Apr 14, 2014

The House

Over one hundred years ago someone was probably smiling with happiness as they entered their new
Abandoned house demolition in Detroit
The beginning of the end
home. One hundred and eleven years later they were probably looking down from the heavens with sadness. This past Saturday in the lower east side Islandview Village neighborhood the city demolished that very house built in 1903. The large duplex was abandoned and apparently had no hope of being rehabbed, so it was put on a list of vacant houses to be demolished. And after the bricks were stripped from the sides for recycling, a crew of two with one large piece of of machinery tore the house down.

Something To See
As I recorded the video a few people from the neighborhood gathered to watch the proceedings. A car with a couple of young kids stopped, and the kids were watching it come down while sitting up though the sun roof. A guy on his bike watched most of it, and other small groups watched from the street corners. Cars slowed as they passed but, most just zipped on by. The kids eventually got out and shot some of their own video from their parents' cell phone. They seemed to enjoy it the most, especially as the old wood and materials made loud crashing noises. They even gave out a small cheer when the last bit came falling down.

Happy or Sad?
While I was recording a woman came by and said, "It's sad. It's just so sad." She then commented that people were living there at least ten years ago. However, I'm sure many others in the neighborhood were happy to see this house come down. It will be one less place for crime to occur. I always say nothing good comes from an open and abandoned house. At least that's been my experience living in Detroit. But there is some sadness. Sad that it couldn't have been rehabbed and been a place for a couple of families to live. I remember two teenagers living there with their family in the early 2000's. And there used to be a good looking German Shepard that would stand guard on the small back porch. After that I don't remember anyone residing there on a regular basis.

The city will be tearing down a lot more houses now that federal funds have been secured. According to the city's website, "Detroit will receive $52.2 million of the total sum of Hardest Hit Funds from the United States Department of Treasury for demolition of residential structures in Michigan." So in many neighborhoods in the near future there will be more happiness and sadness as Detroit rebuilds itself. 

Is demolition the answer to Detroit's abandoned house problem? What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.

Apr 6, 2014

Brush Street Drive - Detroit

Detroit Historic Neighborhood
Lots of space waiting to be developed along Brush Street in Brush Park. As you can see in today's video (though shot last summer) there are plenty of vacant lots. This of course is just one street that cuts through Brush Park, but from what I've heard much of this historic neighborhood has a lot of opportunity for growth.

Mar 12, 2014

Snow Day in Detroit

More Snow
Today was a snow day in Detroit. Schools throughout the city were closed.

Snow day in Detroit
Another pile of snow
At the time of this writing, this winter has had the second highest amount of snowfall ever recorded. Did I mention that it's March 12th?  Big sigh.

Jan 28, 2014

Still Cold.

The Weather
Dangerously cold temperatures and bone chilling wind chill factor continues to cover metro Detroit. As they say a pictures worth a thousand words, so check out the temperature this morning. 

Bear in mind 32 degrees is freezing!

Jan 7, 2014

How Cold Is It?

Polar Vortex
Just in case you read yesterday's post and weren't sure how cold it is in Detroit, today's post should clear things up. The polar vortex is apparently the reason for the extremely cold temperatures in Detroit the past few days. Today's high is expected to be 3° Fahrenheit. Currently as I write this post it is 2° below zero. Bearing in mind that 32° is freezing, it's very cold right now.

snow in Detroit January 2014
Cold and Lots of Snow
I came across this trick online today and decided to give it a try. Basically when it's this cold outside you can take boiling water and throw it into the wind, and it turns into snow. The key is to throw it into wind that is blowing away from you. Apparently, some people online were burned when the water flew back at them. So my advice is don't bother trying this just watch the video instead. :)

Jan 6, 2014

Summer Come Back!

Lafayette Greens Urban Garden Detroit Summer Flowers
Flowers at Lafayette Greens
Urban Garden
After shoveling some snow today, I was thinking about this past summer, partly to remind me that warmer weather will come back, but also thinking about how much I miss the green landscape. Then it hit me, time to dig into the archives and publish the video about one of Detroit's coolest urban gardens, Lafayette Greens.

Compuware Connection
I later found out that this garden was commissioned by Compuware. They have different opportunities to get involved at the garden, and you can read more about what's going on there by clicking on this link.

