Actress Grace Kelly was not the first American princess. In the late 19th century, young American heiresses exchanged their wealth for titles, marrying into the European elite. One such heiress was Clara Ward, who was born in Detroit in 1873. She married a Belgian Prince, becoming Princesse de Caraman-Chimay, but Clara’s story is no traditional fairy tale.
Water attracted the early settlers of Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.
Join us over these next five weeks, as our regular Tuesday Knight segment will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with Detroit’s waterfront through our series "Detroit's Water Renaissance."
Our first story goes back to the days before industrialization, when the city of Detroit was a maze of fresh waterways.
Eighteen years ago this morning brought the sad news of the death of beloved Detroit radio personality J.P. McCarthy. McCarthy ruled the morning radio airwaves at WJR for 30 years. Current State contributor Russ White worked with McCarthy for the last five years of J.P.'s life and has this remembrance of the great voice of the Great Lakes.
Motown is what most people connect with Detroit's music scene, but the Motor City has also been the birthplace of some of the most influential American rockers.
"Detroit Rock City," the latest book by local author Steve Miller, chronicles the city's rock scene through interviews with some of its most legendary rock musicians, such as Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Jack White. Miller and Current State's Scott Pohl discuss the deep tracks of Detroit's rockin' legacy.
Grocery stores have been making the news in Detroit recently. Last week, the Michigan-based retailer, Meijer, opened its first Detroit location. This follows the news last month of the grand opening of the city’s first Whole Foods Market. Based on these stories, one might think Detroiters were only recently introduced to the concept of the grocery store. That’s not true.
MSU associate professor of sociology Craig Harris, an expert in the sociology of food, discusses food security in Detroit, as well as here in mid-Michigan.
Gov. Rick Snyder said the city of Detroit needs a “radically restructure” and bankruptcy is the "only feasible option" to fix the city's finances. But many worry about the potential impact to municipalities’ bonding credit and state employees’ pension plan.
A much-feared -- but widely anticipated -- day arrived yesterday in Michigan’s largest city. Officials filed a 16-page bankruptcy petition on behalf of the city of Detroit in U.S. Court, making the city the largest municipal bankruptcy in the U.S. history.
Gov. Rick Snyder authorized the filing yesterday after efforts by state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr failed to satisfy numerous creditors. According to reports, the city owes as many as 100,000 creditors and accrued obligation is as much as $20 billion.
The concept of microfinance -- essentially small loans given to entrepreneurs who are too little or too under-funded to qualify for traditional bank loans -- has exploded in the developing world.
One of the leading online platforms for microfinance is called Kiva, which connects entrepreneurs with interest-free loans offered by community members. About two years ago, with the help of Michigan Corps, a Detroit-based non-profit organization, Kiva became the first microfinance effort in the United States. Last month, Michigan Corps expanded Kiva’s platform into Flint.
Detroit’s in an immediate crisis. Emergency Manager Orr will be deciding in a couple of weeks whether bankruptcy is an option. If it should move in that direction, what’s the way forward? There has been a lot of talk about the Detroit Institute of Arts' assets, as well as other museums. What kinds of discussions need to be had?
The last few years have brought significant changes to the city of Detroit. A financial emergency was declared, and despite opposition from residents and the city council, a financial manager was appointed. And just this month, Mayor Dave Bing announced he would step down from office at the end of his term—and a crowded field of new candidates announced their intentions.
Today on Current State: MSU plant biologist's expertise plays major role in criminal investigation; lead poisoning down in Detroit, but so is funding for lead cleanup; and iPad periodical developed by MSU journalism students.
A story from Environmental Health News reports that lead poisoning in children in Detroit has decreased 70 percent since 2004. However, the number of children with exposure to excessive lead levels in Detroit still exceeds the national average, and funding for cleanup is dwindling.
Brian Bienkowski is a senior editor and staff writer at Environmental Health News. He discusses the decrease of lead poisoning and the motor city's environmental future.
Thursday afternoon in Detroit, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to name Kevyn Orr, a Washington D.C.-based bankruptcy attorney, as Detroit's incoming financial manager. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta explains the importance of this historic announcement.
Today on Current State: former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's conviction; more on the Niowave pole barn; "STEMinists," a new exhibit at the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame; timebanks; and Holt and Mason leaders take the stage for a good cause.
On today's Current State: Detroit's financial future, a local practitioner of the ancient Japanese art form called mokuhanga, sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode, the MSU football program's legacy of racial integration, Friday fish fries and a preview of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's next performance.
Last week a state appointed financial review team concluded that the city of Detroit is in a financial emergency. Since then, Governor Snyder has been considering whether he should appoint an emergency financial manager to fix the city. He is expected to announce his decision today. Eric Scorsone, an MSU economist who specializes in municipal finance, discusses the future of Detroit’s finances.
Jamaal May is a world class spoken-word artist and poet from Detroit. He has a guest performance at this weekend’s Poetry Out Loud Michigan high school state championships, which are being held in East Lansing. Mr. May discusses his career, shares some poetry and tells us about the competition.
Current State's Public Poetry Announcements are brought to you by the Center for Poetry at MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.
WKAR’s Peter Whorf spent some time at the expo earlier this week and brings us his last in a series of reports from Cobo. This time, Peter speaks with Bill Rose of Rose Marine Service about a boat that’s close to home.
WKAR’sPeter Whorf continues our series from the expo with a first look at a Michigan-made product. Gibbs Sports and Amphibians’ Graham Jenkins describes the new Quadski, a specialized craft that travels on land and water.
A report released Tuesday afternoon by the Detroit emergency review team all but clears the way for Governor Snyder to appoint an emergency manager to take over the city’s finances. This scenario is nothing new to Flint, where, in late 2011, Governor Snyder appointed Michael Brown as emergency manager.
We speak with Brown, as well as Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, about what the experience is like and what Detroit officials can learn from it.
State officials and many in southeast Michigan have been keeping a very close eye on financial reports coming out of Detroit. Sunday's Detroit Free Press reported that an emergency financial report completed late Friday suggests an emergency manager is inevitable. The report found the city’s deficit continues to grow even after some degree of state oversight for more than 10 months.
Free Press reporter and columnist Nancy Kaffer joins us to explain one of the biggest, ongoing stories in Michigan.