Tag Archives: Phil Cooley

“Who’s that tourist?” …Madonna joins the ranks of celebrities investing an afternoon to save Detroit

A terrifying relic from the ’80s was spotted making its way through Detroit today, and I’m not talking about RoboCop, who threw out the first pitch at tonight’s Tigers game in celebration of the recently proclaimed RoboCop Day. No, I’m talking about former pop star turned irrelevant fairground stripper Madonna Ciccone. (Those are Elton John’s […]

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Ponyride… a home for social entrepreneurs sharing knowledge, resources and networks in Detroit’s Corktown

Opening the summer of 2011, Ponyride, a 30,000 square-foot warehouse in the Corktown area of Detroit, presently serves as home to 25 socially-conscious businesses, ranging from non-profits like Detroit Soup, to for-profit entrepreneurial ventures like Detroit Denim. Following is my conversation with Ponyride’s Executive Director Kate Bordine on how they made it happen, the power […]

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“Wringing Art Out of Rubble in Detroit”

It must be that time of year again… The New York Times today has another story on how artists are revitalizing Detroit. It’s actually a pretty good article. I don’t mean to come across as cynical. It’s just that, for the past few years, it seems like this same story keeps getting recycled. The good […]

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