Weekend Hot Links: Regional arts tax edition

Week of July 29-Aug. 4: New businesses flowering in Detroit’s Midtown; one take on the regional DIA tax; boardwalks and other amenities in Manistique; and selling lemonade to help a city.

What does next week’s proposal for a tri-county millage supporting the Detroit Institute of Arts have to do with the region’s economy? It means a lot to the owner of a digital design studio that moved downtown last fall from the suburbs, whose owner says the museum helps keep creative talent from leaking to Chicago and New York and continuing to build Detroit’s creative class. (MLive)

An expanding boardwalk trail, a new farmers market, a can-do attitude and other projects are reinforcing the central U.P. town of Manistique’s focus on improving physical and economic health. Can you say, Kitch-iti-kipi? (Second Wave)

The 9 year-old Detroit boy who opened a lemonade stand to raise money for his ailing city surpassed his goal of $1,000 on his third day of operating. Then he doubled his goal. (Freep)

Nine new businesses have opened in Detroit’s Midtown area in the past year, adding diversity — and pulsating blood — to an up and coming neighborhood. (Model D)

And Brightmoor, a hard-hit neighborhood, gets some love from Detroit business incubator TechTown. (Fox 2)

Photo by InspiredInDesMoines

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