Micki Maynard http://michiganradio.org en On Earth Day, turning the Motor City into "Cycle City" http://michiganradio.org/post/earth-day-turning-motor-city-cycle-city <p>Let&rsquo;s face it: Detroit&rsquo;s reputation as the Motor City is unshakeable. But it&rsquo;s gaining ground as a city for cyclists.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:39:54 +0000 Micki Maynard 7126 at http://michiganradio.org On Earth Day, turning the Motor City into "Cycle City" Is Detroit's comeback over? Carmakers lose market share gains http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-comeback-over-carmakers-lose-market-share-gains <p>Last year, everyone in the auto industry was chuffed about Detroit&rsquo;s comeback.</p><p>The carmakers were enjoying a healthy rebound from the bankruptcies at General Motors and Chrysler. And for a while, at least, Chrysler outsold Toyota to make the Detroit Three the Big Three again.</p><p>But this year, Detroit&rsquo;s market share has been slipping, and that has ramifications all across the Midwest.</p><p>In fact, the auto companies have fallen back to the market share level they held in 2009, as GM and Chrysler were struggling.</p><p>In a piece for <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2012/04/17/detroit-facing-stiff-competition-goes-into-reverse/">Forbes.com</a>, I look at what happened to the Detroit companies during the first quarter.</p><p>Basically, there are three issues:&nbsp;</p><p><strong>1) GM and Ford are losing share</strong>. In March, GM&rsquo;s market share fell to a 90-year low. And while Ford&rsquo;s car sales are up in 2012, they aren&rsquo;t up as much as the competition. That&rsquo;s one way a company can lose share, by not keeping up.</p><p><strong>2) Toyota got stronger. </strong>Japan&rsquo;s biggest carmaker was battered by millions of recalls, the tsunami and earthquake and floods in Thailand. But its market share is climbing back, thanks to new members of the Prius family, and the newest version of the Camry.</p><p><strong>3) Korean and European companies are gaining.</strong> Hyundai and Kia are causing headaches for all kinds of automakers with their sales gains. Volkswagen is picking up market share, too, and it&rsquo;s planning to build more cars at its new plant in Tennessee.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s how Detroit&rsquo;s market share looks, according to Autodata, Inc.</p><p>2012: 44.3 percent (through March)</p><p>2011: 47 percent</p><p>2010: 45.1 percent</p><p>2009: 44 percent Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:48:51 +0000 Micki Maynard 7074 at http://michiganradio.org Is Detroit's comeback over? Carmakers lose market share gains The Prince Fielder Economic Effect in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/prince-fielder-economic-effect-detroit <p>Slugger Prince Fielder has only played one regular season game with the Detroit Tigers, but the team is reveling in his economic impact.</p><p>The Tigers drew a <a href="http://detroit.sbnation.com/detroit-tigers/2012/4/5/2928286/tigers-opening-day-2012-detroit-record-setting-attendance">record Opening Day crowd </a>of 45,027 to Comerica Park, the second-highest single game attendance in the park&rsquo;s 12-year history.</p><p>Many people were there simply to see Fielder, the former Milwaukee Brewer who signed a $214 million, nine-year contract with the club earlier this year.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 15:45:03 +0000 Micki Maynard 6937 at http://michiganradio.org The Prince Fielder Economic Effect in Detroit Spring has sprung; 99% spring events are coming http://michiganradio.org/post/spring-has-sprung-99-spring-events-are-coming <p>Earlier this year, we told you about <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/02/16/the-next-phase-in-protests-get-ready-for-the-99-spring/">The 99% Spring</a>, the protest movement sponsored by a variety of political and labor groups including MoveOn.org, the United Auto Workers and the Teamsters Union.</p><p>It&rsquo;s part of <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/02/29/dont-call-it-a-comeback-protest-movements-get-ready-for-a-new-push/">a fresh wave</a> of protests that are taking place across the country, in the wake of the Occupy movement.</p><p>Starting next week, 99% Spring events will be kicking off across the United States, and especially in the Midwest.</p><p>Supporters are vowing to train 100,000 people to &ldquo;to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action on our own campaigns to win change.