Lafayette Greens Detroit urban garden
A view from the garden

Lafayette Greens urban garden in Detroit
Vibrant colors
Lafayette Greens urban garden Detroit Michigan
Raised garden beds
Inside the garden are some unique pieces of art by Tim Burke. He uses found metal and other scrap to create his art. Read more about the artist here.

Tim Burke statue at Lafayette Greens urban garden detroit
Statue among the flowers
Below is the video I shot back in August 2013. If you like urban gardens, be sure to check out Lafayette Greens, you won't be disappointed. The location is at 132 W. Lafayette Blvd. at the corner of Shelby St. and Lafayette.

Jan 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Annual Video
Detroit River and Belle Isle Bridge (MacArthur Bridge) 2014
View of the bridge from Belle Isle
Happy New Year to all! Yes, this post is coming late in the day on New Year's Day 2014, but as they say better late than never. And yes, the tradition continues and the annual video of the Detroit River has hit the YouTube channel. Of course no need to go there the video is embedded at the end of this post.

Snow and Cold
New Year's Day and Detroit found itself in a snowfall of close to six inches. However, when I shot the video it wasn't the snow that was the problem. It was the cold. The kind of cold where after shooting the minute long video my hands were in a numbing cold induced pain. I jumped back in the car and quickly got the heat going again. The roads circling around Belle Isle had been plowed but because of the constant snowfall they were still kind of slick. So the usual trip around the island was cut short, and I headed back over the bridge.

View of downtown Detroit from Belle Isle in the winter
View looking toward downtown from Belle Isle
A Look Back
No looking back in the post this year. Although I will say that the Tigers provided a lot of excitement in the city, and we all want to see them back in the World Series in 2014 but with a different outcome. All I can say is DetroitVideoDaily is looking to the future and will keep bringing you things I discover or find interesting in the city.

Closing Notes
If the audio in the video is a little hard to hear at the end of the video, it was because of the bitter cold! I really needed to get back to the car. Also this year I included the trip over the bridge to Belle Isle and the return trip mainly because I liked the glow of the lights, and because in the near future there will be a toll stop as Belle Isle has been turned over to the State of Michigan to run it as a state park starting February 2nd.

Dec 24, 2013

It's Christmas Time!

Merry Christmas
To all the Detroit Video Daily readers that celebrate Christmas I wish you a very Merry Christmas! I hope that you have a wonderful holiday. It may be cold in Detroit, but there's nothing but warm wishes for all in this holiday season. Today's photo is from Noel Night, an annual event in Midtown, where there are activities and performances to celebrate the holiday season. The super sweet girl who made the ornament was very proud of her creation, and I knew after taking the photo that it had to be shared with the world. Merry Christmas!

Christmas tree courtesy of Trinity

Nov 30, 2013

Gabriel Richard Plaza

Gabriel Richard Park

Detroit River Walk Gabriel Richard Park
Detroit River Walk - Gabriel Richard Park
The Detroit Riverwalk has many great attractions, and one that sometimes escapes the public eye is Gabriel Richard Park. The park has an awesome plaza that is a perfect spot to relax and watch the river flow by. Located across from Belle Isle on East Jefferson Ave. the park is near the old Uniroyal site and isn't yet fully connected to the Riverwalk. But don't let that stop you from paying a visit. Here's a link to a Google map to help you find your way. -- Side note: the photos and video in this post are from this past September (the reason for the green grass and leaves on the trees.)

Gabriel Richard Plaza Detroit River Walk
Well maintained pavillion
When you visit make sure you spend some time at the Adcraft Labyrinth that is part of the Riverwalk. It's a good spot to enjoy the peacefulness of the area.

Adcraft Labyrinth Detroit River Walk Gabriel Richard Park
View from the Labyrinth looking east
Detroit Riverwalk Labyrinth Gabriel Richard Park
Labyrinth looking west toward downtown

Fountain and Pavilion
When you're closer to the pavilion there's a nice fountain to keeps things cool. The pavilion has some tables and chairs to relax or eat your lunch while you take in the view of the river.

Detroit Riverwalk Gabriel Richard Plaza fountain
Fountain at the pavilion

Gabriel Richard Plaza
Cut out in the wall looking toward E. Jefferson
The River
And let's not forget the river. The Gabriel Richard Plaza is at the foot of the Detroit River and you can get quite close to the water if you don't mind stepping on a few rocks.

