Detroit vs. Chicago: A Clear Winner
An Open Letter to the Residents of Chicago:
Hello, Windy City. I am inviting all of you to leave that normally lovely nirvana known as Chicago and move to Detroit.
Why? How about this: My city doesn't charge $50 for an expired parking meter. My family was THREE minutes late, and we earned this unbelievable high fee for violating your fair streets. My apologies, Chicago, but that's outrageous. My in-laws may love you, but I'm a little irked.
If you'll allow me to speak on behalf of Detroit, I'll give you a few reasons why you should move to the D. Our rush hour is really an hour, not 24/7. We have real UM and MSU bars, not replicas. We have the original Coney dog, not replicas. For the price of a small, narrow condo with no yard or garage in your city, you could get a mansion anywhere from downtown Detroit to Birmingham to Grosse Pointe Shores. Hell, I'll even park your car at night if you make the move. And our parking tickets cost a measly $5. Granted, the job situation isn't the best. But we're working on it.
P.S. Jump to the break for some Links of the Week.
--The New York Times adds its two cents to the “ruin porn” debate and does a feature on Design 99, the famous (or infamous) project that got publicity for its $100 house purchase. The article says and comments on a lot more, including the Heidelberg Project.
--Model D jumps in on another Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert project, this time in Hamtramck. It is called Popps Packing, and there are a lot of other (soon-to-be famous) people participating. I'm going to try to get by this one to check it out.
--NPR also contributes to the abandoned building issue in the Takeaway. It links to a bunch more articles far better than I could. Well worth the read. Here is my favorite line:
As Thomas Morton points out, reporters often pair stories about the struggling Big Three with photos of the Packard Auto Plant in east Detroit. The problem? That plant closed in 1956, when the American automakers were still thriving.
--I don't know a lot about this project, “Burn,” but it sounds interesting. The filmmakers are focusing on Detroit firefighters and they are asking for support. That means throwing some money their way. Here is a 10-minute preview of the project.
--Really interesting read from Wayne State University Prof. Jerry Herron about what it is like to live around and in the city of Detroit. He too has faced the “Wow, Detroit is a real city?” dilemma. How exactly are you supposed to answer that?
--Just for fun, and because I mentioned Coneys, some footage from Becks over at Detroit Moxie of when Michael Symon was in town to film the hot-dog war television show.