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Visit the “D”

12 May

 

Detroit is a hot destination! This New York Times article, 36 Hours  mentions some great spots, but only highlights some of the restaurants. All the new Detroit restaurants are making it quite the foodie capital. Come visit my hometown! Click here for the original story.

 Photo : Kevin Miyazaki

 

 

View the Glass Half-Full

5 Apr

I always enjoy writer Jane Brody of the New York Times. Her recent column “Turning Negative Thinkers into Positive Ones,” provides food for thought. It’s scientifically proven that positive thoughts can help with physical stress, depression and overall health. There are even some tips she garnered from the experts she quotes in the article. The tips are below, and here is the link for the entire article.

Do good things for other people. In addition to making others happier, this enhances your own positive feelings. It can be something as simple as helping someone carry heavy packages or providing directions for a stranger.

Appreciate the world around you. It could be a bird, a tree, a beautiful sunrise or sunset or even an article of clothing someone is wearing. I met a man recently who was reveling in the architectural details of the 19th-century houses in my neighborhood.

Develop and bolster relationships. Building strong social connections with friends or family members enhances feelings of self-worth and, long-term studies have shown, is associated with better health and a longer life.

Establish goals that can be accomplished. Perhaps you want to improve your tennis or read more books. But be realistic; a goal that is impractical or too challenging can create unnecessary stress.

Learn something new. It can be a sport, a language, an instrument or a game that instills a sense of achievement, self-confidence and resilience. But here, too, be realistic about how long this may take and be sure you have the time needed.

Choose to accept yourself, flaws and all. Rather than imperfections and failures, focus on your positive attributes and achievements. The loveliest people I know have none of the external features of loveliness but shine with the internal beauty of caring, compassion and consideration of others.

Illustration by Paul Rogers

Forever Style

21 Mar

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Style has no age. Just check out the book Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen. Cohen chronicles several seniors of a certain age who are stylish, creative and wise. As he states on his website, he roams the streets of New York looking for the most stylish older folks. I had the opportunity to see the documentary Advanced Style: A Fashionable Film based on the book. I also met one of the stars, Debra Rapoport. (below)

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Debra’s fabulous hat and colorful style are unique.  Debra is just a snapshot of Cohen’s keen eye.

His blog features superb photographs reminiscent of Bill Cunningham from the New York Times.

As Cohen states on his blog, “Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”

The New Foodie Mecca

7 Jan

Yep, it’s Detroit. That’s according to this article in The Washington Post.  The Post touts Motown as the place for new restaurants and top chefs from across the country. But, Detroiters are already in the know.

Mark Guarino writes, “Detroit is in the midst of a culinary transformation.”

“Rock-bottom housing stock and an emerging generation of young restaurateurs and chefs settling in to experiment have brought new restaurants, breweries, tasting rooms, cocktail bars, pop-up events and quirky lunch spots promising nutritious food — in neighborhoods where the only option to eat had previously been fast food,” he adds.

Guarino lists many of the restaurants Motown Savvy has written about already like Chartreuse and Gold Cash Gold.

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And in today’s New York Times Style Section, there is an article on Shinola.

Great press, great city.

Artists Believe in Detroit

17 Jul

 

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Have you noticed how many national newspapers and magazines are highlighting Detroit as the place to move?

Today’s New York Times article, “Ready for a Renaissance,” by Melena Ryzik interviews artists about Detroit’s public art spaces. The story also mentions the generous grant from the John S. and James. L. Knight Foundation.

Last week the  New York Times wrote about Brooklyn artisans moving to Detroit.

Go Motown!

Photo of Detroit artist Robert Sestok at his outdoor studio space behind his home. Photography by Laura McDermott for The New York Times

Motor City Missionary

14 Apr

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Motor City Missionary is the title of today’s lead story in the business section of the New York Times. It’s about Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans. Gilbert is investing his money and his spirit in the our city. He is buying up property and encouraging businesses to move downtown. He just purchased the Greektown Casino-Hotel. Today’s Huffington Post, Detroit also references this story.

Sure, the story mentions Detroit’s woes — our emergency city manager, Kwame, blight, etc., but the gist is a story about Gilbert and his vision.

Last month I visited Washington, D.C., and to my dismay there were two photography exhibits about Detroit featuring decaying buildings. Although the photography, by Camilio Jose Vergara and Andrew Moore, was technically superb, the exhibits were pessimistic.

Thanks to people like Dan Gilbert, our city is moving forward, and soon there will be positive photography exhibits about Detroit.

Photo credit: Fabrizo Constantini for the New York Times

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