The recent fire at the Heidelberg Project creates a lot to think about in the greater aspects of what it means to try to recreate a city.
Beethoven's symphonies are iconic and timeless. It is with some wonder, then, that the great one only penned one opera, Fidelio. It is one of the truly classic operas performed for the last two centuries. It's about time it made its way to Detroit.
Somehow we have lost our way as a city. We have lost sight of what really matters to our quality of life and to a strong Detroit.
Detroit can be a very small city when you are curious and friendly. If you keep your ear to the ground people talk up their favorite local acts. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas is one of those grapevine bands.
In a time when the success of electronic dance music has created mixed feelings about where certain genres will go next, Disclosure has learned from the innovators and are making music that is not just a flavor of the month.
When something needs to be accomplished I would rather stay up late and get something done in one day rather than spend two days doing something. This is why I didn't fare well in an office setting. And now I know why.
Listing the dismal array of social problems facing the city of Detroit is easier than bobbing your head up and down to an Eminem song.
Tyree Guyton's urban interventions have opened up dialogue on many of the hard questions Detroit faces such as racism, segregation and poverty that have left deep wounds in the spirit of its people.
A community can come together to achieve all kinds of amazing things; sometimes, that amazing thing is moving a big ol' chunky water tower just because a few people cared enough to save it.
Dr. Sushi is just one example on a growing list of nonprofits, renovation projects, and startups whose media buzz is beginning to compete with the persistent bad news surrounding Detroit's serious issues of crime, political corruption and financial ruin.
I want Detroit to be the magical place I believe it is for everyone. So I live here, I pay taxes here, I tell everyone it is a magical place.
Because the dominant culture of our nation is white, affluent, and educated, there is suddenly little voice lent to those who are not all of the above. This raises a gamut of questions, especially ones that start with "Why?"
Opening your home or other private space is an easy way to strengthen your bonds with people you trust and care for simply by spending time together. At the same time it helps to build community.
We can make our neighborhoods safer. We can light our streets, clean up the blight and fix our roads. We can educate our babies.
Noel Night was originally created as a way to introduce people to everything that Detroit's cultural center has to offer. Fourty years have passed since then and Noel Night just seems to keep getting bigger and better.