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Bubble Barbershop: Here We Go Again

Thursday, July 16, 2015 6:47 No Comments

The Hipster Barbershop came and went. Five months ago the headline read, “Hipster Barbershop Trend Arrives in Detroit.” Now the headline predictably reads, “High-End Detroit Barbershop Closes After 5 Months.” The business was built on $40 cuts and $50 straight razor shaves and this was considered to be “breaking new ground for a basic men’s cut in [...]

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Bicycle Bubble?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 11:00 No Comments

I am as big a booster as anyone when it comes to anything Detroit, especially as it involves bicycles (I have 8 of them) and commerce. And I wouldn’t mind the Detroit Bikes “B-Type” bicycle for myself, perhaps someday. But I have an egg or two to throw at this article on the expansion plans [...]

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Practicing Economics Without a License

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 19:51 No Comments

I just came back from Cleveland where I spent a couple of days loitering around Little Italy and making some new friends over some good wine. I love to engage in conversations with the small entrepreneurs, wherever I travel, because they are always teeming with stories of how they beat the regulatory state, time after [...]

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Finally, A Use for “You Go Girl!”

Thursday, February 26, 2015 16:49 2 Comments

I don’t like overused clichés, but for this I am making an exception. Detroit News headline today: “Women With CPLs Surge in Michigan.” The number of women statewide who received or renewed concealed pistol licenses rose from 10,862 in 2010 to 25,418, a gain of 134 percent. And while women still made up less than [...]

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Grilled Cheese No-Bubble?

Monday, February 16, 2015 21:59 No Comments

To quote the article: …with the goal of becoming the largest operator in the gourmet grilled cheese space. Surely we should have known there *was* such as thing as a “grilled cheese space”? That said, I am a big fan of food trucks – they are very successful at a Mom-and-Pop entrepreneurial level, serving urban [...]

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(Neo-Victorian?) Fools For Big Pharma

Monday, March 24, 2014 19:20 1 Comment

I don’t know who this loon is, but in spite of his lack of a wide platform, it is worth posting this piece here because, once again, it shows how intellectually feeble the vaccination nation drum beaters are as they continue to hate on and verbally bully individuals who make their own choices about what [...]

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This Is Your Police Department

Sunday, February 9, 2014 19:19 8 Comments

This is an amazing piece of Detroit police propaganda from 1951 titled “This is Your Police Department.” The intro talks about ”the men of the Detroit Police Department.” The Detroit police are described as providing “the protection of the lives and property of the people of Detroit.” Meanwhile, the narration is host to a backdrop of [...]

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Detroit’s Got Soul

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 6:37 2 Comments

Here’s a nifty video that starts out with the usual stuff about Detroit’s good, bad, and the ugly. Then the filmmaker showcases the Brightmoor Youth Entrepreneurship Project, a training program that teaches youths various skills and entrepreneurial savvy. It’s referred to here as “curb-side economics,” and the people are known as road-side entrepreneurs. City youths [...]

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Culture of Narcissism Meets Google Glasses

Sunday, January 26, 2014 21:45 18 Comments

The recent case of Google Glass wearer Cecelia Abadie being given a citation for wearing a computer-in-eyeglass device while driving is only a launch point for what will be some very interesting court battles. The citation was dismissed in a San Diego court by a judge who properly noted that the police could not prove the [...]

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Detroit Police Chief: “Good Americans Are Armed”

Friday, January 3, 2014 6:24 5 Comments

People carrying guns equals a reduction in crime. This comes from the new Detroit Chief of Police James Craig. For an urban Police Chief this is pretty radical stuff, and it’s a good start.

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