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This 10-Foot-Tall Robocop Sculpture Belongs To Detroit Now

Sep 9th, 2013 at 6:00PM: RoboCop from on Vimeo. Kickstarter campaigns can bring a lot of ideas to life these days. In the case of some determined Robocop fans in Detroit, Kickstarter has brought a 10-foot tall bronze Robocop sculpture to the city. Though the exact final location of the statue has yet to be determined, this will soon be a permanent Detroit fixture. And once it has found its forever home in...

R.I.P. Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit'

R.I.P. Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit' Aug 20th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Paul Sancya, AP Elmore Leonard, the "Dickens of Detroit," died this morning at 87. A prolific novelist and screenwriter, Leonard may have captured and defined the soul of his home city better than any travel writer. When he began writing westerns in the 1950s, he could have relocated to Los Angeles. When his films began to attract major stars, he could have given up the hard-scrabble city for...

Breaking Bad Sparks Unlikely Travel Boom

Breaking Bad Sparks Unlikely Travel Boom Aug 12th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Jimmy Emerson, Flickr TV shows and movies have been inspiring people to travel for decades, and I'm sure many of us can relate to wanting to jet off to Paris or sip wine in Tuscany after seeing some on-screen character do just that. But travel booms can also happen in the unlikeliest of places. Take for example the hit TV show Breaking Bad, which has sparked a surprising tourism boom in...

Great Comeback Cities For Travel

Great Comeback Cities For Travel Aug 1st, 2013 at 11:03AM: Flickr, Michigan Municipal League Recently, the former automotive boomtown of Detroit made history by filing for bankruptcy, making it an easy butt of jokes on Twitter and in the news. However, Motown has also been making strides to become America's great comeback city, with artists and entrepreneurs lured by cheap rents, and innovative projects happening all over town (disclosure: I'm a big fan...

Twitter Users Give Bankrupt Detroit New Tourism Slogans

Jul 19th, 2013 at 12:48PM: With a budget deficit believed to be upwards of $380 million and long-term debt that could be as much as $20 billion, Detroit has officially filed for bankruptcy. The city's dire situation is no laughing matter, but Twitter users have made the once mighty Motor City the butt of their jokes using the hashtag #NewDetroitCityMottos. Here's a slideshow with a few suggested tourism slogans that made...

Remake Detroit (VIDEO)

Jul 7th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Detroit is coming back from the dead, one creative maker at a time. i3 Detroit is one of the organizations that is helping to pave a new path through Detroit – and there are other groups of people making an effort to rejuvenate the city through artists, too. This short documentary focuses on a devotion to the reincarnation of Detroit that is the driving force behind the collective...

10 Things To Like About Detroit Now

10 Things To Like About Detroit Now May 6th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Detroit is like an empty lot down the street that's sat vacant for years. Some people in the neighborhood doubt it will ever be put to good use. Then one day, you notice that the rubble is being carted away, and there are actually some green shoots popping up from the newly cleared ground. Somebody, it seems, thinks they can make something of it. That's what's happening with the Motor City...

On The Road With NPR Music: Chris Campbell At WDET, Detroit, Michigan

On The Road With NPR Music: Chris Campbell At WDET, Detroit, Michigan Apr 18th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Beyond travel, we're also big music fans here at Gadling; largely because music is a great way to get to know a place. This month happens to be Public Radio Music Month and we're teaming up with NPR to bring you exclusive interviews from NPR music specialists around the country. We'll be learning about local music culture and up and coming new regional artists, so be sure to follow along...

Top American Destinations To Avoid In 2013

Top American Destinations To Avoid In 2013 Jan 7th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Just as useful as a list of top tourist destinations for the upcoming year is one that gives advice on where in the world you should avoid. The truth is, we've all had bad experiences, and they can really affect our perceptions of a place. When I solicited social media users for suggestions on domestic destinations to avoid this year, many lively conversations were sparked – and several...

Photo Of The Day: Urban Decay In Cuba

Photo Of The Day: Urban Decay In Cuba Dec 27th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Oi from Rio de Janeiro, where I'm traveling and soaking up some serious holiday sun. Staying at a guest house in bohemian Santa Teresa, I got to talking to artists and curators from all over the world the other night about cities. We talked about cities going through urban renewal and creative renaissance, such as here in Rio, Berlin, Havana, and even Detroit. The meaning of the phrase "ruin...

