In Corporate Prison at the Ford Trend Conference

The day before I went to Detroit, the city imposed a curfew due to fears of violence. The city was also in the process of shutting off water to thousands of its residents. It sounds bad. But as long as you stay inside a sealed corporate bubble the whole time, you'll never even know these problems exist. » 6/30/14 10:45am 6/30/14 10:45am

Here's A Hilarious Rant About How Detroit Is Seen In America

Jalopnik Detroit writer Aaron Foley is a national treasure, that much is settled Fact. Every goddamned day he brings the perspective of someone who actually lives in Detroit, an incredibly complex city, and it's a task that can seem daunting. So when another Gawker Media writer messes up, he takes them to task as well. » 5/18/14 4:36pm 5/18/14 4:36pm

The one question MINI asks owners to find buybacks is...

The best auto show chatter happens when people let their guard down and just shoot the shit. After getting the lowdown on the new MINI Cooper and wide-eyed John Cooper Works, I hung around for a while with a few of the product specialists at their booth at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. » 1/16/14 11:51am 1/16/14 11:51am

Detroit Should Sell Art Because Why Shouldn't It, Coastal Writer Says

One recurring thing of Detroit's trip through bankruptcy court has been the local eye-rolls over coastal writers diagnosing the city's decline — the Detroit Free Press offers an occasional feature called "The truth about Detroit," battles have raged over Anthony Bourdain's portrayal in his CNN show, and even we've… » 12/15/13 3:02pm 12/15/13 3:02pm

How Accountants Nearly Murdered Jeep's Most Successful Product, Twice

After soaring in the 1990s, the Grand Cherokee came crashing to earth in the new century. Car buyers steered clear of SUVs as gas prices rose. Making matters worse, the Grand Cherokee drew the attention of Chrysler's finance people, who required each model to be developed for 20 percent less than its predecessor to… » 12/12/13 12:40pm 12/12/13 12:40pm

Did The Detroit Police Steal The Image Used On Their New Squad Cars?

Today, the City of Detroit is putting on a bit of a show downtown: A press conference is being held near Hart Plaza to unveil the first batch of new police cars and ambulances that's part of an $8 million initiative fueled by donations from guys like Roger Penske and more. » 8/22/13 3:29pm 8/22/13 3:29pm

The Detroit People Mover Is Dead, Long Live The People Mover

Earlier this month, in an effort to showcase previously failed "good-intention" initiatives for Detroit, all pegged as game-changers for the city, The Washington Post mentioned The People Mover, an elevated 2.9-mile *rail line that circles the downtown business district "that hardly anyone rides today." » 8/19/13 4:19pm 8/19/13 4:19pm

The Arsenal of Democracy (or Remember when Detroit bailed out the…

I had been looking for this set of books for a while, found it earlier this year. As a millwright who went through the apprenticeship at Chrysler, as a driver/mechanic for General Dynamics(formerly Chrysler Defense) that gets to take an Abrams around the test track every now and then, as a fabricator who builds… » 8/09/13 9:40am 8/09/13 9:40am