More excessive pension perks for top Wayne County officials

More excessive pension perks for top Wayne County officials

While Wayne County cut services, closed parks and reduced police protection, the government took care of its high-ranking appointees and politicians at the expense of taxpayers. More than 50 Wayne County employees are eligible for lifetime health care benefits with as little as three years on the job, the Free Press reports this morning. It’s just the […]

Detroit’s long-forgotten buildings subject of new book

Detroit’s long-forgotten buildings subject of new book

Dan Austin may seem like an improbable Detroit historian. With shaggy sideburns, a strong affection for vinyl records and just 31 years old, Austin has become the go-to guy on Detroit architecture. In true Detroit fashion, Austin earned that distinction with tireless work, uncovering long-forgotten details of the city’s storied high-rises, theaters and churches. In […]

Detroit photographer depicts life as a Detroit firefighter

Detroit photographer depicts life as a Detroit firefighter

Few photographers capture life in Detroit quite like Brian Day. His exquisite attention to the interaction between light and dark plays out in dramatic, absorbing images of cityscapes, Detroiters and their neighborhoods. The images are sincere, poignant and moving. Now some of his most striking images are on display at CNN. They depict heart-wrenching moments in […]

Castle building comes back to life downtown

Castle building comes back to life downtown

By Steve Neavling Like a misplaced castle in downtown Detroit, the Grand Army of Republic building is an unusual, elegant site. After years of abandonment, the 120-year-old building is set to reopen on Veterans Day 2013 following major renovations, according to the new owners, Detroit-based Mindfield. What used to serve as a meeting ground for […]

Gov. Snyder takes heat for new firework law after loud night

Gov. Snyder takes heat for new firework law after loud night

By Steve Neavling “Celebrate the birth of your country by blowing up a small portion of it.” – The Simpsons Boom, boom, bang. Boom. All day. All night. It was the first Fourth of July since Gov. Rick Snyder legalized louder, more powerful fireworks. Revelers celebrated by firing off a seemingly endless supply of ear-splitting explosives. […]

Detroit Tigers prospect clobbering way through minors

Detroit Tigers prospect clobbering way through minors

By Steve Neavling Nick Castellanos, the Detroit Tigers’ potential third baseman of the future, is flying through the minors and today was named the 12th best prospect in all of baseball, according to Baseball America. But struggling starter Jacob Turner dropped out of the top 50, after entering the season ranked #22. Castellanos, a 20-year-old phenom, […]

The unraveling of Council President Pugh

The unraveling of Council President Pugh

By Steve Neavling It’s safe to say Detroit has never seen a council president quite like Charles Pugh. The former TV reporter with no political experience swept into city hall in 2009, collecting more votes than any of his eight colleagues. Detroit’s first openly gay councilman pledged to restore faith in a council battered by […]