Archive for February, 2006

New design

The Metroblogging gods (aka Sean and Jason) have redesigned the site. What do you think?

Pistons vs. rest of the league

So I’m sitting here watching the All-Star Game, and I’ve gotta say, it’s not that different from watching a regular season game.

That’s because Pistons coach Flip Saunders just put in all four Piston All-Star players – the non-brothers Wallace, Chauncey and Rip. All we need now is Tayshaun…

Go Pistons!

Detroit Zoo to close?

The Detroit Zoo may close soon after a proposal to transfer daily operations to the Detroit Zoological Society was rejected by Detroit City council.

Detroit leads Michigan in Building Permits

Detroit led southeast Michigan last year with the most new housing permits, outpacing Northern Macomb County and Oakland County. The success of SBXL is just one more catalyst that is helping Detroit “turn the corner” in its revitalization efforts.

Josephine Ford leaves masterpieces to the DIA

The late Josephine Ford, granddaughter of Henry Ford, bequeathed several art masterpieces to the DIA, according to an article in yesterday’s Detroit Free Press.

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Ford, who died last June at age 81, was a lover of the arts and a long-time supporter of the DIA. It has been estimated that she gave $40 million to the DIA during her lifetime.

Her last gift to the DIA includes pieces by Picasso, Degas, Matisse, Renoir, Chagall and Modigliani. She also left a piece of furniture, described as a low chest or dressing table, circa 1770. The maker of this item was unknown.

In addition to her bequests to the DIA, Ford also left a record $50 million for the College of Creative Studies, an announcement that was made last month at the North American International Auto Show.

Darko Leaves the D

After playing only 96 games within the past 3 seasons, 20-year old Darko Milicic has been traded to the Orlando Magic. Darko along with Carlos Arroyo were traded in exchange for Center Kelvin Cato and a first-round pick.

Despite his struggles with the Pistons, Milicic was a fan favorite during his first two seasons and was embarrassed when they chanted: “We want Dar-ko!” This season, the fans seemed to give up on trying to get him into games — and the team ran out of patience with a player it knew would be a project.

I personally liked Darko. He wasn’t the best player but he has some great skills and promise for being only 20-years old. He was out-shined, playing with the best players in the game and a trade like this is good for him. Sure, he’s leaving a champion team, but hopefully he will be able to prove that he didn’t go pro just to be ‘the guy we put in at the end of a sure-win game’.

Read more of the Yahoo Article or Check out Piston Statistics

Dublin

Raise a tall one in welcoming Dublin to the Metroblogging Family.

Power to the D-Towns!

Detroit Synergy

Umm. I guess I am officially a dork. This is my second post in a row that is about something I found rather randomly on the web. *sighs* At any rate I found a group that is simpatico with the purpose of Metro-blogging. The group is called, “Detroit Synergy” and their mission, “We generate positive perceptions and opinions about Detroit by bringing together a diverse community and building upon the City’s strengths and resources to realize a common vision for a greater Detroit.” Check them out here. They actually DO something and have found a way to convert ideas into actions. Very impressive.

Opportunity for Creatives

I stumbled on this and thought I would pass it along. The following is stolen directly from the site, ” Come join Delegates from all over Michigan who represent the artists, dedicated organizations and quality businesses who serve the creative needs of our Society and Industry. The SEMAFX Network presents this unparalleled evening of networking and collaboration! This event is intended to help focus our creative energies and form an extremely strong web that will attract and secure new business opportunities for our growing creative community! Come and celebrate our collective abilities at this important and groundbreaking event! Sign up and represent your organization as we promote Michigans talent and resources in the emerging creative industries. Please Invite EVERYONE you know (and some you don’t) to help us put on the biggest party in our history! See you there!” I will be there to get my networking on my own self. It looks pretty cool.

Former Sports Stars Add to Momentum

well, so far the momentum from SBXL continues to swell… it was announced this morning that both former Pistons’ star Dave Bing and recent Superbowl Champion Jerome Bettis won bids to develop properties on Detroit’s riverfront… check out the article from the Free Press here

this is something that the city totally needs… it needs people who are from the city or who have become a part of the city to step up, take charge and provide leadership… i also think that it is even more significant that the people stepping up are former professional athletes… they are the ones that many in Detroit’s culture look up to, and if these professional athletes are willing to take ownership of a city, then hopefully it’ll say something to the “normal” citizens of this town…

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