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jergins, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 19:14 (eleven years ago) link

Dequindre Cut

jergins, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 19:21 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.metrotimes.com/sb/83199/BSrapalfrontier.jpg Detroit native Thomas Rapal paints a world where there's no escape from the automobile.

jergins, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 19:25 (eleven years ago) link

Bethune Street Station

jergins, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 19:30 (eleven years ago) link

another Dequindre Cut photo set

jergins, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 19:33 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.forgottendetroit.com/

jergins, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 19:41 (eleven years ago) link

The darkly lit auditorium is a sad example of vandalism and decay.

jergins, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 19:47 (eleven years ago) link

three months pass...

plane ticket request made

jergins, Thursday, 20 March 2008 18:16 (eleven years ago) link

<3

lxy, Thursday, 20 March 2008 18:26 (eleven years ago) link

seems like it'll be fine but i'm not sure about shanti. i'm going to look into using my miles for him.

jergins, Thursday, 20 March 2008 18:26 (eleven years ago) link

latenight friday-saturday AM for flight there
first flight tuesday morning back, get in around 11

jergins, Thursday, 20 March 2008 18:27 (eleven years ago) link

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

jergins, Thursday, 20 March 2008 20:28 (eleven years ago) link

we're not going to go anywhere, i fear

jergins, Thursday, 20 March 2008 20:29 (eleven years ago) link

not mtl either, huh.

lxy, Thursday, 20 March 2008 20:39 (eleven years ago) link

WHY DON'T WE JUST GO TO THE GORGE AND SEE REM

jergins, Thursday, 20 March 2008 20:44 (eleven years ago) link

NO WAIT FUCK THAT AND FUCK THEM

jergins, Thursday, 20 March 2008 20:44 (eleven years ago) link

would that not be the worst consolation prize imaginable?

jergins, Thursday, 20 March 2008 20:45 (eleven years ago) link

the flights we want for detroit are $470 roundtrip each fyi

jergins, Thursday, 20 March 2008 20:46 (eleven years ago) link

lol i looked too. $418 if we return later in the day.

lxy, Thursday, 20 March 2008 20:54 (eleven years ago) link

we can do it.

i would rather not go anywhere for a year and a half than go see rem at the gorge. fwiw.

lxy, Thursday, 20 March 2008 21:13 (eleven years ago) link

we can do it.

gotta see a schedule first

jergins, Thursday, 20 March 2008 21:26 (eleven years ago) link

who would it have to play for us to be like OMG I HAVE TO GO

luciano
justus
michael mayer

so many others have recently been or soon will be crossed off the list

jergins, Friday, 21 March 2008 16:38 (eleven years ago) link

name names plz

jergins, Saturday, 22 March 2008 09:03 (eleven years ago) link

hercules & love affair
magda
daft punk

lxy, Saturday, 22 March 2008 16:27 (eleven years ago) link

kraftwerk

jergins, Saturday, 22 March 2008 18:53 (eleven years ago) link

thomas fehlmann (even though we've seen him 2x) (or especially b/c we've seen him 2x)

lxy, Saturday, 22 March 2008 19:00 (eleven years ago) link

kraftwerk

yeah totally

lxy, Saturday, 22 March 2008 19:13 (eleven years ago) link

if we're going to go down the 'seen before' route then

Ada

jergins, Saturday, 22 March 2008 19:43 (eleven years ago) link

i was just thinking that!

lxy, Saturday, 22 March 2008 19:55 (eleven years ago) link

why won't they tell us

lxy, Monday, 24 March 2008 01:26 (eleven years ago) link

i just checked. these fuckers!

jergins, Monday, 24 March 2008 19:36 (eleven years ago) link

here's the best of the partial lineup, just realeased:

ALEX UNDER –live
CARL CRAIG
CASSY
COBBLESTONE JAZZ –live

letters d-z had nothing interesting, except:

ZIP

this was a person who was playing/was going to play at that weird weird sunday afternoon Berlin club that we went to.

jergins, Tuesday, 25 March 2008 18:14 (eleven years ago) link

oh what the hell here's the full (still partial) list:

ALEX UNDER –live, ALTON MILLER, BENNY BENASSI, BUZZ GOREE, CARL CRAIG, CASSY, COBBLESTONE JAZZ –live, COOL KIDS –live, DBX –live, DUBFIRE, EGYPTIAN LOVER –live, GIRL TALK –live, GUILLAUME & THE COUTU DUMONTS -live, HALF HAWAII –live, JAMES ZABIELA, JORIS VOORN –live, KONRAD BLACK, MATHIAS KADEN –live, MIKE GRANT, MINX, MOBY -dj set, NEWCLEUS -live, SPEEDY J -live with Scott Pagano VJ, TECH ITCH, TERRENCE PARKER, ZIP

http://www.myspace.com/detroitmusicfest

jergins, Tuesday, 25 March 2008 18:25 (eleven years ago) link

six months pass...

