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Wednesday
Jun242015

5 Reasons to Love Detroit

Over the past 5 years downtown Detroit has experienced an unprecedented resurgence, returning the gilded business core to prominence and creating a positive energy throughout the region.  Detroit is on its way back.  Its an unprecedented comeback and its great to be part of it.

These are my 5 favorite reasons to love Detroit. 

Photo: AspenSpin1  The Architecture.

Detroit is rich with significant architectural gems from the late 19th century and early 20th century.  Enduring examples of Art Deco, Neo-Classical, Neo-Gothic, Gothic Revival and Neo- Renaissance styles designed by prolific architects such as Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper and Gordon Lloyd dot Detroit’s landscape.   Standouts include The David Stott Building (1929), The Penobscot Building (1928), The Guardian Building (1929), the Book Tower (1926) and The Fisher Building (1928).   

2) The Eastern Market. 

Detroit’s historic Eastern Market traces its roots back to 1841.  The Eastern Market is a 4.5 acre site filled with flowers, produce, exotic foods and some of the best people watching in Detroit.  On a typical Saturday more than 45,000 people and about 150 businesses help create a vibrant scene.  It’s the largest open air flower bed market in North America…so the smells are very sweet.

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3) The Slow Roll. 

In its 5th season, Slow Roll is a slow paced, community bicycle ride through the streets of the Motor City.   Every Monday Slow Roll brings together a group of up to 3000 participants.   Slow Roll founder Jason Hall called the ride “diversity at its best”.  All ages, all skill levels and every type of bike are welcome at Detroit’s Slow Roll.  Slow Roll has expanded into a global network of community rides…and proves the relatively new adage “Detroit hustles harder”.

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4) Lafayette Coney Island. 

It’s kind of funny that Detroit’s most iconic food item is named after Coney Island.   Simply stated…a Coney Island is a natural casing hot dog smothered in spicy chilli, yellow mustard and diced raw onions served on a steamed bun.  Like the cheesesteak is to Philly…the coney is to Detroit.  There are a plethora of Coney Island restaurants throughout the Detroit area.    In my opinion…the best of the best is the historic Lafayette Coney Island, originally established by the Keros family in 1914.  Coney dogs may be an acquired taste…but Detroiter’s love ‘em.  In my opinion, Lafayette is best enjoyed after a sporting event or a late night out on the town.  There is something special about pounding a “two on one” with everything (two coneys on one plate) after midnight.   Lafayette is open 8 am to 4 am, 365 days a year.  

Photo: AspenSpin

 

5) The People  

Detroiters are an extremely proud, friendly and spirited group.  Detroit often gets a bad rap in the media…in many cases for good reason.  With a long history of crime, political corruption and poverty, Detroit experienced an especially severe economic decline including a substantial population loss during the great recession.  Detroiters are nothing if not tough…so people persevered through the difficult times and the City is now on the upswing.  The downtown core is thriving.  The passion and pride that Detroiters display for their home is off the charts.   For the first time in generations people are proud to be from Detroit.  As more and more people return to the city proper to live, work and play, the news keeps getting better and better for Detroit.   Always a culturally diverse city, Detroit is expanding in ways that most natives never thought was possible.   We now have a burgeoning tech and start-up scene in Detroit. Entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Detroit.  Our prolific art, creative and music culture is expanding rapidly.  The people of Detroit are powering an amazing comeback.  

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Saturday
Jun132015

Red Bull BMX shreds the Pontiac Silverdome

The Pontiac Silverdome...it never smelled like fresh paint.   The Lions stunk up the place. Asside from Barry Sanders I cannot remember any great football moments.   The Bad Boys, yeah they ruled the NBA back then.   It was never a good concert spot.   The Pontiac Silverdome was probably one of the most ill conceived stadiums ever built.

Watch this rad vid from RED BULL BMX as they shred The Pontiac SilverDome.

Friday
May152015

Aspen High School Lacrosse: Colorado State Champs

The Aspen Skiers Lacrosse Team won the Colorado 4A State Championship at Mile High Stadium in Denver. They topped a very tough Valor Christian squad 17-12 to take the title.

Congratulation Aspen Skiers.    Photo via twitter @aspenskiers

 

Tuesday
May052015

Election Day Action in Aspen

A few of my supporters came out in force on election day in Aspen.

Saturday
May022015

4 Questions for Aspen.

The Wise Son asks...Why is this election different?Why is this election in Aspen different than other elections in Aspen ?  

Answer...it's not. I have 4 questions for the people of Aspen;  Answers provided below.

1) If you owned a $100 million business...would you want one guy signing off on all the financial decisions?

2) What are the traditional power brokers of Aspen afraid of?  

3) Do you want a town full of big square boxes?

4) Why is Wagner Park still closed? 

Answers;

1) No  

2) Unintended consequences (a more nebulus concept does not exist)

3) No

4) I don't know?

It's easy to be a critic and difficult to be a leader.   

A few follow up points;   1) Who do you think is watching the money at The City of Aspen?  Somebody on City council should be. I'm willing to take on that role.  It doesn't appear as if anyone else is doing it.

2) Re: Ref 1. What is the ACRA / Ski Co. / Industrial Growth Complex afraid of?   Unintended consequences?  What does that even mean?  I'd like one specific example even a hypothetical one to describe the desire to "Vote Know".  Are they concerned that someone besides them will the "buy an election"?  Maybe they're worried that the citizens of Aspen will make a poor decision?  I walk by several poor decisions every day.  One of them is 47 feet tall and looks like a picnic basket. But that "gift to the city" is a done deal and I do love Art.

3) Big square boxes.  Look around town.  Check out some of the construction sites.  The bull dozers and giant cranes and the back hoes.  Well... get used to it ho.   With the new City Hall, the new airport, the new $8 million errrrrrr $10 million bus stop there will be plenty of heavy machinery in town.   Smell the fumes, dudes.  Aspen ain't a ski town anymore its a construction town.

4)What Ev's.  Andy's bent out of shape about the park.   Yeah...think about it...that park is closed more than its open.  Why?   It's not because of Food and Wine or Ruggerfest or X Games Concerts  or the bike race or Art in the Park or even Snow Polo.   It's because our fabulous leaders feel the need to spend our money somehow...and putting up fences and tarps seems like a good way to blow some excess cash.  Also see; drainage...for catch-all spending sprees.

So maybe I'm the fool.  I'm the one willing to sit in the basement at City Hall every Monday night for 4 years.  I'm the one willing to listen to all the bull-sh*t that walks through that door.  I see all the saviors of Aspen rolling through the S curves in their dump trucks.

Look around you folks.  See the beauty.   Enjoy the mountains, the forrests, the rivers and all the natural wonders by which Aspen has been blessed.  That's what it's all about.

Please vote. Hopefully for me.