To many, the sprawling Packard Plant is nothing more than a dangerous eyesore and an unsettling reminder of Detroit’s tragic decline. To others, it’s an urban playscape. A mammoth canvas. The Great Ruins of Detroit. But to the embattled city, the 40-acre plant is a stark reminder of how broke and powerless the cash-starved government has […]
In just one day last weekend, two men were brutally beaten, an explorer was attacked and his car stolen and a photographer was robbed by a gunman. Thieves have smashed so many car windows that the streets and parking lots bordering the 105-year-old plant are covered in blue-green bits of glass.
Chad Brown is a bit off. He sports a flattop, prefers video games over showers and is crazily versed in Russian literature. “I’m always the odd person in the room,” Brown, 34, said. “But today, I can get my funk on. We bassists are weird birds.” Brown joined about 100 other bass players Saturday on […]
The FBI is not down with the clown. In fact, the growingly suspicious agency categorizes the Juggalos – fans of the Detroit-based rap group, Insane Clown Posse – as gang members on par with Crips, Bloods and Latin Kings, according to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. So when police last week arrested a 20-year-old Juggalo wanted […]
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.
In an era of declining municipal revenue, it would appear George Orwell is alive and well. How else can you explain the logic of asking for more money from homeowners for the arts when budgets for core services like public safety, schools, and badly needed infrastructure repair are being cut back year after year? The […]
Two women in their 50s rummaged through the sprawling Packard Plant for scorched wood to use for an art project. They didn’t have to look far. As the pair sifted through the debris Wednesday, a fire quietly burned inside one of the factory’s buildings, sending smoke into the sky. Not far away, a trio of […]
Blood spilled onto the streets of Detroit 45 years ago. Racial tensions exploded outside a blind pig, triggering what would be a 5-day riot in which 43 people were killed and 467 injured. The city would never be the same. During the riot, which started on this day in 1967, overzealous police clashed with […]
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 […]
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 […]