Throughout each month we post items of Michicentric interest to our Michitwitter page. In case you missed them here is a look back at just a few of the items for the month June. If you find these interesting there are plenty more for you to check out. We encourage you to add any news items, events, links to vids, podcasts or whatever you find interesting about the Great Lakes State!
The photo featured in this post is from the Absolute Michigan Flickr pool and was shot by the very talented buckshot.jones. He states:
This little garden is on the near west side of Detroit. The significance for me is it may very well be on an empty lot where one of my mother’s childhood homes once stood. I also find it significant because it makes a statement about the resourcefulness of the folks in Detroit- a turning lemons into lemonade kind of a thing. Around the corner, right off Cass Avenue, sits a vacant corner lot. The locals have salvaged old couches and discarded auto bench seats and have fashioned a small park with the make- do seating placed under of the shade of a few low hanging maple trees.
A Sampling from Michitwitter June 2009
The folks attempting to save Tiger Stadium lost their fight in preventing the demolition and the Freep let us know in their article Detroit commission votes to level Tiger Stadium.
A Detroit city commission has voted to demolish the section of Tiger Stadium left standing after much of the historic ballpark was knocked down last year.
The city’s Economic Development Corp. board voted 7-1 today to authorize the complete demolition of the stadium.
We often talk about how the buy local revolution and urban farming is gaining popularity and that farming is once again becoming a viable career choice. The State News ran the article More students opting to take on farming opportunities in summer, as career choices.
Growing up in metro Detroit, Adam Montri, outreach coordinator for the MSU Student Organic Farm, didn’t consider farming to be a career choice. â€œI definitely grew up in the suburbs and thought of agriculture as something you did on the weekend or after school or that kind of thing,â€ he said. Now, Montri, who graduated from MSU in 2001, owns his own organic farm in Bath, Mich.
In our state’s quest to harness the power of wind a report was released that the Thumb area is ranked #1. From Crains Detroit Business West Michigan, Thumb best for wind energy, report says
Three regions in West Michigan and one region in the Thumb area have the state’s highest potential for wind energy projects, according to a report released Tuesday by a state board.
We were shown a ray of light shining through the darkness of our current economic quagmire. The Freep reported Economist: Michigan to start to recover in 2010
Comerica Bank’s chief economist predicted today that Michigan’s battered economy will finally start to recover next year, aided by a rebound in the national economy.
In another positive story on Michigan’s economic turnaround Michigan.gov announced Granholm Announces Companies Investing Over $247 Million, Creating More Than 11,000 New Jobs in Michigan
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that Michigan’s aggressive strategy to diversify the economy and attract investment to Michigan has resulted in 15 job-creating projects, which will generate more than 11,125 new jobs, retain another 846 and bring more than $247 million in new investment to communities across the state.
One of the more interesting and unusual biit of news came from mlive.com in their story University of Michigan researchers find clues at bottom of Lake Huron to ancient hunters
University of Michigan researchers have found the first archaeological evidence of ancient human hunting activity preserved under the Great Lakes.
Using detailed government data on lake floor topography, a research vessel and a remote mini-rover equipped with a camera, scientists found what they believe are hunting pits, camps and rock structures called caribou “drive lines” on the bottom of Lake Huron.
Much discussion has been made of late that the revitalization of our auto industry would be to go back to square one and the inventors, entrepeneurs and small company jump into the game for some fresh thoughts. Wired.com brought us Tesla Motors Founder: Let Me Run Detroit
Elon Musk has tackled electric cars, space ships and modular renewable energy stations. Now he wants a real challenge: running Detroit.
â€œWhen the mess gets sorted out, I’d like to have a conversation with whoever’s in charge at the time â€” the car czar or whoever â€” and say â€˜I’d like to run your plants, if you don’t mind,’â€ Musk said, starting that conversation Monday at Wired’s first-ever business conference, Disruptive by Design in Manhattan.
Last but not lease Detroit’s art community received some huge support and encouragement. The Detroit News reported Kresge Foundation steps up gifts to Detroit causes
Call it an artist’s jackpot, or a clever gambit to help Michigan hold on to some of its best creative talent.
Today, 18 Detroit-area artists officially will win $25,000 each, the first awards of an unprecedented no-strings-attached annual fellowship program designed to keep the area’s top visual artists from leaving the state in search of greener pastures.