The Southern Road: Traveling Through The New Industrial America

The Southern Road: Traveling Through The New Industrial America Sep 4th, 2012 at 10:00AM: If you're not from the American South, you probably have an image of it in your head. It might have squealing pickup trucks and Daisy Dukes. Or hoop skirts and cotton plantations from "Gone With The Wind." Maybe the streetcars of New Orleans, or the twang of Paula Deen. What if I told you that the American South has become a land of opportunity, where people no longer have to leave home to...

'Food Forward' PBS Series Debuts With 'Urban Agriculture Across America' Episode

'Food Forward' PBS Series Debuts With 'Urban Agriculture Across America' Episode Apr 16th, 2012 at 11:00AM: In less than a century, the United States has gone from being a mostly agrarian society to an urbanized one. Most of us live in cities and, despite our growing cultural fascination with food, most Americans have no idea where the ingredients on their plate (or in that wrapper) are actually coming from. That's where "Food Forward" comes in. After a three-year effort, the premiere episode of this...

Sustainable cities to watch in 2012

Sustainable cities to watch in 2012 Jan 13th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Think of sustainability, and San Francisco is probably the first city to come to mind. But a new crop of green urban centers is emerging, and they're not where you might think. Leon Kaye, editor of, recently published a list of his picks for emerging sustainable cities to watch in 2012. Some spots were to be expected, like Detroit, with its preponderance of urban renewal...

'Mile Runners' are in it for the long haul

'Mile Runners' are in it for the long haul Oct 16th, 2011 at 11:00AM: A group of frequent flier hustlers is so obsessed with wracking up miles they are willing to do absurd acts such as flying around the world in 48 hours or going through Detroit five times on a single trip just to earn freebies. For $320, Randy Petersen accrued a marathon of 35,000 miles for the following flight sequence:...

Arab American National Museum examines legacy of 9/11

Arab American National Museum examines legacy of 9/11 Sep 9th, 2011 at 9:00AM: With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 just two days away, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, is examining how the Arab-American community has been affected by the terrorist attacks. U.S. Rising: Emerging Voices in post-9/11 America runs from September 8-11 and is a series of forums and events both in Detroit and Dearborn. On the actual anniversary of September 11, the museum...

Ghostscrapers - Top ten post-apocalyptic abandoned skyscrapers

Ghostscrapers - Top ten post-apocalyptic abandoned skyscrapers Aug 9th, 2011 at 12:00PM: When city plans exceed reality, or the money dries up, or people simply leave in a mass exodus, skyscrapers vacate and slowly decay. High winds thrash through broken windows. Rats live undisturbed amongst decades old rubble. Stairways lead to doors that may never open again. The ghost of ambition's past arrives in the present like a howling specter, creating eyesores, dangerous conditions,...

Driving Through Detroit

Driving Through Detroit Jun 14th, 2011 at 5:00PM: In a part of the public imagination, Detroit is an urban frontier, ripe for the conquering and reimagining, poised for a renaissance, driven by Chrysler ads and noble hipsters volunteering on urban farms. It's also true that Detroit is an abandoned city, dark and desolate, the kind of place where you can drive down Mack Avenue late one night and only see one pedestrian, a woman scratching her...

Inside Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum

Inside Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum Jun 11th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Outside downtown Detroit, in Dearborn, there's a museum filled with airplanes and cars and farm implements and the most outlandish house ever conceived. Somehow, the bric a brac works, brought together as The Henry Ford Museum, an institution less focused on a particular moment or a particular discipline that the very idea of American innovation, financed by the inventor's healthy...

The Detroit Dining Scene: An Interview with Chef Steven Grostick

The Detroit Dining Scene: An Interview with Chef Steven Grostick Jun 8th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Chef Steven Grostick has never worked in a kitchen outside of Michigan. It's a remarkable accomplishment in an industry focused on apprenticeships in France, Italy, Japan, on jumping from stove to stove in New York City, on doing a turn at a resort in Arizona. Staying in-state has let him amass a network of purveyors, and he's calling in favors from as many as he can at his year-old restaurant...

Detroit's Urban Farms: Budget Battles and Milking Goats

Detroit's Urban Farms: Budget Battles and Milking Goats Jun 7th, 2011 at 2:00PM: I had never milked a goat before the time I wrapped my fingers around Apple's teat and squeezed, inside a barn on a one-acre plot next to a public school in Woodbridge, Detroit. Two volunteers at the farm, Doug Reith and Leeann Drees, offered to bring me along for their turn at tending the animals at the Catherine Ferguson Academy, a school that's also home to one of the city's best known...

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