Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Bringing life back into some of the iconic, abandoned buildings of Detroit, Single Barrel Detroit beautifully films local bands in historic settings around the city.
re-posted from Detroit Lives!
"It’s no secret that Detroit is such an interesting conglomerate of energy– entrepreneurship, art, new media development and everything in between collide to create a doer landscape unlike any other place in America. Detroit is a playground for those hungry to build something. In no other American city do you get such a cocktail of opportunity and possibility like you do in Detroit. As a result, there are all kinds of exciting efforts that combine so many different pieces of the puzzle.
The ragtag band of talent that is Single Barrel Detroit are just one example of this kind of innovation. These folks combine the idea of exploration and discovering potential in Detroit through music. They film local bands with beautiful production quality in unique and inspiring locations as a way of showcasing not just the thriving local music scene, but as a window in to the fascinating nooks and crannies of Detroit. All in, it’s great film making and a dynamic addition to the plot line that tells the fascinating story of Detroit. Check out some of their work below, and visit their site for a lot more content (nearly 20 bands in total)."
Monday, February 14, 2011
Yesterday's post acts a precursor to an article recently posted in Guernica by John Patrick Leary of the University of Detroit Mercy, Detroitism. The full article can be found here, but a poignant excerpt follows:
"Ruin photography, in particular, has been criticized for its “pornographic” sensationalism, and my bookseller friend won’t sell much of it for that reason. And others roll their eyes at all the positive attention heaped on the young, mostly white “creatives,” which glosses over the city’s deep structural problems and the diversity of ideas to help fix them. So much ruin photography and ruin film aestheticizes poverty without inquiring of its origins, dramatizes spaces but never seeks out the people that inhabit and transform them, and romanticizes isolated acts of resistance without acknowledging the massive political and social forces aligned against the real transformation, and not just stubborn survival, of the city. And to see oneself portrayed in this way, as a curiosity to be lamented or studied, is jarring for any Detroiter, who is of course also an American, with all the sense of self-confidence and native-born privilege that we’re taught to associate with the United States."
Re-posted from DenverPost.com
Up and down Detroit’s streets, buildings stand abandoned and in ruin. French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre set out to document the decline of an American city. Their book ““, a document of decaying buildings frozen in time, was published in December 2010.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Location - Main Public Library at 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
Friend’s Auditorium – Lower Level
Friend’s Auditorium – Lower Level
Times - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (with a formal presentation at 11:30 a.m.)
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (with a formal presentation at 4:30 p.m.)
The public comment period starts January 28, 2011 and goes through March 14, 2011.
To make comments, send an email to email@example.com.
Written comments may be sent to: Ms. Tricia M. Harr, AICP; U.S. Department of Transportation; Federal Transit Administration Headquarters; 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE; East Building – E43-105; Washington, D.C., 20590.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Below I have reposted a piece written by Jim Griffioen (who writes the blog Sweet Juniper!) for another blog by Aaron M. Renn (Urbanophile). The article discusses where Detroiters find fresh produce and other foodstuffs in the city. As suburbanites, we often believe that "grocery store" means a chain store (in Michigan this means Meijer, Kroger, or Wal-Mart and increasingly Whole Foods and Trader Joe's) and we forget about the small and independently owned stores that still populate Detroit. National press has focused on the lack of these chain stores and has often confused the "lack of groceries" for the "inability of residents to afford their groceries" which is a much larger and more complicated problem. The heart of the argument as described by Griffioen is described below; the full article can be found here.
The myth of a city without supermarkets is hard to kill, even faced with [overwhelming evidence that Detroit has them]. Ultimately, the myth perseveres because the mainstream media and its audience are steeped in a suburban mentality where the only grocery stores that really seem to count are those large, big-box chain stores thatare the only option in so many communities these days, largely because they have put locally-owned and independent stores like the ones you find in Detroit out of business. It is true that the big chain stores have forsaken or ignored Detroit, for any number of understandable (and sometimes despicable) reasons. But in their absence, a diverse system of food options has risen to take their place, and the tired old narrative that Detroit has nowhere to shop for groceries needs to be replaced by a more complex truth: with a diversity of options ranging from the dismal to the sublime, Detroit may be one of the most interesting places in America to shop for food.
Both Sweet Juniper! and Urbanophile have been added to the blog list in the side bar.