Art in Detroit: The Heidelberg Project

DETROIT — What is a life without art? To many people art surrounds, connects, and speaks to communities all across the globe. For the city of Detroit, communities use art to reach peace within a neighborhood and a piece of mind. The Heidelberg Project happens to be a world known art project with a purpose located in urban Detroit. Nicole Odell, an appreciator of the arts is constantly visiting Heidelberg to take in the wonders this city just has to offer.

Detroit’s Eastern Market still thriving at 126 years

DETROIT — There is a reason as to why the Eastern Market located in Detroit has the slogan, “Healthier, Wealthier, Happier Detroit.” At 126 years it is one of the oldest markets in the United States and it has made a large impact on its community. With markets open on Saturday all year long and on Tuesday and Sunday from now until September there are endless vendors to visit, buy from and appreciate. Cecile Baker, a five-year vendor at Eastern Market, sells products from homemade jewelry to Detroit sports affiliated merchandise, and the now popular toy fidget spinners. “I love it here, it allows me not to work a 9-5 job,” Baker says.

Detroit, a city of food

DETROIT — “Detroit is an ethnic battleground,” Professor in the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University Allan Sherwin says when speaking of Detroit’s various food options. Detroit has many great things to offer, but what seems to be everyone’s favorite is their endless amounts of restaurants. For a city that is constantly being put through hardships and judgement it always has been noted to have two great things: spirit and food. Sherwin, who also has owned award-winning restaurants talks about the restaurant industry, said “it’s a very fluid industry because people eat everyday and they change and the way food’s changed and the people eat. Eighty percent of Americans at 4 o’clock in the afternoon do not know what they are going to have for dinner that night.”

Detroit; an abandoned city?

DETROIT — The city of Detroit has been going though abandonment issues since as early as the 1960’s. Around 70,000 buildings, 31,000 homes, and 90,000 vacant lots all abandoned in Detroit. Once upon a time this was a city that was made to prosper thanks to the automative industry. Now, it has become known as a city full of urban decay. Megan Harder resident of Warren, Michigan a city right on the border of Detroit talks about her experiences driving through the city.

Who is to blame for Detroit Public Schools problems?

DETROIT — A large concern for Detroit Public Schools has been a topic of discussion for many years now. Many people do not understand what have been the causes for such a downfall and accuse the wrong people. Emery Petchauer associate professor at Michigan State University with expertise on the aesthetic practices of urban arts clears up any confusion on what started the downfall of DPS. “The biggest point I’d like to make is that DPS has only been controlled by its elected school board for three years since 1999. The state take-over via emergency manager laws that has caused much of the chaos we see in DPS.

Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay faces environmental issues

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Chesapeake Bay located in the states of Maryland and Virginia is home to 3,600 species of animal and plant life. The largest estuary in the United States has a very complex ecosystem and unfortunately a variety of environmental issues. Issues ranging from agriculture to climate change to bay grasses dying off. Professor of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University Richard Zimmerman says, “The Bay has lost probably 90 percent of its historical distribution of submerged aquatic vegetation since James Town.”

Traffic jams today, smooth driving tomorrow in Virginia

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Virginia is well known for many great things. It is the birthplace of a nation, it is home to the largest naval base in the world, and has mass amounts of fascinting history surrounding it. However, this commonwealth is also known for something not so great: its traffic. Resident of Virginia Beach, Nathan Olle, commented on the traffic issues he faces day to day.