Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500
Detroit is the true 20th-century boomtown, the most American of stories. In 100 years, we went from a backwater hamlet to one of the richest cities in the United States. Referred to as the “Paris of the Midwest,” it was the city with the most theater seats in the U.S. outside of Broadway, the silicon valley of the ’60s, the highest rate of homeownership in the nation. We boomed and we busted, hard and early, and like an alcoholic drunk on 20th-century capitalism, we hit rock bottom first and hardest.
posted by still_wears_a_hat
on Jan 10, 2014 -
"We pressed up Infinite. We might have pressed up maybe five hundred, a thousand records tops. We couldn’t give them away. Nobody was feeling it. We don't know why. Then Marshall, I think he was sitting on the toilet making a poop, and he came up with the alter ego. He came into the studio, talking about this alter ego that he has now."
An interview with Jeff Bass
, who, along with his brother Mark, produced and co-wrote Eminem's first two albums (plus Lose Yourself from the 8 Mile soundtrack). [more inside]
posted by mannequito
on Nov 6, 2013 -
To a Chinese Scrap-Metal Hunter, America's Trash Is Treasure:
Johnson Zeng is a Chinese trader who travels across the U.S. in search of scrap metal. By his estimate, there are at least 100 others like him driving from scrap yard to scrap yard, right now, in search of what Americans won’t or can’t be bothered to recycle. His favorite product: wires, cables, and other kinds of copper. His purchases, millions of pounds of metal worth millions of dollars, will eventually be shipped to China. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Sep 7, 2013 -
If you're not already in the mood for bacon fat, you might find yourself craving it anyway, just as soon as it hits the pan. Cause it's a slow simmering, juicy slab of swamp doo wop just right for easing across the kitchen floor to. Or the juke joint floor. Or just about any floor. Aww, have mercy! By the way, I mean this kind of Bacon Fat
. Mmmm-mmm! Hungry for more? Alright then, there's... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Aug 15, 2013 -
interviews photographer Dave Jordano, a native of Detroit and long-time resident of Chicago, who has returned to his hometown to make portraits of people who did not leave. In his online exhibit “Detroit Unbroken Down,”
he passes up the grand spaces in ruin or crumbling homes that have become symbols of the Motor City, but focuses on the faces of the city.
posted by Bistle
on Aug 8, 2013 -
John Morillo of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, will apparently not turn down a dare, even if it causes an international incident and racks up fines in the five figures. For instance, if you tell him he can't swim from Windsor to Detroit across a busy shipping lane, he'll do it
(with the assistance of eight beers). And he'll swim back
, too, as evidenced by the fact that the U.S. Coast Guard found him on the Canadian side. As Morillo said, "If I’m going to be in the paper, I’d at least like them to say I actually made it, even though I got in trouble and everything." [more inside]
posted by Etrigan
on Jul 24, 2013 -
Thank God almighty...
One hundred and one years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and two months before the march on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to 25,000 people in Detroit, and made it clear to America that "the Negro is now determined to be free". This speech in Detroit became the foundation for King's speech in Washington...."I have a dream..."
On June 23rd we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that speech in Detroit.
posted by HuronBob
on Jun 21, 2013 -
Airing before the Saturday morning cartoons on Detroit's WDIV, Kidbits
(Optical illusions pt. 2
, pt. 3
) delivered snappy science from the Detroit Science Center, along with a handy venue for PSAs and goofy local ads. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston
on Dec 6, 2012 -
In 1962, fifty years ago this month, striking union printers shut down four New York City newspapers in resistance to computerized, automated technologies that were being introduced in newsrooms across the country. Five other area papers shut down voluntarily. The strike lasted 114 days and sounded the death knell for four newspapers. For a brief period, New York was a laboratory that demonstrated what can happen when newspapers vanish. Today, new technology is again shaking American newspapers as the Internet drains away more and more advertising revenue. Is this The Long Good Bye? [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Nov 30, 2012 -
celebrated 50 years in television back in 1997. Sonny, a B52 bomber pilot who was shot down and spent months in a POW camp in Germany, returned to Detroit after the war and began accepting any position/role he could in local TV. [more inside]
posted by HuronBob
on Nov 16, 2012 -
In the early 1930s, William Valentiner thought the Roman Baroque courtyard at the Detroit Institute of Arts needed to be spruced up. With a commission from Edsel Ford, he hired Diego Rivera to paint two large murals of "some motif suggesting the development of industry."
