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Detroit Idea Factory Michael Stepniak, WSU DUSP, current graduate student of Design and Urban Ecologies at The New School. Studying the urbans, one urban at a time.

Cities are our most fascinating human construct. Let’s have a conversation, or if at all possible, an argument about ideas. The goals of this blog will be to explore possibilities, be proven wrong, postulate solutions and improvements, encourage both creative and critical thinking, examine history, and of course, to complain about the city bus being late again.

"Comfort the afflicted, and inflict the comfortable?"Deadline Detroit I'm not sure what the point of this post is. Judgi...
04/18/2016

"Comfort the afflicted, and inflict the comfortable?"

Deadline Detroit I'm not sure what the point of this post is. Judging by the comments, many people find it funny. There are conversations to be had here about municipal panhandling ordinances (and freedom of speech), homelessness (not making any assumptions about this person's living situation) and poverty. Another conversation might be about empathy and human dignity.

Posting this picture without context or comment addresses nothing, so what was the point?

Also, it's a special kind of horrible when people with homes discuss when they will or won't give money to someone they presume to be homeless. Whether you give or not, and the circumstances that dictate your decisions are immaterial. Have a heart, and keep it to yourself.

#Detroit #Empathy #Dignity

On the service drive of the Fisher Freeway near Woodward

10/31/2015
Detroit Metro Times

As usual, the students are the Best Part of WSU! #Detroit #WayneState

Wayne State University's Zombie Parade breaks out into a choreographed re-creation of "Thriller." Read more here: http://bit.ly/1P9tRjw (Video via Sarah Rahal.)

10/22/2015
A MARVELOUS ORDER

Hell yes. The opera we have been waiting for! #UrbanPlanning #AMarvelousOrder
https://vimeo.com/142466205

This is a video includes footage recorded at a private workshop presentation of our work-in-progress held on May 12, 2015. A MARVELOUS ORDER The opera about…

The President should stop using the word "thug." This is not the greatest speech, but it does deal with actual issues, i...
04/28/2015
Obama Calls Police Violence a "Crisis," Condemns Mass Neglect of Poor

The President should stop using the word "thug." This is not the greatest speech, but it does deal with actual issues, including that the #BaltimoreUprising is not about a CVS. #FreddieGray #BlackLivesMatter

Fielding a question about Baltimore during a press conference with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, President Obama spoke at length about crime and police brutality. Obama condemned Monday night's rioting and expressed sympathy with injured officers, but also called the persistence of police viol…

04/26/2015

Protests do not "turn violent." The violence has been ongoing for over 400 years now. #FreddieGray #BlackLivesMatter

So I'm having this conversation right now. #DetroitWater #WTF
04/21/2015

So I'm having this conversation right now. #DetroitWater #WTF

Let's Get Real: It's Our Money
04/20/2015
Let's Get Real: It's Our Money

Let's Get Real: It's Our Money

Watching construction workers appear before Detroit City Council, one after another, to advocate for the rezoning of the new Olympia arena development, I worried that it might actually happen. As a...

This Vote is Tomorrow! #Detroit #CassCorridor #District6
04/20/2015
Let's Get Real: It's Our Money

This Vote is Tomorrow! #Detroit #CassCorridor #District6

Watching construction workers appear before Detroit City Council, one after another, to advocate for the rezoning of the new Olympia arena development, I worried that it might actually happen. As a...

Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan
04/20/2015
Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Mission Statement Our mission is to manage and secure transportation resources that significantly enhance mobility options, to improve quality of life for the residents and to increase economic...

City Council takes this up again tomorrow! Let them know that #ItsOurMoney being spent! #Detroit #CassCorridor #District...
04/20/2015
Let's Get Real: It's Our Money

City Council takes this up again tomorrow! Let them know that #ItsOurMoney being spent! #Detroit #CassCorridor #District6

Watching construction workers appear before Detroit City Council, one after another, to advocate for the rezoning of the new Olympia arena development, I worried that it might actually happen. As a...

04/20/2015
Detroit Water Brigade

Detroit Water Brigade

Literally 99% of Detroiters who got on payment plans last year to avoid shutoff are facing it again because they can't keep up payments. #DetroitOnePercent

Detroit Police Department
04/20/2015

Detroit Police Department

Serious Missing:
Bre'Auncia was last seen at her home, located in the 16700 block of Archdale by her Mother on April 12, 2015. Ms. Edwards-Lawrence stated she had a verbal argument with her daughter and when she woke up to check on her she discovered her missing.

