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  • The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

    Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.

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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

    CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]

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Summer Guide 2012

A Sample of Summer Cycling Fun

A list of reasons to get you up on two wheels this summer

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5th Annual Taco Tour. 17 mile bike ride to Ypsi's best taco joints. Price includes meat or vegan tacos, Taco Tour swag, a beverage at the Corner Brewery and the ride. See for details and registration. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti, 734-262-4040. (9/16, 1 p.m.)

Americane Vintage Track & Road Bike Festival. A show and swap meet, bringing together vintage track- and road-cycling enthusiasts from around the country. Vintage bikes in multiple categories are invited, covering a full century of cycling. Bloomer Park, 345 John R Rd., Rochester Hills, 248-656-4673. (6/30)

Beat the Train. A 33-mile ride through the early morning streets of Detroit. Takes off every Saturday at 6 a.m. from Fort Wayne, April through October. Helmets are required. Visit for info. Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson at the foot of Livernois, Detroit, 248-557-7450. (6/16-10/20, 6 a.m.) 

Bike Ypsi. This cadre of enthusiastic Ypsi riders holds weekly rides 52 weeks a year. Sunday rides depart from Recreation Park at 1 p.m. and last for about an hour or two, depending on the size and ability of the group. On Friday mornings, meet at Beezy's Cafe at 8 a.m. to take part in a group cycling commute to the office. Beezy's, 20 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, 734-485-9625. (Saturdays and Sundays) Ongoing.

Birmingham Bike Festival. The fest features a criterium bike race (a race with a short course on closed-off city streets), family-friendly events, live entertainment and more. See for details. Downtown Birmingham. (8/26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Colin Hubbell Memorial Bike Ride. This annual ride is held in honor of Detroit advocate Colin Hubbell. To continue the work Hubbell did for the city, funds from the ride benefit the Colin Hubbell Fund, which provides grants to projects and businesses that contribute to the physical infrastructure and community building of Detroit neighborhoods. See for details. Departs from Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W. Canfield, Detroit, 313-831-9470. (8/11)

Critical Mass. Large bike ride the last Friday of every month. Meet at the corner of Warren & Trumbull. All welcome. Detroit. Free. (6/29, 6:30 p.m.; 7/27, 6:30 p.m.; 8/31, 6:30 p.m.; 9/28, 6:30 p.m.; 10/26, 6:30 p.m.) 

Fender Bender Maintenance Classes. Learn the basics of bike care, from patching a tube to adjusting your seat. Just $5 and includes a free patch kit. Held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month through Oct. The group, geared toward women and the LGBT community, also hosts montly full moon bike rides and is working on creating a bicycle lending library for the city. Wheelhouse Detroit, 1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, 313-656-2453. $5. (Every other Tuesday 6/26-10/23)

Fitness Work Rides. Free 20 mile biweekly fitness ride. Pace is 12 to 15 mph, and the ride lasts about 2 hours. Takes off every other Wednesday from Wheelhouse at 6 p.m., with a rest and hydration stop at Fitness Works in New Center. Wheelhouse Detroit, 1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, 313-656-2453. (Every other Wednesday 6/20-9/19, 6 p.m.)

Green Cruise Bike Rides. This yearly event celebrates all things green, and especially human-powered automation. The day includes three different bike rides: a 40-mile Detroit ride, a 20-mile suburban ride and a four-mile family ride. All rides start at the Green Alley in Ferndale and require helmets and signed waivers. See Downtown Ferndale, Ferndale. (8/11)

J-Cycle II: A Bike Tour of Historic Jewish Detroit. A 20-mile ride that includes 10 docent-narrated stops at spots significant to the history of Detroit's Jewish community. The tour sold out in its inaugural year last year, so be sure to register early. This year's event includes an entirely new route. See for info. William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, Detroit Riverfront at Atwater and St. Aubin, Detroit, 248-432-5517. $30. (8/19)

Mad Anthony Cyclocross Race. The only USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross bicycle race held in Detroit, this yearly event races over the walls, moats and trails of the 89-acre Fort Wayne Complex. Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson at the foot of Livernois, Detroit, 248-557-7450. (10/20)

Motor City Bike & Brew Tours. A guided bike tour of Detroit breweries. Brewery History or Prohibition History tours available. Includes guided bike tour w/support staff, beer or soda at one brewery stop and lunch. See for info and a schedule. Tours depart from Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W. Canfield, Detroit, 248-850-2563. $27.99, bike rental options available. (Ongoing)

Slow Roll to Slow Jams. A weekly ride that departs from Woodbridge Pub at 8 p.m. to cruise around the city before returning for the sweet sounds of the weekly Slow Jams DJs. Woodbridge Pub, 5169 Trumbull St., Detroit, 313-833-2701. Free. (Mondays, 8 p.m.)

The Thunderdrome! A balls-to-the-walls race of mopeds, mini-bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, scooters, pit bikes and go-carts. Dorais Park, Intersection of Mound Rd. and Outer Dr., Detroit, 586-214-5964. $5. (6/30, 2 p.m.)

Tour de Ford Bike Ride. Fundraiser for the Tom Groth Patient Medical Needs Fund, which provides health care and social services to uninsured and underinsured patients. The ride features three routes: a 10-mile route, a 35-mile ride and a 70-mile ride. Visit Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-876-1031. $55-$75. (9/9)

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