Daily Detroit

Daily Detroit

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What to know and where to go in Metro Detroit. Timely conversations and local stories about a variety of topics including autos, bars and restaurants, business, Detroit City FC, development, local government, policy, technology, things to do, transit and more. All in about 20 minutes a day.

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1030 episodes

On Monkeypox, low vaccination rates and the high cost of insulin (ft. Dr. Paul Thomas)

Dr. Paul Thomas from Plum Health Direct Primary Care joins us to talk about: __ __ More: https://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ You can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

23m
Aug 11
Downtown retail will never be the same (ft. Conrad Kickert)

Here's an idea: Because of the changing nature of what retail is, the new Gucci store coming to downtown Detroit doesn't have to sell very much directly to be a success. There's been a lot of talk about downtown Detroit's retail situation as some businesses have closed up shop or left. But, it looks like it may be part of a bigger shift nationally and internationally around what retail in downtowns is and what kinds of things activate those spaces. You can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

23m
Aug 09
Dolly Parton appreciation; Chroma opens; Northville shuts down streets permanently

From very south of Woodward, your Daily Detroit. Jer chimes in from the road and Devon's at home. We talk about: Dolly Parton to her Imagination Library book program that serves kids 0-5 in select Detroit zip codes (and parts of the rest of the nation); Plus the Lily Tomlin photo in downtown Seiverville (she's from Detroit, ya know). As to actual stories, Chroma Detroit had an open house and Devon went. Wyandotte is apparently making big moves in being a downtown people want to live in; and Northville is permanently shutting down two of their downtown streets for businesses, drinking and dining. Little studio note: We're doing three episodes next week as we need time to work on the studio and for Jer to get out of the Smokey Mountains. You can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

20m
Aug 05
Unpacking the primary results in Metro Detroit (ft. Steve Friess)

The 2022 Michigan primary happened. So what's next? Were we right on our predictions? Where do things go from here? Steve Friess returns to unpack it. You can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit

26m
Aug 04
Royal Oak makes list of best places to live; Grocery store for sale + more

Shianne's in the studio to talk about the things happening around metro Detroit. You can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit

21m
Aug 03
Metro Detroit primary predictions + punditry (ft. Steve Friess, Newsweek)

It's Primary Election Day in Michigan! Steve Friess is here to help unpack it and make some predictions relevant to Metro Detroit. Then, we'll look back at it later this week and see how we did and what surprises there were in 2022. __ __ Follow Steve's work on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SteveFriess Steve's latest work for Newsweek: Detroit May Not Elect a Black Person to Congress for First Time in 70 Years - https://www.newsweek.com/detroit-may-not-elect-black-person-congress-first-time-70-years-1729434 You can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

25m
Aug 02
Detroit City FC final stretch check-in (ft. John Morrissey, USL Tactics)

Hey friends! John Morrissey (@USLTactics) on Twitter is one of the best strategic minds in American soccer. Today we get an outside perspective looking in on Le Rouge's inaugural USL Championship season as we're about 2/3rds of the way in, what's next, the playoff situation, how they're settling into the league and of course previewing this Saturday's match on the road with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/usltactics On the USL Show: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTmFK9KaB5PYwJG3A63NfiA On Backheeled: https://www.backheeled.com/ You can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

30m
Aug 01
Devon's back; Pistons return the teal?; Gilbert gets tax breaks; New riverfront apartment renderings + more

Hey all. Devon's back now that his special project is here! But, it's gonna be about 18 years until the work is complete.  As to stories - we talk about drinks, places we've been. The Detroit Pistons are rolling out throwback teal jerseys for ten games. Are you on board? Dan Gilbert gets his tax breaks with a 5-4 vote, but helps open up a greater discussion about lowering the city's very high rates. There's a new rendering for the apartments going on the Joe Louis site on the Detroit riverfront: https://detroit.urbanize.city/post/new-look-joe-louis-arena-site The Peterboro is closing for the summer - https://detroit.eater.com/2022/7/25/23277285/peterboro-closes-temporarily There's a Heritage Fesitval in Greektown to check out this weekend! You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

25m
Jul 29
Keys to ease the labor shortage and bridge the talent gap (ft. Cindy Pasky, Strategic Staffing Solutions)

Cindy Pasky is the founder and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions. She has some bright ideas based in real-world experience on how to bridge the talent gap and find the people you need within your own organization, among other topics we touch on. The organization recently moved to the Fisher Building, after spending many years in the Penobscot. More: https://www.strategicstaff.com/ You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

16m
Jul 26
Trying Pizza Cat Max; Time Will Tell; Bar Pigalle + Randy loves frog legs

