Mysterious installation found inside abandoned church in Detroit

Mysterious installation found inside abandoned church in Detroit

The Egyptian pyramids. Stonehenge. Crop circles. Now Detroit has its mysterious feat – a tangled installation of pianos, pews, sofas, chairs and anything else found inside the abandoned Woods Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Detroit. The meticulously assembled piece spills across the sanctuary and crawls about 10 feet up the wall. It’s unclear who […]

Pugh raises cash from builders, developers for a campaign that doesn’t exist

Pugh raises cash from builders, developers for a campaign that doesn’t exist

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh has said repeatedly he is not running for reelection. But that didn’t stop him from holding at least two fundraisers last year with builders and developers who do business with the city, according to campaign finance reports, some of which only became available recently because of tardy filings. At […]

Part 2: Packard Plant crumbles without consequences to owner; city too broke to solve problem

Part 2: Packard Plant crumbles without consequences to owner; city too broke to solve problem

To many, the sprawling Packard Plant is nothing more than a dangerous eyesore and an unsettling reminder of Detroit’s tragic decline. To others, it’s an urban playscape. A mammoth canvas. The Great Ruins of Detroit. But to the embattled city, the 40-acre plant is a stark reminder of how broke and powerless the cash-starved government has […]

Tigers: Quintin Berry headed for stardom or meltdown?

Tigers: Quintin Berry headed for stardom or meltdown?

Speedy, productive and electrifying – Quintin Berry was just what the Tigers needed. Replacing an injured Austin Jackson in late May, the rookie speedster hit over .300, swiped bases with ease and knocked in key runs over his first 35 games. When Jackson returned, Berry earned a regular spot on the regular lineup, moving to left […]

Good Samaritans killed in separate attacks in Detroit

Good Samaritans killed in separate attacks in Detroit

Wednesday was deadly for two good Samaritans in Detroit. A 62-year-old grandfather and decorated Vietnam veteran was shot to death after trying to protect his granddaughter from four robbers in a west side home. After intruders pistol-whipped his 16-year-old grandson, John Villneff was shot shielding his granddaughter, police said. On the city’s east side, a […]

Ballpark that hosted Negro League games, Hall of Famers is preserved

Ballpark that hosted Negro League games, Hall of Famers is preserved

Hamtramck Stadium looks like any forgotten baseball field. Knee-high grass covers the infield. A graffiti-tagged pavilion behind what used to be home plate is collapsing. Concession stands are boarded up. It’s hard to imagine thousands of fans, black and white, flocking to the ballpark in the 1930s to root for the Detroit Stars of the […]