Michigan State Fair

Almost a year ago, I visited the Michigan State Fair for what was to be its last season.  The Michigan State Fair was the longest running in the United States spanning over 160 years, surviving the depression, until budget cuts forced its closure in 2010. I took a few...

Detroit Icons in Danger

Two extremely iconic buildings in Detroit are potentially a step closer to joining the recently publicized list of vacant Detroit buildings.  The Guardian Building and the Penobscot Building are both located in the heart of the central business district and would...

48 Vacant Buildings in the Detroit CBD

Louis Aguilar at the Detroit News has assembled an unofficial list of vacant buildings in Detroit’s central business district.  The list is not all inclusive, but based on the building having no signs of life (No tenants!), be 5 stories or taller, and contain...

Lafayette Coming Down Soon

The Freep is reporting that fences have gone up around the building and that demolition is imminent. Designed by architect C. Howard Crane, who is better known for his designs of the Fox Theatre and other entertainment venues, the Lafayette Building occupied a...

Long Gone! (It’s for Real this Time…)

The City of Detroit Economic Development Corporation voted 7-1 to demolish what’s left of Tiger Stadium. Apparently, the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy has fallen short of its goal to raise $15.5 million or the DEDC has decided to proceed anyway. I’m sure...

Michigan Central Depot: T Minus 30 Days

The countdown clock has started. In an April 21st hearing, the Detroit City Council has voted to raze the Michigan Central Depot and pass the demolition costs on to the owner.  In a previous hearing (April 7th) the council passed a resolution calling for the...