Detroit's Art is Worth More In the Museum than Out
July 22, 2013
When rumors that the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) might sell its treasured paintings to balance the city’s ledgers first surfaced in May, I wrote a defense of the museum on cultural grounds.
The Four Dumb Things People Are Saying About Detroit
July 19, 2013
As if the news that a major American city is headed into bankruptcy isn’t bad enough, we now also must contend with an inevitable byproduct: inane, ungrounded commentary on Detroit’s decline.
The Decline of Detroit in Five Maps
July 18, 2013
Detroit was once the nation’s fourth most-populous city. Today, it became the largest American city to file for bankruptcy.
In Defense of Crumbling Museums
June 13, 2013
Why Detroit should keep its art.
May 01, 2013
Across America, states are taking over cities and school boards. Does it make a difference?
Detroit's Least Bad Option
March 14, 2013
It's hard not to feel like a failure. Detroit, my home since 2007, will soon be taken over by an emergency financial manager, hand picked by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
Rick Snyder, Michigan’s Reluctant Union-Buster
December 07, 2012
Yes, the seat of the United Auto Workers is about to become right-to-work, thanks to the governor who said he had no interest in doing so.
Is Electro the New Rock and Roll?
December 07, 2012
THE CHINESE ECONOMY is the new rock and roll. Or maybe it isn’t. Maybe congressional re-alignment is the new rock and roll—I don’t know. I do know one thing that is not the new rock and roll, though, and that is the rock and roll being made today. Like other worthy musical forms born of past eras—jazz and salsa, for instance—rock and roll is still played widely and still worth playing; yet rock has been frozen as a form for quite some time. Its only newness is one it confers as a metaphor—a handy, all-purpose symbol for the achieving of status as a phenomenon sensationally, voguishly cool.