July 2010

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2010 Detroiters of the Year

For Al Taubman, it all started in the 1930s with that little blue tin box. Most Jewish families had one of those boxes. They were used for collections for the Jewish homeland in Israel, Taubman says of his boyhood days in Pontiac, “and we collected change. When I went to the store for my mother and came back, she’d say, ‘Put the change in the box.’ And when the box got filled, she gave it to whoever was in charge in those days. They planted trees and bought land in Israel. This was in the ’30s and ’40s, and we didn’t have a lot of money in those days. “That was the first real philanthropy I ever saw.”

A Wide Range

When Chef Brandon Johns left Ann Arbor’s Vinology a year ago to open his own place, Grange Kitchen and Bar, it had much promise to be something special.

Michigan's Killer Heat Wave

The Art of Giving

She sits like Queen Victoria on Woodward Avenue in Detroit’s Cultural Center. First referred to as the “Temple of Art” when the Beaux-Arts building opened in 1927, she covers 658,000 square feet, houses more than 100 galleries, and, with some 60,000 works of art, possesses one of the largest, most breathtaking collections in the country.
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