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An Open Letter to the Michigan Legislature

HB 5232 and SB 720 are, at their essence, a selfish slap in the face to generations of Michigan citizens, both past and future, bills that are threatening to deprive each and every one of us of an economically stable future. These bills, unlike PA 169 at it’s birth, emerge in response to no crisis at all, NONE.

February 16, 2016 · 4 Comments

Does Our History Matter to the GOP?

HB 5232 is an irresponsible attempt to remove such protections, politicize a process currently codified, and induce, over time, the erosion of a legacy held dear by the citizens of Michigan, under the fashionable and deceptively used GOP battle cry “property rights’.

February 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

HB 5232: A Detroit Demolition, or Not?

If enacted, HB 5232 eliminates our greatest tool in halting impending demolition in the 11th hour. Here is the kicker, and why I believe Afendoulis is jamming this legislation through: relevant to the proposed Cass Park District which threatens Ilitch’s right to demo the aforementioned three buildings, under HB 5232, creating the new Cass Park Historic District would require not only enactment by the City Council but a majority approval by vote in the next public election, a delay that would afford the Ilitch demolition team plenty of time.

January 31, 2016 · 3 Comments

Our Architecture, Ourselves: Building the Future in Detroit

“In the environment of today, where the majority of Americans live in a reality concocted by media, technology and stealth marketing to the point where our very breath seems an illusion, Detroit is an oasis of truth, a reprieve from the constant denial of our own humanity. We know we are alive here, feet on the ground, shoulders to the struggle.”

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Two Men, Two Farms and a Legacy We Can All Learn From

Author’s note: An edited version of this piece appears here on The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-kotting/two-men-two-farms-and-a-l_b_5005972.html?utm_hp_ref=green Walter Lester and Rex Dobson never met one another. Walter lived and died in the house … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Power of Ruin: Detroit And The Artistic Mind

“At this point in time, the heart and soul of Detroit lies squarely in the power of ruin to inspire, ignite and carry the human imagination wherever it wants to go. This is what we give the world. This is what we do. This is the physical platform we offer to anyone who wants to join us.”

March 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

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