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.


Michigan Modern 1940-1970 RFP

Posted in Uncategorized by urbanmi on May 28, 2010

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (“Authority”) is seeking an individual or firm to develop a historic context narrative for Michigan Modern 1940-1970.

Work will include:

  • Researching and writing a historic context narrative
  • Conducting oral histories with significant Michigan-based architects and/or designers from the period
  • Conducting a historic resource survey of Modern resources, one hundred of the most significant at the intensive level
  • Completing a multiple resource property National Register of Historic Places nomination for Modern resources that includes ten individual resources
  • Creating four walking/driving tours of Michigan’s Modern resources
  • Developing a PowerPoint presentation on Michigan Modern

A detailed description of the work is found in the Scope of Work, which is attached as Exhibit A to this Request for Proposal.

Any questions raised by Providers concerning the RFP MUST be submitted in writing. They may be submitted via regular mail, email or fax (email or fax is recommended for expediency). Use “MICHIGAN MODERN RFP QUESTION” in the email or fax subject line. Send questions to the attention of:

Amy Arnold
Michigan State Housing Development Authority
State Historic Preservation Office
702 W. Kalamazoo Street, 5th Floor
PO Box 30740
Lansing, Michigan 48909
E-mail: ArnoldA@michigan.gov
Fax: (517) 335-0348

To ensure a fair and impartial process, Authority staff will not address non-written questions concerning the RFP. Phone calls involving the RFP or related questions will not be accepted. Firms submitting bids shall not contact any Authority staff or Board members except Amy Arnold. All communications with Amy Arnold must be received in writing by June 15, 2010.

The Authority will answer appropriate questions received in a timely manner (e.g., information not covered/answered in the RFP, interpretation issues, etc.) by email to all Providers on or before June 18, 2010. After June 18, 2010 the Authority will hold no other question sessions or bidders conferences.

Firms wishing to submit proposals must submit one (1) original and five (5) copies of a proposal to provide the services described in Exhibit A (Scope of Work). Submitted proposals must respond to and address the questions listed in Exhibit B (Proposal Instructions and Selection Criteria).

The due date for the Authority’s receipt of the proposals responding to this Request for Proposal (“RFP”) is Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 4 p.m.

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Ernie Harwell – The Voice of Michigan

Posted in Uncategorized by urbanmi on May 5, 2010

January 25, 1918 – May 4, 2010

a better version of Ernie’s baseball poem from ESPN that I can’t embed.

Coverage:     FREEP ESPN NYTimes MLB

Ernie’s final speech to fans

Mitch Albom on his firing in 1990

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Posted in Uncategorized by urbanmi on April 17, 2010
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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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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.

UrbanMI.com has moved

Posted in Uncategorized by urbanmi on November 6, 2009

Either temporarily or permanently, haven’t decided yet. I needed to cut back on expenses.

Will be transferring over old posts soon and publishing several new posts within the next few days.