| Follow Us: Facebook Twitter Vimeo RSS Feed

Buzz

3082 Articles | Page: | Show All




Is street art becoming a crime in Detroit?




































































Hell yeah, Hamtramck!









































































Start making Noel Night plans now





































MSNBC drops in on city's green scene






















Making it in Detroit

























































































The News: Detroit Soup stays hot





















































































The Urbanist podcasts Detroit



























































































































Keep on reimagining Detroit
























Like the Broderick Tower? So do we
















Detroit has an app for that














Business models with impact













BBC reports: Space for growth in Detroit






































Saluting Luis Croquer of MOCAD







One house at a time



































The Next Big Thing tickets

















Good Girls go to the White House




































Is Detroit the new Brooklyn?










Allied Media Conference gives press power to the people

The Allied Media Conference is a four-day long grassroots media training seminar, in which professionals and enthusiasts school each other on everything from graphic design and blogging to performance arts and social justice issues. This year's national conference picked Detroit as Ground Zero for the group's guerrilla education training. It all kicks off June 23 at the McGregor Memorial Hall at Wayne State.

Registration is still open and is on a sliding income scale ($100 is the suggested amount for the four-day conference).

Excerpt:

At the AMC, media creation is not only about personal expression, but about transformation – of ourselves and the structures of power around us. We create media that exposes, investigates, resists, heals, builds confidence and radical hope, incites dialogue and debate. We demystify technology, not only learning how to use it, but how to take it apart, fix it and build our own.  We do it ourselves and as communities, connecting across geographic and generational boundaries.

Find out more or reserve your spot here.





















































Video: Why CNN loves the D









Xconomy: Buy stock in Michigan





























Oh, and about your ruin porn ...


















Whither Robocop?












Carl Craig opens up to UK blog






































Detroit greenspaces win big





















Is it TIME to shrink this city?













Bye, bye, TIME Magazine






Sugar Hill district takes shape














































































Looking for a few good mowers



















Jazz Fest gets interactive
















































































































































































































































Fixing Detroit with inches



As Seen on YouTube: Who is BEE Green?































The opposite of 'ruin porn'




















Model D seeks editorial intern





As Seen On YouTube: ArtServe Michigan



















Tweet of the Week



Rustwire: Detroit will survive





Tweet of the Week









Can Detroit be a tech-hub?



Tweet of the Week: The votes are in









Detroit artists featured on ArtSlant



Tweet of the Week: Trick, Treat, Vote

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to ... read?

Everywhere you looked this week, tweeters were announcing a Halloween party. From art galleries to film houses to the hangout spot of Curtis Granderson, Detroit tweeters were all pretty happy with their choice of venue.

Wherever you spent your Halloween, one thing is for certain -- Detroit was ready for a party.

@Southloop spent the evening with Detroit Tigers' Curtis Ganderson: Best. Halloween. Ever. Met Curtis Granderson! He was dressed as one of the guys from revenge of the nerds. Got a pic and everthing.

Maybe some hitting advice was exchanged 'cause, Curtis, you need to hit better than .250.

@Unreal_real went to a very spooky spot where its Halloween 365 days a year. Well, at least it seems that way: Theatre Bizarre in Detroit. The greatest Halloween experience in the world

Oh, and there's this other thing that's happening here in the city, besides Halloween. You might have heard of it – the election. A few tweeters were into that, too.

@Annaleighclark asked for a little help with her voting card: I have one open slot on my ticket for tomorrow's Detroit city council vote. Who should it go to??

For the record, we don't suggest leaving that one "open slot" at the voting booth up to Twitter. Check out our questionnaire of the candidates, or the many others out there!

@Kapribanks is voting Pugh and reminding everyone when the polls open and close: Vote Charles Pugh for Detroit City Council. the election is tomorrow. Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm.

@JViniece re-tweets some info from Crain's Detroit Business and reminds Detroiters that you gotta get out and vote: RT: @crainsdetroit Detroit election turnout could be up to 25 percent <<please take the time to VOTE TOMORROW people!>>

And, finally, @Buildingsofdet drops this: urges his fellow #Detroit residents to make it out to vote tomorrow. Council by district, City Council and mayoral...

So that's that.

Please, Detroiters, remember to get out and vote. Detroit's chance at change needs YOU.

Keep reading. Keep tweeting. And start voting!

Follow Model D on Twitter here.

Compiled by Model D intern Ryan Kelly




Life: Twenty cars that made Detroit

Life looks through the history books for the 20 biggest successes to come out of the Detroit auto industry.

