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 […]

Kronk Gym, made famous in Detroit, seeks suburban home

Kronk Gym, made famous in Detroit, seeks suburban home

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 […]

Historic industrial building makes way for parking lot; Midtown to get research center

Historic industrial building makes way for parking lot; Midtown to get research center

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 […]

Mystery solved: Los Angeles artists created installation inside abandoned church

Mystery solved: Los Angeles artists created installation inside abandoned church

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 […]