Artist Spotlight: MaRia Popi

Where in the world is MaRia Popi? The answer lies on top of some of Detroit’s most famous skyscrapers. “I love shooting Detroit from the rooftop of buildings. I have been on the rooftop of every skyscraper in the city. That’s what drives my photography. I’m a sky chaser,” MaRia...
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Artist Spotlight: James Gates

We’ve all been there – when your phone battery dies because you’ve been using it to take photos. That happened to Detroit photographer James Gates so often, that he decided to finally put down his iPhone and pick up a DSLR camera. Washington, D.C. James traveled to Washington D.C. in...
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Artist Spotlight: Alanna St. Laurent

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a drone! If you happen to see a drone camera around downtown Detroit, there’s a good chance it belongs to local photographer Alanna St. Laurent. The Detroit artist is always trying out innovative and new ways to take photographs, and drone photography has recently...
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Artist Spotlight: Lou Peeples

When you think of Detroit, what comes to mind? Undoubtedly, it’s different for everyone – every person experiences the city differently. Do you have happy memories celebrating the Detroit Tigers win at Comerica Park? Biting into a Lafayette Coney Island Coney dog? Or perhaps you think of watching the Thanksgiving...
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Artist Spotlight: Christopher Hollis

When Christopher Hollis was gifted his first professional camera in 2009, he didn’t know how much it would impact his life for years to come. Eight years later, he now owns and operates his own photography business, VIII/VIII Photography, and is making a name for himself in the Detroit photography...
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Tenant Profile: Subway

It’s 11:50 a.m. and your next meeting is in 10 minutes. You missed breakfast, didn’t pack a lunch and need something to hold you over for that Noon conference call. What do you do? We sat down with the GMRENCEN Subway staff to learn more about its convenient ordering options...
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Drink up! It’s National Coffee Day

Looking for a caffeinated morning start or an afternoon pick-me-up? On National Coffee Day, and really any day inside the GMRENCEN, we have a plethora of grab and go shops that can satisfy any caffeine connoisseur. Whether you like something simpler like black coffee or are more adventurous and like...
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Detroit Artist Spotlight: Suzann Braun

“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” – Anonymous Detroit fan and photographer Suzann Braun strives to capture the balance between beautiful skyscraper views and the nitty-gritty underbelly of Detroit in her work. The GMRENCEN regularly features Braun’s work on social media, and she recently...
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Migrating Birds Seek Safe Passage Through Metro Detroit Area

By: Detroit Audubon, fostering the appreciation and conservation of birds and the environment we share since 1939. When you think of robins returning for spring it probably doesn’t cross your mind to cut unnecessary outdoor lighting and dim or redirect essential lighting, does it? While many songbirds only stop briefly...
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The Detroit River – Flowing through Michigan History since the 1700’s

As one of the busiest waterways in the world, the Detroit River serves as a symbol for positive international relations and hope to Detroit. Beyond its historical impact between the United States and Canada, the resurgence of this historic river is timed perfectly with the city’s comeback. The integration of...
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The Emergence of West Riverfront Park

As the City of Detroit enters an era of thriving economic developments, booming real estate and a determination to create a future of success – a new project has emerged. Changing Landscapes In April 2018, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy announced, at a press conference in the GM Wintergarden, a new...
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The Spirit of Detroit and the Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain Celebrate Anniversaries this Summer

When you think of downtown Detroit, a few items immediately flash to mind – Joe Louis’ fist on Jefferson Avenue, Campus Martius, the GMRENCEN, Cobo Center and, especially, Hart Plaza and The Spirit of Detroit. Fittingly, the Spirit of Detroit and the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain, the...
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