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 […]

State raping Detroit? Kenyatta says so.

State raping Detroit? Kenyatta says so.

Tempers flared today after Detroit City Councilman Kwame Kenyatta suggested the state was anally raping the city. Kenyatta was urging his colleagues to stop participating in the state intervention, “rather than continuing to pull your pants down without Vaseline and allowing the folks to do what they’re doing to us.” Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins called out […]

Charlie LeDuff golfs 18 miles through Detroit in poignant video

Charlie LeDuff golfs 18 miles through Detroit in poignant video

It may be Charlie LeDuff’s whackiest idea yet. And maybe his best. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer-turned-TV-sensation golfed 18 miles – from 8 Mile Road to Belle Isle, teeing off on cracked streets, abandoned factories and overgrown fields. During the trek, shown on a nearly 11-minute video aired on Fox 2, LeDuff meets struggling Detroiters trying […]

Forbes writer amazed by Detroit’s progress

Forbes writer amazed by Detroit’s progress

The Detroit of the 1980s is nothing like today’s city. So says Forbes writer Joann Muller in a beaming story about the city’s progress since she first moved to Detroit nearly three decades ago. Muller was thrilled to see Woodward Avenue teeming with people and occupied buildings. “In any other city, this would be unremarkable,” she wrote. […]

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 […]

Kenyatta: Don’t celebrate the Fourth of July

Kenyatta: Don’t celebrate the Fourth of July

By Steve Neavling Independence Day should not be celebrated tomorrow; it should be mourned, Detroit Councilman Kwame Kenyatta said this morning. The oft-misunderstood councilman questioned the wisdom of Detroiters celebrating the Fourth of July at a time when the city is anything but free. The state has partial control of the city, and Detroiters remain […]

New MLive.com columnist calls for “armed rebellion” after Supreme Court ruling

New MLive.com columnist calls for “armed rebellion” after Supreme Court ruling

By Steve Neavling MLive.com should be kicking itself for hiring conservative agitator Matthew Davis as its new political columnist. As the Michigan news site was welcoming Davis to his new job, the former Free Press reporter and mouthpiece for conservative causes created a firestorm. So irate by this week’s Michigan Supreme Court decision on health […]

Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s trip to Detroit gives us hope today

By Steve Neavling The message from Nelson Mandela, delivered 22 years ago today during a sold-out rally in Tiger Stadium, remains just as strong today. “Your solidarity has given us enormous strength and courage,” the South African liberation leader told Detroiters. “We will not forget you.” On June 28, 1990, Mandela met with then-Mayor Coleman […]

Council president throws temper tantrum on Twitter

Council president throws temper tantrum on Twitter

By Steve Neavling Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh threw a temper tantrum on Twitter after a journalism intern dared suggest the councilman is a disappointing leader. “Josh, do you think the folks at Automotive News would be interested in your inaccurate, offensive commentary? Just curious?” Pugh tweeted. After no response from the intern, Pugh […]

Pugh: My muscles offend you?

Pugh: My muscles offend you?

By Steve Neavling Council President Charles Pugh seems genuinely bewildered by the reaction to his whopping 48-minute-long weight loss video that shows him bare-chested and flexing as the city nears bankruptcy. Pugh was particularly upset by a Detroit News column that labeled his video “abs-urd,” so he encouraged his thousands of Facebook friends to tell the author, Laura Berman, […]