2014 Detroit Autorama, March 7-9

Look for my truck and you should find me nearby, stop by and say wassup! Hopefully I'll have a big Brown Dog Welding banner up. I'll have a booth in the basement where all the derelicts hang out. Still in a cast so only a couple of sculptures, but I'll have shirts, hats, stickers, prints, and a book for sale. The first … » 2/28/14 11:39am 2/28/14 11:39am

Detroit Should Sell Art Because Why Shouldn't It, Coastal Writer Says

One recurring thing of Detroit's trip through bankruptcy court has been the local eye-rolls over coastal writers diagnosing the city's decline — the Detroit Free Press offers an occasional feature called "The truth about Detroit," battles have raged over Anthony Bourdain's portrayal in his CNN show, and even we've grown… » 12/12/13 4:31pm 12/12/13 4:31pm

What Detroit Could Learn From Richard Linklater

I worked a late shift Monday and woke up late, so, in the spirit of embracing a morning full of nothing, I popped Richard Linklater's 1991 classic "Slacker" into my roommates' Blu-ray player and diligently went about my morning routine of sitting on my couch. » 12/03/13 8:08pm 12/03/13 8:08pm

Governing Magazine Calls Detroit Mayoral Race With Zero Votes Reported

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With zero precincts reporting, two hours before polls are set to close, Governing magazine declared Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan the winner of Tuesday's contest. The article prematurely commences a guaranteed, painful stream of incoming media coverage on The White Guy winning Detroit's mayorship for the… » 11/05/13 7:05pm 11/05/13 7:05pm

This Detroit House's Sign Blames Wells Fargo For Family's Eviction

Painting bold statements across vacant Detroit structures is a growing trend to get a controversial point across, and this new display on the city's west side isn't any different. » 9/07/13 9:29pm 9/07/13 9:29pm

Did The Detroit Police Steal The Image Used On Their New Squad Cars?

Today, the City of Detroit is putting on a bit of a show downtown: A press conference is being held near Hart Plaza to unveil the first batch of new police cars and ambulances that's part of an $8 million initiative fueled by donations from guys like Roger Penske and more. » 8/22/13 3:06pm 8/22/13 3:06pm

The Detroit People Mover Is Dead, Long Live The People Mover

Earlier this month, in an effort to showcase previously failed "good-intention" initiatives for Detroit, all pegged as game-changers for the city, The Washington Post mentioned The People Mover, an elevated 2.9-mile *rail line that circles the downtown business district "that hardly anyone rides today." » 8/18/13 9:05pm 8/18/13 9:05pm

AWOL Detroit Councilman Charles Pugh Is In NYC, Specifically Harlem

An alert tipster passes along word to Jalopnik Detroit that Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, who has not been seen in the city since June but was last spotted in Seattle, is currently roaming about New York City. » 8/10/13 12:17am 8/10/13 12:17am

For The First Time, Detroit's Next Mayor May Be A Write-In Candidate

It's almost safe to say that barring any legal challenges or any other sudden opposition, Mike Duggan, a former county prosecutor and hospital-system CEO, is going to be Detroit's next mayor come January, a feat we all saw coming. » 8/07/13 8:37am 8/07/13 8:37am

Precious Art Appraised as Detroit Tries to Dig Out of Debt

A couple weeks after a state-appointed emergency manager filed a bankruptcy claim on behalf of Detroit, the world-famous Christie's auction house has been called in to begin appraising some of the Detroit Institute of Arts' permanent collection. But lest you should assume this is the sign of vultures coming in to pick… » 8/06/13 6:57pm 8/06/13 6:57pm

Why Voting In Detroit Is A Bigger Deal Than Your Car Insurance Payment

After I move the status of this rambling from "Draft" to "Now" and hit "Publish," I'm going to walk up to my polling place (St. Paul AME Zion Church on Dexter Boulevard), stand in line with everybody else in my neighborhood and vote in the Detroit primary. » 8/06/13 6:55am 8/06/13 6:55am