Detroit's Under-Funded Fire Departments Use a Soda Can For a Fire Alarm

Where absent money leaves gaps, ingenuity fills in. Nowhere is that more true than in Detroit's fire departments, where, as Detroit Free Press reporter Tresa Baldas shows us, a soda can full of jangling coins and screws alerts the Motor City's long-suffering heroes when there's an emergency. » 9/06/14 6:08pm 9/06/14 6:08pm

O.C.P. Now Stands For 'Opening Crap Pitch'

RoboCop threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Detroit today, and it was only marginally better than his latest movie. His appearance was supposed to coincide with an unveiling of the long-dreamt-of statue everyone wants to see planted in old Detroit, but alas, that didn't really come off, either. » 6/04/14 12:28am 6/04/14 12:28am

Composite photos show a Detroit school before and after it was abandoned

Urban exploration photos often give us a sense that these crumbling, abandoned buildings are still haunted by the people who once walked their halls. This series of "Now & Then" photos from DetroitUrbex go a step further, contrasting photos of the abandoned Lewis Cass Technical High School with photos of its days as a… » 12/15/12 2:00pm 12/15/12 2:00pm

Crowdfund Cthulhu tiki mugs, a classroom-based RPG, and a documentary…

Cthulhu and cuteness are vying for your crowdfunding dollars this week, with unholy tiki mugs, an adorable collection of comics featuring Metroid's Samus, and a charming video game about a girl with time-traveling goggles. There's also a system for turning school into a role-playing game and a documentary about the… » 6/03/12 12:15pm 6/03/12 12:15pm

Detroit plans to shrink by leaving half the city in the dark

Detroit's population is shrinking. The city boasts 60% fewer residents today than it did in 1950, and, as we've seen, many of its grand buildings have been left to rot. Now Detroit Mayor Dave Bing wants to concentrate the population in a smaller area by reducing the number of streetlights and leaving nearly half the… » 5/26/12 1:00pm 5/26/12 1:00pm

The vast, abandoned salt mines that lurk beneath Detroit

Over 1,000 feet beneath the city of Detroit is a 1,500 acre sprawl of tunnels created by salt miners at the turn of the twentieth century. Over at Environmental Graffiti, there's a fascinating story about the rise and fall of Detroit as the great city of salt production. Discovered in the late nineteenth century,… » 5/21/12 7:40am 5/21/12 7:40am

Hip Hop vs. Scifi in Detroit Mayoral Smackdown

Detroit's new mayor, Ken Cockrel Jr., wants his city to know that it's in good hands because he's a scifi geek who loves Star Trek and Terminator. In his inaugural address this morning, the new mayor said that his geekitude makes him different from his "hip-hopper" predecessor, Kwame Kilpatrick, who is being sent to… » 9/19/08 11:45am 9/19/08 11:45am

In The Future, We Won't Recognize Detroit, Says New Robocop Director

Darren Aronofsky has started dropping hints about his Robocop » 9/09/08 8:40am 9/09/08 8:40am reboot to reporters - and they're very, very obscure indeed. How obscure, you may ask? Well, about as obscure as you could get without resorting to speaking in tongues about minor pieces of production design. When reporters asked Aronofsky whether the new…