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!
CIO 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…
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?!
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.
All 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.
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.
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.
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…