Links: or I Need a New Name for These Shares

Posted in DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS, quick links by urbanmi on November 28, 2010
  • From David Byrne’s Blog (of Talking Heads fame and bicycle enthusiast), a post on biking in the Motor City.
  • A Google Chrome Experiment in partnership with the Arcade Fire, input your address, wait for it to load and watch.  I’ve explored it with a few Michigan cities, interesting for procrastinating.
  • Superfront is conducting a Detroit-centric competition and exhibition.
  • A few maps that can be used for revealing twitter and tech community usage in Michigan. Checkin.to, made by a friend, uses twitter and foursquare. What these maps show about Michigan’s usage is revealing; making it visually clear, Michigan’s lower use of web2.0 technology; conclusions can be drawn about the education levels and creative class population in Michigan cities, bad implications.
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Wild Bill Bunge

Posted in DETROIT by urbanmi on November 24, 2010

While doing research for my thesis and for my general Detroit and Michigan interests I stumbled upon Zachary Johnson’s indiemaps blog and his post on William Wheeler Bunge, Jr.  Soon after this discovery I also stumbled upon Bunge in the Winter 2009 publication of Volume, and a piece the Atlas of Love and Hate. Johnson’s post on Bunge is informative and great, he provides far more details than the Wikipedia entry and is clearly informed on the subject.  If interested you should just read Johnson’s post, I will be merely be summarizing the Detroit points.  All images via indiemaps

Bunge was an American geographer and spatial theorist who did radical work on Detroit brings him to this blog.  Work that caused him to be fired from Wayne State University where he was an Assistant Professor from 1962-1969.  There he began the Detroit Geographical Expedition in partnership with Gwendolyn Warren in 1968.

His “geographical expeditions” explored the uncharted areas of the inner city, rather than distant shores, was path breaking (Merrifield 1995).

It involved policy lobbying, direct support to poor households, and analysis of urban problem He said of his Detroit Expedition “Exploring humans in a meaningful way is fraught with physical danger.”

Fitzgerald: The Geography of a Revolution is an experimental work of urban geography.  Bunge describes Fitzgerald as a humanist geography, describing Fitzgerald, a community in Detroit.”   The book is science: its data are maps, graphics, photographs, and the words of people.

“Variously affiliated with the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University, the Expedition attempted and at times succeeded in providing free college courses to young inner-city Detroit residents. Bunge wanted to do research in the black community while also teaching the skills necessary for them to conduct research for themselves. All volunteer faculty were used, and the Expedition was generally successful in attracting experts from across the U.S. to teach courses at facilities freely provided on Wayne State University’s Detroit campus.”


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One Day This Will Be What I Dream It To Be

Posted in Uncategorized by urbanmi on November 16, 2010

Very busy with school, no posts, but no one visits this blog to notice.

Have a huge back catalog of useful and interesting links, but i feel having back to back link posts is unacceptable.  A real post is forthcoming.

In the meantime a taste.