40 ways Metro Times changed Detroit (and beyond) over the past 40 years 

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What's going on?

It might seem silly, but MT's weekly events listings of happenings around town were the sole reason many metro Detroiters picked up the paper, and it's perhaps easy to forget what a sea change this was in 1980. Known as "What's Happenin'" in the debut issue and later renamed "What's Going On" as our ode to Marvin Gaye, in the pre-internet age MT's comprehensive listings were for a long time the source to help people figure out what to do that weekend — and proof that despite common misconceptions, there was actually plenty of culture in this Rust Belt city. It's a tradition we look forward to bringing back once this pandemic ends.



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