John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 7:10 AM EDT Sep 15, 2018 Our fractious debate over tax incentives for development might reach a consensus quicker if not for a gaping void in our knowledge — whether incentives actually work. Tax incentives get derided as big bucks for billionaires, even as proponents say they're crucial to the revival of a city like Detroit. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.. So over the years, I've listened to economists and academic researchers who have studied tax incentives like the kind Ford will get to revamp the Michigan Central Station. And these academics more or less unanimously say "no," that incentives like those coming Ford's way aren't needed because almost all projects getting incentives would happen anyway without them. Economists call this the "but-for" question: Would the project never happen but for the tax breaks? As I've written before, Timothy Bartik, an economist with the Upjohn … [Read more...] about Do tax incentives for billionaires really work for Detroit?
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Mark Kurlyandchik and Robert Allen Detroit Free Press Published 12:00 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 Though you can hardly see outside, a barstool at Gusoline Alley has offered one of the best views of the evolving character of Royal Oak over the years — and the broader changes rippling up and down the Woodward corridor in Oakland County. After Michigan banned smoking in bars and restaurants in 2010, the tobacco haze that hung low and thick above the shabby booths of the offbeat neighborhood bar gave way to a creeping stench that permeated every surface. “You walked in here and walked out and within a minute you smelled like something,” recalls longtime bartender Patrick Tierney. “There was no sneaking into Gus’.” Tierney has tended the veneer-topped bar since 1993, when many of his customers were left-of-the-dial musicians, artists and grizzled bikers stopping by for a shot and a beer and a chance to spin Goober & the Peas on the coveted … [Read more...] about How nightlife has changed in Oakland County’s hottest downtowns
By Rene Wisely Free Press Special Writer Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jul 9, 2018 Berkley One-of-a-kind collectibles, including game-worn jerseys and equipment, original artwork, T-shirts, all with a local sport bent, will be displayed in the 1,300-square-foot space. It’s designed to mimic a New York art gallery, said owner Matt Sellers. Sellers, a die-hard Detroit Tigers and University of Michigan fan, believes customers will like that each piece is unique, whereas mall-based sports memorabilia stores tend to focus on pieces that are manufactured for wide distribution, he said. “There will be something for everyone here,” he said. Birmingham A Switzerland shoe designer is making its Michigan debut in Birmingham. Kybun Joya Shoes will soon take over the former Beauty by Rx spot at 286 W. Maple Road, said Ingrid Tighe, executive director of the Birmingham Shopping District. The men’s and women’s footwear has earned a loyal … [Read more...] about Kybun Joya Shoes, sports collectibles, sushi, whiskey fill downtowns
1 of 50 Alabama The Road: Talladega Scenic DriveThe Scene: Start your deep-breathing, if you have a fear of heights on this 26-mile byway; it climbs 2,407 feet above sea level up Cheaha Mountain—Alabama's highest point. The reward: an insane view of the Appalachian Mountains from a giant's point of view. In those high elevations, you may cross paths with white-tailed deer, opossums, and quail.The Discovery: The Pinhoti National Recreation Trail is a birders paradise. In spring or fall, arrive early-morning to glimpse rarely-seen migrant birds. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2 of 50 Alaska The Road: Seward HighwayThe Scene: Think of this epic 127-mile drive from Anchorage to Seward as a highlight reel of what makes the Last Frontier famous: widescreen views of pristine lakes and rivers, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and a regular Where's Waldo of animal sightings (moose, bears, Dall sheep, eagles). In the summer, you can score up 23 hours of daylight and … [Read more...] about The Most Scenic Roads
The new Honda Jazz Sport Hybrid is currently the title bearer of Malaysia’s cheapest hybrid vehicle. Priced at RM84,880 on-the-road without insurance, Honda Malaysia (HM) opened the floodgates to a whole new pool of individuals who are eager to embrace electrified motoring. However, while excitement brewed, the company remains cautiously optimistic with a monthly sales target of 150 units (250 units for the City Hybrid), and that’s for the whole of Malaysia, mind you. Hotshot critics with business insights will have you believe that it’s a pessimistic target, but it’s in many ways a calculated measure of acquainting hybrid technology to those who are genuinely interested. Plus, it could well lay the foundations for future hybrid models to come – not too dissimilar a strategy from the Civic turbo’s introduction prior to the CR-V – considering the increasing variety of electrified vehicles within the automaker’s portfolio. Just a few months … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Honda Jazz Sport Hybrid