&rdquo;</p><p>Over the weekend, the UAW sent an email to its members, encouraging them to take part.</p><p>&ldquo;We are at a crucial point in America where if we continue to ignore the opportunity to rebuild this great country, then we risk losing the very essence of what has made this country great,&rdquo; the email said.&nbsp;</p><p>Some 918 events have been scheduled thus far.&nbsp;MoveOn.org, which is associated with the Democratic Party, has a locator for events, where you can put in your zip code and find those closest to you.</p><p>Here are the ones for the <a href="http://civic.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=268&amp;id=&amp;search_distance=100&amp;search_zip=48103&amp;submit=Search">Detroit area,</a> <a href="http://civic.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=268&amp;id=&amp;search_distance=100&amp;search_zip=60611&amp;submit=Search">Chicago and Milwaukee,</a> and <a href="http://civic.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=268&amp;id=&amp;search_distance=100&amp;search_zip=44102&amp;submit=Search">Cleveland.&nbsp;</a>To be sure, the 99% Spring movement hasn&rsquo;t said what will happen once people are trained, but given the training events, it&rsquo;s pretty clear it will meet its goal of training 100,000 people.</p><p>Are you planning to take part in 99% Spring? Let us know where and when. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 15:16:35 +0000 Micki Maynard 6870 at http://michiganradio.org Spring has sprung; 99% spring events are coming 4 things the Japanese earthquake taught the Midwest http://michiganradio.org/post/4-things-japanese-earthquake-taught-midwest <p>A year ago, people in the Midwest were realizing the damage that the <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/japan/index.html?scp=1&amp;sq=japanese%20earthquake&amp;st=cse">massive earthquake and tsunami </a>had done to Japan. And, while the region affected by the earthquake is starting its long recovery, everyone here has learned some permanent lessons.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:35:10 +0000 Micki Maynard 6598 at http://michiganradio.org 4 things the Japanese earthquake taught the Midwest Michigan Primary raises a big question: Who gets credit for the bailout? http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-primary-raises-big-question-who-gets-credit-bailout <p>Publicus Tacitus, the Roman senator, is given credit for coining the phrase, &ldquo;Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.&rdquo;</p><p>He&rsquo;d feel right at home during the Michigan Republican primary campaign.</p><p>Over the past few weeks, candidates, their opponents and those who played a role have been debating just who should get credit for the auto industry bailout.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a long-overdue discussion of what happened a little over three years ago, and the conversation shows <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/02/27/147485875/auto-bailout-is-hot-button-issue-in-michigan">just what a political hot button</a> the situation still is for people in Michigan and the Midwest. Here&rsquo;s a list of credit takers and how they make their cases. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:01:26 +0000 Micki Maynard 6383 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Primary raises a big question: Who gets credit for the bailout? All about paczki: The Polish jelly donut that ate the Midwest http://michiganradio.org/post/all-about-paczki-polish-jelly-donut-ate-midwest <p>The day before Ash Wednesday has many names &mdash; Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras. Shrove Tuesday.</p><p>But all over the Midwest, it&rsquo;s become known as Paczki Day.</p><p>From Green Bay, Wis., to Lorain, Ohio, from Calumet City, Ind., to Hamtramck, Mich., people are snapping up the jelly donuts that have their roots in Polish cuisine.</p><p><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0221-paczki-manufacturing-20120222,0,5655689.story">One Chicago bakery alone</a> expects to sell 80,000 paczkis, so we&rsquo;re going to go out on a limb and predict there may be millions sold in the Midwest on Tuesday.</p><p>Changing Gears has been taking a look at <a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/2147ece2cc98/what-cultural-traditions-have-you-kept-or-lost">immigrant traditions and culture</a> across the Midwest, but the paczki seems to have transcended its beginnings and become a pre-Lenten staple. