As I write this, thieves in a backhoe are stealing large metal beams even as a fire burns in the plant, a few buildings away.
Sonny’s death is another irreplaceable part in our city’s culture. The legendary voices of my childhood, the men whose voices were the narration of Detroit, are all starting to pass away.
“You aren’t leaving until you delete that damn picture,” a male campaign volunteer hollered as he poked his finger at my chest.
Firefighters are angry, frustrated and feel betrayed by a city they’ve been – and still are – devoted to.
Fighting fires is becoming an increasingly difficult task because of recent budget cuts that have trimmed personnel, rigs and new equipment.
In the latest drumbeat of conservative rhetoric, Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes exploits fears that liberal leaders, er, “Guardians of Decline,” are bent on destroying their own city.
The filmmakers seem more intent on weaving together moody music, portrayals of hopelessness and images of the usual abandoned buildings.
Whether the west-side building will be salvaged is questionable because thieves stole copper plumbing, unleashing a torrent of water that was quickly rising in the basement.
Turns out, Napoleon’s $105 million budget isn’t as bare bones as he suggests. And he wants to run the city of Detroit?
Leading the charge is longtime Councilman Kwame Kenyatta, who claims Bing’s office illegally transferred taxpayer money to a nonprofit.