This Corktown lot - down the block from the vacant Roosevelt Hotel, next door to two burned-out houses -- actually is a miniature golf course known as “Roosevelt Par.”
Detroit — Imagine 40 film directors coming together to make one film. Then imagine that those filmmakers are based in 23 countries on five continents.
Corktown is arguably one of the whitest neighborhoods in Detroit, rife with hipsters visiting — or moving in — from the burbs and beyond. So it’s not the first place you’d look for a bastion of hip-hop culture like 5e Gallery.
These days philanthropy is being fueled by regular folks funding local projects they feel a passion for. And their modest contributions really add up for projects that may need only a few hundred (or thousand) dollars to get off the ground.
If you happen to be walking by the old Tiger Stadium field on the third Saturday of the month, you may be surprised to find it full of dogs — and their owners. Since the pop-up Dog Party at Tiger Stadium began nine months ago, the number of dogs (and humans) has grown from a handful to last month’s 50 to 60 four-legged revelers and their humans. And that was on a blustery sub-freezing day.
When Michigan downsized its generous film incentive program, it sucked the air out of Michigan's growing film industry bubble.
It’s a combination of football, horseshoes and bowling, and its invention was an accident. It’s called fowling and it's become a fond pastime of tailgaters in Detroit and Indianapolis.
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Born in Bayonne, N.J. and raised in Royal Oak, photographer Donna Terek -- nicknamed "Turk" -- lives and works in the city of Detroit. Once upon a time she worked the graveyard shift in a GM bearing plant, put those tiny brushes in nail polish bottles for L'Oreal, taught English in Greece, night-staffed in a home for developmentally disabled adults, collected loans for a bank, served cocktails in Omaha, ran a phone bank in Atlanta, taught high school in rural Minnesota and bummed on a beach in Mexico where the locals claim to have invented surfing.
Terek was tolerated as a token hippie at Miami University and got her M.A. in journalism at the University of Minnesota. Today she lives with her husband and two dogs, C.C. Ryder and S.O. Terek, in one of Detroit's historic neighborhoods.
"Donna's Detroit" was named best online column by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2010 and by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 2009, the column's first year.
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