Farm-to-Table in the Shadow of Downtown Detroit

“It’s a full-circle thing,” Ms. Williams said. “We want to be a no-waste kitchen.”

Chefs take up locavorism for all kinds of reasons, but in Detroit the one people talk about most is the importance of keeping money in the area. Using up scraps is another side of the issue: A penny saved is a penny earned, and a penny earned is a penny that can be reinvested in a city that outsiders have repeatedly left for dead. And hiring native Detroiters is still another side. The staff, both in the dining room and the kitchen that’s wide-open for inspection at the end of the bar, is notably diverse.

(Via the New York Times)

I ❤️ this so hard. Might have to add this to my upcoming homecoming trip. I have some wonderful if foggy memories of Corktown.

While Wayne County lost 37,357 residents over the last three years, Oakland and Macomb counties gained 38,584 people since the 2010 census, according to new estimates from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. As of July 2013, more than two two-thirds of the communities in the seven-county report saw population growth since April 2010. “The city of Detroit continued to lose population, but at a slower rate than in the recent past,” SECOG reported. The city is estimated to have 681,090 residents, down of 4.6 percent from its 2010 count of 713,862, and down 3,709 since SEMCOG’s December 2012 estimate. Oakland County, meanwhile, added 27,647 residents and Macomb County has 10,937 people since 2010. via Top 10 population gainers and losers among Metro Detroit communities |

Construction on a major recreation/transportation infrastructure upgrade is set to begin along and in between a series of greenways in Detroit and Hamtramck. Bicyclists and administrators at Eastern Market are preparing a celebration of the start of construction on Link Detroit, a project that will extend the Dequindre Cut, link it to the Midtown Loop and the Hamtramck Trail, make streetscape improvements at Eastern Market and address a series of deteriorating bridges. via Construction set to begin on Dequindre Cut extension and other Detroit greenway connectors |