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Things Are Good: Detroit to Have the Largest Urban Farm in the USA

Detroit was once a great city, then the economic collapse of car-dominated industry in the city happened. Because of the prescence of Ford and GM in Detroit the city’s urban planning focused on cars; this led to poverty and neglect of needed infrastructure.

The collapse of Detroit occurred, and now they are rebuilding. One aspect . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Detroit to Have the Largest Urban Farm in the USA

Alberta Diary: A look back to 2010: Cuba loves Chevrolets and GM needs sales – what’s wrong with this picture?

An ancient Jeep, probably with a transplanted Lada engine, drops passengers at Revolution Square four years ago in Havana. With Uber starting up, we finally have the same service here in Edmonton! The sign says: “51 years of struggle and victories.” Below: an old Chevrolet still in service on a Havana street, and . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: A look back to 2010: Cuba loves Chevrolets and GM needs sales – what’s wrong with this picture?

The Disaffected Lib: Could Climate Change be Detroit’s Salvation?

Will climate change be America’s 21st century equivalent of William Tecumseh Sherman’s “march to the sea“?  The Union general has a lasting place in infamy in the southern states for leading his army on a devastating march from Atlanta to Savannah, laying waste not only to military targets but also infrastructure, industry and civilian . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Could Climate Change be Detroit’s Salvation?

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– The Tyee’s recent series on important sources of inequality is well worth a read, as Emily Fister interviews Andrew Longhurst about precarious work and Sylvia Fuller about the role of motherhood.

– David Cole asks just how corrupt U.S. politics have become, while Frances O’Grady observes that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

The Disaffected Lib: Sometimes In Life, It’s the Little Things That Matter

It’s really a little thing.  A little worse.  A little more frequent.  A little longer lasting.  A little more severe.  A little more damaging.

That’s the face of early onset climate change. It’s the face of severe weather events of increasing frequency, intensity and duration.  It’s weather made a little worse, a little more . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Sometimes In Life, It’s the Little Things That Matter

The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights: Council of Canadians Delivers Water to Detroit

The Council of Canadians this week continued its support of the international human right to water by delivering convoy of water to Detroit city residents.

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, looking at the sad similarities between Regina and Detroit, and noting that the crucial step we should take to avoid the latter’s humanitarian tragedy is to fund our commitments to workers and residents while we have the means to do so.

For further reading…– Tom McKay and Wallace Turbeville each discuss how the decision . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Politics and its Discontents: Motor City Madness: A Mound of Sound Guest Post

The City of Detroit is the poster child for municipal meltdown. It’s generally known that Detroit is bankrupt after decades of steady decline and the flight of most of its wealthy (white) citizens. There is no shortage of graphic photographs of abandoned and derelict buildings, the remnants of once viable neighbourhoods.

Not everyone could . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Motor City Madness: A Mound of Sound Guest Post

Politics, Re-Spun: The Robocop Remake Skips its Elysium Class Warfare Moment

Don’t bother with the Robocop remake. The original–campy, sensationalized, mildly intolerable–still succeeds in one key element: examining class warfare.

You’d think that in an era of post-2008, the 1% being called out as contemptuous greed-mongerers and the Occupy Movement, that a Robocop remake would examine in a contemporary frame, the class divide that reflected Detroit . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Robocop Remake Skips its Elysium Class Warfare Moment

Melissa Fong: BLOGCEMBER 2013: Electronic music month- THEME 1/31

  I have become inspired to write about my experiences with house/techno music this month. I’m going to take a departure from my usual politicized rants and start a […]

The Disaffected Lib: Stiglitz Casts the Bones and Reads the Entrails of Detroit,

Nobel laureate economist Joe Stiglitz argues that it’s vital not to get misled about the real significance of the bankruptcy of Detroit.

Detroit’s most serious problems are confined to the city limits. Elsewhere in the metropolitan area, there is ample economic activity. In suburbs like Bloomfield Hills, Mich., the median household income is more . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Stiglitz Casts the Bones and Reads the Entrails of Detroit,

LeDaro: News do get you depressed

Here is one for the fun. Obama-nomics.

by Michael Ramirez

Politics, Re-Spun: The Red Wings Fiddle While Detroit Burns

The new iconic photo of post-crash Detroit. Listen, can you hear the footsteps of Robocop?

We can’t really blame just the Red Wings. We have to blame the Tigers and the Lions too, but really the 1% who own them.

Detroit is bankrupt. Services will be privatized to privateer leeches. Human beings will . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Red Wings Fiddle While Detroit Burns

The Political Road Map: Detroit Wants Robocop!

Movies, while providing a source of entertainment, also possess the ability to inspire us, move us and provide an example of the direction our society is moving in. Robocop among many memorable movies of our youth or general collection, gave us an image of a city named Detroit suffering from extreme crime, poverty and corporate . . . → Read More: The Political Road Map: Detroit Wants Robocop!

350 or bust: Canadian Oil Waste Blackens Detroit

* The Koch brothers are about their usual dirty business, this time in Detroit: WINDSOR, Ontario — Assumption Park gives residents of this city lovely views of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit skyline. Lately they’ve been treated to another sight: a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block on the other . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canadian Oil Waste Blackens Detroit

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: In Detroit, Pro-Democracy Movement Rises Against ‘Disaster Capitalism’

As new ‘emergency manager’ Kevin Orr takes over in ‘bloodless coup,’ community plans revolt By: Jon Queally | Common Dreams: Community and pro-democracy activists in Detroit have no intention of rolling over and playing dead for Kevyn Orr, the city’s new ‘emergency manager’ appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who […]

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Things Are Good: Farming Could Save Detroit

Detroit has been hit hard by the ongoing economic claptrap that’s plaguing the global economy; the once-thriving oil-driven economy of the city is not fairing well. The city of Detroit is now looking to environmentally friendly sources of renewing their economy: farming.

Housing in Detroit is so cheap that it actually makes sense to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Farming Could Save Detroit