned hotel, restaurant, and business spaces, and the necessary zoning changes to bring these visions to life.Technological Integration: How Ford is leveraged their unique skills from automotive to restore and innovate within the station, including drone technology and mobility solutions.Preserving History: The meticulous effort to maintain the station's historical elements, including the preservation of selectgraffiti and architectural details.Community Impact: The psychological and cultural significance of this restoration for Detroit, symbolizing a blend of grit and grandeur. Join us for an emotional and insightful journey as we celebrate the rebirth of a Detroit icon. We'll be talking about this throughout the week, and would love to answer your questions - dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com or leave a voicemail at 313-789-3211. Our all-local daily podcast is on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Join us as a member at: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit
Tackling funding transit, addressing the housing crisis and making retirement saving easier (ft. Rep. Mike McFall)
May 31 2024
Tackling funding transit, addressing the housing crisis and making retirement saving easier (ft. Rep. Mike McFall)
It's been a busy week up at the 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference, put on by the Detroit Regional Chamber. But what are some of the things happening that could impact you? State Representative Mike McFall of the 8th District stopped by and talked about what's moving through Landing and made the Governor's proposed budget. We'll dive into the latest policy discussions and legislative efforts impacting Metro Detroit and beyond. In this episode, we cover: Redistricting Changes: Representative McFall discusses the recent redistricting that will see him campaigning for House District 14, which includes parts of Madison Heights, Hazel Park, and Warren. Learn how these changes are reshaping local representation. Public Transit Initiatives: McFall, co-chair of the Public Transit Caucus, shares insights on the new bill package aimed at expanding public transit, affordable housing, and placemaking efforts across Michigan. Discover how $2 billion over ten years could transform the state's transit landscape. Affordable Housing Crisis: Addressing the housing shortage, McFall talks about initiatives to create consistent funding for affordable housing, targeting the "missing middle" and ensuring more Michiganders can find affordable places to live. Retirement Savings Legislation: Learn about the "MI Secure Retirement" bill, which aims to provide retirement savings options for Michigan workers, particularly those employed by small businesses, to help them avoid financial hardship in their later years (and save the state taxpayers money in the long run). Future Prospects: McFall shares his vision for the next year, hoping for the successful passage of critical legislation and a statewide focus on housing and transit issues that have traditionally been seen as regional concerns. I hope you find this an insightful episode on the policy efforts shaping the future of Metro Detroit and Michigan. Our all-local daily podcast is on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Join us as a member at: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit
Gilbert is going to "give it all away" (and more from the Mackinac Policy Conference)
May 30 2024
Gilbert is going to "give it all away" (and more from the Mackinac Policy Conference)
From the Porch of the Grand Hotel at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Jer and Devon talk about the latest happenings around Metro Detroit. There's a mix of heavy and hopeful news on this one. In this episode, we cover: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Scandal: Fresh developments reveal that up to $40 million may have been embezzled from the nonprofit fund. The FBI is investigating, and the potential fallout could impact local black developers and businesses.Dan Gilbert’s Philanthropic Vision: At the Mackinac Policy Conference, Dan Gilbert announced plans to give away his fortune, potentially transforming Detroit through large-scale investments in education, transportation, and community development. We play the game "what would you do first if you were able to decide where to put a billion dollars?" Mark Hackel’s Political Ambitions: Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel plays footsie with a gubernatorial run again while distancing himself from supporting President Joe Biden, stirring local political dynamics. Personal Reflections and Future Prospects: Jer and Devon discuss the broader implications of these stories and speculate on the transformative potential of Gilbert’s philanthropic promises. Join us for an insightful episode as we navigate the complexities and opportunities facing Detroit today. Our all-local daily podcast is on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Join us as a member at: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit
How to make Michigan a high wage, high growth state (ft. Khalilah Burt Gaston, Song Foundation)
May 29 2024
How to make Michigan a high wage, high growth state (ft. Khalilah Burt Gaston, Song Foundation)
How does Michigan and metro Detroit turn the corner on being the place people want to choose to build their lives? On your Daily Detroit, we explore this pressing question with Khalilah Burt Gaston, the founding executive director of the Song Foundation. From the Mackinac Policy Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, the conversation dives deep into the holistic approaches and collaborative efforts necessary to revitalize the region. Some of the topics we cover: The Song Foundation: Publicly working for the last year, the foundation focuses on emergent youth leadership, tech ecosystem building, and supporting community organizations.Economic Diversification: There's a critical need for Michigan to shift from its traditional reliance on the automotive industry to fostering tech startups and innovative companies. But some still don't see that - and how do we work with them, and move forward?Investment in Founders: The importance of supporting tech founders and entrepreneurs who are committed to making a difference in their communities to help widen our economic base.A Comprehensive Vision: There's a need for unified economic development strategy that includes investments in public education, higher education, transit, and affordable housing in the Metro Detroit region and the state of Michigan.Cultural Shifts: Encouraging a mindset that values risk-taking and innovation, and fostering a culture of collaboration over competition.Challenges and Opportunities: Addressing the high cost of living and lack of affordable childcare in Michigan, and learning from the successes of other states like Indiana and Ohio. So have a listen to the full episode to understand how Michigan can create a high-growth, high-wage state that attracts and retains talent. Our all-local daily podcast is on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Join us as a member at: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit
Your TV and news is changing a lot. Let's talk about why (ft. Matt Friedman)
May 28 2024
Your TV and news is changing a lot. Let's talk about why (ft. Matt Friedman)
You might have seen some changes in your local TV station over the last few years. Or that more sports is going behind a service that's not your cable provider. Or that more of the well-reported journalism you want to read is behind a paywall. That's because there are fundamental shifts happening in the media business, pushing these moves. Joining Jer at the studio in Tech Town is a longtime friend of the show, Matt Friedman, partner at Tanner Friedman Public Relations. Matt brings his expertise to help us navigate the fast-changing media landscape. We talk about the: State of Media: Matt discusses the dramatic changes in local TV news, including buyouts and the impact of cord-cutting on local stations' revenue.Economic Shifts: The conversation covers how the economics of TV have shifted from high profit margins to a more challenging financial environment, affecting staffing and news coverage.Institutional Knowledge: Concerns about the loss of institutional knowledge in newsrooms and its implications for coverage quality.Collaborative Journalism: There's aerise of collaborative journalism between nonprofits and for-profits to fill in gaps left by traditional media.Impact of Tech Companies: The role of tech giants like Meta and Google in shaping how news is consumed and distributed - and how it's a frenemy situation with many media professionals and producers.Future of Sports Broadcasting: A deep dive into the Bally Sports bankruptcy and the future of sports broadcasting, including the potential shift to team-owned streaming services.Consumer Advice: Matt advises people to be prepared to pay for quality news and information as the media landscape continues to evolve. Listen to the full episode to get a comprehensive understanding of the current state and future of local media. Our all-local daily podcast is on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Or wherever you listen to shows.