The Michigan

Posted in Uncategorized by urbanmi on February 17, 2010

At a bar in San Diego called Tivoli’s.

In this bar, is a grill by the name of Montreal’s

On their menu.  The Michigan.

It’s very simply a hot dog with sloppy joe sauce and chopped onions. This is not Michigan. I have brought this hot dog contraption up several times in conversations with friends and colleagues everyone is equally aghast.  The cook at the time had no responsibility for the menu and no answers.

Regardless of the offensiveness of referring to this dog as representative of Michigan, to define Michigan as any single dog is folly.  There are two distinct trends between the east and west side of the state.  The coney dog on the east side of the state with two major varieties in the Detroit Style Coney and the Flint Style Coney.  Their most significant differences are in wet vs dry chili sauce and the spice level.  Whereas the west side of the state is increasingly influenced by Yesterdog.

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Detroit: City on the Move

Posted in DETROIT by urbanmi on February 8, 2010

posted on the original site August 25 2009.

This video has not been watched nearly enough.

Detroit’s 1968 Olympic bid.

Mayor Cavanaugh gives a fascinating perspective on what was Detroit.  The video feels like an episode of Walt Disney Presents with its level of fantasy and optimism.

via think Detroit

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MSU | College of Human Medicine

Posted in GRAND RAPIDS, URBANISM by urbanmi on February 3, 2010

a version of this post originally appeared on the original urbanmi back in May or June of 2009.

Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine is a significant addition to the Grand Rapids skyline.

The building creates a visual anchor when approaching the college north on Division.  It completes one of the major visual arteries downtown, capping this axis and ending what once was open horizon.

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i’ll try this again

Posted in Uncategorized by urbanmi on February 3, 2010

imagining this as some sort of real site full of real opinions and giving myself real expectations and real responsibilities is clearly not going to work. I’m going to begin again using this site to explore and study Michigan and its urban condition in a far less ambitious methodology.