Bre'Auncia is described as a B/F/15, 5'2", 125 lbs., light complexion, brown eyes and blond hair and possibly wearing a pink coat. Bre'Auncia is in good physical and mental health.

If anyone has seen Bre'Auncia Lawrence, please contact the Eighth's Precinct's Detective's Unit at (313) 596-5840.

#Detroit and #Michigan residents keep paying the tab for people with more than enough money.
04/20/2015
Let's Get Real: It's Our Money

#Detroit and #Michigan residents keep paying the tab for people with more than enough money.

Watching construction workers appear before Detroit City Council, one after another, to advocate for the rezoning of the new Olympia arena development, I worried that it might actually happen. As a...

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, City Councilwoman of Detroit District 6
04/20/2015

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, City Councilwoman of Detroit District 6

Thank you to Americorp & the 75+ Detroit Police Officers & trainees that came out today to board up houses & make our community safer!

04/20/2015

Nothin says #Detroit like adult contemporary... #VagueBooking

When someone says there is no money in #Detroit they mean there's no money for you. #Detroit #District6 #CassCorridor #R...
04/20/2015
Let's Get Real: It's Our Money

When someone says there is no money in #Detroit they mean there's no money for you. #Detroit #District6 #CassCorridor #RedWings

Watching construction workers appear before Detroit City Council, one after another, to advocate for the rezoning of the new Olympia arena development, I worried that it might actually happen. As a...

An article about what our legislature has done to my hair, prematurely. Gray is #PureMichigan
04/14/2015
The graying of Michigan

An article about what our legislature has done to my hair, prematurely. Gray is #PureMichigan

In more than a dozen Michigan counties, the median age is now over 50. Statewide, as of two years ago, almost half the population was over 40 – the oldest ever recorded.

Yes Participatory Budgeting in #Detroit #District6 !
04/12/2015

Yes Participatory Budgeting in #Detroit #District6 !

Learning about participatory budgeting process with the one and only Brooklyn Council Member Carlos Menchaca. Community driven development sounds amazing to me- definitely bringing this idea back to Detroit!

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, City Councilwoman of Detroit District 6
04/12/2015

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, City Councilwoman of Detroit District 6

Learning about participatory budgeting process with the one and only Brooklyn Council Member Carlos Menchaca. Community driven development sounds amazing to me- definitely bringing this idea back to Detroit!

District 6 in #Detroit and District 38 in #Brooklyn have a good deal in common. Somehow that is encouraging.
04/12/2015

District 6 in #Detroit and District 38 in #Brooklyn have a good deal in common. Somehow that is encouraging.

So honored to be present at NY City Council Member Carlos Menchaca State of the District 38 Address- the similarities between his district & our #District6 are amazing! I am inspired by @menchaca commitment to community, inclusive democracy & social justice.

I'm refusing to click on this, but I think something this bad needs to be shared. It's like evil met stupid and made a f...
04/06/2015

I'm refusing to click on this, but I think something this bad needs to be shared. It's like evil met stupid and made a funny.

I guess now would be a good time to ask a lot of questions:1. how is "affordability" determined?2. are there geographic ...
01/13/2015
Duggan wants affordable housing goal

I guess now would be a good time to ask a lot of questions:

1. how is "affordability" determined?
2. are there geographic restrictions?
3. how long will it be affordable?
4. who would have thought we would ever need rent control?

http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2015/01/13/duggan-midtown-gentrification/21691065/

Duggan's goal of 20%-40% of units reserved for lower-income renters could ease fears that the current revitalization boom in the greater downtown will benefit only upscale renters and buyers.

this is so cool.http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130319/NEWS/130319856/company-to-manufacture-electric-sports-car-...
03/20/2013
Company to manufacture electric sports car in metro Detroit

this is so cool.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130319/NEWS/130319856/company-to-manufacture-electric-sports-car-in-metro-detroit?useStandardLogin=1

Nearly five years after the name was revived, the Detroit Electric Car Co. announced Tuesday its plans to manufacture an electric sports car in metro Detroit. The currently Netherlands-based carmaker, re-formed by former Lotus Engineering Group CEO Albert Lam in 2008, plans to fill 180 jobs locally ...

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