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November 09 2013

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Purple Victorian, Woodbridge—Detroit MI (by pinehurst19475)

This purple Queen Anne is one of Woodbridge’s fine Victorians.

Yup. It lives a bit North of me. :)

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October 13 2013

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The Detroit Tigers' celebratory Haka Dance  XD
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September 12 2013

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The first question most people ask is: “What is 4-7-3-1 or 47-31?” 4731 is our name, cleverly derived from our address 4731 Grand River Avenue. But fact is… we aren’t just a number… we’re a group that believes in strength in numbers…

We are a group of creatives, working to support ourselves through our craft. We are artists, photographers, wedding planners, designers, promoters, and entrepreneurs. We are part of a building that has held meetings, weddings, conferences, cocktail parties, cd release parties, dinners and exhibitions. And through it all, we’ve managed to survive by our wits. Come down and see what we’ve accomplished, and become a part of something that is becoming bigger than all of us…

(via 4731 Gallery and Studios | Art in a Living Context)

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It’s easy to call the stretch of Grand River between Warren and Rosa Parks a hot mess of asphalt. On a sweat-soaked summer day, it doesn’t look like much more than another vacant lot next to another liquor store built on the back of yet another burnt-out neighborhood. When the sun finally sets, the streetlights don’t come on to illuminate some hidden majestic element. In 24 hours, little more is offered here than overgrown grass, long odds of escape, and, as a teasing consolation prize, a towering take on the Detroit skyline.

But if you squint, you can make out Derek Weaver’s vision for this stretch of street. A lack of city services and a high rate of crime doesn’t mean the end of the line. There’s hope in the days ahead for this ZIP code.

In just two years, the aptly named Grand River Creative Corridor project Weaver helped found is taking hold. It’s waking up delinquent building owners. It’s activating the community. It’s sharing the stage in a neighborhood where crime and vandalism seemed like the only act. …

It’s wonderful loving in a vibrant old neighborhood near all this fabulous art!

(via The Art of Transformation - Hour Detroit - September 2013 - Detroit, MI)

August 29 2013

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Wayne County, Mich., circa 1900. “Rio Vista, Grosse Ile.” On the porch is our host for this brief visit, William Livingstone. Detroit Publishing Co.

NB: The folks who live on Grosse Ile invariably pronounce it grow-ZEAL.

   (via Rio Vista: 1900 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

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Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905. “Residence of W.C. McMillan.” 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

(via American Gothic: 1905 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

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Magnificent, majestic and massive, Detroit’s old Federal Building and Post Office was a towering palace of government that was more than three decades in the making, took seven years to build — and only 34 years to outgrow.

Today, photos of the building often drop the jaws of those who have never seen it. Detroit historian William Hawkins Ferry called it “one of the most outstanding monuments of the Romanesque Revival in Detroit.” The landmark literally dominated the northwestern corner of Shelby and West Fort streets. Everything about it was huge. Its 243-foot clock tower soared over everything else in the city for several decades and could be seen from outside of downtown. Detroiters would enter under enormous arched entrances and peer out from its giant windows. It was an impressive monument to the federal government and, in the words of Peter Gavrilovich of the Detroit Free Press in 2009, “a heck of a place to buy a 2-cent stamp.” …

   (via Federal Building — Historic Detroit)

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Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912. “Detroit Post Office.” Behold the sooty Motor City. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

(via The Big P.O.: 1912 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

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Detroit, Michigan, circa 1902. “Post Office.” 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

   (via D.P.O.: 1902 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

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Circa 1897. “Post Office, Detroit.” Sign on utility pole: “Please do not spit on the sidewalk.” 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

   (via Detroit: 1897 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

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Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. “Wayne County Building.” The Motor City before it got very motorized. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.

   (via Wayne County Building: 1910 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

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Detroit, Michigan, circa 1900. “Scene in Clark Park.” In the background is merry-go-round we saw a few days ago. 8x10 glass negative.

(via Clark Park, Detroit: 1900 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

August 28 2013

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Detroit, Michigan, circa 1907. “New casino at Belle Isle Park.” 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

   (via The Casino at Belle Isle: 1907 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

August 17 2013


Detroit: Pensions, Racism and Bankruptcy | Economic Policy Institute

… Gov. Snyder continues to shortchange Detroit today. Michigan’s economy has been steadily recovering from the Great Recession, but its revenue sharing with Detroit has continued to decline—from $268 million in 2009 to $239 million in 2010 and 2011. Gov. Snyder cut this revenue stream even further last year, by an additional 28%, to $173 million. In short, as Detroit’s problems worsened, he piled on. Snyder and the state legislature treat Detroit like an unwanted foster child.

