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  • Detroit website offers stats, updates on city operations

    Interested in reading about what Detroit accomplishes on a week-to-week basis that’s produced by the city itself? Great. You can do that now, here, at the Detroit Dashboard. Every Thursday morning, the city will publish an update to the dashboard because Mayor Mike Duggan loves metrics, even if the data might be hard to come by. According to Duggan’s office, the dashboard will provide data on how many LED street lights were installed, how many vacant lots were mowed, how much blight was removed, and more. This week, the city says it has sold 13 site lots through, removed 570 tons of illegal dumping, and filed 57 lawsuits against abandoned property owners.  

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  • Long John Silver’s makes nod to Nancy Whiskey in YouTube commercial

    We don’t know about you, but usually Nancy Whiskey and Long John Silver’s aren’t two concepts we’d place in the same sentence. However, the international fast food fish fry conglomerate made a nod to the Detroit dive in their latest YouTube commercial. LJS is offering free fish fries on Saturday, August 2, which is the promotion the commercial is attempting to deliver. But, we think we’ll just go to Nancy Whiskey instead.

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  • Michigan’s women-only music fest still shuns transwomen

    We came across an interesting item this week: Apparently, a music festival with the name “Michfest” is quietly oriented as a “Women-Only Festival Exclusively for ‘Women Born Women.’” It seems a strange decision to us. If you wanted to have a women-only music festival, why not simply proclaim loud and clear that it is for all sorts of women? But if you really wanted to become a lightning rod for criticisms about transphobia, organizers have found the perfect way to present their festival. Now, we know that defenders of non-cisgender folks have it tough. The strides made by gays and lesbians (and bisexuals) in the last 20 years have been decisive and dramatic. But the people who put the ‘T’ in LGBT have reason to be especially defensive, facing a hostile culture and even some disdain from people who should be their natural allies. That said, sometimes that defensiveness can cause some activists to go overboard; when we interviewed Dan Savage a couple years ago, he recalled his “glitter bombing” and said it was due to the “the narcissism of small differences,” adding that “if you’re playing the game of who is the most victimized, attacking your real enemies doesn’t prove you’re most victimized, claiming you […]

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  • Use this widget to find your polling place for Aug. 5 primary election

    Reminder: the August 5 primary election is coming up. Where do you vote? What’s on the ballot? All these questions can be easily answered by simply typing the address you are registered to vote at into this handy widget created by Pew Charitable Trusts and Google: You can embed this widget on your own website with the following code, and more information can be found at the Voting Info Project.: <script type=”text/javascript” src=””></script> <div id=”_vit”></div> <script type=”text/javascript”>vit.load({‘election_id’:’4034′, ‘suppress_voter_id_rules’: true});</script> Read up on MT‘s election guide for Wayne county executive here.

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  • Thank you, Detroit

    I’m not going to lie to you – this isn’t easy. This week, the final City Slang local music column will be published in the Metro Times (on hardcore band Final Assault), and I have just submitted a cover feature on the women of Detroit hip-hop, to be published next week (8/6). This blog that you’re reading now will be my last one as a regular MT contributor. I have a lot to look forward to. I’m going to be an associate editor at Yellow Scene Magazine in Colorado, a tremendous publication in a beautiful part of the country. But leaving Detroit will be incredibly difficult for me. I love the place. It’s been (amazingly) six and a half years since I arrived, a couple of cases in hand and not much of a plan in mind. I just knew, after three separate research trips for books and a magazine article, that I felt at home here. Metro Times offered me freelance work almost immediately, as did a new website called Metromix (whatever happened to that?) When I arrived here, I had been working as a writer in the UK for nine years, but the help and encouragement I received […]

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  • Christmas in July, Jack White, and the Tigers

      We here at MT will be delighted when Mr. Jack White throws out a pitch at Navin Field (at least, we hope he will), but until then, we’ll be happy with his pitch to Santa this evening at Comerica Park.    

