Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Pistons’ return lauded as a slam dunk for downtown" from Detroit News

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Pistons’ return lauded as a slam dunk for downtown" from Detroit News

The multi-layered deal unveiled Tuesday to move the Pistons back to Detroit combines millions in public and private investment to add even more punch to downtown’s thriving sports and entertainment scene.

Starting next season, the Pistons’ home court will be in the city after 39 years of playing in the suburbs, part of a deal the owners estimate could have a $596 million economic impact in southeast Michigan. The deal includes a request for up to $34.5 million in taxpayer-backed bonds to pay for arena upgrades.

The Pistons will play in Little Caesars Arena, the still-under-construction multimillion-dollar venue that also will be the home ice of the Detroit Red Wings. In 2018, the Pistons will move its corporate offices to the city and build a separate “community center/practice facility” that could cost another $32 million to $55 million at a yet-to-be-announced location; the Pistons would back the bonds on that expenditure.

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Link:
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/11/22/pistons-move-detroit/94282486/

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "St. Louis County wants out of partnership with Museum of Transportation" from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "St. Louis County wants out of partnership with Museum of Transportation" from St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

"CLAYTON • The Museum of Transportation, a pre-eminent national depository of vintage locomotives and rolling rail stock, is poised to return to private hands after 37 years as part of the St. Louis County Parks system.

Pending approval by the St. Louis County Council, control of the Kirkwood transit collection could revert to its governing body, the Transport Museum Association, by the first of the year.

“The fact the museum will remain open as it is today will be a win for the county, a win for users of the transportation museum and it will return the property to the people who conceptually put this in operation in the first place,” said County Parks Director Gary Bess.

Republican Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger announced Tuesday that the council would hold a public hearing before placing the matter on the agenda for a final vote.

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Link:
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-county-wants-out-of-partnership-with-museum-of/article_3ea5ae10-a14c-513f-a840-a5d4ff5caa7a.html

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Tasty Tosa: Milwaukee suburb stocked with worthy European cuisine" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Tasty Tosa: Milwaukee suburb stocked with worthy European cuisine" from the Chicago Tribune

Milwaukee has no shortage of great places to eat. The same can be said of its lesser-known western suburb of Wauwatosa, where you can find tasty German, Benelux, Italian and French fare at a quartet of restaurants less than a block from one another.

You'll have time to linger over your pasta, plate of macarons or pot of steamed mussels if you're headed to Miller Park or the famed Milwaukee County Zoo: Both are less than 10 minutes from your table. Downtown Sudsville and its Milwaukee Art Museum — currently hosting a new German cinema exhibit — are a mere 8 miles away from the heart of "Tosa," as it's called.

Downtown Tosa is about a century removed from strip malls and food courts. This area, known as the Village, began in the mid-1800s, when westbound roads and rails from Milwaukee had to cross the narrow Menomonee River valley. Wauwatosa flourished as a well-heeled residential community, and it remains an affluent suburb.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-where-to-eat-in-wauwatosa-milwaukee-travel-1106-20161020-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Signs of the Ice Age in Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Signs of the Ice Age in Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine" from the Chicago Tribune

The directions I found online for following the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive in eastern Wisconsin seemed daunting. Go south two-tenths of a mile, then north 1.7 miles, then east 1.3 miles — on and on, with dozens of turns, for 115 miles. Adding to my trip-planning anxiety were road names like County ZZ and parenthetical instructions like "Past Old Plank Road Trail."

How would I figure this out while driving around a place I'd never been? I not only can't read maps, I can't even follow verbal instructions from my GPS without getting lost. I called the Kettle Moraine State Forest headquarters and asked, "Isn't there an app for this route?"

"Just stop at every intersection to look for the signs," a ranger told me. "You'll be fine."

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-signs-of-the-ice-age-in-wisconsin-s-kettle-moraine-20161019-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Quirky places to stay, from treehouses to caves" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Quirky places to stay, from treehouses to caves" from the Chicago Tribune

Note: See the Wildlife Prairie Park section toward the end of the article.

When family and friends in Portland, Ore., found out where we were staying during a recent visit, they just had to come and take a look.

It's not as if we had splurged on the presidential suite at the city's best hotel. In fact, our accommodations were no bigger than a typical bedroom in your average American home.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-odd-places-to-stay-hotels-travel-1101-20161019-story.html

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "How to eat your way around St. Louis" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "How to eat your way around St. Louis" from the Chicago Tribune

Some cities reveal their charm effortlessly. Walk out of a hotel room in London or New York, and you can easily stroll into a compelling neighborhood, its curated boutiques and trendy cafes smacking of local verve.

Other cities are less self-evident. They make you work for it. If you favor a bit of a challenge — say, discovering a metropolis by way of foodie scavenger hunt — then a few days in St. Louis are in order.

You'll need a car (St. Louis is not a pedestrian city, and public transportation is spotty), a game plan and an appetite in order to hopscotch your way through town. The sleuthing process just adds to the fun of unearthing the city's famed high/low foodstuffs.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-where-to-eat-st-louis-travel-1030-20161014-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Upgrade a campus visit to Ann Arbor, Madison with Graduate Hotels" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Upgrade a campus visit to Ann Arbor, Madison with Graduate Hotels" from the Chicago Tribune

'Who's got it better than us?!" yells one football-loving reveler.

"Nobody!" chants the University of Michigan crowd marching to The Big House, the largest sports stadium in the country.

These days, Michigan fans have plenty to cheer about. Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh, a football star from his University of Michigan days, is enjoying much success in his second year as Wolverines head coach. He's so beloved by Michigan fans, many are calling Ann Arbor "Ann Arbaugh."

Football season is an exciting time to visit college towns, which have a charm all their own. They now have their own hotel brand too.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-graduate-hotels-college-travel-1030-20161013-story.html