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Detroit musician Karriem Riggins interview at Okayplayer.com

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Karriem Riggins is synonymous to jazz. Karriem Riggins is also synonymous to hip-hop. Karriem Riggins makes beats using MPCs, drum sets, samples and anything he can get his hands on. Karriem Riggins rhymes. Karriem Riggins is a musician, a teacher, and a father, but most importantly he is Karriem Riggins. The only thing he prescribes in is what he hears and that’s why you should get to know him. Check out the interview and experience some new tracks from his upcoming Stonesthrow debut entitled "Alone Together." http://revivalist.okayplayer.com/2012/09/10/karriem-riggins-the-teacher-the-musician/

Canadians Make a Racket Over Mysterious "Windsor Hum"

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Unexplained Noise Spurs Diplomatic Fracas At Detroit Border; Americans Can't Hear It WINDSOR, Ontario—Last month, Bob Dechert, a senior aide to Canada's foreign minister, was dispatched to Detroit with an important diplomatic mission: To stop a highly annoying noise. The so-called Windsor hum, described as a low-frequency rumbling sound, has rattled windows and knocked objects off shelves in this border community just across the Detroit River from the Motor City. Locals have said it sounds like a large diesel truck idling, a loud boom box or the bass vocals of Barry White. Windsor residents have blamed the hum for causing illness, whipping dogs into frenzies, keeping cats housebound and sending goldfish to the surface in backyard ponds. Many have resorted to switching on their furnace fan all season to drown out the noise. Even weirder, Americans can't seem to hear it. Canadians find that suspicious—especially since their research suggests the hum is coming from the Yankees' side—and accuse U.S. officials of staying silent over the noise. "The government of Canada takes this issue seriously," Mr. Dechert said after his recent fact-finding trip, which included a visit to a heavily industrialized area on the American side of the river that some Canadian scientists believe is to blame for the hum. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303990604577370182557339816.html

WSJ: No Train for the Motor City

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DETROIT—After kicking the tires on a shiny new train system, the Motor City has decided to take the cheaper bus instead. This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Mayor Dave Bing suddenly abandoned a roughly $600 million plan to build a light-rail line along a key corridor that supporters had insisted would attract new residents and jump-start economic growth. Instead, they proposed a less-expensive plan for a network of express buses to deliver workers from the city to the job-rich suburbs. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204844504577100660265044228.html

The Economist: The Parable of Detroit

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IT IS hardly news that the city of Detroit has been in long-term decline, a victim of everything from the problems of the "big three" carmakers to family breakdown, crime and middle-class flight, both black and white. But the scale of the recent collapse has caught even hardened Detroiters by surprise. When the results from the most recent decennial census appeared earlier this year, they showed that in the decade from 2000 to 2010 Detroit lost an astonishing 25% of its population, a demographic catastrophe (New Orleans apart) without parallel in the developed world. .... Yet despite all the gloom, there is a bit of a sense that things might just be starting to turn, and the reason is simple: Detroit is now incredibly cheap. And that has drawn some admittedly rather pioneering types back into town. http://www.economist.com/node/21533407?frsc=dg|a

Bill Laimbeer : Ndamukong Suh :: Bad Boy : BAD BOY

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DETROIT -- Somewhere on an interstate between Florida and Michigan, one of the biggest, baddest athletes in Detroit history flipped on his radio Sunday for the Lions game. And Bill Laimbeer smiled. There is this brute of a man playing on the defensive line for Detroit now, and in some ways, he reminds Laimbeer of himself. They say that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh plays dirty; Laimbeer says he plays hard. They fine Suh and tell him he needs to stop being so reckless; Laimbeer, the antagonistic heart and soul of the Detroit Pistons' "Bad Boys" championship teams from two decades ago, says the enterprising young lad is simply doing his part to shape the culture of Detroit Lions football. "Not everybody can be the pretty boys," Laimbeer said. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread-NdamukongSuh/detroit-lions-ndamukong-suh-become-face-franchise-wants-more

