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What people not from Detroit need to know about Detroit

PBS NewsHour

"When people come to Detroit they see Detroit as a blank canvas and a blank slate….But that's not true," says Aaron Foley, author of "How To Live In Detroit Without Being A Jackass." Photo by Rebecca Cook/Reuters Author's Note: As NewsHour columnist Vikram Mansharamani wrote in his column this week, cities are having a renaissance. "Young professionals are…increasingly working and living downtown, drawn by exciting employment opportunities," he wrote. Three years after the city filed for bankruptcy, the same can now be said of Detroit's downtown. Mostly young, mostly white entrepreneurs and professionals are moving to the city as they land jobs at businesses like Quicken Loans, attracted by cheap rent and other financial incentives. New coffee shops, restaurants, bars, art galleries and boutique shops are also drawing new visitors downtown.

How a luxury watch and bicycle company became part of Detroit's revitalization

PBS NewsHour

Once the major manufacturing hub of the Midwest, pumping out American cars throughout the 20th century and aiding the war effort during World War II, Detroit has become known for empty factories, bankruptcy and bailouts and has been launched into the news more recently for water shutoffs and teacher sickouts. But in recent years, a revitalization has taken place in "midtown" Detroit. Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans, moved company headquarters to the city and bought up real estate throughout two square miles of downtown Detroit in an attempt to spur development. Restaurants have entered the city offering craft cocktails and tapas. Businesses, like luxury watch and bicycle company Shinola, have made Detroit their home.

Queen of Soul's Detroit mansion sells for $300,000

FOX News

This Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 photo shows a historic Detroit mansion owned by late singing legend Aretha Franklin, which was recently sold. DETROIT – A historic Detroit mansion owned by late singing legend Aretha Franklin has been sold. The Detroit News reports that, according to public records, the 5,600-square-foot brick home adjacent to the Detroit Golf Club fetched $300,000 in a sale last month. It was built in 1927. The newspaper reports Franklin bought the home in 1993, but nearly lost it in 2008 due to unpaid property taxes.

PIzza Hut debuting Detroit-style pizza in response to 'growing popularity' of the style

FOX News

Pizza School NYC owner Mark Bello shares his 5 tips to avoid bad pizza, including a lousy cheese slice and poor ingredients. Pizza Hut is getting ready to debut Detroit-style pizza, presumably for anyone who might be bored with regular ol' Pizza Hut-style pizza. Pizza Hut on Tuesday announced the nationwide rollout of its new Detroit-style pizzas, launched in response to "the growing popularity of this pizza style across the country and requests from customers," according to a press release. The new, thick-crust offering is currently available at participating Pizza Hut locations nationwide. Pizza Hut's new Detroit-style pizzas come in four varieties: Detroit Double Pepperoni, Double Cheesy, Meaty Deluxe and Supremo.

Motor City stakes claim to be capital of autos' future


The Motor City's historic strength in manufacturing is enabling it to become the center for the future of the automotive industry. Just a few years ago, conventional thinking assumed Silicon Valley's tech heavyweights held the upper hand in producing the next generation of vehicles. That was before the extensive problems experienced by electric-vehicle start-up Tesla Inc. in building EVs at its California plant, among other challenges to the tech-will-prevail thesis. "There was this thinking that Silicon Valley was going to crush Detroit, that they knew how to do it better," said Michelle Krebs, an analyst with Cox Automotive. "Well, reality has set in" that Detroit knows is how to make cars.