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Most talk about Detroit in national publications lately has been following the ins and outs of the bankruptcy trial. While the trial is important, we thought we’d throw up a few hits related to Detroit’s culture.

The New York Times has been documenting Detroit’s food renaissance for the past year or more. It continues with “In Detroit, Revitalizing Taste by Taste,” where reviewer Jennifer Conlin calls the city a “culinary oasis” and a place “where the business models seem to be as much about community as commerce.”

The piece features La Feria, Wright & Company, Detroit Vegan Soul, and Rose’s Fine Food, with shout-outs to Craft Work and Grille Midtown.

foodWhat do you think? Is the New York Times accurately capturing Detroit’s new food scene, or is it missing some hidden gems along the way?

And NPR did a great piece on the Detroit Mass Mob effort. There are tons of beautiful, historic churches around Detroit that used to be filled with workers and their families from the city. Now most of them struggle to keep their doors open.

Detroit Mass Mob works to help these churches stay afloat by getting upwards of 2,000 people to fill the pews on a chosen Sunday. Visitors get to see the insides of these halls and feel what they used to be like, and the church receives a massive uptick in donations.

Similar efforts are underway in Buffalo, if not other cities.

An historic church in Detroit.

An historic church in Detroit.

Kaitlyn Buss
Kaitlyn Buss is editorial page writer for The Detroit News. Prior to joining the News, she lived in Washington, D.C., where she worked in public relations, opinion writing, and ran communications for an association of state legislators. She's a native of Metro Detroit. Follow her @KaitlynBuss.