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 […]
In just one day last weekend, two men were brutally beaten, an explorer was attacked and his car stolen and a photographer was robbed by a gunman. Thieves have smashed so many car windows that the streets and parking lots bordering the 105-year-old plant are covered in blue-green bits of glass.
Chad Brown is a bit off. He sports a flattop, prefers video games over showers and is crazily versed in Russian literature. “I’m always the odd person in the room,” Brown, 34, said. “But today, I can get my funk on. We bassists are weird birds.” Brown joined about 100 other bass players Saturday on […]
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 […]
The FBI is not down with the clown. In fact, the growingly suspicious agency categorizes the Juggalos – fans of the Detroit-based rap group, Insane Clown Posse – as gang members on par with Crips, Bloods and Latin Kings, according to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. So when police last week arrested a 20-year-old Juggalo wanted […]
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 […]
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 […]
With a 7-2 vote, Detroit City Council rejected putting on the ballot a tax hike to raise about $56 million a year.
It’s not easy being a taxpayer in Detroit. Property taxes are disproportionately high, yet city services are abysmal. The income tax rate is the highest in the state, but an obscenely high portion of the money is spent paying back debts from years past. And today, as the city and its suburban communities decide at the ballot […]
Part one of a continuing series on abandoned buildings. More than 60,000 vacant buildings are scattered across Detroit and Highland Park, driving down property values and attracting crime, rodents and fires. This is the story of one of those buildings. Neighbors tried their best. They circled the historic, sprawling school in Highland Park to keep out […]