Outta Here

We’re outta here. Headed to the Big D from the D. Now that we have a move date we’re putting up for sale pretty much everything. Click over to the 4sale page and keep checking — as we post stuff and items sell we’ll be updating in this central location. Thanks!

Add this to the “Duh” category 1

DetroitCIO Magazine becomes the latest publication to pile onto Detroit:

It’s easy to pick on poor Detroit, but it would hardly be any IT staffer’s destination of choice right now. What’s left of the tech jobs at automobile industry companies that haven’t already been outsourced (see: GM) is quite low as those companies and their suppliers try to survive bankruptcy and the global recession. Detroit also has the distinction of being named to the top 10 of Forbes’ “Fastest Dying U.S. Cities” list.

Way to kick us when we’re down. Thankfully I have a job right now, but who knows these days…

Ready, set …

Hello cruel world, welcome to the Detroit party. Forget all your troubles, lay down your cares, everything is waiting for you … downtown.
Credit: Metro Times

Invincible ft. Finale – “Locusts” (docu-music-video)


Detroit Hip-Hop artists Invincible & Finale rhyme about the impacts of gentrification on the Motor City.

It’s a slow news day, I’m bored, and for no other reason than that I’m posting this video. It’s also catchy and I like the scenery. So sue me.

Gettin’ Cultured

Monty Python’s Spamalot, the musical that set theatre back 1,000 years and captured Broadway’s Holy Grail (the tony award for best musical) was back in Detroit for a brief appearance at the Fisher Theatre in downtown Detroit. Lucky for us we caught the last show Sunday night. Who says there’s no culture** in Motor City?!

Monty Python's Spamalot

The show is lovingly “ripped-off” from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Telling the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in their quest for the Holy Grail, the campiness and satire from the 1974 movie translated nearly flawlessly to the stage. Well-integrated scenery and props were almost never a hindrance to the story being told. Many spots were funnier than the movie and possibly more irreverent; not just to religion and culture, but to Broadway itself. Most importantly, they even gave it a local spin by joking about ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in the show.

Fisher Theatre lobbyAll in all it was a fantastic show, and a great excuse to see the Fisher Theatre for the 1st time, and the place is beautiful! The lobby area features some art deco tile work lavish with an Aztec-theme in the Mayan Revival style (thank you wiki!) with some insane detailing.

All in all this was a great show and a great (work) night out on the town!

** Any Broadway show referencing farts in particular directions and waving private parts at one’s aunties is TOTALLY cultured.

Wildlife In Detroit Part 2 1

chickenSpeaking of Wildlife In Detroit
Just when I thought I’d heard it all, something like this comes along!

DETROIT (AP) – Authorities are trying to determine who dumped more than a ton of frozen chicken outside an old auto factory in Detroit.

The Detroit News reports at least 30 boxes containing the more than 2,000 pounds of sealed chicken breasts were found Sunday afternoon at the former Fisher Body plant on the city’s southwest side.

Source: Detroit News

  • I’m sure it wasn’t Kwame, he’d never let a breast go to waste…
  • Anyone have a good recipe for General Tso’s chicken?

Wildlife In Detroit 1


Check out this video of Detroit (just ignore the French subtitles). It’s fairly long but the imagery is absolutely haunting.

Goodbye and thanks for all the scandals!

If you’ve got to go, go out in style! The Detroit mayor’s resignation and guilty pleas trump the Republican National Convention coverage today.

At least the embarrassment is over and some good thorough house cleaning can get underway to move the city forward.

Riverwalk Revival

The Dequindre Cut is a sub-grade railroad corridor. Originally used to link commercial manufacturing in the early 19th century, The Cut was later used as a commuter rail traveling from Pontiac to the Ren Cen. In the decline of the 80’s, The Cut was tagged by graffiti artists and home to the homeless. Now the one mile stretch from the Riverwalk to Eastern Market is being revitalized for bikes, pedestrians, and (some key words here) future mass transit.

Light Rail Transit in Detroit

My dream INCHED closer to reality back in April with the release of a study trumpeting light rail transit as the best regional transit option for the Woodward corridor.

An intensive 18-month technical review that is following guidelines established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) New Starts Program concludes a light rail line along eight miles on Woodward Avenue from Downtown to the Michigan State Fairgrounds near Eight Mile Road is the best alternative to build the starter line for a regional rapid transit system in the Detroit area.
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Someday, we could hop a train down the block from our house to hit up a ball game or a night on the town. Someday

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