A Resolution to Rename Hart Plaza, Potential Jim Harbaugh Suspension & More Local Headlines

Get the latest metro Detroit news including the reopening of Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles, a meteor shower of Michigan, and more.
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Resolution aims to rename Hart Plaza in honor of MLK

Detroit City councilwoman Mary Waters has proposed a resolution that would rename the popular downtown destination to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, in honor of the late Civil Rights leader. Currently, Hart Plaza, which opened in 1975, is named after Senator Phil Hart, who was known as the “Conscience of the Senate” and worked to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1964.

Jim Harbaugh may start U-M’s football season on suspension

The University of Michigan football coach is expected to serve a four-game suspension at the start of the 2023 season as punishment for allegedly making “false statements during an investigation.” The resolution for this Level I violation may also include suspensions for the team’s offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore and tight ends coach Grant Newsome. These punishments must still be approved by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

Perseid meteor shower returns to Michigan skies

The annual meteor shower is caused by Earth passing through a debris field left behind by the 1992 Comet Swift Tuttle. The shower, which is expected to produce around 100 meteors, began in mid-July, and will peak from mid-August to the first day of September. The best times to see the shower is in the pre-dawn hours or in the evening as early as 10 p.m. For the best viewing, visit one of the state’s dark sky parks.

Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles to reopen with revamped menu

The popular brunch eatery on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion has reopened on July 28. Kuzzo’s closed for renovations in July of 2019, reopened briefly in March of 2020, and then closed again in January of 2023 to “re-brand completely.” Guests can expect a new menu filled with Southern-style options including a T-Bone steak with cheesy eggs, “Grits and Gumbo,” and of course, the “Original Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffle.”

Detroit is the 11th greatest music city in the world

To reach this conclusion, a new study by the live events ticketing company SeatPick took a list of 50 cities that are known for music and analyzed each city by number of venues, festivals, live concerts, record stories, artists and bands, and other factors. With 42 music venues, 895 live concerts planned for next year, and 1,033 artists and bands, the Motor City scored 8.28 out of 10, ranking behind the likes of London, Chicago, New York, Denver, and others.

Good Cakes and Bakes opens second location

Nearly 10 years after the Black- and LGBTQ-owned bakery opened their first location on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion, the business is celebrating the opening of its second location in downtown Detroit. Customers can expect many of the same offerings as their first location along with new breakfast sandwiches and ice cream flavors.

Michigan public school students guaranteed two free meals starting this fall

The State of Michigan will become the seventh state in the nation that offers free breakfast and lunch to all public school students in order to “boost learning by filling stomachs.” The free meals are a $160 million investment that will come out of the state’s School Aid Budget.

Brine Oyster House announces new Grosse Pointe Park location’s opening date

The seafood eatery has announced that it will open its newest “tide to table” location in the former space of Janet’s Lunch diner in Grosse Pointe Park on Aug. 5, which happens to be National Oyster Day. The menu at this location will include “sea-cuterie” boards, oyster shooters, sandwiches, and more. Plus, a rotating selection of oysters.

Gov. Whitmer signs a series of energy bills

Senate Bills 302 and 303 will expand a clean energy program that “allows local governments to provide financing to help commercial and industrial properties improve their energy efficiency” to include agricultural property, while House Bills 4317 and 4318 helps to fund and promote solar energy by making qualified facilities exempt from property taxes. Read up on the other signed bills and what they aim to accomplish here.

Michigan budget expands tuition-free community college program

Thanks to an additional $70 million in the state’s fiscal year budget, the Michigan Reconnect program, which launched in 2021, is expanding its eligibility requirements to include residents 21 and older. This change will allow another 350,000 Michiganders to attend community college for free. Previously, the age requirements only included those 25 and up.

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