This week’s installment of CuriosiD investigates a question from WDET listener Savala. “Why are sidewalks in Indian Village stamped with Swastikas? The stamps are uniform and official, like a company laying the concrete made them. Do they predate the Nazi party in Germany? Are they associated with a company affiliated with the Nazi party? The sidewalks are..
Generally when the national media tells stories about Detroit, many focus on the revitalized Downtown and Midtown corridors. But there was a time when the Livernois-McNichols Corridor was the place to go for shopping at high-end stores or for a night out on the town. Now a new economic initiative aims to restore..
Detroit occupies approximately 140-square miles of land. At its height, the city was filled with single family homes where people could live out the American dream. But following a significant loss of population, many of these homes sat empty and open for scrappers to strip out wire and pipes or for squatters to lay claim to the..
MERIS/NASA More than 400,000 people in northern Ohio and parts of Michigan were without water for a few days in August, when a large algae bloom in Lake Erie produced high levels of toxins. The toxins were created by cyanobacteria—an algae-like bacteria. Scientists are now trying to figure out what makes some algae blooms more..
Wikimedia Commons EMU Provost and Vice President Kim Schatzel will take on the school’s top job until the Board of Regents can find a long-term replacement for outgoing President Susan Martin. Martin will step down from the position on July 7th, after serving as president for seven years. She was also the university’s first female president..
J. Carlisle Larsen (WDET) Thousands of Metro Detroiters will head downtown today for Opening Day at Comerica Park. But motorists driving along Woodward will not only have to contend with traffic from fellow Tigers’ fans, they’ll have to deal with a number of construction projects--including bridge work over I-75 and the laying of rails for..
Photo Credit | Mike Boening Photography (FLICKR/CC) Photo Credit | KP Tripathi (FLICKR/CC) The New International Trade Crossing connecting Detroit and Windsor could have more than car and truck traffic when it opens in 2020. Advocates and politicians in both Canada and the U.S. are supporting the idea of pedestrian and bike traffic on the..
Photo Credit | Kusabi (FLICKR) There has been an increase in cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza since the end of last year throughout the U.S., and Michigan officials are asking domestic bird owners throughout the state to help prevent the spread of the virus. Cases of the H-5 bird flu have been found in Missouri,..
J. Carlisle Larsen/WDET Ford is issuing three recalls in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The largest recall affects around 213,000 Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor vehicles from the 2011 through 2013 model years. The automaker says the springs in the door handles may not latch fully and keep the doors closed in the event of..
Photo Courtesy of Affirmations Darrious Hilmon has joined the LGBT organization Affirmations as its Executive Director. The Detroit native previously worked as the marketing director at the Mosaic Youth Theatre and the Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the Chicago Urban League. Hilmon tells WDET’s J. Carlisle Larsen that it was an easy decision to..