tiger stadium gets another stay of execution

h.i.m. (jergins), Tuesday, 7 October 2008 20:34 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

demf not too exciting this year

jergins, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 17:42 (ten years ago) link

i always thought this was a possibility but people are starting to take the plunge
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/opinion/08barlow.html?_r=2
still wouldn't want to live there though, i don't think

jergins, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 18:43 (ten years ago) link

whole thing needs to be here:

Detroit

Sophia Martineck

RECENTLY, at a dinner party, a friend mentioned that he’d never seen so many outsiders moving into town. This struck me as a highly suspect statement. After all, we were talking about Detroit, home of corrupt former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, beleaguered General Motors and the 0-16 Lions. Compared with other cities’ buzzing, glittering skylines, ours sits largely abandoned, like some hulking beehive devastated by colony collapse. Who on earth would move here?

Then again, I myself had moved to Detroit, from Brooklyn. For $100,000, I bought a town house that sits downtown in the largest and arguably the most beautiful Mies van der Rohe development ever built, an island of perfect modernism forgotten by the rest of the world.

Two other guests that night, a couple in from Chicago, had also just invested in some Detroit real estate. That weekend Jon and Sara Brumit bought a house for $100.

Ah, the mythical $100 home. We hear about these low-priced “opportunities” in down-on-their-luck cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Cleveland, but we never meet anyone who has taken the plunge. Understandable really, for if they were actually worth anything then they would cost real money, right? Who would do such a preposterous thing?

A local couple, Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert, started the ball rolling. An artist and an architect, they recently became the proud owners of a one-bedroom house in East Detroit for just $1,900. Buying it wasn’t the craziest idea. The neighborhood is almost, sort of, half-decent. Yes, the occasional crack addict still commutes in from the suburbs but a large, stable Bangladeshi community has also been moving in.

So what did $1,900 buy? The run-down bungalow had already been stripped of its appliances and wiring by the city’s voracious scrappers. But for Mitch that only added to its appeal, because he now had the opportunity to renovate it with solar heating, solar electricity and low-cost, high-efficiency appliances.

Buying that first house had a snowball effect. Almost immediately, Mitch and Gina bought two adjacent lots for even less and, with the help of friends and local youngsters, dug in a garden. Then they bought the house next door for $500, reselling it to a pair of local artists for a $50 profit. When they heard about the $100 place down the street, they called their friends Jon and Sarah.

Admittedly, the $100 home needed some work, a hole patched, some windows replaced. But Mitch plans to connect their home to his mini-green grid and a neighborhood is slowly coming together.

Now, three homes and a garden may not sound like much, but others have been quick to see the potential. A group of architects and city planners in Amsterdam started a project called the “Detroit Unreal Estate Agency” and, with Mitch’s help, found a property around the corner. The director of a Dutch museum, Van Abbemuseum, has called it “a new way of shaping the urban environment.” He’s particularly intrigued by the luxury of artists having little to no housing costs. Like the unemployed Chinese factory workers flowing en masse back to their villages, artists in today’s economy need somewhere to flee.

But the city offers a much greater attraction for artists than $100 houses. Detroit right now is just this vast, enormous canvas where anything imaginable can be accomplished. From Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project (think of a neighborhood covered in shoes and stuffed animals and you’re close) to Matthew Barney’s “Ancient Evenings” project (think Egyptian gods reincarnated as Ford Mustangs and you’re kind of close), local and international artists are already leveraging Detroit’s complex textures and landscapes to their own surreal ends.

In a way, a strange, new American dream can be found here, amid the crumbling, semi-majestic ruins of a half-century’s industrial decline. The good news is that, almost magically, dreamers are already showing up. Mitch and Gina have already been approached by some Germans who want to build a giant two-story-tall beehive. Mitch thinks he knows just the spot for it.

jergins, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 18:45 (ten years ago) link

How the birthplace of American auto-driven consumerism turned into a hollowed-out ghost town

oh the first line:

When Detroit mayoral candidate Stanley Christmas was asked about the city's declining murder rate during an all-candidates meeting a couple of months ago, he replied: "I don't mean to be sarcastic; there just isn't anyone left to kill."

jergins, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 00:04 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

http://www.sweet-juniper.com/2009/04/singularity.html
Last week I read in the morning paper about a street here where 60 out of 66 homes were vacant or abandoned on a single block. The reporter called it a "ghost street." Yesterday I found myself in the area. Other than an errant sofa, the street was completely empty, almost peaceful. I took a photo of every house on the north side of one block and then stitched them together.

jergins, Thursday, 23 April 2009 19:10 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

http://www.sweet-juniper.com/2009/07/feral-houses.html

jergins, Thursday, 27 August 2009 21:04 (nine years ago) link

eight months pass...
one month passes...

http://places.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=13778

jergins, Thursday, 15 July 2010 04:58 (nine years ago) link

eight months pass...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/us/23detroit.html?_r=1

jergins, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 06:48 (eight years ago) link


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