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GreeningofDetroit DS

Take a step in the shade this summer. Read a book under a weeping willow or take a nap under a maple tree. Finding the perfect tree can be a challenge, but this summer we are helping you beat the heat by learning how the Greening of Detroit is beautifying and cleaning up the city.

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RockinontheRiverfront DS

Any way you spend it, a day on the Detroit Riverfront is regularly rated one of the city's top summer attractions. You can stroll through a conservancy for some serenity among the city bustle, set aside your vanity to don a helmet and join a Segway tour or grab lunch while you take in the view.

If you haven't checked out the riverfront lately, you should. There's plenty of fun to make a day of it, and — bonus — most of it doesn't cost a dime. That includes the free summer concerts on the shores of the Detroit River Friday nights from July 11-Aug. 15, when the GM Renaissance Center and 94.7 WCSX-FM host its ninth annual Chevrolet Rockin' on the Riverfront.

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Detroit Birthday

Founded more than three centuries ago, Detroit has a rich and storied past highlighted by culture, cars, music and sports. Detroiters in the know understand the special significance of the city’s upcoming 313th birthday on July 24, 2014. If you saw the movie 8 Mile starring Detroit’s own Eminem, you might have picked up on the fact that “313” is one of several affectionate nicknames for the region, as it is the area code for most Detroit phone numbers. We’ve compiled a list of 13 ideas for celebrating the 313’s 313th like a true Detroiter:

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AnnaScrippsConservatory DS

In the city of Detroit, many of the most famous places and spaces have ties to the individuals who helped to shape them.

But how often do we walk, bike or drive by a place in The D without stopping to think about why we call it what we do? Probably more often than we’d like to admit.

Here’s a look behind the names of four favorite Detroit institutions:

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OutdoorDining Portofino DS

There’s just something about a warm breeze that makes a good meal and an icy drink all the better, whether you’re enjoying it under the summer sun or the summer’s stars. No matter what you’re in the mood for — a come-as-you-are patio, a trendy beer garden or even an upscale courtyard — Detroit’s got you covered (or uncovered, in the case of some of these). Here are some of our favorite places for outdoor dining:

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