Michigan’s Most Instagrammed Locations

While Michigan features a plethora of jaw dropping natural wonders and popular landmarks, almost none of them even made a blip in the Instagram sharing sphere when compared to some rather ordinary locations.

Michigan’s most shared location was Michigan State University, which makes sense when you think about it. MSU has 47,000 students and all of them are around the peak age of the aps’ user base.

Following that, such wonderful sites as the Detroit Metro Airport and University of Michigan made it into the top 3.

While there certainly are some more scenic locations getting shots taken of them, there certainly is more room to strap into a performance sweatshirt and grab your Nikon to show Instagram what Michigan is really about.

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Instagram, a mobile photo-sharing social media app, has about 500 million active users, sharing images of everything from iconic United States landmarks to morning bowls of soggy oatmeal.

With that in mind, USA TODAY writer Natalie DiBlasio sought to capture the Top 5 most Instagrammed places in each of the 50 states by looking at the highest number of geo-tagged locations.

While Michigan has many notable landmarks such as the Mackinac Bridge, Tahquamenon Falls, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and the Renaissance Center, none of those places made the Top 5. Continue Reading

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New ‘Agrihood’ Coming to Detroit Thanks to Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

Since Michigan has been getting a ton of national media attention these days, it can be easy to forget that there are local events and new developments happening around the state all the time.

One of the better stories of late comes thanks to the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative and a new development they’re going to build out of a vacant apartment building (that they won at an auction for just a little over $5000). The property will hold a cafe and a community resource center when completed, which is estimated to be in May.

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The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is expanding its presence in Detroit’s North End area with a new partnership to help transform a vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe as part of was is being touted as the country’s first urban “agrihood.”

The nonprofit on Wednesday announced the support of BASF SE and Sustainable Brands, a global community of business innovators, which will help renovate the 3,200-square-foot three-story apartment building at 7432 Brush St. and across from MUFI’s 2-acre urban garden. It will house commercial kitchens that will service the planned cafe and allow for future production and packaging of goods for the organization. Other new amenities being developed include a children’s learning sensory garden. Continue Reading

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University of Michigan’s Giving Blueday 2016 a Huge Success

First started in 2014 to help fund student activities and financial aid programs that the University of Michigan offers, Giving Blueday has seen massive increases each year over its short run so far. In 2014, they earned $3 million and in 2015, $4 million.

This year, though, they amassed a huge $5.5 million to help students and organizations live a better life on campus. Here’s hoping their growth trends continue into 2017 and beyond.

If this warms your heart for (and grows your love of) Michigan like it does us, show off that pride with this cute Michigan Hearts V-Neck.

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The University of Michigan’s Giving Blueday, a 24-hour fundraising event for student organizations, raised over $5.5 million Tuesday from about 7,000 donors. This is the largest amount the program has raised to date, surpassing last year’s donations by nearly $1.5 million.

Giving Blueday stems from the international campaign Giving Tuesday, wherein people across the globe are encouraged to donate to different charities the week after Thanksgiving. The event is meant to kick off the holiday season — a season that is marked by heightened consumer activity and purchases.

At the University, donors can give either to the University or to a specific school or student organization. Continue Reading

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Detroit Renaissance Center Recreated in Minecraft

Like most other landmarks around the world, someone has painstakingly taken the time to build the Detroit Renaissance Center in the planet’s-most-popular-game Minecraft.

For those who don’t know, this kind of structure would take a ridiculous amount of time to build as the player can only place one block at a time, plus even in creative mode (where they have access to everything the game has to offer by just pulling up a menu), the materials are rather limited to work with.

The fact that YouTuber TheDeathShadow666 was able to create such an excellent likeness of the actual buildings is astonishing. View the video below then head to Detroit (making sure to bundle in a Michigan D Color Block hoodie, of course – it’s cold out there) and check out the Detroit Renaissance Center yourself to see just how accurate this recreation is.