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:36:34 +0000 Micki Maynard 6298 at http://michiganradio.org All about paczki: The Polish jelly donut that ate the Midwest The next phase in protests: Get ready for the "99% Spring" http://michiganradio.org/post/next-phase-protests-get-ready-99-spring <p>UAW President Bob King referred last week to a <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120211/AUTO01/202110356/1032/ent/King-calls-on-UAW-to-stage-nationwide-protests">&ldquo;new movement for social justice&rdquo; </a>this spring, and now we know what he&rsquo;s talking about. The UAW&rsquo;s Facebook page on Thursday features a big photo promoting the 99% Spring, sending its readers to a new Web site called <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/02/16/the-next-phase-in-protests-get-ready-for-the-99-spring/www.the99spring.com">The99Spring.com</a>.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:30:26 +0000 Micki Maynard 6261 at http://michiganradio.org The next phase in protests: Get ready for the "99% Spring" 3 things to know about Mitt Romney’s latest Op-Ed http://michiganradio.org/post/3-things-know-about-mitt-romney%E2%80%99s-latest-op-ed <p>Yesterday, we told you that Michigan&rsquo;s native son, Mitt Romney, has fallen behind former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/02/13/polls-show-santorum-leading-romney-in-michigan/">two pre-primary polls</a>.</p><p>Now, Romney is firing back in the Detroit News. not at his rival, but at union leaders and Obama administration officials.</p><p>Romney touches on many themes about the 2009 auto industry bailout.</p><p>You can read <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120214/OPINION01/202140336/Romney-op-ed-Taxpayers-should-get-GM-shares-proceeds?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">the entire op-ed</a> here.</p><p>We picked out three things and provide some context. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:21:22 +0000 Micki Maynard 6206 at http://michiganradio.org 3 things to know about Mitt Romney’s latest Op-Ed 4 Things $100 Million could buy in the Midwest (besides political ads) http://michiganradio.org/post/4-things-100-million-could-buy-midwest-besides-political-ads <p>Talking Points Memo, an influential political blog, is estimating that as much as $100 million could be spent on the recall fight involving Wisconsin Republican Gov. <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/01/26/despite-recall-threat-walkers-approval-rating-rises-in-wisconsin/">Scott Walker. </a></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:40:51 +0000 Micki Maynard 6021 at http://michiganradio.org 4 Things $100 Million could buy in the Midwest (besides political ads) Why Midwest cities love outdoor hockey games http://michiganradio.org/post/why-midwest-cities-love-outdoor-hockey-games <header><p>CLEVELAND &mdash; On Sunday afternoon, I was one of the 25,864 people shivering in 27 degree temperatures at Progressive Field, watching the Frozen Diamond, a face off between the Michigan and Ohio State hockey teams.</p><p>The Wolverines won, 4-1 &mdash; perhaps not the outcome that Buckeyes fans hoped for, but the event made Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro happy. &ldquo;Pretty cool, out there, isn&rsquo;t it?&rdquo; Shapiro told <a href="http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2012/01/indians_mark_shapiro_pleased_w.html">reporters </a>before the game.</p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:53:17 +0000 Micki Maynard 5819 at http://michiganradio.org Why Midwest cities love outdoor hockey games Honda revives NS-X sportscar, will build it in Ohio http://michiganradio.org/post/honda-revives-ns-x-sportscar-will-build-it-ohio <p>Honda made history in 1990 when it introduced the high powered Acura NS-X sports car. But it discontinued it in 2005 to focus on more fuel efficient models.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:07:30 +0000 Micki Maynard 5717 at http://michiganradio.org Honda revives NS-X sportscar, will build it in Ohio Need tips to help get through the recession? Get Midwest money help from CNN's experts http://michiganradio.org/post/need-tips-help-get-through-recession-get-midwest-money-help-cnns-experts <p>The recession has played havoc with personal finances all over the Midwest, whether you&rsquo;re starting from scratch, or trying to stretch your budget to get through these hard times.</p><p>It can be hard to get good advice on what to do.</p><p>Rest easy. We&rsquo;re offering some Midwest Money <a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/dcefe5255376/what-kind-of-advice-do-you-need-from-cnns-personal-finance-gurus">help</a>.