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Helping Detroit grow: Rebecca Salminen Witt talks about 20 years of the Greening of Detroit

By Michael Jackman

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Food & Drink

Today, urban agriculture is suddenly a buzzword, both a bright hope for Detroit and a lightning rod for attacks on "right sizing." But it wasn't always that way. When the Greening of Detroit was founded 20 years ago, the idea of ensuring plenty of greenery in the city was relatively obscur...[MORE]

Teenage wasteland: Detroit's first-wave hardcore finally gets its due

By Michael Jackman

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Why Be Something That You're Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985 by Tony Rettman Revelation Records Publishing Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83 by Tesco Vee & Dave Stimson edited by Steve Miller Bazillion Points Books Ah, sweet validation. In the last ...[MORE]

Sealed with a kick: 10 years of pissed-off, weirded-out and hilarious letters

By Michael Jackman

Published: 7/21/2010

Types: News, Media

Man, do we get mail. It sometimes peaks around 10,000 words of correspondence a week. It comes from all quarters, geographically, politically and demographically: outraged right-wingers, irritated greens, furious prudes, unhappy anarchists, appalled belly dancers, baffling weirdoes or simply people ...[MORE]

Beer geek summer: The five types of beer geeks and where to please 'em

By Michael Jackman

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

So you're a beer geek and you want to revel in it. Luckily, all you need is a vehicle and a designated driver, because it's all here. Sure, you'll find a lot of your standard craft beer brewing — your English-style ales, pale ales, IPAs, porters and stouts — but there are extreme brewers...[MORE]

Sweat & struggle: A quick tour of Detroit labor and industry history

By Michael Jackman

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Sweat and steel The Labor Legacy Landmark, a 60-foot-tall open steel arch in Hart Plaza, is the largest piece of public art in the country dedicated to working people. During the upcoming U.S. Social Forum, docent tours of the landmark are available between noon and 6 p.m., June 23-25. "Potato p...[MORE]

Just say Yes: Despite crime, arson and depopulation, Poletown lives in photos at the Yes Farm

By Michael Jackman

Published: 5/5/2010

Types: Arts, Photography

On a recent Sunday afternoon, the scene at Detroit's Yes Farm, a tightly knit community kept up by educators, artists and activists on the east side, is positively rural. Out on the urban prairie, the two-block mini-neighborhood is surprisingly intact and attractive, with its tree-lined street and s...[MORE]

Metro Retro: Looking back on 30 years of MT

By Michael Jackman

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: News, Media

25 years ago in Metro Times: A bidding war over GM's new Saturn operation has 21 governors vying for the project. Ultimately, it would not be Detroit nor even Michigan but Spring Hill, Tenn., that would get the first Saturn assembly line six years later. GM now plans to phase out the brand by Octobe...[MORE]

Sharp young things: Meet Detroit dining's new breed of chef: They're twentysomething, tattooed and hang like rockstars

By Michael Jackman

Published: 3/17/2010

Types: Cover Story

The Whitney, that grand old former residence, shines on a sunny afternoon in midtown Detroit. With its 52 rooms, 10 bathrooms and 20 fireplaces, the three-story pink-granite edifice is in great condition, and pots of forced lilies decorate the front garden. It seems the manse-turned-restaurant is pr...[MORE]

The delicious dozen: Dishing it about 12 of our readers' favorite local menu items

By Michael Jackman

Published: 3/17/2010

Types: Food & Drink

The Ginger Garlic Eggplant $7.95 for one, $14.95 for two Mon Jin Lau 1515 E. Maple Rd., Troy; 248-689-2332; monjinlau.com This popular vegetarian side has an unusual origin: It was inspired by Italian cuisine. Co-owner Brandon Chin says, "We like going to Italian restaurants and we always...[MORE]

Detroit gets booked: A shortlist of this year’s fab Motor City reads

By Michael Jackman

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

For a city that's shrinking, Detroit sure gets a lot of play on the bookshelves. From appealing photographic books to auto histories to poetry anthologies, there's plenty of paper to stuff a stocking with this year. Take Up the Rouge! (Wayne State, $34.95), for instance. Former Freep journo and act...[MORE]

Your guide to dining: A breakdown of more than 100 Detroit-area restaurants for your culinary pleasure

By Michael Jackman

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Food & Drink

vegetarian-friendly Aut Bar 315 Braun Court, Ann Arbor; 734-994-3677: In the warmer months, historic Kerrytown's Aut Bar spills out onto a quiet courtyard it has nearly all to itself. Functioning as a restaurant and a bar for 21 years (the second level is 21 and older only), there's a popular Sunda...[MORE]

