Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s trip to Detroit gives us hope today

By Steve Neavling The message from Nelson Mandela, delivered 22 years ago today during a sold-out rally in Tiger Stadium, remains just as strong today. “Your solidarity has given us enormous strength and courage,” the South African liberation leader told Detroiters. “We will not forget you.” On June 28, 1990, Mandela met with then-Mayor Coleman […]

Imagination Station is damaged in morning blaze

Imagination Station is damaged in morning blaze

By Steve Neavling Fire severely damaged an indelible symbol of Detroit’s regeneration and creative underbelly this morning. The Imagination Station – two colorfully renovated historic houses facing the iconic ruins of Michigan Central Station – sustained serious fire damage. No injuries were reported. One of the houses was virtually gutted, its front exterior now a charred shell. […]

Council president throws temper tantrum on Twitter

Council president throws temper tantrum on Twitter

By Steve Neavling Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh threw a temper tantrum on Twitter after a journalism intern dared suggest the councilman is a disappointing leader. “Josh, do you think the folks at Automotive News would be interested in your inaccurate, offensive commentary? Just curious?” Pugh tweeted. After no response from the intern, Pugh […]

Fireworks draw large crowds, few problems

Fireworks draw large crowds, few problems

By Steve Neavling Downtown Detroit brimmed with energy and tens of thousands of people during the 54th annual Detroit Target Fireworks Monday night. Despite fears of violence breaking out, police reported only a few brawls. And it’s no wonder. Police were everywhere – frisking teenagers, patrolling each street on foot and waiting in riot-ready buses. One […]

Thieves ransacked historic Detroit Naval Armory

Thieves ransacked historic Detroit Naval Armory

The abandoned Detroit Naval Armory on Jefferson boasted some of the most impressive Art Deco woodcarvings – until recently. Thieves brazenly stole intricately carved staircases, doorways and panels recently in the latest rampage of an historic Detroit building, also known as Broadhead Armory. The stylized Art Deco designs depicted sailors and other Naval themes. Entire staircases […]

Pugh: My muscles offend you?

Pugh: My muscles offend you?

By Steve Neavling Council President Charles Pugh seems genuinely bewildered by the reaction to his whopping 48-minute-long weight loss video that shows him bare-chested and flexing as the city nears bankruptcy. Pugh was particularly upset by a Detroit News column that labeled his video “abs-urd,” so he encouraged his thousands of Facebook friends to tell the author, Laura Berman, […]

Brooks Patterson: A golf club, tweets & drinks

Brooks Patterson: A golf club, tweets & drinks

More than 85 tweets, a golf outing and cocktails. It was a busy day for Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on Tuesday. The bubbly, wise-cracking Republican was participating in the Oakland County Executive Golf Outing, a fundraiser for business development. What most impressed us wasn’t his eloquent stroke but his 85 tweets during one […]