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 […]

Thousands of skateboarders to converge in Detroit

Thousands of skateboarders to converge in Detroit

By Steve Neavling Don’t believe skateboarding is making a comeback? Wait until thousands of skateboarders from around the world zip through the streets and sidewalks of Detroit on Thursday as part of international “Go Skate Day.” The event, Wild in the Streets, encourages skateboarders to converge on Detroit’s Hart Plaza at noon. For updates, check […]

J Dilla: Rebirth of Detroit

Before emerging as one of hip hop’s most influential artists, J Dilla was a regular fixture in Detroit’s mid-1990s underground scene. His posthumous album, Rebirth of Detroit, is released today, with guest spots from local artists Danny Brown and Guilty Simpson. Watch the video for “Dillatroit,” a track on Rebirth of Detroit that features Nick […]

Leaving a Mark, a Message

Leaving a Mark, a Message

The abandoned, ramshackle houses and businesses in Detroit can be sad reminders of the city’s drastic population loss over the past half century. But with a little bit of paint and sweat, the blocks of ruin can be transformed into a portrait of love and hope. From the vibrant extravagance of graffiti art to simple […]

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