A fresh niche: Farm-fresh dining on the grow

By Michael Jackman

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Food & Drink

If you're of a certain age, you remember those TV commercials for compilation records. The announcer would urge you to buy that collection of hits because "assembling this collection of music would cost you hundreds of dollars, and many cannot be found anywhere at any price." Sounds sort ...[MORE]

Working the room: A musing on chefs who press the flesh

By Michael Jackman

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Lately, we've been thinking a lot about a certain sort of chef or owner: the kind who personally comes by your table to greet you and inquire about your experience. A few weeks ago, we talked to Paul Grosz, the chef-owner of Cuisine in Detroit's New Center neighborhood, genuinely curious about what ...[MORE]

Puttin' off the ritz: Why 2009 is the year you can have your haute cuisine and your hoodie too

By Michael Jackman

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Speaking of trends, are we noticing our upscale restaurants going a bit … casual? Lately, it seems restaurateurs aren't just concerned about how much diners pay for a meal, but how much they think they'll have to pay. Call it dressing down, if you will: The same talented staff, but a fresher, funkie...[MORE]

The MT dining guide: Haute cuisine and hoodies; chefs who press flesh; serving the freshest; dozens of eateries to spice up your list.

By Michael Jackman

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Cover Story

Sure, times have been tough. For our last several years, we've been watching the initial tweaks our talented entrepreneurs have dreamed up to keep diners coming in. And it's been challenging. Dining out is one of the first things people tighten their belts on, and, with recent fuel shocks, the price...[MORE]

Gracious Paul Grosz: He wants to make his guests comfortable, and wants them to keep him on edge

By Michael Jackman

Published: 9/23/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Among Detroit's one-of-a-kind restaurants are a few housed in old homes. One of them is Cuisine, which occupies a 1920s home in Detroit's New Center, near the pre-theater dining crowd that favors it. The man behind the restaurant is chef and owner Paul Grosz.  Grosz has a serious fine-dining pedigr...[MORE]

College drinking: Crib notes on passing the 'bar exam'

By Michael Jackman

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: Food & Drink

When it comes to college drinking, America has a puritan streak a mile wide. Our children get told from Day One that alcohol is forbidden. They get stuffed full of Hot Pockets and pumped full of Sunny D their whole lives. Then, when they're sent off to a place where they're relatively unsupervised a...[MORE]

Dorm dine: Eat cheaply, cook wisely, surprise everybody

By Michael Jackman

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: Food & Drink

THEM'S THE RULES — Strictly enforced rules against hot plates in residence halls often leave dorm-dwellers at the mercy of their cafeterias and microwaves. If you're off to campus housing, be sure to check their lists of prohibited items. They can get a little intense, forbidding everything fr...[MORE]

Less fussy, more fun: Despite its roots, wine grows casual

By Michael Jackman

Published: 7/15/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Though it never really was completely true, for years Americans thought of wine enthusiasts as people who haunted restaurants with tons of mahogany and a vast, dim cellar filled with rare wines that often breached $100. That's never been less true than today, when wine-oriented bars and restaurants ...[MORE]

Bubbling up: A success story, Michigan-made beer pours it on

By Michael Jackman

Published: 7/15/2009

Types: Culture, Health & science

When it comes to craft brewing, Michigan is sort of a paradox. Across the country, the state has a growing reputation for brewing award-winning beer, and U.S. drinkers are raising their glasses to the state's quality small brewers, including Kalamazoo's prized Bell's Beer. But Michigan drinkers have...[MORE]

Pour Some Sugar on Me: Sweet drinks, loud beats and an insane party at P.Y. Stix

By Michael Jackman

Published: 7/15/2009

Types: Food & Drink

Despite the unassuming exterior of its squat building in Livonia, inside is the most out-of-control liquor party in the metro area. Under the bar's drop ceiling, you're likely to experience serious, eardrum-shaking bass, and a rowdy crowd whacking away at every surface in sight with drum sticks, cha...[MORE]

The Sloshed issue: A spirited appreciation of what's on tap in metro Detroit

By Michael Jackman

Published: 7/15/2009

Types: Cover Story

Call it what you will — a correction, a recession or a depression — but one solid truth about Americans has been that when times are tough, we drink more. Instead of jet vacations or powerboats, the simple pleasures of beer, wine and spirits enjoyed (responsibly) among friends helps ligh...[MORE]

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