Archive for the ‘Detroit’ Category

When Will the Lumbersexual Bubble Go Boom?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 22:38 1 Comment

The Detroit resurrection of recent years is being tainted by the inanities of a creeping bubble, and accordingly, a multitude of poorly-allocated business investments. Once again, existing businesses have been growing at unprecedented rates and new businesses are springing up overnight, and that is in spite of many recent contractions and/or failures in the retail sector. [...]

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:20 No Comments

When the government left these Detroit residents a road sinkhole and refused to own up to fixing that sinkhole, the residents turned it into an aquarium. While the hole remained for years, and filling with water, residents cleaned the hole of algae and stocked it with fish. This mini-pond encased in asphalt had become a home [...]

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Detroit’s Guerilla Road Repair

Saturday, August 8, 2015 7:09 2 Comments

In the little enclave that is Hamtramck, Michigan, they call it Hamtramck Guerilla Road Repair. The county and city can’t get anything done, and the state consistently threatens residents that the roads cannot be fixed without extracting more and more of our money. Consequently, the roads have become awfully bad. Hamtramck’s potholes are notorious for being some [...]

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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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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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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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Podcast With Heartland Institute: Businesspeople Starting to Make Motown Their Hometown

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 12:12 No Comments

Here is the podcast I did with the Heartland Institute last week. Topic: “Businesspeople Starting to Make Motown Their Hometown.”

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Amid Detroit’s Bankruptcy, A New Vibrancy Emerges

Friday, December 27, 2013 16:12 No Comments

Here’s my article that was just published by the Heartland Institute, a conservative-libertarianish think tank in Chicago. In spite of the same-old, same-old media garbage about Detroit grabbing the usual headlines, it’s interesting to note that so many free-market organizations, online papers, magazines, websites, etc. are interested in all of the good things going on here [...]

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Anthony Bourdain Does Detroit

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 11:08 No Comments

The American Daily Herald is running my piece on Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Detroit.

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Say 30 Nice Things About Detroit

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 10:49 No Comments

Ian Douglass sent me his article he published on the Movoto blog: “30 Things You Need to Know About Detroit Before You Move There.” I think Ian’s rundown is a refreshingly positive and artfully humorous view of the Detroit brand. I especially like his reference to Vernors, the “oldest surviving ginger ale brand in the [...]

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