The end result was the Detroit Industry Murals
. [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue
on Aug 29, 2012 -
Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story.
While not as famous as Bill Graham's Fillmore Theaters
, from 1966 to 1970, Detroit's Grande Ballroom
hosted national acts such as Cream
, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, and Pink Floyd. The brainchild of Russ Gibb
, with help from activist John Sinclair
, the Grande provided a stage for local bands like The MC5
, The Rationals
, The Amboy Dukes
, The Frost
and the The Stooges
. The Grande had it's own psychedelic poster artists Gary Grimshaw
and Carl Lundgren
. Leni Sinclair
Local boys from the Grande that went on to national prominence included The Bob Seger System
, Alice Cooper
, and Grand Funk Railroad
. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist
on Jun 20, 2012 -
5 Pillars of the Abandoned World is a tour through lost landscapes and shrugged off citadels. From the Gothic, Disney villainness ominousness of Miranda Castle
to the distant splendor
(photo by Cédric Mayence
) of the abandoned Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Don't feel left out, North Americans: the US has plenty of holy, holey structures to sweep you off your feet. Fan favorite for urbane decrepitude, Detroit has lots to see. The St. Agnes Catholic Church
is the place to be
for the religiously inclined ramshackle rambler. Need a place to put up your feet? The Book
offers a cozy spot to spread out your tour guide
and relax. When you're ready to move on, just head over to Michigan Central Station
and hop on the last train to forever.
The world's an awfully big stage. There's a lot to take in
, but don't worry about a thing. Just enjoy the show
. There's no hurry; what's already gone isn't going anywhere. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername
on Jun 13, 2012 -
American cities going dark.
Detroit is the poster child, 40 percent of the 88,000 streetlights are already broken, but under a new plan half the city is going permanently dark in an effort to get citizens to move. “You have to identify those neighborhoods where you want to concentrate your population,” said Chris Brown, Detroit’s chief operating officer. “We’re not going to light distressed areas". Other U.S. cities have gone partially dark to save money, among them Colorado Springs; Santa Rosa, California; and Rockford, Illinois. Bonus: 360-degree photo tour of abandoned rail station in Detroit.
posted by stbalbach
on May 25, 2012 -
Life on the Edge
is a series by Detroit based photographer Dennis Maitland, in which he documents himself hanging out in some vertigo-inducing locations. [more inside]
posted by quin
on Apr 5, 2012 -
is a hex-based, turn-based scavenging/survival/mystery RPG. Dig through abandoned buildings! Punch a looter to death! Get eaten by a Dogman! Contract cholera! Die of cholera! Flash-based browser game, under active development; the current demo lets you explore the landscape and play with the game's mechanics at length. [more inside]
posted by cortex
on Mar 19, 2012 -
The billionaire became inmate No. 12-981.
is a Detroit businessman and the owner of Centra Inc, the holding company which controls the Ambassador Bridge
the only privately managed U.S. / Canada Border crossing, and the #1 busiest North American border crossing.
He was sent to jail early yesterday for defying a judge's ruling that he comply with a court order compelling him to complete his company's portion of The Gateway project
, a joint construction project he agreed to in 2008 designed to ease border traffic. Instead of working on the ramps to ease congestion, his crews built built a roadway that took traffic past the company's lucrative duty-free store and fuel pumps, and that kept thousands of trucks bound for expressways lined up on surface streets in the area. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar
on Jan 13, 2012 -