Excerpt:

Nearly all the news coming out of Detroit these days is bad, and the constant failures of the American car industry make it easy to forget the good times. On Wikipedia's list of the world's best-selling vehicle nameplates, many brands born in Motown make an impressive showing against their international competitors. In this gallery, we salute the 20 best-selling American cars, ranked in order of all-time sales. Seen here: Ford's Detroit factory in the 1960s.

See the photos and read the piece here.

Forbes looks at downsizing Detroit

Though some believe that Detroit has the ability to repopulate itself, others think that returning to two million people will be impossible and that downsizing is the answer. But how?

Excerpt:

Though any plan to downsize Detroit--a city where people now use only half the acreage within its boundaries--would be complicated, expensive, and time-consuming, it would let the city focus its resources, including crime-fighting and redevelopment efforts, where they could do the most good. The first phase in such a plan would involve tearing down abandoned houses and other empty structures that serve as focal points for criminal activity. But that itself is a daunting task. City officials say that it takes an average of $10,000 to demolish an abandoned house, which makes the city's long-term tab potentially north of $700 million. This summer, Detroit used federal grants to start the task, demolishing some 226 abandoned houses in areas near neighborhood schools to reduce criminals' opportunities to prey on schoolchildren.

Downsizing Detroit also presents political obstacles. Officials must identify neighborhoods whose city services would be withdrawn and whose residents would be relocated, a process certain to set off political fireworks. A summer series in a Detroit newspaper quoted some residents of desolate neighborhoods as welcoming such relocation efforts; others vowed to resist.

Read the entire article here.

As seen on YouTube: 'Lost in Detroit: An Influence Against False Perceptions'

Is Detroit lost or just finding itself? In this week's As Seen On YouTube, we have a video that attempts to answer that questions. And, if we says so, does a pretty decent job.



'Grown in Detroit' documentary earns praise

Tiny Mix Tapes -- a culture, news and reviews site -- takes a look at the Detrot-based documentary "Grown in Detroit."

Excerpt:

Perhaps the most hopeful part of Grown in Detroit is the womens' insistence on continuing to garden and grow their own food after graduation. The care and respect shown to these vulnerable young women by everyone at the school is a testament to the goodwill and charity of which humans are thankfully still capable. But when all is said and done, it is the unabashed realism of the faculty and staff of the Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women that convinces us of the integrity of their good intentions. The Poppenks have made a truly remarkable documentary about a story of real, honest-to-goodness hope in one of the most unlikely places.

Read the entire article here.

NPR: Artists plan to encase vacant Detroit home in ice

Two artists -- one a former Hamtramck resident -- plan to encase a vacant house in ice.

Excerpt:

A photographer and an architect plan to freeze one of Detroit's thousands of abandoned homes this winter, encasing it in ice to draw attention to foreclosures that have battered the region.

The project from Gregory Holm and Matthew Radune, dubbed Ice House Detroit, is the latest example of the remnants of Detroit's population loss and industrial decline serving as both artistic inspiration and canvas.

"I've been really fascinated by the whole mythology of Detroit and the structures and what they represent," said Holm, who grew up on the city's east side and lived in the suburb of Hamtramck from 1997 until moving to New York City four years ago.

Read the entire article here.

Kresge Arts in Detroit applications now available

The Kresge Artists Fellowship applications are now available.

For more information go here.The Kresge Artists Fellowship applications are now available. Emerging or established artists in Metro Detroit can now apply for one of 18 $25,000 fellowships administered by the College for Creative Studies.

For more information go here.

More than 27,000 dined during Detroit Restaurant Week

Detroit's first ever Restaurant Week was a success, bringing in an estimated 27,000 restaurant-goers.

Excerpt:

Organizers of the first Detroit Restaurant Week reported today that the 10-day promotion drew more than 27,000 visitors to the city's fine dining establishments and 64 percent of those participated in the special three-course dinner menu.

"We were confident that this type of promotion would be embraced by the community but the response it received surpassed our expectations for a first year event," Jason Huvaere, president of Paxahau Promotions Group, said in a press release.

Read the entire article here.


UM's semester in Detroit project making connections

The University of Michigan puts students in Detroit and connects them with organizations as part of a service-learning internship. The students got more out of it than just school credit.

Excerpt:

“All of us (students) figured out that Detroit isn't just what you hear or see in the media,” she said. “There are interesting people here figuring out how to create sustainable communities. It's the people who are the most interesting to me.”

When her year-long commitment wraps, Flora plans to stay in Detroit permanently, and if possible, work for a nonprofit.

“Michigan has all of these curious young adults that are drawn away from the state, but they could find living and working in Detroit satisfying if they had the opportunity,” Flora said. “That's why Semester in Detroit is important; it engages students further than any other program.”

