What’s Made The Headlines About Downtown Detroit This March?

What’s Made The Headlines About Downtown Detroit This March?

Trynna keep up with the news, In and About, Downtown Detroit?

Downtown Paige has you covered, check out the list below!

Late Feb: Emagine, Big Sean plan to open movie theater, live music venue in Detroit (Crain’s Detroit) – Although the Troy-based company has not yet determined a precise location for the theater, which would also include a new music venue, it would provide a new movie option in a city

MarchDowntown Detroit Markets seeks vendor applicants – Applications are now open through Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Vendors will be announced on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

March 1: Beacon Park to turn winter tent into a pub for March (Crain’s Detroit) – Downtown Detroit’s Beacon Park is making its 10,000-square-foot heated tent a sports bar in March.

March 2: Detroit welcome center needs $200K to stay open (The Detroit News) – Detroit Experience Factory said its welcome center on Monroe Street may close at the end of the month.

March 2: 4 restaurants, 1 location: New Detroit eatery first-of-its-kind (Detroit Free Press) – The planned 8,646-square-foot restaurant incubator and “food hall” is a first of its kind in Detroit and will feature chefs at four kiosks that will serve customers in a sit-down restaurant environment.

March 4: High-speed rail system Hyperloop studies Detroit-Toledo route (Crain’s Detroit) – The Michigan Department of Transportation has been asked to fund a feasibility study for a new high-speed train system that would link Detroit to Toledo and then the western border of Indiana near Chicago.

March 5: Detroit’s inclusionary housing ordinance, explained (Model D) – Last September, housing advocates and members of city council stood outside the Spirit of Detroit statue downtown for an announcement about the just-passed Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO).

March 5: DACA immigrants rally in Detroit as deadline set by Trump expires (Detroit Free Press) – DACA immigrants and their supporters rallied Monday night at Hart Plaza in Detroit as a deadline set by President Donald Trump to reach a deal on immigrant legislation expired.

March 5: Detroit auto show could move to October, away from January cold, CES shadow (MLive Michigan) – “We are exploring many opportunities for the show, with October being one of those opportunities. Ongoing discussions are underway with key stakeholders around the world.”

March 7: Mo Pop Festival reveals 2018 lineup: Rare Bon Iver set, the National, St. Vincent (Detroit Free Press) – The Mo Pop Festival’s strongest lineup yet includes Bon Iver’s first Detroit show in a decade, alongside an indie-rock upper class that includes the National, St. Vincent and Portugal.

March 7: Hour Detroit names Parc 2018 Restaurant of the Year (Fox 2) – Centrally-located in Downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park, and opened in late 2016.

March 7: New Tapas Restaurant Starts Passing Plates Near Greektown in March (Eater Detroit) – The 5,000-square-foot Asaysia Plates to Share will seat 150 patrons in a space decked out in stainless steel, quartz, and vintage furnishings including booths made from reclaimed church pews.

March 7: How Detroit Denim, Nike, Whole Foods And Shinola Are Rebuilding Retail In Detroit (Forbes) – Nisch describes Detroit as an urban incubator for new retail models that will ultimately define the future of retailing in cities across the country.

March 8: U.S. Sen. Cory Booker to give keynote at Detroit NAACP fundraiser (Crain’s Detroit) – The dinner, in its 63rd consecutive year, is the largest fundraiser for the NAACP’s Detroit branch.

March 8: Step Inside Lovers Only, Downtown’s Quirky New Burger Spot (Eater Detroit) – Lovers Only hovers somewhere between fast-casual and full-service dining.

March 8: 2 of Detroit’s most powerful men got together. Here’s what they said (Detroit Free Press) – Detroit has made tremendous progress but needs to make more, especially in its neighborhoods among the longtime residents who may feel excluded from the downtown revival.

March 8: 3-way deal big step toward jail land swap in Detroit (The Detroit News) – The tentative deal is a major land swap involving Wayne County, billionaire Dan Gilbert and the city of Detroit. If it works, Wayne County gets a new jail, courthouses and juvenile detention center; Gilbert gains yet another major piece of downtown; and the city could find new life for the blighted ex-headquarters of an automaker that gave us the Pacer.

March 9: Video game art dances across Cobo Center marquee as part of yearlong series (Crain’s Detroit) – Cobo is displaying a different artist’s work each month on its massive video board, starting last October and running through this October.

March 11: Life after the Joe: Big changes proposed for site (The Detroit News) – The goal: to make the isolated property more accessible to the riverfront and connect it with the blossoming downtown.

March 11: Detroit’s Amazon tax incentives remain ‘trade secret’ – (Crain’s Detroit) – Public money was being offered that would have benefited Gilbert, but the public isn’t being told how much.

March 12: Detroit Ale House Debuts Vegan Comfort Food Menu (VegNews) – Along with a rotating vegan beer and wine list, the eatery serves a variety of vegan cocktails featuring bee-free “honee.”

March 12: After demolition, Detroit to connect Joe Louis Arena land with downtown (Fox 2) – Detroit director of planning is giving a first look of what the area will look like after Joe Louis is torn down scheduled for the end of this year.

March 12: Detroit to launch $250 million affordable housing fund, strategy (Michigan Radio) – Mayor Mike Duggan is putting out more details about his plan to guarantee some affordable housing remains in the city.

March 13: Blo adds to Detroit blow-dry bar scene (Crain’s Detroit) – Blow-dry bars are an established trend in major cities, but Detroit is still catching up.

March 13: The Siren Hotel Brings New Cafes and Bars to Detroit This Week (Eater Detroit) – Siren Hotel is preparing for a partial debut downtown this weekend on March 17.

March 14: Food truck season kicks off Friday at several downtown venues (Detroit Free Press) – Downtown Street Eats, returns Friday for another season.  

March 15: I-94 to close in Detroit as fans descend on city for NCAA tournament (MLive Michigan) – MDOT lists alternate routes for fans heading to Little Caesars Arena for the NCAA basketball tournament, or downtown for St. Patrick’s Day festivities

March 15: Detroit Bartending Legend Farouk Elhaje Has Died (Eater Detroit) – He was in downtown Detroit’s bartending scene for nearly 60 years, died on March 2, 2018. He was 80.

March 15: Southwest’s Señor López is planning a downtown Detroit location (Detroit Metro Times) – Southwest Detroit Mexican restaurant Señor López is planning a second location.

March 15: New $5.4B regional transit plan costs more, adds more destinations (Detroit Free Press) – “In this one, it’s putting the money into a lot more routes with a lot more frequency which will make it way more useful to people for getting around.”

March 15: New book secures Michigan’s role in modernism movement (The Detroit News) – Lafayette Park is the largest collection of buildings by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

March 15: Detroit Small Businesses Get Grants To Improve Curb Appeal (CBS Detroit) – Motor City Re-Store grants of nearly $300,000 were announced Thursday.

March 15: Crowds swarm to Downtown Detroit as city prepares for March Madness (Click On Detroit) – Tournament hosted at Little Caesars Arena

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