Detroit artist takes legal action to save mural from development


Katherine Craig’s Illuminated Mural is in danger of destruction as developers plan to transforms the 100 year old Albert Kahn building it is painted on. (BB and HH/Flickr)

Detroit muralist Katherine Craig (a.k.a. Exactly Hitops) is taking legal action in federal court to protect one of her vanguard works, as the owner the artwork’s building plans for development.

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A Detroit soccer team asks fans to crowdfund historic stadium rehabilitation

Midwest, Other, Preservation
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Detroit City Football Club plans to completely update and refurbish and update the historic WPA Keyworth Stadium with the help of investing fans. (Courtesy Integrity Building Group)

“City ‘til I Die” is the motto of the Detroit City Football Club (DCFC), a member of the National Premier Soccer League, the largest soccer league in the U.S. Now, the team is asking its fans to put their money where their motto is to help restore a historic neighborhood soccer stadium.

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Detroit the first U.S. city to be named a UNESCO City of Design

Design, Midwest, News
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Detroit's Renaissance Center, home to General Motors, will say goodbye to Cadillac. (Loren Sztajer via Flickr)

Detroit’s Renaissance Center. (Loren Sztajer via Flickr)

Detroit has joined 16 other cities designated by UNESCO as a City of Design as part of its Creative Cities Network. Detroit is the first U.S. city to be named a City of Design, and one of only five other cities in the U.S. to be inducted into the Creative Cities Network.

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Farming Detroit: City considers expanding urban agriculture to include raising and slaughtering livestock

City Terrain, Midwest, Urbanism
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
It is currently illegal to keep livestock in Detroit. (<a href=""> oman Köhler</a> Wikimedia Commons)

It is currently illegal to keep livestock in Detroit. ( Roman Köhler Wikimedia Commons)

Adding to its normal population of lions and tigers, Detroit may be gaining a whole new demographic of furry inhabitants if proposed legislation passes in the spring allowing urban farmers to keep livestock in the city limits.

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Over a quarter of the streetcar systems taking shape in the U.S. are in Midwest cities

Proposed Milwaukee Streetcar in the Third Ward neighborhood of Milwaukee. (Milwaukee Streetcar)

Proposed Milwaukee Streetcar in the Third Ward neighborhood of Milwaukee. (Milwaukee Streetcar)

According to the American Public Transportation Association, a public transit advocacy group, there are more than 90 cities in the United States that are actively considering implementing streetcar systems. Of those 90, over a quarter are in the Midwest. Though all in different stages of planning, development, and construction, a handful are well underway, with service beginning as early as 2016.

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Detroit is looking for planners to envision its East Riverfront

Development, Midwest, News, Urbanism
Monday, November 30, 2015
The East Riverfront area in downtown Detroit to be master planned.

The East Riverfront area in downtown Detroit to be master planned.

Detroit has begun the search for planners to envision new development along its East Riverfront of the Detroit River. Penned by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (DRFC) and the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department, a request for qualifications is now open until December 4th.

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With major financial support in place, Detroit’s bike share program pedals into the fast lane

Philly Indego Bikeshare

Philadelphia’s IndeGo bike share program provides a model on which to base new start up programs in cities like Detroit. ( Tyree303/Wikimedia Commons)

Detroit will soon be joining the over 70 other U.S. cities with bike share programs. The 350-bike, 35-station system is on track to open in 2016, with recent monetary support from public and private sources.

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On View> The Detroit Design Festival kicks off today

Architecture, Art, Design, Midwest, On View
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
(Detroit Design Festival)

(Detroit Design Festival)

The Detroit Design Festival returns this year with 30 events and exhibits put together with contributions from dozens of architects and designers. The festival, which runs September 22–26, kicks off with “industry day,” featuring 3D printing demonstrations and a lecture by Stephen Hobbs titled “Defensive Architecture.” You can view a full schedule of the events here.

New Detroit urban arts venue Wasserman Projects set to open September 25

Midwest, Newsletter, Region
Monday, September 21, 2015
Designer Nick Gelpi's collaboration with painter Markus Linnenbrink

Designer Nick Gelpi’s collaboration with painter Markus Linnenbrink. (Courtesy Gelpi Projects)

“Detroit is not having a renaissance,” philanthropist Gary Wasserman proclaimed in the Bushwick, Brooklyn studio space of painter Markus Linnenbruck, “It is an entirely new expression of urbanism.” With the sun pouring in through large, iron-frame windows, he introduced the concept for his new Detroit arts venue. Cities, he says, are “the 21st century frontier,” not the West or Space.

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Quicken’s Dan Gilbert snaps up Detroit’s landmark Book Tower

Detroit's Book Tower and Book Building were recently purchased by Dan Gilbert. (Wayne Hsieh)

Detroit’s Book Tower and Book Building were recently purchased by Dan Gilbert. (Wayne Hsieh / Flickr)

Dan Gilbert, billionaire founder of Quicken Loans and champion of downtown Detroit commercial real estate, last week announced he will buy the long-vacant 38-story Book Tower skyscraper and two other adjacent buildings on Washington Boulevard.

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Unmasking the Motor City: New mapping software by LOVELAND Technologies is helping to fight blight in Detroit

City Terrain, Midwest, Technology, Urbanism
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Property in Detroit (Courtesy Google Street View Time Machine)

Detroit is in the midst of the single-largest tax foreclosure in American History. More than 60,000 foreclosed properties are clustered in the Motor City. The threat of eviction looms over remaining inhabitants and poses the larger long-term threat of a spike in homelessness. The root of the problem—unpaid property taxes—seems untenable when viewed alongside the resulting greater city-wide disaster.

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Call for proposals: Detroit is an urban laboratory for the 2016 U.S. Venice Biennale Pavilion

US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Image via

US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Image via

The curators of the 2016 US Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale have announced an open call for proposals for the exhibition The Architectural Imagination. They are looking for speculative projects that use Detroit as a testing ground for new modes of urbanism that could have application around the world.

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