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Five Things You Need to Know: Historic Districts, New Sales Models and Fleeing Youth

1Michigan Republicans Seek to Dissolve Historic Districts

At Electablog, architectural historian Nancy Kotting writes about a new House bill that is threatening Michigan’s ability to preserve our architectural heritage:

Michigan is home to an incredibly diverse history, born of our great natural wealth and beauty. This history is in large part translated and interpreted across generations through the architecture that gets left behind. Architecture that represents the experiences of a racially, culturally and economically diverse group of individuals who shared one thing in common: Michigan was their home.

Michigan’s ability to preserve this architectural legacy as a teaching tool for future generations is now in the sights of an irrational faction of the GOP. Republican State Representative Chris Afendoulis has introduced House Bill 5232 (Senate Bill 720) that, at its essence, dismantles the legal structure put in place in 1970 upon which our state relies in protecting our architectural treasures, and therefore much of our tourism industry and local economies.

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

In 1970, the Michigan State Legislature enacted Public Act 169 that declares the activity of Historic Preservation as a public purpose. It provides for the legal framework by which communities can create Historic Districts by local ordinance that then serve to protect the attributes of those resources included within for the benefit of the public.

Read on for more about the issue. Regarding the photo, the photographer writes:

The East Ferry Historic District began as an exclusive residential area in the late 1880s, after serving as an experimental seed farm for the Ferry Seed Company. Building continued through the 1920s, and today the area is a mix of well maintained structures used for residential, commercial and institutional purposes. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a City of Detroit Historic District.

Bond Falls in WinterBond Falls in Winter

Aime Lucas Photography shared this photo with us a couple of weeks ago saying “The beauty of Bond Falls in the winter is stunning. This is the “upper” drops.”

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3Running from Michigan

One of our favorite publications is Bridge Magazine. They have a new feature titled Young talent continues to flee Michigan that

According to the U.S. Census, Michigan had a net domestic migration loss of 38,911 people in the one-year period from July 2014 to July 2015. Translation: That’s how many more people left for other states than moved in. That’s the sixth highest population loss in the nation.

And just as notably, Michigan continues to lose a particularly valuable human resource: Young people with college degrees.

Census figures show that Michigan had an estimated net migration loss of 0.7 percent of those age 22-to-34 with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Tesla Applies for Dealership License

The Detroit News reports that carmaker Tesla has applied for a dealership license in what appears to be a test of state law:

Tesla Motors Inc. has applied for licenses to sell and service its luxury electric vehicles in Michigan, even though Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation in late 2014 that bans the company’s business model of directly selling cars to customers.

…Tesla on Monday confirmed the applications, saying they are intended to confirm that the 2014 law bars its direct sales methodology.

“Submission of the application is intended to seek the Secretary of State’s confirmation of this prohibition,” said a Tesla spokesperson in an email to The News. “Once confirmed, Tesla will review any options available to overturn this anti-consumer law.

February is National Cherry Month

The Michigan Department of Agriculture notes that February is National Cherry Month. Here’s some cherry facts:

  • Tart cherries are loaded with antioxidants that are believed to relieve the pain of arthritis and gout and help fight cancer and heart disease. They’re also especially high in the antioxidant melatonin, which may help prevent or reduce brain deterioration associated with aging. And to top it off, they’re high in vitamin A and beta-carotene.
  • Cherries were brought to America by early settlers in the 1600s. Cherry trees, in fact, were part of the gardens of French settlers when they established Detroit.
  • Peter Dougherty, a Presbyterian missionary on Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City, started modern-day cherry production in Michigan in 1852. Now, Michigan grows about 75 percent of the nation’s tart cherries and Traverse City calls itself the cherry capital of the world.
  • It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie; enough cherries grow on the average cherry tree to make 28 pies, industry officials say.
  • Tart cherries ripen two or three weeks after sweet cherries. Look for them in mid to late July.
  • Cherries are a truly ancient delicacy – explorers have found cherry pits from the Stone Age in European caves.
  • Tart cherries have fewer calories and more beta-carotene than sweet cherries.
  • Michigan grows 75 percent of the nation’s tart cherries.