Canadian firm wants to demolish historic, ornate bank building over protests

Canadian firm wants to demolish historic, ornate bank building over protests

If a Toronto-based firm gets its way, a 112-year-old building in downtown Detroit will be demolished to make way for a parking lot. Triple Properties Inc., which bought the ornate, historic building for $700,000 earlier this month, acknowledged the plan Thursday. The firm also bought the adjacent Penobscot Building this year and says it needs […]

Historic Masonic Temple at risk of closing? Unpaid bills stack up; demand low

Historic Masonic Temple at risk of closing? Unpaid bills stack up; demand low

The world’s largest Masonic temple is in danger of closing because of money troubles and plummeting membership, sources familiar with the situation said. DTE  has threatened to shut off electricity this weekend to the 1,000-plus-room Masonic Temple along the Cass Corridor. With theaters, ballrooms and bars, the massive, 14-story Masonic Temple sometimes racks up energy […]

Council President: ‘I’m on a hunger strike!’

Council President: ‘I’m on a hunger strike!’

  Council President Charles Pugh has stopped eating – and you can watch it live. “I’m on a hunger strike!” he declared on his Facebook page this afternoon. The city’s first openly gay councilman is joining others statewide on a one-day hunger strike to call attention to the inequalities facing gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transexuals. […]

Inequality, violence inspire this weekend’s march up Woodward

Inequality, violence inspire this weekend’s march up Woodward

Perhaps no city in the country better illustrates the debilitating fallout of racial inequality than Detroit. While whites prospered during the heyday of the auto industry, black people were confined to dilapidated neighborhoods, substandard schools and low-paying jobs. More than a half century later, life hasn’t gotten much better for many black Detroiters. To shed […]

Award-winning documentary about Detroit firefighters to make Motor City premiere

Award-winning documentary about Detroit firefighters to make Motor City premiere

Critically acclaimed documentary, “Burn,” a feature-length film about Detroit’s distressed firefighters, will make its Motor City premiere Sept. 28 at the Fillmore. Producers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez will join city firefighters on stage to answer questions after the film. The documentary follows the crew of Engine Company 50, one of the busiest and most […]

Detroiters refuse to relocate for oil giant

Living in the shadow of the Marathon Oil Refinery in southwest Detroit, Mary McKenzie feels scared and unwanted. She sits on the front porch with her grandson, watching demolition trucks tear down her neighborhood of 43 years. Across the street, three more houses are about to become casualties of a plan by the oil company to […]