Detroit River and two swans
Couple of swans enjoying the day on the river
Video Tour
Here's the video that shows the park in more detail.

Have you visited the Detroit Riverwalk? What is your favorite part? Leave a comment and let me know.

Nov 28, 2013

Thanksgiving in Detroit

Lions Football
First Happy Thanksgiving to all of Detroit Video Daily's loyal readers, and welcome to all the newcomers to the blog. There truly is much to be thankful for here in my corner of the city. I hope that where ever you are that you are enjoying the day. Today of course was made just a little extra special because for the first time in nine long years the Detroit Lions won their annual Thanksgiving day football game against the Green Bay Packers. Final score Lions 40 and the Packers 10. Add this to the Detroit turnaround you keep hearing about!

Lions win on a snowy Thanksgiving Day

Nov 10, 2013

Photos from the DVD Vault

Martin Luther King Blvd. and Second Avenue

While browsing through the digital art library at Detroit Video Daily headquarters, I came across a set of photos taken in the summer of 2012!

I'm not sure why they never made it onto this blog, but now is the time to correct that. So without further adieu, here's some cool graffiti art located at, you guessed it MLK Blvd. and 2nd Avenue in Detroit. 

grafitti art Detroit mural at MLK and 2nd avenue
At the corner
grafitti art mural MLK Avenue and 2nd avenue Detroit
grafitti art mural MLK Avenue and 2nd avenue Detroit
Bright and colorful
grafitti art mural MLK Avenue and 2nd avenue Detroit
Interesting lines
grafitti art mural MLK Avenue and 2nd avenue Detroit
At the end of the building
grafitti art mural MLK Avenue and 2nd avenue Detroit
The mural from across the street
Reminder: click on the images to enlarge.

Oct 16, 2013

Time for a Tiger Victory!

Sure there's a bankruptcy going on in Detroit, but the big topic of conversation is the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are struggling a bit in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) versus the Boston Red Sox. The Tigers are down two games to one in the series, but they are currently winning game four as I write this post.

Good Luck
It's time for Detroit Video Daily to send some luck to the Tigers, so they can return to grace the can of Miller Lite as 2013 Champions!

Detroit Tigers Miller Lite Beer
The official domestic beer for the Tigers

Oct 7, 2013


Division Series
The Tigers are struggling in their American League Division Series (ALDS) against the Oakland A's. The Athletics are currently up in the series two games to one. I went to a game earlier this summer, and unfortunately the Tigers lost. But it's time to turn this thing around!

This post is short and its purpose is to send some positive vibes to our Tigers, but I also want to leave you with a panoramic shot that I took from the summer. Let's go Tigers!

Comerica Park Detroit Tigers panoramic photo
Comerica Park home to the Detroit Tigers

Aug 27, 2013

Bongos, Photos and Paint

Detroit Video
Detroit Video Daily is always ready to let you know about the great things happening in the city, and recently an artist named Sharon Vanderkaay shared a song with me called What I See in the D. She co-wrote the piece with Nahru Lampkin (the Bongo Man), and it highlights many of the pluses about Detroit. She produced a video for the song, and it's at the end of this post, but don't stop reading yet!

Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit
 Photo by svkaay

Not Only a Video
Just as I like to say "videos and more", Sharon has some cool photos over at her Flickr account. Take a look at them by clicking here. And when you're finished, be sure and view some of the art she has created. Her blog has some fantastic paintings. Click on the following link to see for yourself VanderPalette.com.

Also check out the Facebook Page for more about What I See in the D. And yes, you may recognize the talented Nahru from outside of Comerica Park where he provides entertainment to fans as they head to the game. Bongos, Detroit style!

Are there any other Detroit songs from local artists that I should look at on YouTube? Leave a comment and let me know!

Aug 17, 2013

Game One of a Doubleheader

Tigers vs. Royals
The Detroit Tigers made up a game that was rained out back in April against the Kansas City Royals Friday afternoon at Comerica Park. It was game one of what is known as a split double header. The teams played an early game (1:08 pm start) and then played again in the evening (7:08 pm start).
Unfortunately, the Tigers lost both games! Detroit Video Daily was on hand to witness the first loss.

Pitchers' Duel
The Tiger pitching ace Justin Verlander pitched a great game, but he had no offensive support and ended up losing. He only allowed two runs, but that was enough to beat the Tigers incredibly silent bats. Danny Duffy the pitcher for the Royals held the normally powerful Tigers to only one hit through five and two thirds innings. Later Ramon Santiago smacked a home run against the KC relief pitcher Aaron Crow giving the Tigers their only run.

