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An Eye for the Past -- and Future

Intriguing story (once again) out of Sheri Welch over at Crain's Detroit. She reports in the magazine's most recent edition that the Heidelberg Project may be in line for significant funding from local and national sources to get its long-awaited "arts village" off the ground.

Detroit artist Tyree Guyton has wanted to make his original vision into a larger, largely educational center for the past decade -- when multiple mayors weren't busy tearing parts of it down. Now, the plan to expand it into a real arts center looks like it could come to pass, especially if the foundations that are knocking on his dotted doors actually come up with the funds to make it happen.

I say: How do I donate? This art project has the proverbial nine lives. So let it live. Let's bring some artists of all ages into the city. Maybe that's the formula to getting this Detroit thing to come around. I'm tired of adding the caveat "if Detroit comes around" to stories and blog posts. It's time to announce the changes are here...and maybe Guyton is the man for the job.

Background: According to its Web site, the Heidelberg Project is an "open air art exhibit/education center promoting positive change. Artist Tyree Guyton has transformed vacant homes and lots into his vision of hope for the future." Guyton started the massive installation in 1986. According to Wikipedia, the site is located in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood on the city's east side, just north of the city's historically African-American Black Bottom area. Read the whole entry here. Check out the Heidelberg site here.

Long story short from Crain's:

The vision for the village on Heidelberg Street, on Detroit's lower east side, includes three buildings: one to house artists who will provide arts education and practice their craft; a café and gift shop welcome center; and a third to house offices, classrooms and studio space for children and visiting artists... There's also a plan for an outdoor playhouse and amphitheater in the middle of the block.

I'd love to quote the whole article (or maybe 16 paragraphs or so...hey, that previous time was a rookie mistake and I was suffering from N1H1!). But you have to be a paid Crain's subscriber to get all of its greatness in one spot. So check it out if you can.

I'd also love to see Detroit become an artists colony of sorts. Don't they always say the artists come in to these abandoned areas first...then everyone else follows?

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    Who is Melvin Turner and why is he wearing a Detroit Police Badge?

    Police Officers must have the trust and respect of the community to effective protect the community?

    Then why is Melvin Turner wearing a police uniform?

    Just like Warren Evans, while Melvin Tuner was the 2nd in command at the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, he notoriously dated a female Lieutenant (Pam McClain) who he directly supervised, and promoted another of his girlfriends to the rank of Commander Rose Fodera.

    Melvin Turner was fired from 4 different police departments.

    He was fired from his $185,000 per year job as Undersheriff of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department after he beat up his baby momma, but not right away, because who cares if cops beat up their baby mommas. He was fired only after being convicted of domestic violence and had his police powers taken away.

    Next he took a job as police chief in Highland Park, Melvin came in and broke the backs of the Police Union and helped the city to go bankrupt. The police department was dissolved.

    Next he convinced the Emergency Financial Manager in Hamtramck, however the Hamtramck Cops disliked Melvin Turner and filed complaints and whistleblower lawsuits against him. The Emergency Financial Manager investigated the complaints and decided to fire Melvin Turner.

    Then he arrived in Sumpter Township as Chief of Police. He pissed off everyone there from the city dog catcher to the Township Supervisor. Seem Melvin thought the Township should provide him with his personal police car to take home. He was fired at one year.

    Then Melvin applied for every open police chief job in the State of Michigan and the State of Texas. When Clinton Township told him to hit the brick and that he was a four time looser, the filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against them claiming they would not make him Chief of Police because he was a dark black guy.

    Melvin Turner lead the State Police on a high speed chase down the lodge freeway.

    Melvin Turner was told that he was barred from testifying against drug dealers because many of the Circuit Court judges found him to be habitually untruthful witness. (a liar)

    Melvin Tuner has several complaints filed against him by drug dealers stating that he had unlawfully taken their gold jewelry for his own personal use. Melvin Turner had a retail store were he sold second hard goods and allegedly a lot a stolen merchandise.

    Melvin Turner threatened to shoot and kill Wayne County's Personnel Director when she told him politely it was not appropriate for him to attempt to kiss her and other females on the cheek at the start of a meeting. She advised Melvin that a hand shake was proper for the workplace.

    Melvin Turner was sued for sexual harassment by one of his female subordinates.

    Warren Evans hired Melvin Turner to be Deputy Chief of Police in Detroit.

    Mayor Bing and his new broom is sweeping clean. Time to sweep Mel Turner right out the door.

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