architecture http://michiganradio.org en Canadian photographer finds art in Detroit's decaying buildings http://michiganradio.org/post/canadian-photographer-finds-art-detroits-decaying-buildings <p>Anyone who has spent time driving around the city of Detroit has seen ruined buildings. They can be found just about everywhere within the city limits.</p><p>Among those decaying buildings can be found some of the finest examples of early 20th century architecture, the kinds of buildings that remind us that Detroit was once known as the “Paris of the Midwest.”</p><p>Canadian photographer Philip Jarmain first discovered these disintegrating beauties while he was a student at the University of Windsor. And ever since 2010, Philip Jarmain has been documenting these vanishing early 20th&nbsp;century buildings.</p><p>Twenty of his fine art prints were recently on exhibit at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, with interest in these large format architectural photographs certainly fueled by the headlines surrounding Detroit’s bankruptcy filing.</p><p>The exhibit was called <a href="http://philipjarmain-americanbeauty.com/">American Beauty: The Opulent Pre-Depression Architecture of Detroit</a>.</p><p>Philip Jarmain joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:52:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 15117 at http://michiganradio.org Canadian photographer finds art in Detroit's decaying buildings Should the Packard Plant be saved? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-packard-plant-be-saved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wayne County officials say they soon hope to close a deal with a developer to buy a former car plant: the Packard Plant, a crumbling 35-acre site on Detroit's east side. It's become an iconic image that, to many, represents industrial decay and the decline of a once-proud Detroit.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130822/METRO01/308220057">The Detroit News</a> and <a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013308220030">Detroit Free Press</a> report the deal between the county and Evanston, Illinois based developer Bill Hults is tentatively set to close next week. Hults wants to convert the 110-year-old facility into a commercial, housing and entertainment complex.</p><p>Many hurdles remain for Hults, who hasn't disclosed his partners or completed a project of this size.&nbsp;</p><p>Hults plans to buy the plant for its $1 million unpaid tax bill.</p><p>If the deal fails, the complex would be put in a public auction in September.</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:06:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 14108 at http://michiganradio.org Should the Packard Plant be saved? Stateside for Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-july-16th-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An unhappy statistic: Child abuse is on the rise in Michigan. So, why has state-funding for prevention been cut? We found out more on today's show.</span></p><p>And, in case you hadn't noticed - it is hot out there. But, are these temperatures rivaling those of past record-making days?</p><p>And, three ordinary guys are pooling their resources in order to save Detroit’s GAR building from the wrecking ball.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Dr. Ryan Shinska, a graduate from the University of Michigan’s dental school, about his plan to move to Uganda to open a dental clinic.</p><p>First on the show, numbers show that more of us are climbing aboard Amtrak trains than ever before.</p><p>The three lines that Amtrak runs in Michigan are often packed, especially the Detroit to Chicago Wolverine Line.</p><p>Come this October, the State of Michigan's tab for Amtrak will jump. The subsidy will go from 8 million a year to around 25 million. That's around a 200% jump.</p><p>Why is that happening? What does this mean for you, the taxpayer, and for Amtrak and its passengers?</p><p>Adie Tomer is with the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, and he joined us today from Washington.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:37:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 13562 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 It was built in Detroit for Civil War Union Army veterans, now some are working to save it http://michiganradio.org/post/it-was-built-detroit-civil-war-union-army-veterans-now-some-are-working-save-it <p>If you've ever driven on Grand River on Detroit's West Side, chances are you've spotted it. The building that looks like a small castle right there on the corner of Grand River and Cass with those crenelated turrets looking like something out of medieval England or France.</p><p>The building was a used as a meeting space for a fraternal organization formed for Civil War Union Army veterans - the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grand Army of the Republic. When its last living members were dwindling, the organization left the building.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fans of the Grand Army of the Republic building will be heartened to hear that it has some champions: three men who are doing their best to save it from the sad list of Detroit's architectural gems that have been allowed to decay or have fallen to the wrecker's ball.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And these three do not have deep-pockets.</span></p><p>Dan Austin is a writer for the Detroit Free Press, and he also runs the Detroit architectural resource <a href="http://historicdetroit.org/">HistoricDetroit.org</a>.</p><p>He joined us today to talk about the building.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:14:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 13557 at http://michiganradio.org It was built in Detroit for Civil War Union Army veterans, now some are working to save it