Where To Drive Drunk In Detroit

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If you drive blottoed, you down’t want to land in the court of Judge Kimberly Small in Bloomfield Hills. Here, you are pretty sure to end up in the slammer, even for a first offense. In other areas, you must be a repeat offender to do time. And in Detroit, the stays are short, and the fines are affordable. If you are a low income drinker, Judge Marylin Atkins in Detroit will give you a discount. See, downtown Detroit isn’t all that bad. And some enterprising soul really should put that information into the navigation system. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/where-to-drive-drunk-in-detroit/

NYT: The Young and Entrepreneurial Move to Downtown Detroit, Pushing Its Economic Recovery

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Recent census figures show that Detroit’s overall population shrank by 25 percent in the last 10 years. But another figure tells a different and more intriguing story: During the same time period, downtown Detroit experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of college-educated residents under the age of 35, nearly 30 percent more than two-thirds of the nation’s 51 largest cities. These days the word "movement" is often heard to describe the influx of socially aware hipsters and artists now roaming the streets of Detroit. Not unlike Berlin, which was revitalized in the 1990s by young artists migrating there for the cheap studio space, Detroit may have this new generation of what city leaders are calling "creatives" to thank if it comes through its transition from a one-industry. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/fashion/the-young-and-entrepreneurial-move-to-downtown-detroit-pushing-its-economic-recovery.html?ref=fashion&pagewanted=all

NYT: 36 Hours in Detroit

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DESPITE recent news stories of a population exodus from Detroit, there are many reasons to make a pilgrimage to this struggling city right now — and not just because Eminem’s slick Super Bowl commercial showcased the inner strength of the Motor City. No video can portray the passion one finds on the streets of Detroit these days, where everyone from the doorman to the D.J. will tell you they believe in this city’s future. While certain areas are indeed eerily empty, other neighborhoods — including midtown, downtown and Corktown — are bustling with new businesses that range from creperies and barbecue joints catering to the young artists and entrepreneurs migrating to Motown, to a just-opened hostel that invites tourists to explore Detroit with the aid of local volunteer guides. In the historic Brush Park district, architecture buffs will find some lovely refurbished houses, and along Woodward Avenue, restored film palaces are a wonderful reminder that this city’s storied past includes not just automobiles, but also the entertainment industry. No urban enthusiast will want to miss the recovery that Detroit is now attempting.

The Odd Challenge for Detroit Planners: How to Shrink a City

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DETROIT — When Marja M. Winters was studying urban planning in graduate school, she learned the art and science of helping cities grow. Now Ms. Winters, a native of Detroit and the deputy director of the city’s planning and development department, finds herself in an utterly unexpected role, one that no school would have thought to prepare her for: she is sorting out how to help her hometown shrink, by working through difficult decisions that will determine which neighborhoods can be saved and which cannot. .... Actually carrying out such an effort, particularly in a city as vast as Detroit, is like solving a complicated set of interwoven puzzles, as Ms. Winters has discovered over many long days and some nights poring over thousands of pages of maps and statistics in her 23rd-floor downtown office. How to reconfigure roads, bus lines, police districts? How to encourage people — there is no power of eminent domain to force them — to move out of the worst neighborhoods and into better ones?

UPDATE: Detroit's RoboCop statue

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In a demonstration of the Internet's ability to connect like-minded people, the exchange led to a Facebook group promoting the idea to build a RoboCop statue here and a fund-raising drive with worldwide reach. So far, more than $60,000 has been raised from metro Detroit and many other countries through the Kickstarter page set up by Imagination Station, a nonprofit that's building a creative campus in Corktown. The fund-raising was set to officially end on Saturday. Detroit artist Jerry Paffendorf, who's involved in the statue drive, said he hopes a 10-foot-tall replica of RoboCop will be completed this summer. The planned location is somewhere in Wayne State University's TechTown research and technology park. Wherever it winds up, "it's going to be a world-class statue, like you would see Thaddeus Kosciuszko on Michigan Avenue," says Paffendorf.
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