April 2023 Newsletter
Did You Know?
Midtown Movers
As we all know, Midtown has gone through a lot of changes in the past five years. To better understand this change, Midtown Detroit, Inc. worked with Placer.ai to take a deep dive into Midtown’s 48201 zip code migration trends.

Midtown’s population sees a large turnover each year due to the neighborhood’s student base. From 2018 to 2022, over 5,000 people moved in and out of the neighborhood. Yet even with all this movement, Midtown’s population has remained stable, with a net loss of only 38 people. Roughly a quarter of moves in and out of Midtown are out-of-state movers.

While the top origins and destinations varied year over year, the map above shows the top zip codes Midtown gained from and lost to. The top out-migration destinations are other college towns, lower-cost neighborhoods and cities, and the Grosse Pointes. New Center, part of Midtown's district, represented the number one destination for people leaving Midtown. Top in-migration origins are outer-ring suburbs and other Detroit neighborhoods. University District represented the number one origin for people coming to Midtown.

For more detail, including zip code by zip code migration numbers, view Midtown Detroit, Inc.’s Midtown Migration Report here.
Neighborhood Recap
When Van Gogh Came to Midtown
This winter’s Van Gogh in America exhibition from the DIA brought more than works of art, it brought visitors from near and far to the DIA who took the time to shop, eat, and drink in Midtown on the way.

With over 200,000 tickets sold, the Van Gogh in America exhibition certainly led to an increase in visitors to Midtown. Over 1.1 million visitors came to the Midtown area impacted by the exhibit during Van Gogh in America’s run, a 20% increase over the same period the year prior. January, the last month of the exhibit, was one of the busiest. 396,000 visitors came to Midtown, an impressive 43% increase over January 2022 which saw only 276,000 visitors.
Let's Marche du Nain Rouge Again
Midtown Detroit, Inc. is once again pleased to be the lead sponsor of the Marche du Nain Rouge which took place on March 26 this year. With beautiful weather, new offerings, high enthusiasm, and new organizations participating, it’s no surprise this year’s march was a booming success.

According to Placer.ai, nearly 6,500 visitors attended the march, up nearly 40% from last year’s already highly anticipated post-pandemic return. The march’s diverse audience came from all over the metro area. Most visitors were Detroit residents. New Center, North End, University District, Bagley, and Midtown are the top Detroit neighborhoods marchers hailed from. Of the march’s suburban visitors, many came from Ferndale, Southfield, Waterford, Oak Park, and Redford.
Rental Data
Wondering how Midtown and New Center’s rental market is performing? Check out MDI’s annual Rental Market Report where you can see the district’s occupancy rates, rents, and comparisons to years past.

Of the 100+ rental properties surveyed, the average rent per square foot for a studio, 1-bed, and 2-bed apartment was $2.47, $2.19, $2.03 respectively. However, for new or fully renovated product, units are achieving a range of $2.47 (2-beds) to $3.18 (studios) per square foot. With an occupancy rate of 94.06%, Midtown is slightly outperforming the national rental market which sits at 93.8% occupancy. Since the beginning of 2022, rents have increased from 2.0% to 5.5% depending on the unit type, with the highest increase seen in 1-bed apartments.

For more detail, view Midtown Detroit, Inc.’s Rental Market Report here.
What's New in Midtown
MAD NICE Midtown’s newest restaurant is finally here! Discover an unexpected, modern Italian menu, surrounded by coastal chic decor and mid-century design with smooth, sophisticated service in Midtown Detroit. Mad Nice has opened to stellar reviews. Available for lunch Wednesday through Saturday and dinner every night.

To learn more about Mad Nice, click here.
The newest café for Detroit coffee lovers is here. Come visit Red Hook’s newest location here in Midtown for some of the best coffee around! Open every day.

To keep up with the Red Hook, click here.
Selden Standard's Executive Chef, Andy Halladay, is once again a James Beard Best Chef: Great Lakes semifinalist. Now, Selden Standard is ready to serve Midtown even more. The restaurant is once again open on Mondays, providing service Wednesday through Monday from 5:00p to 10:00p.

To learn more about Selden Standard, click here.
At long last Wayne State University’s newest theater has opened. Cabaret opened last weekend as the first performance in the new Hilbery Gateway. The new 550-seat theater will be the home of the Department of Dance and Theater’s performances going forward.

To view the shows of the 2022-2023 season, click here.

Michigan Women Forward (MWF), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Huntington Bank, and the Ballmer Group have launched a new $10 million microbusiness loan program for women and entrepreneurs of color. The program, known as the Michigan Economic Opportunity Fund, will provide loans of up to $50,000 to businesses and individuals who do not qualify for traditional bank loans. Through this program, MEDC, MWF, and its funders hope to provide opportunities for those who have historically been denied access to capital.

The Michigan Economic Opportunity Fund will be able to help an estimated 400 entrepreneurs at various stages of the business process. The fund will be managed by MWF.

To apply, visit www.miwf.org.

To read the MEDC announcement, click here.

Round two of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) Missing Middle Housing Program (MMHP) has begun. MMHP aims to help developers create and maintain properties targeted towards “Missing Middle” households (households earning 60% to 80% of the area median income).

