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  • Archives: January 2010

    January 20, 2010

    The Declaration of Codependence

    We need help. But we can’t get it if we don’t identify exactly what it is that we need. Please take a moment to follow the link, learn about this new movement, sign the declaration, and become part of the solution. Thank you in advance.

    Also, for examples of individuals taking it into their own hands to help shape where we are going as a city, check out The Remains of the D blog… the 12 Young Versions of 2010.
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    January 19, 2010

    The Hunt

    Everybody says Detroit is cheap. Is it?? I don’t know, but trying to find a building that is remotely habitable, in a good location, with the possibility of neighbors may be harder than one would think. Or maybe I’m just cheap and don’t like when landlords talk to me as if we’re both standing in Manhattan. Either way, it was quite fun spending the spring, summer, and fall looking at various buildings around the city, dreaming of the perfect coffee shop. You learn quickly that romanticizing the process doesn’t get you anywhere. Here is an example of what was a dream building to me, but also well out of consideration.. notice the name however.

    I wanted to keep the building “as is”, of course adding a glazing system and entrance, but leaving the old text. Reality? Expensive building and a barrel-roof restoration needed… what the @#$k was I thinking? No way, not happening. See the thing is, we all want to restore every building in the city and own a piece of this forgotten treasure, but it is afterall, the same story as anywhere else… where’s the money?? So, after many months and several reality checks.. I have hopefully found the actual location, and a pair of landlords that feel the same way about the city as I do. Score! Hope to see you there soon. Hope to be there soon!

    Check out some of the other considerations. Note: I like old unsalvageable buildings that are way beyond my understanding when it comes to restoration or construction.

    Absolutely fell in love with this one…

    And by neighbors, I did mean this…

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    January 4, 2010

    Detroit Talent Show

    Stay tuned for announcements on a fundraiser to be held at the VFW in SW Detroit, with proceeds going to the Astro Coffee project. With help from Detroit’s finest creative directors, a post from the “Remains of the D” blog–>

    Well, last Friday while running on the treadmill & trying not to watch some terrible infomercial about a lousy broom swifter I pulled this one back out of the bag. Quickly started scheming with Dorota Bilica- one of the artists responsible for the Hygenic Dress League and day-jobber at the downtown YMCA. It’s gonna be a fundraiser for Dai Hughes’ Astro Coffee project, coming Summer, 2010.

    So who’s coming to help scout?
    Daisuke Hughes (Astro Coffee)
    Kristen Dean (architectural/graphic designer from M1)
    Phillip Cooley (Slows Bar-B-Q, all things Detroit)
    Steve Coy/Dorota Bilica (Hygenic Dress League, U of M Art Faculty)

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