Category: Pure Midwest

TIL about Detroit: The famous Detroit hot dog war

From EATER: The Cult of the Detroit Coney Dog, Explained “Arguably the biggest food rivalry of the Great Lakes region is focused on one brief stretch of street in downtown Detroit, and it involves a beloved foodstuff called the coney dog. What is a coney dog? The coney dog is a variation on the classic … Continued

TIL about Detroit: Sorry Journey fans, There is No “South Detroit”

While Detroiters love to sing along to the infamous kareokee classic and sports hurrah “Don’t Stop Believin’,” they’re also aware the geographical origins of the song’s “city boy” are made up. Downtown Detroit sits along the Detroit River, and crossing it puts you squarely in Canada. So, there is no such thing as being “… … Continued

TIL About Detroit… Detroit can see Canada from its house!

Americans refer to Canada affectionately as America’s hat, but for Detroit, we’re looking south on our northern neighbor. Detroit is the only state in the contiguous 48 that can look southward into Canada. From Detroit, there are two ways to enter Canada: The Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which both link Windsor, Ontario and … Continued

TIL About Detroit… Detroit is the Birthplace of Motown

For music fanatics and history buffs this might seem like a no-brainier, but we want to make sure ELGL’ers from around the country headed to Detroit this May know about the Motown Sound. Motown originated in 1959 by Berry Gordy (starting with only an $800 loan from a family savings fund) when he envisioned a … Continued

#TIL About Detroit: Belle Isle is Bigger than Central Park

Belle Isle is a recreational island park located in the Detroit River between Detroit and Canada — and, it’s the country’s largest city island park. At approximately 982 acres, Belle Isle is larger than New York City’s Central Park. (Fun fact: both Central Park and Belle Isle were designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law … Continued

So Fresh, So Clean…Social COOP Invigorates Social Media in Sterling Heights

Bridget Doyle, director of community relations for the city of Sterling Heights, Mich., and former communications coordinator for the village of Lombard, Ill., is a member of ELGL leadership team. By Bridget Doyle — LinkedIn and Twitter Since this summer, the City of Sterling Heights, Michigan has been working with a social media management and … Continued

Michigan ELGL: Evening Buzz Success!

There is no doubt: the ELGL buzz is spreading in Michigan. Last night, a group of excited local gov professionals gathered in Royal Oak to talk everything from the next generation of public service leaders to technology upgrades for local governments to Taylor Swift’s new (tall) boyfriend Calvin Harris. Between appetizer noshing, the most common question … Continued

05.01.14 Pure Midwest with John McCarter

Midwest ELGL presents… the Local Government “Evening Buzz” Hello everyone! After taking a few weeks off to wrap up my final Semester at Oakland University I’m back for my final installment of Pure Midwest. As much as it saddens me to be leaving the place I’ve called home for my entire life I’m so excited … Continued

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