</p><p>Two of the country&rsquo;s leading experts on personal finance issues &mdash; CNN&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/velshi.ali.html">Ali </a><a href="http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/velshi.ali.html">Ve</a><a href="http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/velshi.ali.html">lshi</a> and <a href="http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/romans.christine.html">Christine Romans</a>&ndash; are teaming up with Changing Gears to provide some answers.</p><p>Each week, Ali and Christine tackle pressing financial dilemmas on their CNN program, <a href="http://yourmoney.blogs.cnn.com/">Your Money</a>, and they&rsquo;ve compiled their tips in the new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/How-Speak-Money-Language-Knowledge/dp/1118114957">How to Speak Mon</a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/How-Speak-Money-Language-Knowledge/dp/1118114957">ey: The Language and the Knowledge That You Need Now.</a></p><p>Here&rsquo;s your chance for Midwest Money advice.</p><p><a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/dcefe5255376/what-kind-of-advice-do-you-need-from-cnns-personal-finance-gurus">Send us </a>anything that&rsquo;s on your mind, from retirement, to job hunting, to your mortgage and more.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll pose your questions to Ali and Christine, and publish their answers every day during the week of Dec. 19. And, if they pick a question that you sent in, you&rsquo;ll get an autographed copy of their new book.</p><p>Post your questions <a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/dcefe5255376/what-kind-of-advice-do-you-need-from-cnns-personal-finance-gurus">here</a>. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:51:35 +0000 Micki Maynard 5228 at http://michiganradio.org Need tips to help get through the recession? Get Midwest money help from CNN's experts Detroit, Milwaukee Get Ready For Post-Season Economic Boost http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-milwaukee-get-ready-post-season-economic-boost <p>There may be no joy in Boston or Atlanta, but there is plenty among baseball fans in the Great Lakes.</p><p>The Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers are headed to division playoff series in the American and National Leagues, respectively.</p><p>The Brewers have a leg up on their neighbors across Lake Michigan: they&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/130745088.html">clinched</a> home field advantage in the best of five series. They play the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday and Saturday at Miller Park in Milwaukee.</p><p>The Tigers face the New York Yankees those same days <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110929/SPORTS0104/109290369/Shades-of-2006--Tigers-open-playoffs-in-New-York">at Yankee Stadium</a> in New York, then return to Comerica Park on Monday. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:52:08 +0000 Micki Maynard 4365 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit, Milwaukee Get Ready For Post-Season Economic Boost The future of manufacturing, all this month, from Changing Gears http://michiganradio.org/post/future-manufacturing-all-month-changing-gears <p>What&rsquo;s different about our factories? How are things changing in the Midwest, from the way people are trained to what&rsquo;s being produced?</p><p>This month, Changing Gears&rsquo; regular Wednesday reports will be devoted to the future of manufacturing.</p><p>The days are long gone when all you had to do to get a factory job was know someone. These are not the same places your dad or mom or grandfather worked in. And the expectations of what employers need from you have changed, as well.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll kick the series off tomorrow with a report from Dan Bobkoff. Meanwhile, we&rsquo;d like to pick your brain.</p><p>What kind of <a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/51d18ffa6b43/the-factory-of-the-future-in-six-words">factories</a> do you think we&rsquo;ll be seeing in the Midwest? Which<a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/b913934ceee0/what-industry-would-you-bet-on-to-turn-around-the-economy"> industry</a> will be next to catch hold here?</p><p>We&rsquo;re looking forward to exploring our manufacturing future with you. