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Let’s Change Downtown Royal Oak to an Urban Utopia

We have clamored a lot here at The Urbane Life about how the City operates downtown, specifically the parking meters. What if we Reinvented Downtown Royal Oak. NO Parking Downtown, Force people to use the Parking Structures. Create Biking Lanes, Pedestrian Walking, Increase Outdoor Cafes, Create Street Art and make Downtown Royal Oak an Urban Environment on par with Austin TX. Good news […]

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Royal Oak widening lanes, sidewalks on 11 Mile

The city of Royal Oak will make nearly $2 million of “improvements” to 11 Mile Road between Troy Street and Campbell Road during a six-month long project expected to start in early May. The center of the road will be moved in places to allow for 11-foot-wide traffic lanes and nine-foot-wide sidewalks along the nearly […]

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15 Ways to Honor Earth Day in Royal Oak

Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday. More than one billion people in 192 countries will observe the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, according to the Earth Day Network. In honor of Earth Day, here is are 5 of the 15 things you and your family can do that will help you help the environment […]

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Train for a 5K in Royal Oak

Training for a 5K is a great way to boost your cardiovascular health, reduce stress or simply add more running to your routine. A 5K, or 3.1 miles, is perfect for beginners, but it does take some training to gain the endurance to go the distance. Raina Hafer, NCSF, certified personal trainer and running specialist, shares […]

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New Cosmetology School Opens in Royal Oak [Hometown Life]

ROYAL OAK – L’esprit Academy, an accredited cosmetology school for hair, skin and nail careers, which opened its first location in Livonia in 2004, is expanding its operations and has opened a second Michigan location in downtown Royal Oak. L’esprit Academy’s new location, at 501 S. Washington Ave., which houses both the school and a full-service clinic, […]

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Royal Oak Music City

Built in 1928, the Royal Oak Music Theatre started out as a grand movie house typical of its era. Though it still hosts the occasional movie, the Royal Oak Music Theatre is now known for much, much more. Comedy nights, private parties, heck, even boxing routinely draws big crowds. What it’s really known for, though, […]

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Does the City of Royal Oak Support Growth

While we do not see the UrbaneBlog.com as a political site, we do want to highlight things of interest, particularly potential development of new business, restaurants, hip and cool happenings and general things going on and like things of interest. Our friend Frank Versagi and his blog Voice, does an excellent job at covering Royal […]

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Royal Oak’s Finest, errr, Fittest

Noticed any buff firefighters in Royal Oak lately?  According to the Associated Press, Royal Oak’s finest have been working out.  The results?  They’ve lost 400 pounds! A $75,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency bought exercise equipment for the suburban Detroit department as part of a plan to increase employees’ health and fitness. –AP […]

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“Pot Zone” Coming to Royal Oak?

Now here’s a zoning issue we never thought would be up for consideration in Oakland County:  a Pot Zone in Royal Oak.  The Detroit Free Press and the Associated Press (this story is getting national play) are reporting that city officials are proposing limiting “caregivers who raise medical marijuana” to the general business zone.  This […]

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Stuff to Do: Royal Oak Wine Stroll

Mark your calendars — on Saturday, May 16th, the Royal Oak Restaurant Association is sponsoring a wine-fueled afternoon in the downtown business district:  Wine Stroll.   The “strolling tour” will take place from noon (because you don’t wanna violate that age-old rule, “no cocktails until the sun has reached the highest point in the sky”) […]

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