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Ode to Kilpatrick: Memories from a reporter who believed

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 11/12/2008

Types: News, Media

So Kwame Kilpatrick is in jail and Detroiters are reading about what he ate for breakfast. As a reporter who covered Kilpatrick for this paper and The Detroit News, it's been surreal to watch the scandal from afar. (I live in New York now.)My memory of Kilpatrick is still of a man larger than ...[MORE]

A grand visionary: Artist Matthew Blake helped make Detroit the city we love

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 5/21/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Detroit lost a dear friend and tremendous asset last week. Scores of people in all walks of life — from the neighborhood kids he mentored in inner-city Detroit to friends and fans of his artwork and music from California to Hawaii, from New York to Germany and Japan — will miss him...[MORE]

Fashion that walks the line: Eugenia Paul goes for vintage with a twist

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 4/25/2007

Types: Arts, Fashion

Birds of paradise: Blanche's Tracee Mae Miller wears a Eugenia Paul piece with ruffles while taking tea with Detroit's couture designers Eugenia and Paul Patterson. (MT photo: Cybelle Codish) International media and hipster crowds go bonkers over their designs. Their clothes have been displayed...[MORE]

Detroit on a string: PuppetART Theatre celebrates 10th anniversary

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 9/28/2005

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

Twenty or so kids shuffle into Detroit’s PuppetART Theatre like a gaggle of ducks wading into a pond. Little do they know they’re entering a magical place, a drama house where one can almost smell the global and exotic aura of Old World puppetry. In the colorful double lobby outside t...[MORE]

Pimp my dome: Stylish and sturdy, could geodesic dome houses factor in the rebuilding of New Orleans?

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 9/14/2005

Types: Culture

Leo Gillis stands on top of his double geodesic dome home, pointing to the ghost that remains of his beloved neighbor, the Michigan Central train depot. On the other side of his southwest Detroit home the smell of fresh steamed corn wafts from a tamale shop. The Gillis home is hard to miss, snug...[MORE]

Grocer’s garden

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 8/3/2005

Types: Culture, House & garden

There are reasons to move to Detroit. Cheap rent. Houses on lots big enough for small farms, minutes from downtown. But not grocery shopping. Throughout Detroit, grocery shopping for the most part is deplorable. Corner stores are stocked with packaged, hydrogenated and processed foods, sugar dr...[MORE]

Nobel art in Detroit: Just a windmill on a dell

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 5/11/2005

Types: Arts, Visual arts

What does Detroit’s inner city have in common with a remote and semi-arid village in India, and the Nobel Peace Center in Norway? Internationally known environmental artist Marjetica Potrc. Last year Potrc won a Nobel Peace Center contest for her plan to build a system of windmills and green...[MORE]

Idle hands are the activist’s tools: Anarchist activism in the Cass Corridor

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 5/11/2005

Types: Culture

Where in Detroit can a radical go to find communion with brethren, to get involved in anti-war, environmental and community-improvement campaigns, to read about fighting sexism, capitalism, globalization and the use of Great Lakes aquifers to produce costly bottled water or simply to support union...[MORE]

Looking into the abyss: Two gaps threaten Detroit, one of dollars, one of credibility

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 3/30/2005

Types: Cover Story

In his State of the City address last week, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick laid out many problems that were created before his administration and contributed to the enormous budget deficit that has put the city in crisis today. But he failed, in any specific way, to describe his own part in the...[MORE]

Outside the box: Five proposed solutions to Detroit’s economic crisis

By Lisa M. Collins, Curt Guyette

Published: 1/26/2005

Types: Cover Story

We went looking for radical ideas. Not ideas we necessarily espouse, but rather examples of thinking outside the box. Consider what follows a starting point, a place to begin the debate about where to go from here. Because, face it, city business as usual has only led us to where we are now, stari...[MORE]

Muses and muscle: Camilo Pardo at the intersection of art, sex and autos in Detroit

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 1/12/2005

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Camilo Pardo is not your average Big Three employee. First of all, the 41-year-old with a pencil-thin goatee is the chief designer of Ford’s recently debuted $140,000 GT sports car, a glamorous modernization of Ford’s futuristic 1960s race car of the same name. Bill Ford recently referred to th...[MORE]

Detroit faces massive layoffs in 2005: City coffers run dry as tax revenue can’t keep up with expenses

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 12/22/2004

Types: Cover Story

With the City of Detroit facing a financial crisis of staggering proportions, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is preparing for massive layoffs in the new year to plug a deficit that could surpass $360 million in the next six months. But it might not take six months for the ax to swing. If the City Coun...[MORE]

Crunching numbers: A comparison of Detroit’s municipal workforce with three other cities

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 12/22/2004

Types: News, Government

A comparison of Detroit’s municipal work force with three other cities City Population Number of workers Ratio of workers to residents Detroit 911,400 18,743 1 per 50 residents Chicago 2,800,000 37,171 1 per 75 residents San Diego 1,100,000 11,269 1 per 100 residents India...[MORE]

Teen births down

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 11/24/2004

Types: News, Education

Teen pregnancies have plummeted in Detroit and Wayne County, according to statistics compiled by Kids Count, a national state-by-state, city-by-city, county-by-county analysis of statistics that impact the well-being of children in America. In fact, the survey found that Detroit — with a 39 percen...[MORE]

School of life: A place for teen moms to find success

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 11/24/2004

Types: Cover Story

Detroit public school student Takeshia Gunn stumbles out of bed at 6 a.m., groggy because her son Day’ Jon kept her up until 2 in the morning. The 17-year-old gently wakes the boy still sleeping in her bed. She gets a plastic bowl of warm water, lays the 1-year-old out on the bed and unclothes ...[MORE]

Shakin' Street: The Detroit Artists' Workshop celebrates its 40th anniversary

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 11/3/2004

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Detroit, despite all its cultural pretensions, has been artistically “dead” for longer than most people here want to admit. Young artists of all disciplines — music, poetry, painting, photography, filmmaking — have made it a necessary point in the past generation or two to get out of Detroit as so...[MORE]

Worthy praise: High art gives voice to the working class

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 10/27/2004

Types: Arts, Photography

Gustave Courbet shook up the art world back in 1850 when he dared to paint regular folks — peasants, no less — doing regular folks’ jobs. He made glamorous works of beauty out of highly unglamorous stuff. “The Stone-Breakers” is a powerful oil painting of the backsides of laborers doing the type o...[MORE]

Rouge reverence : Two photography exhibits give The Rouge a coming-out party

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 10/20/2004

Types: Arts, Photography

Industrial mythology: President Calvin Coolidge once wrote, “The man who builds a factory builds a temple … the man who works there worships there … to each is due, not scorn and blame, but reverence and praise.” Likewise, modern artist Charles Sheeler commented that American factories are “...[MORE]

Strokes of genius

By Lisa M. Collins

Published: 9/29/2004

Types: Best Of

Lots of folks are fairly familiar with Paul Cret’s hulking off-white 1927 marble structure fronting Woodward Avenue, a building known as the Detroit Institute of Arts. But many don’t know that inside the 600,000-square-foot structure resides one of the finest collections of art in the country; the...[MORE]

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