Read the entire article here.

As Seen On YouTube: Robots invade MOCAD for Strange Beautiful Music III

Robots.net posts a video of 'Alien Globes of Doom' at the MOCAD during Strange Beautiful Music III.



Find the post here.

Land allotments worked in urban Europe, could they work here?

Over in Europe they have something called allotments. They are basically little bits of land, given to residents to grow and care for. It's wildly successful and has proved to not only fill in vacant land but also provide healthy organic food in urban areas. Why couldn't this model work in Detroit?

Excerpt:

As I read recent Free Press stories about the increasing number of abandoned properties and vacant lots in Detroit and pondered a story I did months ago about pheasant hunters who train their dogs in parts of Detroit that are reverting to wildlands, I wondered why Detroit couldn't establish allotments for its residents?

I know someone has proposed creating commercial truck gardens in that area, but why should publicly owned land benefit a handful of businesses when it could provide a fantastic opportunity for thousands to get the health and economic benefits of growing fresh vegetables and flowers and the enjoyment and satisfaction doing it?

When cities all over America squander public funds to subsidize millionaires who build stadiums and other structures that fatten the pocketbooks of the builders and the campaign coffers of the political vultures who help them, it's a question worth asking.

It would be easy to start an allotment pilot program, with the city doing the initial fencing and lot-clearing and turning the plots over to gardeners.

An allotment half the size of a city lot could grow enough produce for several families to enjoy fresh corn, tomatoes and a host of other edibles at a far lower cost than buying them in a market. And I suspect a lot of Detroiters would get enormous personal satisfaction from growing food, along with flowers and other ornamental plants.

Read the entire article here.

Boblo Boat should be back in business starting next summer

The Boblo Boat was a summer treat for a lot of Detroiters. By next summer, that treat might be attainable once again as volunteers have been working to restore the 100-year-old boat.

Excerpt:

Kattoo plans to wrap the Ste. Claire in coming weeks so that work can continue this winter. By next summer, he hopes to have rebuilt the stern, which he has dismantled down to its structural ribs, and to have restored the first and possibly second decks.

That'll be enough to bring the Ste. Claire back downtown for dockside tours next summer, he said. Kattoo plans to offer those tours for a couple of years as a way to raise some cash and reacquaint Detroiters with the boat.

"For next year, I'll be more than happy with that," he said. "The public will be really happy to see that the boat is semi-restored and on its way."

In four or five years, he hopes to have the Ste. Claire sailing again, offering a full range of moonlight cruises, day sails, and rentals for weddings and other special events.

Read the entire article here.

New Yorker is learning to love Detroit

Detroit is not New York, never will be. But a former New Yorker, broker and current downtown resident is learning to love Detroit -- despite its lack of falafel stands.

Excerpt:

She'd already seen new buildings go up and elected officials go up the river, but she'd never come across a city so empty. She didn't get why the streets weren't full of people buying pizza and falafel from the little restaurants that weren't there, either.

Over time, she came to understand that the absences are related. More people equals more commerce equals more life equals more people. It worked that way in Royal Oak, which strikes her as more of a downtown theme park than a real downtown, and she's certain it could work in Detroit, if only we'd all move a little quicker.

"I'm on a New York rhythm," she says, snapping her fingers. "There's no sense of urgency here. That needs to be revamped."

So do the political structure in the city, she says, and the thoroughly un-Manhattan notion that the city is something you run from instead of flock to, and the big issue she had the chat with God about before she signed her lease.

But "there's a sincerity and a wholesomeness here I wasn't exposed to growing up," Debs says, not to mention some spectacular architecture. There are friendships formed with the parking lot attendants and homeless characters she sees when Chica needs a walk, and a sense of optimism even at the points where optimism makes no sense.

Read the entire article here.

Talking Head David Byrne chronicles cities from the bike seat, including Detroit

So David Bryne, of Talking Heads fame, penned a book about bicycling through cities. One of the cities he two-wheeled around in was Detroit. Awesome.

Did anyone see him? Tell us on our Facebook page.

Excerpt:

“Bicycle Diaries” contains accounts of his travels in distant cities like London, Berlin, Buenos Aires and Manila, as well as some closer to home — New Orleans, San Francisco and Detroit. His description of riding in Detroit is especially good: “I bike from the center of town out to the suburbs. It’s an amazing ride — a time line through a city’s history, its glory and betrayal.”

For Byrne bicycling is partly a means, partly an end. It helps him get places, makes him feel more connected to life on the streets, and also serves as a “form of meditation” that keeps him sane.

Read the entire article here.