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Turkey Trotting Around Michigan

As we near the last month of the year, we swiftly approach two of the most anticipated holidays for most Americans. While time well spent with the family around the dining table this Thanksgiving, it’s often a little easy to put down a few hundred too many calories, which is kind of the entire tradition of the whole holiday at this point anyway. A few people will be trying to watch what they eat and spend Thanksgiving guilt free, but that’s hardly festive, which is why there are other ways to eat to your heart’s content while not being entirely overwhelmed with guilt.

The most festive and appropriate way to live your Thanksgiving at least a little guilt free are the annual Turkey Trots which happen in the days before and after Thanksgiving, most of them on the weekend after. Not only is a good 5k good for working off all that extra stuffing that you stuffed down, but many of these Turkey trots put proceeds to charities making them a win-win.

A couple really good sources for finding local Turkey Trots and other marathons are Running in the USA and Run Michigan. Both of these websites will help you find every race near you on your days off so you can get out there and plan out what races best suit you, they also have almost every single Turkey Trot in Michigan registered.

If you can make it to any Turkey Trots, then our top suggestions are the Toys for Tots Turkey Trot in Gaylord Michigan running this upcoming Wednesday and Thursday with a variety of different race distances with an adult ticket costing a meager $30. Another big Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is the Ann Arbor Turkey Trot which starts at 8:15 in the morning giving you plenty of time to work up an appetite on either the 1k or 5k before running off to your big dinner. A final big Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is the Traverse City Turkey Trot running either 5k or 5 miles with proceeds going to the Humane Society, TCAPS and and TART Trails.

For anyone who previously participated in the Petoskey Turkey Trot 5k, it is unfortunately discontinued as of this year.

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But that’s no reason not to strap on your Running Hoodie and find the next nearest Turkey Trot with the above resources.

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Michigan Pie Chain Sports 60 Different Pies And Serves Slices Out Across States

As 2016 approaches its final two months, there is a certain food that is standing out in its annual spotlight and that food is pie.

The Grand Traverse Pie Company is a little gem of the great lakes state that is fanatically focused on quality pies to serve out to all the hoodie wearing Michiganders all year round, but this time of year they really crank them out to keep up with demand that literally comes in from around the country.

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The scene: Fall is in the air, Thanksgiving is just three weeks away, and Christmas is not far behind: that means pie is taking center stage on many festive menus.

Lots of restaurants and bakeries specialize in pie, but nobody takes it as far as the Grand Traverse Pie Company, a popular Midwestern chain built on 60 varieties of the stuff, with 15 locations across Michigan, as well as one in Terre Haute, Ind., west of Indianapolis.

With pies and other foods displayed behind glass cases, counter service, self-serve coffee, and seating in booths and at easily cleaned tables, Grand Traverse Pie Co. has the same slightly upscaled fast food atmosphere you’d find at bigger café-style chains like Panera, Au Bon Pain and Corner Bakery. But unlike those, it is family owned and through both its menu, quality and many other subtle touches, really maintains a distinctive sense of feel, serving Michigan-centric food that goes way beyond just pie. Continue Reading

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Michigan Now Allowing Self Driving Cars On The Roads

The state of Michigan just passed legislation that will allow fully automatic vehicles on the roads of the street, that’s probably the coolest news we’ve heard this entire election cycle.

What this means is that Michigan’s already existing car manufacturing plants will have the opportunity to employ their concepts for fully automated cars to a market where they are legal, and not save the sweet future cars for 3d renderings and rare exceptions.

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Any aspiring engineers should slip on a Detroit snapback and get to Michigan where this technology is booming.

More cars without human drivers could soon be on the road, pending the governor’s signature.

Self-driving cars are in Michigan’s future now that the state house of representatives has approved autonomous vehicle legislation.

Brandt Iden is on the House Communications and Technology Committee.

He says the safety of these vehicles provides opportunity for auto makers.

“As more companies realize the safety of these vehicles and having them on the road,” Iden says, “they’re obviously going to up production.”

Iden has been one of the key proponents of autonomous vehicle technology in Michigan. Continue Reading

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