Detroit News

Sleeping Bear Dunes named America’s ‘most beautiful place;’ UM Press author responds

by University of Michigan Press August 23, 2011

George Weeks is author of Sleeping Bear: Yesterday and Today. He writes: A national Web site survey by ABC-TV’s Good Morning America show recently declared Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore the “Most Beautiful Place in America.” Its nearly 100,000 votes edged out Cape Cod in Massachusetts and other places in California, Colorado, Arizona and elsewhere. The story was later picked up by the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said, “It’s great that a park… a little off the beaten track in northern Michigan, is being recognized for its exceptional beauty.” Beyond the sweeping […]

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Record growth year for some Michigan farmers reminds us of the important role of family farms

by Bridget September 13, 2010

As Michigan area farmers ready themselves for the upcoming harvest, some have reason to anticipate the best season in recent memory.  Others, especially those in southeast Michigan, find it difficult to imagine topping their records from 2009. There was a time when news like this, as reported in The Detroit News was considered the single most important information to know.  To farmers of the past, rain fall averages and weather patterns were the language of survival,for the family and their farm. In her recently published book, Michigan Family Farms and Farm Buildings, Hemalata C. Dandekar explores the relationships between Michigan’s […]

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Kwame Kilpatrick, Disgraced Former Detroit Mayor, Sentenced: Detroit Still Governed by Old-School Politics of Race?

by kris bishop May 25, 2010

The Urban Voter: Group Conflict and Mayoral Voting Behavior in American Cities by Karen M. Kaufmann New analysis of mayoral politics reveals the crucial role of racial interests in local voting. Exploring 35 years of public opinion data from mayoral elections in New York and Los Angeles, Karen M. Kaufmann shows how perceptions of interracial conflict can outweigh party attachments and political ideologies in local elections. Her incisive analysis accounts for the Republican victories of the 1990s in overwhelmingly Democratic cities, as well as the “liberal revivals” that followed. The Urban Voter highlights critical interactions between government institutions, local economies, and […]

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