In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (Sept. 26-30)

Detroit Public Theatre has debuted its new headquarters, a new underground cocktail bar to open in Detroit, and demolition began on the Packard Plant.
Detroit Public Theatre launched its latest season this month at its own headquarters. // Rendering courtesy of Detroit Public Theatre

Detroit Public Theatre starts a new season in a new home

The theater company launched its eighth season inside its new headquarters at the historic Third Avenue Garage in the city’s Cass Corridor. Courtney Burkett, one of three producing artistic directors and co-founders of Detroit Public Theatre, shares what to expect this fall. 

Ann Arbor ranked No. 1 best place to live for families in the U.S.

The city took the top spot on Fortune’s inaugural list, released Wednesday. The publication reviewed around 2,000 locations with between 25,000 and 750,000 residents, looking at categories like education, aging resources, general wellness, and financial health.

A new bill aims to ban cell phones in Michigan schools

Sponsored by Republican Rep. Gary Eisen, the bill is currently in the state legislature. Both parents and teachers have mixed reviews about the proposal. 

An underground cocktail bar opens this week in Detroit

The Upright, located beneath Oak & Reel, will open its doors today, Sept. 30. The bar will serve craft cocktails and small plates.  

A partial demolition began on Detroit’s Packard Plant

The city began emergency demolition on the complex on Thursday. Located next to an operating event management company, city officials have said the blighted structure creates an imminent danger to that building and residents in the neighborhood.

Eight Metro Detroit pumpkin patches to find your perfect gourd

Whether you need to pick a gourd for the seeds, a pie or to carve your Halloween jack o’lantern, these local pumpkin patches and farms have you covered with fresh pumpkins, squash, and more.

Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week returns today

After a two-year hiatus, the event is back Sept. 30 through Oct. 9. Diners can expect cuisine from 21 restaurants, a food truck rally, and even free health screenings from the Wayne Health Mobile Unit.

Belle Isle Nature Center has reopened for the first time since March 2020

The center reopened to the public Wednesday. Additions to the center include an expansive play area for kids and better habitats for its turtles, bullfrogs, snakes, and reptiles. And the renovated lobby will feature reclaimed materials from the original Belle Isle Zoo, which closed in 2002. 

Second phase of construction began on the Joe Louis Greenway

The Grand River to Fullerton portion of the greenway, which will cost $11 million to build, will stretch nearly 2 miles and have a half-acre of greenspace. The city of Detroit has organized an event on Oct. 29 to celebrate the opening of the greenway’s first completed leg. 

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