Game Photos and Video
Despite the loss DVD was able to snap some photos and shoot some video. Be forewarned Tiger fans, the video is tough to watch because it shows baseball's greatest hitter Miguel Cabrera striking out in the ninth inning. All in all it was still good to go to the ball park and take in some baseball on a beautiful afternoon.

Comerica Park Field 2013
Comerica Park view from section 337

Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers pitcher
Justin Verlander delivers
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers pitcher pick off
Verlander going for a pick off
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers pitcher 2013
Tigers ace with the kick
Prince Fielder Detroit Tigers
Prince Fielder takes a look at the ball
Prince Fielder with a big swing Detroit Tigers
Fielder with a big swing
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers swings and misses
Miguel Cabrera swings and misses

Aug 15, 2013

Buy Me Some Peanuts and...

Forget about peanuts and Cracker Jack. There's a new snack in town that's ready for the ball park, or where ever you might watch the Detroit Tigers. I couldn't pass up these cookies when I saw them at the supermarket. Much like I couldn't pass up this breakfast cereal.

Detroit Tigers Cookies
A small box with a handle in case you take them on the road
The box tells you that they're "delicious" and to be honest they're pretty good. Basically, they're a short bread style cookie. Other notable features are the "baseball icons" and the official Major League Baseball silver sticker. The MLB sticker doesn't show up too well in the photo, but it's a shiny little eye catcher that let's you know that the cookies are... umm... official.

Detroit Tigers Cookies on a plate
Serving size per box about 18 cookies
Now we all know that some foods just go together, you know like peanut butter and jelly. So if you're going to have cookies, you might as well have some milk. And then you're ready to root for the home team. Go Tigers!

Detroit Tigers Cookies and milk
Detroit Tigers Cookies game ready

Aug 14, 2013

A 10 Second Blast

A short and sweet video. Just a simple blast of color from a mural in SW Detroit. Put this one away and take out when one of those cold, gray days comes to Detroit this winter. Celebrate summer while you can!


Aug 13, 2013

Nature Runneth Over

Urban Nature
What may seem contradictory (urban and nature) isn't necessarily the case in Detroit. In many neighborhoods there are vacant lots where nature takes its course and well... just starts growing. Case in point is in the video. At one time it was an empty lot waiting to be developed into condominiums that were sprouting up :) in the neighborhood. Then the real estate market took a turn for the worse. No more development, and hello Mother Nature.

Nature in Detroit's Neighborhoods
Not for Everyone
Now some people may not like the overgrowth of the lot. However, it doesn't really bother me. I suppose it would be nice to have more housing, but the trees and tall grass are pleasant enough. What do you think?


Aug 11, 2013

It's Spinning in Detroit!

Wind Mill?
Renewable power
Contrary to what you may have been hearing lately, things are not spinning out of control in Detroit.
In fact if you're over on Wayne State University's campus things are spinning just fine. On top of the Engineering and Technology building on Warren near the Lodge a wind turbine is generating renewable electricity. I always want to call it a windmill, but I guess it's technically a wind turbine.

Keeps It Going
The wind turbine along with a solar panel keeps the computer lab humming using the electricity they create. I would go into an explanation as to how all this works, but WSU already has it covered, click here for the link to their page that explains the process. I will say it's pretty cool that the system uses regular grid power as a backup. 

Check out the short video shot in the spring to see the wind turbine in action.

Jun 6, 2013

From the Ashes...


Tough times. The city of Detroit is no stranger to them. And now with an Emergency Financial Manager that's trying to solve the financial problems of the city there will probably be more of them. To say the least, it's sad that this has happened.

Detroit city of the future mural
On our way...


Detroit's motto is Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus, which is Latin for We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes. The flower in the photo below caught my eye because it was truly rising from the ashes in front of the remains of a burned down house (unfortunately a sight too familiar for many neighborhoods.)

tulips rising from the ashes in Detroit
Rising from the ashes

The Future

We don't know the future and what the changes will be, but one thing I know for certain is the people of Detroit will persevere. And my hope is that Detroit will continue to rise from the ashes, and be the city of the future because the entire region and state of Michigan will be the better for it.