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The Real Deals - Readers' Choice

Our readers pick what's top when it comes to shops


Best Place to Buy Shoes

Designer Shoe Warehouse

For the uninitiated shoe lover, a first glance into the great expanse of a "DSW" might trigger troubling symptoms: quivering, drooling, pupil dilation, panting. ... No worries. A stroll through the miles of display and some trying on will cure the ailment. Then, the inevitable purchases are the final prescription. Because who can resist the vast sea of waist-deep shoes? And nobody does clearance like DSW. You didn't know you needed those red, patent strappy peep-toe ankle boots, but they have a purple tag and are only $17.


Best Eyewear Boutique

160 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-723-1900
308 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-622-8056
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Glasses, at their essence, are a function item. They bring the world into focus and allow the wearer to observe all. But if you wear them — and even if you don't — you know glasses are so much more than just a way to see. They're fashion. They're an ice-breaker when you meet someone ("Oh, I love your glasses"). They're a statement about the person behind them. Which is why you need to pay attention to where you shop for them, and find SEE. The stores' selections of European frames have been created exclusively for this chain, but that hasn't meant prices have risen. Nope, you'll find affordable and unique specs here.


Best Indie Lingerie Shop

265 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-642-2555

The world really does begin and end with what you're wearing underneath. And whether that's supportive, functional, fun, naughty, classic or magical, women can find it at Harp's. The selection of styles is that plentiful, but even better is the trained sales staff. Harp's is known for its personal fittings and the staff will be sure that whatever you've got (or not), you find the right item to push it out, suck it in or hold it up.


Best Nail Salon

Rouge Makeup and Nails
23341 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-439-6010;

At this sister-owned salon, rouge means green. As in its vegan and organic products by Eve Organics and SpaRitual for makeup, skin care, manicures and pedicures. Who can resist an organic ginger essential oil soak for hands? The calming space — part Parisian boutique, part tranquil retreat — also offers vintage clothes and trinkets for sale.


Best Flea Market

2045 Dixie Hwy., Waterford; 248-338-3220;

It's for good reason our dear readers perpetually pick this Waterford haunt as the winner in this category. Antiques, collectibles, computers, music, household items, sporting goods, clothes, things you need, things you must have, are all for sale at this market. Admission is free when Dixieland is open, Friday through Sunday only, and if you need nourishment to keep shopping, four foodstands are on site. On the website, you can download a map before you go.


Best Antique Shop

Vogue Vintage
23622 Woodward Ave., Pleasant Ridge; 248-546-1555

Whether you've got something in mind or "you'll know it when you see it," Vogue Vintage will provide. Its plentiful stock of antiques — furniture is one of the specialties — is generally less than even gently used, and if you don't see what you're looking for at the store, ask the staff about the warehouse. That's where the real finds are stowed away. The store's pull is best exemplified by its eye-popping window displays, so artfully created and frequently changed that even the drivers hurtling down Woodward Avenue can't help but slow down and take note.


Best Makeup Studio

Todd's Room
239 Pierce St., Birmingham; 249-594-0003;

Let's face it (pun intended), there are times when your makeup just really has to be done professionally. Think engagement or head shot photo session, wedding, Metro Times Best-of party. ... And when it's that time, plan on an hour at Todd's Room, an annual reader's fave place to get your face looking its best. The makeup artists will work with you for a dramatic, classic or striking look. Eyebrow arching and manicures and pedicures are also available on-site.


Best Hair Salon in Wayne County

Curl Up & Dye

4215 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-833-5006;

Whatever social forces brought this gem to Midtown — entrepreneurial spirit, Cass Corridor revival, critical mass of nearby residents and employees, the Green movement — Curl Up & Dye is proving to be a destination for cuts, color and extensions. Readers picked it as a Best-of for hair care, but the shop also offers mani-pedis, massages, makeup, facials, waxing and ear candling. And all services have an environmental theme: Recycling is practiced as much as it can be, and product selection is mostly natural and organic.


Best Hair Salon in Oakland County

6 Salon
306 W. Sixth St., Royal Oak; 248-398-1586;

With 6 Salon's hours, no one has an excuse not to get hair cut, colored and styled by the professionals here. This Royal Oak haven is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Thursday hours extended until midnight. Saturdays offer standard 9-to-5 hours. That means busy parents, workaholics and professionals with erratic hours have plenty of opportunity to get looking their best. And 6 Salon isn't just known for the hours or the hair styling. Nail services, body waxing and airbrush tanning are also available.

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