Metro Times

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Detroit Metro Times
Inner cover of the February 1–7, 2006 Metro Times - The outer cover also has this image but with a Budweiser advertisement covering the lower right corner.
Type Alternative weekly
Owner(s) Euclid Media Group
PublisherChris Keating
EditorLee DeVito
Headquarters30 E. Canfield St., Detroit, Michigan 48201
Circulation 50,000
ISSN 0746-4045
OCLC number 10024235

The Detroit Metro Times is an alternative weekly located in Detroit, Michigan. It is the largest circulating weekly newspaper in the metro Detroit area.

Detroit Largest city in Michigan

Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the largest United States city on the United States–Canada border, and the seat of Wayne County. The municipality of Detroit had a 2017 estimated population of 673,104, making it the 23rd-most populous city in the United States. The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the Midwest after the Chicago metropolitan area. Regarded as a major cultural center, Detroit is known for its contributions to music and as a repository for art, architecture and design.

Michigan State of the United States of America

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name, Michigan, originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, and is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.

Metro Detroit Metropolitan area in Michigan, United States

The Detroit metropolitan area, often referred to as Metro Detroit, is a major metropolitan area in the U.S. State of Michigan, consisting of the city of Detroit and its surrounding area. There are varied definitions of the area, including the official statistical areas designated by the Office of Management and Budget, a federal agency of the United States. Metro Detroit is known for its automotive heritage, arts, entertainment, popular music, and sports. The area includes a variety of natural landscapes, parks, and beaches, with a recreational coastline linking the Great Lakes. Metro Detroit also has one of the largest metropolitan economies in the U.S., with seventeen Fortune 500 companies.


History and content

Supported entirely by advertising, it is distributed free of charge every Wednesday in newsstands in businesses and libraries around the city and suburbs. Compared to the two dailies, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News , the Metro Times has a leftist orientation, like its later competitor Real Detroit Weekly. Average circulation for the Metro Times is 50,000 weekly. Average readership is just over 700,000 weekly. [1]

<i>Detroit Free Press</i> American newspaper

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Its annual "Best of Detroit" survey awards local businesses. The categories include "Public Square" (city life); "Spend the Night" (nightlife and bars); "Nutritional Value" (restaurants and food); and "Real Deal" (retail and other stores). [2]

Syndicated alternative comics run by the Metro Times have in the past included Perry Bible Fellowship , This Modern World , Eric Monster Millikin and Red Meat . The Metro Times also prints Dan Savage's Savage Love sex advice column (which replaced Isadora Alman's Ask Isadora sex advice column) and Cal Garrison's Horoscopes (which replaced Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology). Starting with the January 19–25 issue, the Metro Times had its own exclusive crossword, crafted by Brooklyn-based cruciverbalist Ben Tausig, who appears in the documentary Wordplay . The crossword was cut in May 2008, to save space.

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Eric Millikin American artist

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The paper was founded in 1980 by publisher and editor Ron Williams. In December 2012, Metro Times Editor W. Kim Heron announced his departure. Heron had previously been the paper's managing editor. In March 2013, after three months during which Michael Jackman was interim editor, the publisher named Bryan Gottlieb as Editor-in-Chief. [3]

In April 2014, Valerie Vande Panne, former editor of High Times, was named editor-in-chief. [4] In May 2014, the Metro Times merged with Real Detroit Weekly, which had been a Detroit-area alternative weekly paper since 1999. [5] Dustin Blitchok took over as editor-in-chief in February 2016, [6] before resigning from the position in November of the same year. Former Metro Times staff writer and associate editor for Hour Detroit Lee DeVito was named editor-in-chief following Blitchok's departure. [7]

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Real Detroit Weekly was a weekly newspaper distributed free of charge every Wednesday from 1999 to 2014, that focused mainly on entertainment news from metro Detroit. It had a proportion of advertisements similar to the Metro Times. Both publications were usually available at the same establishments. In May 2014, the two papers merged.

<i>Hour Detroit</i> magazine

Hour Detroit is a monthly city magazine covering the Metro Detroit area. The magazine uses a glossy oversized format and features content on restaurants, arts and entertainment, and trends in fashion and décor. It began publication in 1996 and is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA). In addition to the print edition, it has a subscription service available for the iPad.

The Metro Times was an official sponsor of the now-defunct Detroit Festival of the Arts and had one of the stages named after it.


Detroit Cornice and Slate Company Building, former headquarters Detroit Cornice and Slate Company Building.jpg
Detroit Cornice and Slate Company Building, former headquarters

The headquarters are located in Midtown Detroit. [8] It was previously headquartered in the Detroit Cornice and Slate Company Building in Downtown Detroit. [9] The Metro Times moved to the Cornice and Slate building in the 1990s and a wraparound expansion was installed there to give the newspaper additional room. [10] In 2013 Blue Cross Blue Shield purchased the Cornice and Slate building, forcing the Metro Times to move to a leased space in Ferndale. [11] [12] According to editor-in-chief Lee DeVito, the newspaper intended to eventually return to Detroit. [13] In 2018, Metro Times returned to Detroit, moving into the Arnold E. Frank Building in Midtown. [14]

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