Do It For Detroit x January 2015

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On the way 2 Downtown Detroit

Don’t fret!  I haven’t been providing play by plays of my Do It For Detroit 2014 push. I will give you a full fledged back logged low down in the near future – so Stay Tuned !

Purple Bentley & Me

In the mean time Here is a bit of what went down in January 2015 – I’m definitely going to be going to Detroit more than once a month this year – but of course the goal is at least 1 time & anything more is just fabulocity !

The biggest event of the season is the North American International Auto Show aka the NAIAS which takes place at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

My girl Dori & I traveled down to the D for a Sunday Funday to remember.  It was the last day of the week long auto show & boy was it packed ! For the future – definitely better to go in the beginning of the week. This was also the first time I’ve been to the auto show with just one girlfriend.

Dori On a Motor Cycle

Dori On a Motor Cycle

Hot Ride

Hot Ride

For The City

For The City

Not the Official Geo Tag but Detroit

Not the Official Geo Tag but Detroit

Jeep on the Ceiling !

Jeep on the Ceiling !

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Keep Doin’ it For Detroit

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Detroit Police & Us

Detroit Police & Us

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313 Detroit

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Wahoo Happy Happy Birthday Detroit !!! Today July 24th 2014 Detroit turns 313 !! Whoa! I313 happens to be the area code that is assigned to Detroit! Making this birthday extra special ! Spotted above is a collection of my Detroit pictures …

Movement Festival 2014Detroit Electronic Music Festival that takes place over Memorial Day Weekend in Detroit in Hart Plaza.

Me in a Pistons flat rim hat that is from 1990 the year I was born & when the Detroit Pistons won the National Basketball Association Championship!

A photo of a Maybach from the Detroit Auto Show – one of the largest in the nation

Me sitting in a cool chair outside of 1001 Woodward Ave in Detroit – where there is a fun sitting area, over sized chest and checkers boards and other fun games.

Detroit Players logo from Bon Aparel a clothing line my Detroit Friend Adrianna innovated.

Detroit Institute of Bagels – a yummy customized bagel spot downtown on Michigan Avenue , that I visited after a night out in Detroit.

Detroit is the New Black – featured a few blog posts behind this one, a new T-shirt line that I stumbled across at the art fair.

Detroit VS Everbody hat – this is a photo of me at the airport in the winter of 2014 , fabulous local line of shirts, hoodies, hats, etc.

Ford FieldDetroit Lions home – I interned at Quicken Loans in summer 2011 and we got to tour Ford Field and take pictures on the field … still waiting to go to a game !!

A classic order of Chilli Fries & Hot dog from Lafayette Coney Island, the OG

Detroit & Go Hard murals – I drove past these one night in downtown Detroit after attending an event at the M@dison Bldg – it was for The Empowerment Plan.

Fun Facts about Detroit

> At 987 acres Belle Isle Park is the largest island park in the United States. First opened to the public in 1884, it is Detroit’s first major city park.

> Detroit is the birth place of Techno! Originating in the 1980s, largely as an underground movement, the increasingly popular new music proved electronics can be used to express both funk and soul. Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson, a Detroit trio who were high school friends, are considered the Godfathers of Techno.

> it’s estimated that more than 75% of illegal liquor supplied to the U.S. during prohibition entered the country by way of the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River.In January 1920, the era of Prohibition began in the U.S. The Detroit River, barely one mile across in some places, was a smuggler’s dream. Enterprising smugglers carried cargo beneath boats, rigged mechanical cables across the river and utilized old underground tunnels to transport their illegal bounty. During cold winter months, the river became a highway, as daring smugglers in automobiles made their way across the ice from Canada to the United States.

> First city to have paved concrete road – In 1909, Wayne County built the first mile of concrete highway in the world on Woodward Avenue between Six and Seven Mile roads. The success of this experiment led to other transportation-firsts. In 1919 the nation’s first 4-way three color traffic light was installed on the corner of Woodward and Michigan Avenues in Detroit . In 1930 the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was completed making it the first traffic tunnel between two nations. By 1942, the world’s first urban freeway opened to the public, the Davison Freeway.

Big Sean hails from Detroit & this is one of my favorite music videos of his “Guap” that showcases downtown Detroit – I only wish I had been there for the filming of the video !!

I don’t really understand and did not realize that “Detroit Rock City” was sung by Kiss until today!

Witness X Watch #DoitForDetroit

this dope 5 minute flick delves into Downtown Detroit… A new collab series for Mass Appeal between Jason Goldwatch and 13th Witness. These 2 bros dip into the hood, the streets and beauty that lies in the heart of the city. Bringing to the table authenticity and an artistic approach to urban decay.

Showcasing monumental aspects of Detroit such as Little Caesars Pizza ( even making a dig on it not being Brooklyn Pizza) , Homies rockin’ Detroit Pistons gear & touching on weed, alcohol and violence in the streets.

You’d almost wish that as little gangsters roll around the D spray painting, they could pick up like 5 pieces of trash too ! Not just beautifying Detroit by leaving their mark on the walls of abandon buildings, but shaping them up in other ways too !