Engineer Randy Walker steps in to talk about some of the places we've checked out around town and our first impressions. We touch on the new Pizza Cat Max in downtown Detroit's Greektown; Time Will Tell, a newish cocktail bar on Woodward; Bar Pigalle in Brush Park. We also share some snacks of food updates from a new gas station with free slushies to a restaurant in Ferndale that'll let you cool off for free. Plus, frog legs. lots of talk of frog legs. And sour beer. You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

26m
Jul 21
Impact of losing Amoo-Mensah for season; A disappointing draw; New Mexico United is next

Jer and Fletcher catch up on the porch to talk a little Detroit City FC. Heads up, we'll be doing two episodes this week, a bit of a summer slowdown. Our backup studio we were using after the fire is unavailable for a couple weeks, so we're scrambling to make podcasts however we can. The best move was to take a couple days and do a proper reset. You can support our rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

10m
Jul 19
Detroit named one of World's Greatest Cities; Robotaps; Ambassador Bridge owner stymied + more

Places to check out: Dragonfly and Loui's Pizza Stories: We discuss the criteria on naming Detroit one of the world's 50 greatest cities; Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs executive order preventing extradition to other states for providing reproductive services; Robotaps without bartenders are coming to Michigan; Ambassador Bridge owner stymied in getting a second span by Canada You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

20m
Jul 15
For business, Detroit's the place to be (ft. Alex Linebrink, Passage)

What are some of the keys to building a successful business in downtown Detroit?  Passage is a ticketing and payments company that found a niche working with smaller and medium sized events. They navigated through the pandemic not by retreating... but by investing. And it's paid off. Alex Linebrink - the CEO and Co-Founder Passage is my guest to unpack all of that. He's got a lot of big, positive energy about the city and I think you'll hear it in this conversation. You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

19m
Jul 14
Putting power in the hands of our future (ft. Angelique Power, Skillman Foundation)

Angelique Power, Logan Newman, and Mohammad Muntakim join me to talk about putting actual power in the hands of Detroit's youth and young adults. The Skillman Foundation is doing some very interesting things around this; including giving real grant making power to our youth. We discuss rank-choice voting, the media, how voting isn't enough, the importance of getting involved on a local level and more. Recorded at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island during the Mackinac Policy Conference. Thanks to Jerry Mangona over at Edward Jones for his support. You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

27m
Jul 13
DCFC v. Monterey Bay FC preview + women's season done; Pistons summer positivity

Fletcher Sharpe is in to wrap up the DCFC men's win against Indy Eleven, preview the match ahead against Monterey Bay FC. Then we talk a bit about the end of the Detroit City FC women's 2022 season. And finally, Fletcher is very positive about the Pistons after some Summer League play. You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

18m
Jul 12
Cass Cafe closing; Detroit area population drop; Big state bucks for projects + Meet a 3,100lb dog

Show notes to come You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

23m
Jul 08
DCFC's disappointing draw; Injury worries; Indy Eleven preview

On location at Keyworth in Hamtramck, Jer and Fletcher catch up after the disappointing draw against Hartford Athletic. Fletcher Sharpe analyzes the match, worries about Detroit City FC's Captain Stephen Carroll leaving the match with a non-contact injury; and previews Indy Eleven this Saturday on the road. You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

8m
Jul 07
A day without cars on Belle Isle? + Transit in Macomb County at risk

Transit Guide Detroit's Dave Gifford joins us for a conversation on a couple of topical issues. First, what about a day once in awhile with no cars on Belle Isle? A petition aims to do just that. We also do some myth busting about Belle Isle's history and design. Petition: https://www.change.org/p/car-free-day-on-belle-isle Plus, Macomb County due to a procedural matter may not have SMART on the ballot this November to renew their millage if action is not taken. Without the millage, all of the communities in Macomb County would lose their service. Beyond that, it's going to be a tough fight at the ballot box to keep it. David helps us sort things out. You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

17m
Jul 06
Inside Detroit City FC's new flagship store; Hartford match preview; USC + UCLA joining Big Ten hot take

On today's show, Fletcher and Jer check out the new Detroit City FC store before it opens in downtown Detroit's Capitol Park. - We look back at the tape for the win over the Las Vegas Lights and hope for maximum Maxi in the future - Hartford Athletic is in town Wednesday (7:30p, Keyworth). What can we expect? Three points are needed right now. - Plus, Fletcher thinks that USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten is dumb, and shares why. (p.s. - we know about the new signing, it happened after we recorded today's show. We'll update you on that and the Indy Eleven match later this week) You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

24m
Jul 05
Trying SpkrBox + Traverse City Whiskey; Hudson's tower saga; Belle Isle shuttle

