Detroit's Cultural Center to offer free and public outdoor WiFi in 2021 thanks to $500k grant

click to enlarge EQRoy / Shutterstock.comclick to enlarge Courtesy of CCPI and Midtown Inc.Finding WiFi in one popular Detroit hub will be a whole lot easier next year, thanks to a $500,000 digital initiative grant.The Knight Foundation awarded $500,000 to Detroit's Cultural Center Planning Initiative to install free, reliable, and public outdoor WiFi throughout the Midtown area, which includes museums (Detroit Institute of Arts, The Charles. H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum, and others) as well as the Wayne State University and College for Creative Studies campuses and the Detroit Public Library, WXYZ reports.“Not only will this grant support the installation of free, public Wi-Fi in the district, it will also support collaboration, risk-taking, and experimentation within Detroit’s Cultural Center for place-based, digital transformation,” Sue Mosey, Executive Director of Midtown Detroit, Inc. and CCPI leader, said in a release.“The COVID-19 crisis has created a moment of opportunity for digital transformation,” she continued, adding that the ultimate goal of Cultural Center's digital expansion is to create more welcoming spaces for the public to learn and grow, as well as to solidify the connection between cultural institutions.The grant will also fund pop-up video screens that sync up to respective programming from Detroit's cultural institutions, as well as rebranding the Cultural Center and offer workshops aimed at developing new digital experiences. Though the digital strategy will be unveiled in phases over the next 10-15 years, the installation of WiFi is expected to be completed next year.


Whitmer to reopen the construction sector as Michigan bends the coronavirus curve

click to enlarge Steve NeavingHomes under construction in Midtown. Gretchen Whitmer plans to lift restrictions on the construction industry, allowing employees to get back to work on May 7, the governors office confirmed Wednesday. "It shouldn't come as a surprise that the governor would open a lower-risk field, like she has said at previous press conferences," spokeswoman Tiffany Brown toldWhitmer plans to sign an executive order Friday to reengage the residential and commercial construction sector,(MIRS News) first reported.Dozens of construction projects were underway in metro Detroit before they were halted on March 24, when Whitmer issued her first-stay-at-home.On Monday, Whitmer extended the order through May 15 but said she planned to reopen the construction sectors in the next week or two because they are low risk. Whitmer said she will begin reopening the states economy based on sector, geography, and data on coronavirus cases and hospital capacity.On Friday, Whitmer lifted restrictions to allow some retailers to reopen for curbside pickup or delivery.Whitmer said shes not comfortable reopening the full economy until there are significant declines in new cases and deaths, a doubling or tripling of the states testing capacity, a sufficient number of personal protective equipment at hospitals, and adequate space for new patients in intensive care units (ICUs).The state is showing signs of controlling the virus: The number of COVID-19 hospital admissions in Michigan has declined 34.2% since peaking at 3,986 on April 12. During the same period, the number of patients on a ventilator dropped 41.3%, from 1,365 to 801.