Melodies and Memories isn’t just any record shop; stars, locals flock to collection

Melodies and Memories isn’t just any record shop; stars, locals flock to collection

To call this place “just a record shop” would be doing it an injustice. It boasts a collection of over 3,000 retro lunchboxes; board games from the 1960’s; a life-sized replica of the RCA Dog; action figures and dolls that range from Rosa Parks to Godzilla; a tambourine signed by Bob Dylan; vintage posters from Detroit concerts, and much more.

Is Detroit’s population loss bottoming out?

Is Detroit’s population loss bottoming out?

The unprecedented exodus from Detroit in the past decade is slowing down, a sign that efforts to draw new residents is working, the Associated Press reports. Detroit shocked the nation when the decennial Census showed the city lost 25% of its population, which dropped to 714,000. It’s unclear what caused the slowdown, but officials in […]

City postpones sale of iconic Lafayette Towers

City postpones sale of iconic Lafayette Towers

The iconic, hulking Lafayette Towers in Detroit won’t go on the auction block Wednesday because the city of Detroit has postponed the sale, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. City officials want to find a responsible owner who won’t let the twin high-rises fall into foreclosure like they did in February. Built in […]

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 […]

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. […]