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:20:33 +0000 Micki Maynard 4044 at http://michiganradio.org The future of manufacturing, all this month, from Changing Gears The Verlander Effect: What do you spend at the stadium? http://michiganradio.org/post/verlander-effect-what-do-you-spend-stadium <p>Inside today&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/sports/baseball/justin-verlander-is-detroit-tigers-biggest-draw.html">New York Times</a>, you&rsquo;ll find my story on Detroit Tigers&rsquo; ace Justin Verlander.</p><p>I was on hand Tuesday night when Verlander nearly pitched the third no-hitter of his career.</p><p>He wound up with a two-hit game against the Cleveland Indians, in a performance that baseball <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110615/COL08/106150456/Drew-Sharp-Tigers-ace-Justin-Verlander-leaves-no-doubt-he-s-a-star-as-Tigers-take-1st-alone?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">scribes</a> say was one of the best of the year.</p><p>And we discovered, there is an economic impact for Detroit every time he walks on the mound.</p><p>Call it the Verlander Effect.</p><p>Verlander attracted 28,128 fans to Tuesday night&rsquo;s game &mdash; the latest proof that attendance when Verlander pitches goes up by more than 5,000 (5,137 to be precise). The fan count at a Verlander appearance averages 26,981; the Tigers are averaging 21,844 on nights when he doesn&rsquo;t.</p><p>That extra 5,137 people adds up to a lot of revenue for the Tigers and by extension, the businesses around Comerica Park and in Detroit. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:39:52 +0000 Micki Maynard 2921 at http://michiganradio.org The Verlander Effect: What do you spend at the stadium? Give Americans more authority, Toyota told http://michiganradio.org/post/give-americans-more-authority-toyota-told <p>Toyota&rsquo;s reputation for quality suffered a significant blow the past two years in the wake of millions of recalls.</p><p>Now, a blue-ribbon panel of outsiders says the Japan-centric carmaker must give its managers and employees in North America more authority to jump on problems, in order to prevent another such crisis.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/EMBARGOED_COPY_Toyota_Quality_Advisory_Panel_Report.pdf">Toyota North American Quality Advisory Panel</a> also said it found Toyota paid less heed to problems reported by its customers, regulators and outside experts, than it did to those inside the company. Mon, 23 May 2011 15:13:30 +0000 Micki Maynard 2608 at http://michiganradio.org Give Americans more authority, Toyota told Are today's protests in Wisconsin similar to Flint's sit down strikes? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-todays-protests-wisconsin-similar-flints-sit-down-strikes <p>Are the Wisconsin protests becoming public employees&rsquo; equivalent of the Sit Down Strike in Flint, Michigan?</p><p><a href="http://www.ler.illinois.edu/faculty/fp_ashby.html">Professor Steven Ashby</a> at the University of Illinois made the comparison Wednesday on <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/">Changing Gears</a>&rsquo; partner station <a href="http://www.wbez.org/">WBEZ</a>.</p><p>Speaking with Alison Cuddy, the host of<a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight"> 848</a>, Professor Ashby said the Wisconsin protests may be seen as historically significant as the events at General Motors in 1936 and 1937.</p><p>It&rsquo;s an interesting analogy, because the sit down strike resonates with labor historians as the moment that the fledgling United Automobile Workers took root at the Detroit car companies.</p><p>And, while Flint got the most attention for the sit down strike there, the protests actually spread from Atlanta to Kansas City and Cleveland, just as the protests in Wisconsin have resulted in others across the Great Lakes states.</p><p>In the same way that Flint helped the UAW, Professor Ashby argues that the protests in Madison have given public &mdash; and private sector &mdash; unions a rallying point. Whether they can lead to preserving or growing union membership remains to be seen, however.</p><p>Meanwhile, if you&rsquo;d like to know more about what went on in Flint, the Detroit News has a compendium of the strike <a href="http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=115">here. </a>And you can hear voices of some of the sit down strikers <a href="http://www.historicalvoices.org/flint/">here. </a></p><p>Do you remember the sit down strike, or do you have relatives who took part? We&rsquo;d love to hear your memories or any stories they&rsquo;ve handed down. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:31:56 +0000 Micki Maynard 1571 at http://michiganradio.org Are today's protests in Wisconsin similar to Flint's sit down strikes?