Detroit Area Roadwork Hits A Roadblock, Eastside Mural Demolished & News
By Daily Detroit
Here's your Daily Detroit podcast for September 4, 2018. - On our show last week before the Labor Day weekend we told you about a lockout dispute affecting members of a labor union that represents road and bridge construction workers. Now, that lockout has put a freeze on dozens of road construction projects across Michigan. - Students started the first day of classes today in the Detroit Public Schools Community District with water coolers and bottled water in lieu of drinking fountains. - One of the city’s “must see” pieces of street art has come down, along with the abandoned and badly blighted building it was on. “The African Amalgamation of Ubiquity” was painted in 1985 by Curtis Lewis on an old bank building at 9980 Gratiot, just west of the Better Made Potato Chip Plant. It was the former home of the neighborhood nonprofit “Operation Get Down,” which moved across the street to a new location some time ago. - Anti-semitic flyers were found taped to a church door on Sunday morning. - Campbell Soup plans to sell off Ferndale-based Garden Fresh Gourmet as part of a broader turnaround plan that sees it getting rid of fresh foods. - Detroit is losing one of its most beloved bike shops. Motorless City Bicycle Company says it plans to permanently close its doors at the end of September after four seasons in business in Eastern Market. The store was closely involved with Slow Roll and announced the news on Facebook, saying the team had decided it was time to move on to new endeavors. - A bike sharing and a ride sharing service have teamed up in Detroit for a six-month pilot program to help connect users of the two. The program means discounts for MoGo bike sharing users when picked up or dropped off at bike-share stations by ridesharing company Lyft. - New York City’s transit authority has relabeled two subway stations in honor of the Queen of Soul. Both the Franklin Street and Franklin Avenue stations have signage in the classic subway Helvetica font saying “Respect” along with the station name. - If you’ve driven through that crazy three-way intersection of Trumbull, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Grand River, you can’t miss the giant mural of a giraffe that welcomes people to the Woodbridge neighborhood. It needs some help, and here's how you can pitch in (and get some beer).