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Detroit Free Press, March 28, 2013
Dan Gilbert outlines vision for livelier downtown Detroit including Papa Joe's, sidewalk cafes, by John Gallagher
“The popular upscale suburban grocery Papa Joe’s will open a new store in the heart of downtown Detroit soon, just one of a host of improvements to come to downtown that were outlined Thursday by Quicken Loans founder and Chair Dan Gilbert. Outlining his vision for a livelier downtown, Gilbert talked of Parisian-style sidewalk cafes, food carts, ground-floor retail that opens onto sidewalks, ice cream kiosks, pedestrian plazas and walkways, and a host of other “placemaking” techniques that he said were on the way.”

Detroit News, March 20, 2013
Future bright for Metro Detroit's convention business, by Michael Martinez
“With renovations well under way at Cobo Center and new hotels under construction and others being rehabbed, the future of Metro Detroit's convention business is looking up after years of few options and unimpressive facilities.”

Mlive.com, March 20, 2013
$279 million renovation to Detroit's Cobo Center is now in its third phase and on budget, by David Muller
“The $279 million renovation of the Cobo Center remains on budget and should be complete by January 2015, according to an annual progress report released Wednesday. At March 1, the project is 49 percent finished, with $139 million spent. It has since crossed the halfway point in terms of completion.”

HotelNewsNow.com, March 12, 2013
Detroit Back in Business, by Brendan Manley
“The Motor City is on the mend, thanks in no small part to the recent government bailouts of the once-sagging U.S. automotive industry. Sources say Detroit is now entering a market-wide rebirth, triggering significant hotel development in the downtown area and outlying suburbs.”

Crain’s Detroit, March 11, 2013
Having Cobo under regional authority has proven to be a key to comeback, by Sherri Welch
“With the governor’s pending appointment of an emergency financial manager, the 2009 decision to move Cobo Center out from under the city of Detroit to a regional authority has become key in the city’s comeback. Also key: the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau’s status as an independent, regional group, rather than a department of the city, as convention and visitor bureaus often are in other places.”
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Detroit Free Press, March 6, 2013
Ad agency Campbell Ewald headed downtown, with 600 jobs, by Tom Walsh
Downtown Detroit will get a new jolt of creative talent and another funky work space with the move of advertising agency Campbell Ewald from suburban Warren into the old J.L. Hudson warehouse space in Ford Field, a move to be announced today by Bill Ludwig, the firm's chairman and CEO, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.”

Detroit News, March 5, 2013
Detroit sees hotel rebirth with boutique developments, renovations, by Michael Martinez and Louis Aguilar
“Downtown Detroit's hotel scene is roaring back to life. The former Hotel Pontchartrain is being transformed into a 371-room Crowne Plaza Hotel, and a 136-room Aloft boutique hotel is coming in the old David Whitney building on Woodward. Now, Chicago-based Aparium Hotel Group is in the "early stages" of buying and converting the Detroit Fire Department headquarters, across from Cobo Center, into a 75-80 room boutique hotel, according to the company's CEO.”

The New York Times, March 4, 2103
A Private Boom Amid Detroit’s Public Blight, by Monica Davey
“Private industry is blooming here, even as the city’s finances have descended into wreckage. In late 2011, Rachel Lutz opened a clothing shop, the Peacock Room, which proved so successful that she opened another one, Emerald, last fall. Shel Kimen, who had worked in advertising in New York, is negotiating to build a boutique hotel and community space. Big companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield have moved thousands of workers into downtown Detroit in recent years. A Whole Foods grocery, this city’s first, is scheduled to open in June.”

Crain’s Detroit, March 3, 2013
Renovations registry: Hotels upgrade to ride a rebound in occupancy, by Sherri Welch
“A number of metro Detroit hotels are booked for renovations this year. Industry experts say financing for new hotel construction is still tough to come by, but funding a hotel makeover is an easier sell.”
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Crain’s Detroit, March 3, 2013
Unconventional spaces lift meetings, events out of the bored room, by Ryan Felton
“Shane Pliska, president of Planterra Corp., had no idea that when the company opened a state-of-the-art greenhouse in 2010, it was also creating an entirely separate business venture.”<
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Crain’s Detroit, March 3, 2013
Moving on up: New hotel construction projects on the grow, by Sherri Welch
“A handful of new hotel projects in the region have obtained financing and are moving ahead, while a number of hotels have begun construction and look to open before year's end.”
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Crain’s Detroit, March 3, 2013
Future Bright for Events, by Sherri Welch
“While Detroit's schedule for major meetings and conventions is about even with last year's, the best is yet to come, according to the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.”
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Midwest Living Magazine, March/April 2013
Made in Detroit: Serving Up Good Times Again, by Joan Lynch Luckett
The Motor City is rising again, and we don’t just mean automakers. Meet a few of the entrepreneurs helping to put Detroit back on its feet—and serving some great drinks and dishes in the process.”

Detroit News, Jan. 30, 2013
Former Pontchartrain among spring hotel openings, by Louis Aguilar
Detroit's once-landmark Pontchartrain Hotel, now a shuttered eyesore, is slated to reopen in April as an upscale Crowne Plaza property.”

Wall Street Journal, Jan. 28, 2013
Leg Up for Downtown Detroit, by Matthew Dolan
“In a back office at the headquarters of mortgage company Quicken Loans Inc., workers are assembling a 9-by-5-foot scale model of Detroit's modest downtown that will be used to plot the district's future.”
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EXPOweb.com, Jan. 21, 2013
The Return of Detroit by Michael Hart
“One thing I learned last week: Downtown Detroit, Cobo Center and the North American International Auto Show are all back. On Friday night, I attended the black-tie charity preview traditionally held the night before the public portion of the annual car show opens.”

EXPO Magazine, January/February 2013
Double Down Work Together, by Michael Hart
“Just a few years after a massive recession hit the automotive industry and its home, Detroit and its fabled North American International Auto Show are back in business.”