Devon O'Reilly is in as he is on Fridays: - Jer checked out the renovated SpkrBox (former Urban Bean) and it's quite the mid century modern spot in Capitol Park - Devon went to the Traverse City Whiskey tasting room in Ferndale - We get into the nitty-gritty of the Hudson's tower situation; the request for additional incentives, the complicated factors at play with the DDA and how that works, and why the University District is looking to tax itself extra for basic services the city doesn't provide. - Devon chimes in after the episode this week with Dr. Paul Thomas about another secondary reason that the Roe v Wade decision and how Michigan deals with it matters: The race for talent, and how Michigan can either go up or down - There's a new shuttle running on Belle Isle from the Scott Fountain to the Conservatory to help alleviate traffic issues. You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

28m
Jul 01
Every city has a story to tell (ft. Jeanette Pierce, City Institute)

Jeanette Pierce has spent her life so far connecting Detroiters to the stories and places of their community. In her next chapter at the City Institute, she's taking what she's learned and her experience to help cities and suburbs around the country do just that. Learn more: https://www.thecityinstitute.com/ Love what we do? You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

14m
Jun 30
Has Detroit's marijuana industry lost out to the suburbs? (ft. Paul Demko, Politico)

Paul Demko, Cannabis editor for Politco joins me to talk about his recent piece that's a deep-dive into Detroit's late-opening cannabis industry, the well-intentioned equity components that are facing legal hangups, and if black owned and city businesses can catch up. Have a read: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/06/17/detroit-black-marijuana-businesses-00040007 You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

18m
Jun 29
DCFC heads to Vegas; Pistons do well in draft; Baseball without announcers?

Fletcher Sharpe is here to talk all things Detroit City FC, USL Championship and then some other sports, too. DCFC is licking wounds again after losing in Memphis. They head to Vegas next, who is on a hot streak. Indy Eleven gets billion dollar soccer development, and we talk about how a passionate fan base shows you don't need MLS. The Detroit Pistons do well in draft, and also say goodbye to Grant - Fletcher has some thoughts on that. Plus, Major League Baseball without announcers? We're gonna find out how that goes July 3rd here in Detroit between the Tigers and the Royals. Daily Detroit's work is funded in part by our members. You can help us rebuild after the studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

21m
Jun 28
Reasons why abortion services need to be available you might not know (ft. Dr. Paul Thomas)

The reality is we don't talk about abortion in polite conversation. So we will today, so we can learn things. If you're of a certain age, you may know someone who's had an abortion or needed care at some point. But you don't know it. It's an emotional, private thing. But because of that, a lot of people don't know the medical reasons why safe access to these services is important. So the landmark Roe v. Wade reversal has huge impacts locally here on Michigan and Metro Detroit. Especially in wake of Beaumont's quick adopting of the court-blocked 1931 law in Michigan (and quick reversal) - it's a reminder this situation is quickly changing. Some of the topics we get into: - Dangerous ectopic pregnancies - Miscarriages for various reasons and the aftermath - The fuzzy lines these decisions and laws leave for doctors and care providers - The shaky future of IVF in a post-Roe world and under a strict Michigan law - Actual data about who has abortions and why - The abdication of responsibility when a health system makes a snap decision, leaving its doctors without guidance - The inequity this would create as the rich, wealthy and powerful will still continue to have access to safe abortions - The importance of talking with your doctor and making sure they share your values Our guide is Dr. Paul Thomas from Plum Health Direct Primary Care. Being that he's an independent primary care physician, he can talk about this issue with clarity — without having to run all the answers through a PR department or worry if he's going to be cut off by a health system. More: https://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ A couple notes about this episode: 1) This just starts to scratch the surface. There's a lot more out there to talk about, and no one episode could encapsulate everything.  2) This is understandably triggering content for some people. I truly get why you wouldn't listen. Honestly, some of it because of my life experience was difficult to produce. 3) Also, some parents may not feel ok having their children listen to this, depending on their development or age level. I want to give the heads up on that. Daily Detroit's work is funded in large part by our members. You can help us rebuild after our studio fire: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Our you can become a monthly member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit  

22m
Jun 27
Fire at the podcast studio

Literally.  We're reeling here after what happened last night, but committed to keep things going. Plus, we talk about a recent list of Dearborn places to eat that Devon liked a lot - but had a few more suggestions to throw on. Read their list: https://detroit.eater.com/maps/best-restaurants-dearborn Here's a link we mentioned in the show to buy Gabby dog treats for saving the day and waking everyone up; and supporting the show. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit Editor's note: This episode was recorded before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade. Normally, we'd cover that and the local implications; but considering the fire damage we still need to handle, we will have to dig deeper into it and related topics next week.

