Felix Salmon bucked the conventional wisdom in the middle of his post today on a hypothetical federal bailout of the city of Detroit: Over the long term, there are good reasons to be bullish on Detroit. North America is becoming increasingly urban, which should benefit all of its cities. Michigan, more broadly, is one of […]
I found out about 1000Tools this morning via the CommonCycle Google Group. Briefly, “1000tools is a website where you can list tools or equipment for rent and have other people in the area rent these tools from you.” I think this idea is genius and could save a lot of people a lot of money.
Jeff Wattrick’s column originally published behind a paywall in the Toronto Globe and Mail, but Deadline Detroit has made it available for free. Wattrick highlights one aspect of Detroit’s history that is under-appreciated: Detroit can’t be understood as a city in the same way that Chicago, Philadelphia, or Toronto are cities. Detroit is more like […]
Today’s post by the Annoyed Librarian, “Leaving the Profession,” was a response to recent posts by other bloggers (here, here, and here) who had earned their ALA-accredited master’s degree (the “union card” for working as a librarian in the U.S. & Canada) but had either left libraries or were considering doing so. I left the […]
If you have a couple of hours to kill and want to learn more about the Detroit bankruptcy filing, listen to today’s Craig Fahle show (audio pending). I listened while doing data entry at work, and got a ton done just because I couldn’t stop listening. In the press conference that took up the show’s […]
I am an atheist, but I found Mary Karr’s Facebook post today strangely profound: This book about memoir is morphing into a tome on how we bullshit ourselves about who we really are. Most ofthe trouble In my life hit when I did something I thought I was supposed to want to do. But if I’d been […]
From University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes’s guest commentary in Bridge: (W)hen you look at a different data set generated by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis that looks at annual average employment back to 1969, you can see that Wayne County’s private sector wage and salary employment performance never exceeded the U.S., until 2010. […]
Linda Ronstadt turns 67 today. I did not intend for this to turn into a fan blog (2 posts on LR in the past week) but what can I say? She’s amazing.
AMD & I were invited to Bear Week this year but couldn’t attend. I joined PWB group on Facebook though, just for fun, and to live vicariously through the attendees (and to cyber-stalk cute bears). It has been a steady stream of highly entertaining posts, and PWB hasn’t even started yet. I feel like I […]
Walsh is one of the better Free Press writers IMO, and he hit the nail on the head with today’s piece on Detroit’s potential trip to bankruptcy court, which is looking increasingly likely. I found the comments by “restructuring guru” Ken Buckfire particularly insightful: “What we’re really saying to the creditors is, you were unfortunately invested […]