Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Remembering 9/11

On the fifth anniversary of the suicide terrorist attacks on the United States, we take a moment to remember those people lost on this tragic day in American history and those who suffer because of it.

Excluding the 19 hijackers, 2,973 people died as a result of four hijacked airplanes that crashed into World Trade Center Towers One and Two, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Another 24 people are still missing.

Preservation Wayne

Interested in Detroit’s architecture and it’s history? Look no further than Preservation Wayne. This fine orgination has been preserving Detroit’s architecural heritage since 1975.

Front Row Center

This Sunday I caught a few minutes of a new show on WDET, Front Row Center. Its a local show hosted by Celeste Headlee and directed right at Detroit. The few minutes I caught were about teaming up the private and public parts of the Eastern Market as well as the future of non-profs in the metro area.

Hoping to find it available as a podcast I went to the website to hear it in full. Unfortunately, it is only available streaming on-demand (I wanted to put it on my portable player), but it is still worth listening to. Last Sunday’s show also talked much about Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang with commentary by a man who grew up with the families.

The show takes on a format similar to Here and Now, but also has a ’round-table’ feel where several experts not only debate on matters but brainstorm and build upon each others ideas. Of course this is all from the one episode I’ve heard so far, but it seems to be a very promising program.

You can hear it Sunday’s 11am-Noon on WDET or in‘s on-demand section.

Detroit’s Annual Theatre Tour Just One Day Away!

Up a Staircase

This Saturday is the annual Theatre Tour held by Preservation Wayne. A fun event for anyone who admires movie palaces, architecture, or Detroit’s past. For the price of $35 (which may seem a lot, but is so worth it), you get to see the interiors of about a dozen theaters and a lunch at the Detroit Opera House.

It is my 3rd year volunteering for the event, and I enjoy every moment of it.

If you want to go, you better hurry as reservations are a MUST, as the event gets sold out quick.
Tours depart rain or shine, so please check ahead and dress appropriately. Call Preservation Wayne at (313) 577-7674 for more information. Payment by cash, check, and MasterCard or Visa is accepted.

Tour groups are limited in size and depart every half hour from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Registration and tours begin in the lobby of the State Theater on Woodward Avenue, one block south of the Fox. Parking is available at the Fox Garage, located just north of the Fox Theater, on Montcalm, directly west of Hockeytown Café.

Detroit’s Birthday

Today is Detroit’s 305th birthday!

On July 24, 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac officially established Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit (Fort Detroit) near the Detroit River.

Click here for more information.

Free Press Video about the Packard Plant

On the Free Press website this morning I found a pretty cool video (with narration) of the Packard Plant and it’s history. You can view the video at the Free Press’ website.

The Packard plant is really a fascinating and sad peice of Detroit urban decay. If you don’t know exactly what I’m talking about, you can see it off of I-94 as you head from downtown to the eastern suburbs. If you want a closer view, you can find it on West Grand Boulevard (you can’t miss it, it’s huge).

Detroiters love their Slurpees

In honor of its 79th birthday today – not coincidentally 07/11 on the calendar – participating 7-Eleven stores across the nation will be serving up free Slurpees in Happy Birthday cups to customers.

That should be music to the ears of Metro Detroiters, who, according to 7-Eleven, consume the most Slurpees in the entire United States.

Grab ’em before they’re gone; the free frozen drinks only last until the special cups run out.

For 7-Eleven locations in Metro Detroit, click here.

Fête du Canada

I just want to wish our Canadian neighbors a very happy 139th birthday today.

Happy Canada Day!

Visit Metroblogging’s Canadian sites for an inside look at how Canadians celebrate their Independence Day:


House moving


We all have horror stories from moving, but what if you are not just moving your stuff but also the entire house? A couple in Grosse Ile are doing just that – they are moving their historic Ballard/Stryker house, which happens to be the third oldest in Wayne County. The move will be featured on HGTV’s House Movers.

Today was supposed to be the moving day but yesterday’s rain has delayed it. You can follow their progress (and catch up on some of the drama) at their website.

House photo from the Cold Jensens website.

Sister Cities

Do you know what cities are Detroit’s “sister cities“?

Chongqing, China;
Dubai, United Arab Emirates; (a fellow Metblog city!!)
Kitwe, Zambia;
Minsk, Belarus;
Nassau, Bahamas;
Toyota, Japan; and
Turin, Italy.

I knew there was another reason I should have been paying attention to the Winter Olympics!

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