13m
Jun 24
7 Development stories around Detroit + Hudson's tower talk (ft. Robin Runyan)

Robin Runyan from Urbanize Detroit is in the studio, and we're talking about a ton of projects around town. Turkey Stearnes Field at Hamtramck Stadium was dedicated, Robin went. Livonia residents say no to apartments because they fear they'd bring the poors (and others) $38 million in credits is coming to Detroit to build low income units; including converting old St. Michaels catholic school on the city's east side to housing We discuss the ongoing Hudson's saga and developers going back to the well for more incentive money; and why politicians across America almost never say no to stadiums or other projects. Robin's thoughts on the new East Warren streetscape The Gateway Center at Michigan and Washington Boulevard in Detroit will be demo'd - it's actually an Albert Kahn with an ugly duckling facade from the 70s. It was the Finsterwald building. The former Studebaker Service and Sales building is becoming 162 apartments in Milwaukee Junction And, the old Ford home in Boston Edison is for sale. A truly unique property. Keeping it up was a labor of love for a couple, here's the listing: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/140-Edison-St-Detroit-MI-48202/88587945_zpid/ Drink of the show: Finnish Long Drink Support the show by: 1) Telling a friend to listen! 2) If we bring joy to your day or you find us valuable, buy us a coffee as a one-time thing: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit 3) Think about becoming a monthly member. It makes a huge difference. https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit 4) If you'd like to sponsor or have feedback for the show, dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot com for opportunities.

20m
Jun 23
Growing and keeping people and companies in Metro Detroit (ft. Brad Williams, Detroit Regional Chamber)

Brad Williams from the Detroit Regional Chamber joins us to talk about a number of policy and community issues facing Metro Detroit this year — the progress made; and where work still needs to be done. Recorded at the Mackinac Policy Conference, this episode is brought to you by our supporter Jerry Mangona. Some of the topics we hit: __ __ Support the show by: 1) Telling a friend to listen! 2) If we bring joy to your day or you find us valuable, buy us a coffee as a one-time thing: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit 3) Think about becoming a monthly member. It makes a huge difference. https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit 4) If you'd like to sponsor or have feedback for the show, dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot com for opportunities.

17m
Jun 22
What is Detroit City's missing piece to go top tier? + Previewing Memphis 901 FC

Detroit City FC showed well on a national audience of ESPN this weekend. And there's a lot to be proud of with the season so far. But there's also a lot to talk about. Antoine Hoppenot is stepping up in big ways and evolving as a player to fit the needs of Le Rouge. We get into the player piece or pieces needed to go from where we're at - a solid mid-tier that makes the playoffs - to competing for hardware, in true DCFC fashion. We also preview Memphis 901 FC match on the road this Saturday and what to look forward to as well as some keys to the match. Support the show by: 1) Telling people! 2) If we bring joy to your day or you find us valuable, buy us a coffee as a one-time thing: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit 3) Think about becoming a monthly member. It makes a huge difference. https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit 4) If you'd like to sponsor or have feedback for the show, dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot com for opportunities.

29m
Jun 21
Trying Warda Pâtisserie, Qamaria Coffee, Dooped Donuts and the Balsamic vinegar TikTok challenge

This is fun Friday edition of the podcast, where we try three different local area treats AND the balsamic vinegar soda TikTok challenge. Warda's chef and proprietor recently won a James Beard award for outstanding pastry chef. But have you tried them yet? https://warda-patisserie-midtown.square.site/ Qamaria is a growing locally-based chain of Yemeni coffee shops with a roastery in Dearborn. They just swung open the doors on their Allen Park location, so Jer brought that in the studio: https://www.qamariacoffee.com/ Also the video on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@dailydetroit/video/7108803117667339566?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1 Devon had Dooped Donuts: https://www.instagram.com/dooped.donuts/?hl=en And finally, we did the balsamic vinegar/soda TikTok challenge. Is it good? Is there a way to make the drink better? Listen to Devon + Jer find out. Support the show by: 1) Telling people! 2) If we bring joy to your day or you find us valuable, buy us a coffee as a one-time thing: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit 3) Think about becoming a monthly member. It makes a huge difference. https://www.patreon.com/DailyDetroit 4) If you'd like to sponsor or have feedback for the show, dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot com for opportunities.

14m
Jun 17
Growing Esports in Detroit + the Great Lakes (ft. Norris Howard, Immortals)

Don't sleep on Esports. It's a growing thing, and thanks to Immortals, there's even more activity in the industry happening in the Great Lakes. Norris Howard joins me to talk all about it; why the company moved from California to the Great Lakes, and much more. Be sure to check out the Immortals Invasion coming to Detroit June 23-26 for fun events and on-ramps to get into the gaming industry. http://immortals.gg/rsvp/  

17m
Jun 16