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Detroit’s Handicap-Accessible Sidewalks To Nowhere

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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Detroit’s in a financial mess but at least they’ve got curb ramps with truncated domes.

Consider the cost of this nonsense.

[(Demo + curb ramp + truncated domes) x 8 curb ramps per intersection x number of Non-Compliant intersections] x 1.2 for Union Wages = Some Serious Clams for a city with no money to be forced to provide handicap accessibility for ghosts.

In a city where poverty is high, schools are broken and crime is rampant, the federal government has forced Detroit to spend more than $50 million in the past decade for sidewalk ramps that often lead to nowhere.

Many of the nearly 35,000 ramps, which are for people with disabilities, are on inaccessible sidewalks or streets with no homes.

My guess is the construction cost per curb ramp is closer to $3500 apiece, not including striping, and it gave the Detroit Public Works employees something to do. On the other hand, it’s probably cheap insurance because the Americans with Disabilities Act is enforced via litigation and not local jurisdiction.

[Photo essay from here, via here. See Appendix D Page 43 for estimated costs.]

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Saturday Matinee – #Occupy Farmland, The Mysterians, & The J. Geils Band

Saturday, 13 December 2014

#OccupyFarmland.

? & The Mysterians, featuring Rudy Martinez as (?). Don’t ask me how I know. The video is from Detroit’s “Swingin’ Time” 1966.

The J. Geils Band was the Best Bar Band in the Land in the late 70s, and there’s proof. Need more? Check this out.

Have a great weekend, folks.  See y’all in the Sears parking lot – You’ll recobanize me because I’m the one taking up two spaces.

Happy Labor Day

Monday, 1 September 2014

Detroit Machine Shop 1903

November 1903. “Assembling room, Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Co., Detroit. Men working in foundry and machine shop that produced automobile engines and merged with Cadillac Motor Co. in 1905.”

[Image and caption found here. Brief history of the origins of Labor Day here.]

Olayami Dabls’ African Bead Gallery & Museum

Sunday, 22 June 2014

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Thought this was an odd image until I found out that it’s a cool strange oddity. Dabl’s African Bead Gallery exists. In Detroit.

“Olayami Dabls–esteemed fine-artist, museum curator, and historian, has lectured extensively on African Material Culture to international audiences for over 30 years. As a curator, Dabls is a founding member of the African American Sports Hall of Fame, housed in the Wayne county building. He was also Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of African American History (1973-1982) as well as at the Detroit Psychiatric Institute (1985-1989). Dabls has served as Executive Director for the Rosa Parks Arts Center (1982-1984) as well as produced and hosted a radio program on WNEC4 (1978-1981).
In 1983 Dabls and his wife opened Dabls Perette’s Gallery, to great acclaim and the gallery has thus become known all over the African world. He has received numerous awards and has been featured in articles in every Detroit newspaper outlet.”

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[Found here. Other images found at Dabl’s website.]


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