Metro History

Black History Month – Video Tour – Great Time to really visit the Wright Museum

Black History Month – Video Tour – Great Time to really visit the Wright Museum

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology is a comprehensive, high-tech and permanent exhibition highlighting trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. African Americans have contributed to the scientific and engineering output of the United States since the 17th century, and this history is brought to life through […]

Detroit’s Motown Museum getting massive addition

Detroit’s Motown Museum getting massive addition

Motown Museum announced it will undergo a $50 million dollar expansion which will grow the museum to a 50,000 square-foot attraction. The museum organizers are working to make it a “world-class tourist destination.”

President Grant’s Detroit home still at fairgrounds; plans remain to move it

President Grant’s Detroit home still at fairgrounds; plans remain to move it

  Plans are still in place to save a house at the old Michigan State Fairgrounds where President Ulysses Grant once lived, but there is also heavy lifting to do before it can be moved to a different part of the city. Built in 1837 and later moved to the fairgrounds, the Grant house was open for several decades […]

A log cabin in Detroit? The history of the historic retreat in Palmer Park

A log cabin in Detroit? The history of the historic retreat in Palmer Park

In 1885, Sen. Thomas Palmer gave his wife, Lizzie, a gift that has last more than 130 years: a log cabin. The two-story cabin was built from oak logs in what is now known as Palmer Park, west of Woodward Avenue between McNichols and 7 Mile roads. It was designed by architects George D. Mason […]

In honor of Flag Day, learn the story behind Detroit’s own flag

In honor of Flag Day, learn the story behind Detroit’s own flag

David Heineman was born on his family’s Detroit homestead on Woodward Avenue in 1865. The son of a Jewish-German immigrant, Heineman graduated from the old Detroit High School in 1883 and went on to study philosophy and law at the University of Michigan. He was also elected to the state Legislature and served time as […]

Designer aims to keep Detroit’s vintage fonts alive

Designer aims to keep Detroit’s vintage fonts alive

The historic individuality of Detroit’s faded neighborhoods is preserved in characters, literally — in the fonts lining the vintage signs and hand-painted advertisements of small businesses. That is, until decades-old signs for laundromats, bars, car washes and more are torn down, painted over or sunbaked away. To preserve that history, a graphic designer and illustrator […]

Diehard Detroit (Time-Lapse/Tilt-shift)

Diehard Detroit (Time-Lapse/Tilt-shift)

Watch Detroit’s beautiful decay and and the amazing city beyond it. A time lapse/aerial/tilt shift film by Joerg Daiber. Shot at the Michigan Theater, Packard Plant, Michigan Central Station, Lee Plaza Hotel, around the Masonic Temple and the Heidelberg Project

Who Fixes Detroit? Young Black Detroiters Want To Resurrect A Lost Neighborhood

Who Fixes Detroit? Young Black Detroiters Want To Resurrect A Lost Neighborhood

Unless you grew up in a black family with deep Detroit roots, I’m betting you’ve never heard of Black Bottom. It was a self-sustaining, all-black neighborhood that flourished on Detroit’s eastern edge at the turn of the last century. It’s largely forgotten today, replaced by a four-lane highway, but back then its mile-and-a-half main drag […]

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Offer Dueling Accounts of Detroit’s Industrial Glory

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Offer Dueling Accounts of Detroit’s Industrial Glory

DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts’s major exhibition Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit closes on Sunday. This show was in the works for a decade, long before the city’s bankruptcy and the grand bargain, which shifted the ownership of the art from the city to the museum. “It is also a serendipitous celebration of this exemplary […]

The Spirit of Detroit: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 427 vs. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

The Spirit of Detroit: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 427 vs. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

  A cruise up and down Motown’s Woodward Avenue in a 1967 Corvette 427 and a new Z06 convertible is a trip through the city’s success and failure. By DON SHERMAN Photography By CHARLIE MAGEE A 1967 Corvette Sting Ray is our time machine for visiting the era when America and Car and Driver came […]

Inside Detroit: What do the city’s signs tell us about its history?

Inside Detroit: What do the city’s signs tell us about its history?

I recently had the pleasure of spending a long weekend in Detroit. I was already familiar with it’s rich musical history, having spent most of Saturday nights in the late 90s in northern clubs listening to Detroit techno, but I was taken aback to find so many interesting examples of vintage signage around the city. […]

Detroit lovers, ’59

Detroit lovers, ’59

Martin Luther King Jr. – He had a Dream In Detroit

Martin Luther King Jr. – He had a Dream In Detroit

“I Have a Dream” is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States. Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, the […]

Detroit Transportation in the 50’s

Detroit Transportation in the 50’s

1950s, Detroit. Browse these vintage photos of Detroit streetcars from 1870 – 1950. All photos are courtesy of the ever-wonderful Virtual Motor City. From the Metro Times

150 Studies of Pedestrians in Detroit, Michigan

150 Studies of Pedestrians in Detroit, Michigan

Commissioned by Fortune Magazine for “Labor Anonymous”, Published November 1946] Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut) Check out the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s On Line Photo Collection            CLICK HERE Date: 1946 Medium: Film negative Dimensions: 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. Classification: Negatives Credit Line: Walker Evans Archive, 1994 Accession […]

Davey’s Work Flourishes at Henry Ford Estate

Davey’s Work Flourishes at Henry Ford Estate

Past industry leaders John Davey and Henry Ford have something in common: They’re innovators. Although Henry and Clara Ford did not seek to build a lavish home, the nature lovers did pay a great deal of attention to design of the landscape. Many trees and other native plants found a new home in several areas […]

Belle Isle Aquarium – Expands Hours of Operation

Belle Isle Aquarium – Expands Hours of Operation

America’s oldest operating aquarium to add Sunday hours Beginning the weekend of June 7, 2014, the Belle Isle Aquarium will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. After being closed for a number of years, the aquarium reopened to the public with limited hours in September of 2012 through volunteer […]

Relive Detroit’s history with The Gem Theatre

Relive Detroit’s history with The Gem Theatre

Detroit has a rich history of music and entertainment. Folks nowadays can relive their city’s historic past through its beautiful theaters. On the Corner of Madison St. and Brush St. is The Gem Theatre, a theatre known for breaking and setting records.  History Before a single brick was even laid, the Twentieth Century Club of […]

Native History: ‘The Lone Ranger’ Debuts on Detroit Radio, Introduces Tonto

Native History: ‘The Lone Ranger’ Debuts on Detroit Radio, Introduces Tonto

This Date in Native History: On January 30, 1933, The Lone Ranger debuted on the Detroit, Michigan, radio station WXYZ, introducing America to the legendary masked rider. During the next 80 years, The Lone Ranger would appear in comic strips, television shows and movies, not to mention a vast array of merchandise including action figures, […]

Detroit’s Stunning Architectural Ruins, And Why Documenting Its Faded Glory Matters

Detroit’s Stunning Architectural Ruins, And Why Documenting Its Faded Glory Matters

In Detroit, you can still wander past houses built in the 1800s and towering buildings from the masters of 20th century design. Though the city’s architecture reveals layers of history, it’s also in danger. While many treasures still stand, others have fallen into decay or been demolished. Construction on new buildings and redevelopment continues in […]

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