It’s really no surprise that the governor who signed so-called “Right to Work” legislation designed to weaken unions and undermine collective bargaining, and who cut unemployment benefits for jobless workers at a time of crushing unemployment would also try to separate employees from the pensions they worked decades to earn. Reducing the wages, benefits and income of working people is a goal Snyder shares with governors in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Florida and many other states.

Detroit’s public workers are not overpaid. The average non-uniformed Detroit public employee earns $41,385 per year—less than the 2010 national average annual wage of $43,194. Employee pay was reduced by 10% during fiscal year 2012. And despite a lot of noise to the contrary, the pension benefits under attack in Detroit aren’t exactly gold-plated either.

The average pension for non-uniformed retirees was less than $19,000 a year in 2011, and future benefits were reduced by more than a third in 2012. Previously, a thirty-year employee would receive a pension of 55% of final average pay and the pension would be increased by 2.25 percent of the original pension amount each year as inflation protection. Under the new, lower benefit structure, a 30-year employee would receive a pension of 45 percent of final pay and receives no COLA.

The city’s fiscal problems are not the fault of Detroit’s public employees. Those problems cannot be solved by flouting the constitutional guarantee that pensions cannot be reduced after they have been earned.

August 16 2013

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Detroit mired in fresh controversy over sale of 60,000-piece art collection

City suburbs attempting to halt rumoured sale of prestigious art collection, which may be up for grabs in bid to pay city’s debts

The beleaguered city of Detroit, the largest in the US to file for bankruptcy, is embroiled in a fresh controversy over fears that it may be preparing to sell some of its 60,000-piece art collection, one of the most prestigious in the US.

Officials from suburban counties have warned that if the city’s bankruptcy managers sell any assets in the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) – whose collection includes a self-portrait by Van Gogh, a 27-panel fresco by Diego Rivera and works by Rembrandt and Matisse – they will cut their contributions to its funding. The combined income from three counties surrounding the city is worth $23m a year to the museum, a sum that represents almost 75% of its operating budget. …

… The possibility that city-owned art in the DIA collection might be sold as part of Detroit’s plan to settle an estimated $18bn it owes to bondholders, pensioners and others, continues to be one of the most controversial aspects of the city’s bankruptcy plan.

The contract between the counties and the institute stipulates that it should be operated in accordance with professional museum standards. These include a clause saying that the proceeds of art sold must be used to buy more art.

Selling artwork for other reasons breaches such standards, say representatives of the art institute itself.

The museum and Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette have said that the art cannot be sold because it is held in a charitable trust for the people of Michigan. Orr last week told Reuters he disagreed with that position.

However, Pamela Marcil, a spokeswoman for the DIA, said on Wednesday they were taking the continued threat to the collection seriously. She said that the news about Christie’s engagement with the museum last week had sparked a new wave of protest.

"We are concerned any time it is even mentioned," Marcil said."The situation is unprecedented and no one knows what is going to happen."

But she warned that if the city did sell even a single work of art, “we would take it to court and it could be tied up for years.”

No one from Synder’s office or the office of the emergency was available for comment when contacted by the Guardian. …

(via Detroit mired in fresh controversy over sale of 60,000-piece art collection | World news |

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DETROIT (WXYZ) - An online petition aims to make the Detroit Institute of Arts a National Monument, preventing the sale of its artwork.

With over 3,900 signatures, the petition created by Donald Handy has nearly reached its goal of 4,000. Handy says “I am a native Detroiter, and I love the Detroit Institue of Arts. The thought of losing its collection—especially the Diego Rivera murals—is heartbreaking.”

Earlier this month Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr hired Christie’s to appraise a portion of the DIA’s collection.

It sparked fear that the priceless collection could be sold to help the city pay back some of its $18 billion long term debt.

Handy and other metro Detroiters is attempting to gain the attention of The House of Representatives, The Senate and President Obama. …

(via petition aims to make Detroit Institute of Arts a national monument, save collection)

July 21 2013

Detroit Breakdown
The Gories
I Know You Fine, But How You Doin’ (1990)

…Micky’s havin’ a party
1616 Merrick
You can take the Lodge
You can take I-75
Down by
Warren and Trumbull…

…They don’t pay no rent
So you can trash the place
I don’t care…

…Do the Detroit Breakdown

This is a true story.


July 19 2013

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The Hurlbut Memorial Gate at Waterworks Park, Detroit

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The Spirit of Detroit

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