Remember the debate over Belle Isle last year? The idea of making Belle Isle a state park appealed to many who complained about the litter and riffraff at the park. Some of these people had even been to the island park in the last several years. But seriously, these folks objected to the noise speeding scofflaws with loud cars (and loud radios) thumping along as they were just trying to relax and get a tan. And what’s the problem? If they had $11, they could still get on the island. (As long as they didn’t have unpaid fines resulting in warrants, etc.) Well, now we’re beginning to see what this New Belle Isle looks like. Word is that the law is pimping it harder than hoo-riders ever did. The image of a quad-riding “peace officer” on Belle Isle, apparently questioning a woman sunning herself, has made its way to meme status. Here are a few of the jokes the critics of making Belle Isle a state park have dreamed up.
After 18 years of working in an unassuming former poultry processing facility-turned-recording studio, Jim Diamond of Ghetto Recorders says he is being priced out of downtown Detroit, the Detroit News reports. Diamond and his studio are noted for capturing, if not creating, the sounds of the “garage rock” revival of the early 2000s, having recorded acts like the White Stripes, the Electric Six, the Dirtbombs, the Von Bondies, and Diamond’s direct, lo-fi aesthetic and vintage recording equipment have made Ghetto Recorders a destination for national and international artists as well. According to Diamond, his landlord is doubling his rent. The news came up when a film crew from the advertising agency Lowe Campbell Ewald (which recently relocated from Warren to downtown Detroit) came by to ask him about Detroit’s rising creative class. Diamond didn’t mince words: “I said something like ‘Yeah, it’s great. I’m being run out of downtown because of all you creative types,’ ” Diamond said. “You know, that cool image about Detroit being a raw, authentic place that I helped create. Well, now I can’t afford it.” It’s interesting, though, that what Diamond says he is being priced out of isn’t an actual neighborhood but rather “that […]
Hazel Park Raceway, which recently underwent a major transformation from a harness track back to its thoroughbred roots, will host a rare quarterhorse race tonight. Tonight’s third race, slated to go off at 8:20 p.m., will the first quarterhorse race at Hazel Park since the 1960s. Quarterhorses (or “short-necks”) can run at speeds of up to 55 mph. They’re a shorter, more compact breed of horse than a thoroughbred, and can outrun them at distances of 400 yards or more. A quarterhorse race, typically around 300 yards, usually lasts about 15 seconds. So if you’re watching from the grandstand tonight, don’t blink. On Saturday night, Hazel Park will host two more quarterhorse races, and expects to host even more before its meet ends on Oct. 11. Post time for tonight’s first race is 7:30 p.m. For more info on Hazel Park’s racing program, visit equibase.com.
A group of Detroit residents today called on an Oakland County developer to sell them homes they’ve lived in for years — homes they say they should’ve owned by now. The developer, Peter Barclae, contends otherwise. Barclae built the homes, known as the Gratiot McDougall project, back in 2006. Both parties are currently locked in a legal battle in Wayne County Circuit Court, a case that will likely depend on the judge’s determination of whether or not the language of the contracts those residents signed legally holds up — and entitles them to the deed of the homes. “He hasn’t honored the contract — the purchase agreement — for the last seven years,” says resident Sheree Bass. “He wouldn’t sell still to this day.” What appears to have led Barclae’s tenants to sue him was a collapse in the funding his project depended on, with almost half of the federal money he anticipated never materializing due to program requirements not being met by the city of Detroit, according to court records. Initially, Barclae tapped additional financing with Charter One Bank to supplement construction costs of the Gratiot McDougall project — an estimated $3.4 million. Along with the HUD funds, “the mortgages the tenants were supposed to get […]
Tiger Stadium is long gone, but the historic baseball diamond still remains. A group known as the Navin Field Grounds Crew, headed by Tom Derry, maintains the field free of charge, using money from their own pockets, making sure it can be enjoyed by the public. Established in 2010, the group is dedicated to restoring Detroit’s “field of dreams” site where Tiger Stadium stood for nearly a century. While the crew maintains the field, Michael F. Copado organizes vintage baseball games among similar but independent teams that all take place at Navin Field (Tiger Stadium’s original name). The 1860s-style games abide by the rules of that time, employing vintage-style uniforms and a no-glove policy. The games take place on Sundays, when Copado works to bring teams together from around the state, though no real league currently exists, all the while promoting the good work done by the people of the grounds crew. Copado has other ideas in the works that involve both Navin Field and vintage baseball. One idea is coming to fruition this Sunday, when a ladies-only game will take place to benefit a local charity. “When I came up with this idea, I reached out to the Detroit River Belles […]
In the race to provide the most up-to-the-minute news about restaurants that are opening, we have a glut of news this summer about … restaurants that aren’t open at all! It’s sort of a side-effect of the burgeoning blogosphere that food bloggers (and major media outlets) simply throw up pictures of interiors without diners, cover restaurants without menus, interview entrepreneurs without functioning businesses — yet. It has gotten to the point where you read headlines about a “new” eatery only to find it’s so darn new it’s opening in a few months! Well, we don’t intend to do that with this post, although it does concern one of the restaurants our local media outlets have awaited with bated breath: Selden Standard. The not-yet-opened restaurant is giving the public its first taste, and that’s reason enough to get into the how and when of things. The folks behind Selden Standard — including former MT food critic Evan Hansen and former Roast chef Andy Hollyday — are hosting a pop-up dinner at Ferndale’s stylish craft cocktail bar, the Oakland. Hansen tells us it’s not going to be a huge production, “some cool bar snacks and small plates with [the Oakland's] crew’s drinks,” but it will provide a […]