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LOOK: Detroit, 45 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.31.2013 | Arts

What can change in 45 years? In Detroit, quite a bit. Photographer Enrico Natali's Detroit 1968 collection, released this year by Foggy Notion Boo...

Historic Park Avenue Under Threat (Again)

Michael Boettcher | Posted 12.07.2013 | Detroit
Michael Boettcher

As Detroit has made a game of comparing ourselves to other cities, we've too often overlooked what makes us special and unique on our own terms. Park Avenue is a good example.

Detroit: Requiem or Rebirth?

Cynthia Carr Falardeau | Posted 10.05.2013 | Detroit
Cynthia Carr Falardeau

It is also unthinkable to leave out the birth of the automotive industry. Both my father and my husband's dad began their careers working for the greats of General Motors. I was almost 17 before I knew that people drove cars made in foreign countries.

Can Rosie The Riveter's Factory Be Saved?

AP | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 07.31.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT -- A group has been given a two-month extension in which to raise enough money to save some of the Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Rivete...

One Last Chance To Save Rosie The Riveter's Factory

AP | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 07.29.2013 | Detroit

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a "man's work" by building World War II-era...

LOOK: 40 Years Later, This Photo Teaches A Crucial Lesson

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.17.2013 | Detroit

A gaggle of kids playing in the street pose arm-in-arm, posturing and grinning toothily for the photographer from the local newspaper who happened to ...

Is the 'Rust Belt' a Dirty Word?

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 09.11.2013 | Detroit
Richey Piiparinen

There is indeed a growing movement of Rust Belt pride taking hold. Yet it is not a false pride, rather a pride that's derived from an acceptance of having become rust. Such can be immeasurable for the psychogeography of the region.

Jesse Jackson And Thousands Walk For MLK, 50 Years Later

AP | Posted 06.22.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT -- Thousands participated in a Detroit march commemorating the 50th anniversary of one that Martin Luther King Jr. led in 1963. The walk down...

You Know Eastern Market.. But What About Western Market?

Curbed Detroit | Posted 05.22.2013 | Detroit

As Eastern Market recovers from Flower Day's 150,000-200,000 attendees, it's hard to understate the importance of the Detroit's one major marketplace ...

Architectural Triage And The Hotel Charlevoix

Detroit Free Press | Posted 07.09.2013 | Detroit

The latest architectural death sentence was handed out in Detroit this week, as a demolition permit was issued for the historic -- but blighted -- Hot...

Mosaic, Hastings Street and Miller High: History Hiding in Plain Sight

Rick Sperling | Posted 07.08.2013 | Detroit
Rick Sperling

In 2001, Mosaic was commissioned by Detroit 300 to create a play that would showcase Detroit's rich history, in honor of the city's 300th anniversary celebration, and this play was the result.

It's An Important Day In The History Of The DIA

Posted 04.29.2013 | Detroit

The first foundation for one of our city's most elegant and graceful ladies was laid 89 years ago today. The cornerstone of the Detroit Institute o...

Detroit's Quixotic 1944 Bid To Host UN Headquarters

Foreign Policy | Posted 06.03.2013 | Detroit

In the 20th century, Detroit earned a reputation as the automotive capital of the world -- a declaration of pride in its manufacturing achievements. I...

WATCH: Discovering Detroit's Ghost Waters

Model D | Oren Goldenberg | Posted 04.02.2013 | Detroit

This story originally appeared in Model D. On March 16, we accompanied Shaun Nethercott, founder and executive director of the Matrix Theatre Comp...

LOOK: Stunning Photograph Shows Historic Detroit, Now In Color

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.30.2013 | Detroit

Developer Dan Gilbert's talk of transforming downtown Detroit into a pedestrian paradise full of benches, parks, promenades and retail might be hard t...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

LOOK: Historic Building Gets New Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.28.2013 | Detroit

A soaring historic building in Detroit, long empty, is on its way to a new life. When the $82 million renovation of the David Whitney at Woodward ...

Looking Back At Another Turning Point In Detroit's History

The Millions | Posted 05.18.2013 | Detroit

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a white Republican, announced on March 1 that the state will appoint an emergency manager to try to bring the city of Detro...

LOOK: Before It Was Abandoned..

Posted 03.09.2013 | Detroit

It may seem like Detroit's Packard Plant has always been an abandoned cavernous, often smoldering ruin. So a vintage advertisement posted on Imgur and...

From Historic Firehouse To Hotel

Crain's Detroit Business | Posted 03.04.2013 | Detroit

A $23 million boutique hotel is in the works for the historic firehouse site in downtown Detroit. A development group led by Walter Cohen and his ...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

After 100 Years, NAACP Branch Still Fighting For Civil Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.26.2013 | Detroit

Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. marched for civil rights through Detroit and delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech for the first tim...

LOOK: Happy Birthday, Michigan!

Posted 01.27.2013 | Detroit

Are you feeling festive, Mitten State? Michigan's 176th birthday falls on Saturday, and any age over 100 deserves a big celebration. Michigan beca...

LOOK: The Detroit Auto Show, Past And Present

Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit

Since 1987, when members from the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) launched their vision for an auto show that was truly international in scope...

Detroit's Most Endangered Buildings

Curbed Detroit | Posted 02.27.2013 | Detroit

The story of threat and loss is nothing new to Detroiters with a soft spot for heritage and preservation work. While this list of endangered buildings...

Don't Miss These Books About Detroit

Posted 12.21.2012 | Detroit

As winter finally hits Detroit, we're suddenly hit with the urge to stay inside and curl up next to a fire with a mug of hot cocoa (perhaps with a lib...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

LOOK: Stunning Photographs Of Detroit, Then And Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.20.2012 | Detroit

Photographers have been aiming their lens at Detroit for decades, and a new exhibit shows how artists have captured the city historically and today. ...