$80 million are available in funds for MMHP, nearly $12 million of which are guaranteed to be given to developments in Detroit and Wayne County. Applications are open until September 30, 2024, but are reviewed on a first come first serve basis, so applying sooner is better.

To learn more about MMHP, click here.

To apply to MMHP, click here. 

Green Life Science and the Gilbert Family Foundation have launched their new program, Our Backyard Detroit—an environmental stewardship program. Our Backyard Detroit aims to bridge the gap between community spaces, residents, and city departments to create green spaces that work for everyone. The program will match local residents to eight city spaces. These Champions will help elevate these spaces through cleanups and beautification projects, and encourage the connection of residents to their local green spaces.

Green Living Science is accepting applications for Champions until April 16 at 11:59p. To nominate a champion, click here. Nominees should reside near the park they choose to serve and agree to program requirements.

To learn more about Our Backyard Detroit, click here.

Applications are open for Builder + Backers Idea Accelerator program—a rapid-pace, 90-day, virtual program to get ideas off the sidelines and into action. The Idea Accelerator helps put ideas into action in a no-cost, no-risk way. Builders learn and then apply world-class entrepreneurial methods to run short, high-impact tests of their ideas. No entity, business plan or traction required to apply. 

To learn more about the Idea Accelerator, click here.

To apply to the Idea Accelerator, click here.
Upcoming Events
Free Your Mind
April 14 - September 3, 2023
We are excited to announce a new partnership between MOCAD, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, and the Michigan Justice Fund, as we prepare to showcase a thought-provoking exhibition entitled Free Your Mind: Art and Incarceration in Michigan. This exhibition aims to deepen our understanding of the ways in which incarcerated individuals' growth is inextricably linked to the well-being of our broader society.

Free Your Mind: Art and Incarceration in Michigan is on view: April 14–September 3, 2023.

To learn more, click here.
Science After Dark
April 15, 2023
The Michigan Science Center’s “After Dark” events finally return on April 15 with a World Space Party theme. The event includes adults only access to the museum, food, drinks, science demonstrations, and a Laser Lizzo light show. The evening will feature two talks from Mi-Sci’s Staff Astronomer and NASA/JPL Volunteer Solar System Ambassador, Paulette Epstein and professor and science communicator Michael McConville.

After Dark: World Space Party will run from 6:00p to 11:00p, April 15. Tickets are $55 for members and $48 for non-members. Guests must be 21+ with a valid ID to enter.

To learn more, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here. 
Cocktail Night at the Museum
April 21, 2023
Experience the past, present and future of the cocktail industry that has flourished through the last century and explore its long (and complicated) history with the city at the Detroit Historical Museum. The event is hosted by Pure Spirits Tasting, an immersive cocktail tasting experience, and features dozens of the industry’s suppliers showcasing samples of the finest brands neat, on the rocks or mixed as an innovative or classic cocktail.

Cocktail Night at the Museum will run from 7:30p to 10:00p, April 21. Tickets start at $50 with VIP upgrades available. Guests must be 21+.

To learn more, click here. 

To purchase tickets, click here. 
Gin Botanicals
April 16, 2023
Calling all gin lovers. Join Castalia at Sfumato for a day all about gin. Learn about the history and future of the drink, the botanicals that define it, and the cocktails that let it shine. Of course, there will be a number of gin-based cocktails to try throughout the night along with tastings of deconstructed gin and the ability to create a ‘choose your own adventure’ gin and tonic.

Gin Botanicals with special guest Courtney Booms will run from 5:00p to 6:30p, April 16. Tickets are $75. Guests must be 21+. Limited seating available.

To learn more, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here. 
Back on Willis Street
April 21, 2023
The Simone DeSousa Gallery is presenting an upcoming solo gallery featuring work by Brenda Goodman: Back on Willis Street.

The opening reception with the artist will take place on April 21 from 5:00p to 7:00p at the gallery’s North Cass location. The exhibit will run from April 21 to June 10.

To learn more about the exhibition, click here.
Whiskey Blending Class
April 23, 2023
Calling all whiskey lovers. Join Castalia at Sfumato for a deeper look into one of America's favorite liquors. Learn how whiskey is made, the source of its flavor, and how blenders produce a smooth and balanced final product. Special guest Lance Havelka of Drexel Spirits will guide guests through a tasting of samples not available on the market, and each guest will blend their own 4oz bottle of whiskey.

Whiskey Blending Class with special guest Lance Havelka of Drexel Spirits will run from 5:00p to 6:30p, April 23. Tickets are $95. Guests must be 21+. Limited seating available.

To learn more, click here. 

To purchase tickets, click here. 
Where Should We Begin
April 23, 2023
Looking for an evening of storytelling? Join Detroit Yoga Lab for an evening of sharing, listening, risk, laughter, and discovery with non-alcoholic craft cocktails from Castalia at Sfumato. Conversations will be shared in small groups prompted by story cards.

Where Should We Begin: An Evening of Storytelling with Detroit Yoga Lab and Castalia will run from 6:00p to 8:00p, April 23. Tickets are $30.

To learn more, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here. 
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