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. […]
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 […]
A rambling caller to the Angelo Henderson Show on 99.9 FM said Pugh was a corrupt politician with no interest in improving the lives of black people.
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 […]
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 […]
All together, the mayor’s three-year-old Detroit Works Project, which was designed to attract thousands of residents into revitalized neighborhoods over the next decade, has summoned only about a dozen new residents to areas that are far from revitalized.
Panhandlers in Detroit will have to show some decorum when begging for money – or face up to 90 days in jail, under a new city ordinance to go into effect in August. The ordinance, supported by civil liberty groups, seeks to find middle ground in a debate over the rights of panhandlers. The law […]
Say it ain’t so. Kronk Gym, a storied and world-renowned boxing club that churned out three decades of champions in Detroit, is looking for a permanent home in the suburbs, organizers confirmed today. The gym, which primarily nurtured underprivileged Detroiters until about a decade ago, has become more popular among suburban teens, a trend that some in […]
The final walls of the historic building are expected to come crashing down today, sealing the fate of the Albert Kahn industrial structure in Midtown. Wayne State University has been tearing down the two-story building this summer to make way for a parking lot and a staging ground for work on an adjacent, $90-million biomedical research […]
Two artists from Los Angeles spent several days assembling an enormous, symmetrical installation of grimy chairs, pianos, TVs, sofas, tables and pews at the Woods Cathedral Church of God in Detroit, the Motor City Muckraker has learned. Photos of the monstrous piece, entitled “Sunday Mass,” were posted on our website Friday, prompting numerous tips about the […]