So You Want to Save a House?

I am speaking on this panel today. I am talking about how you can collaborate with a land bank to market historic houses in your neighborhood that they were going to either demolish or let languish.

Lose sleep! Work hard! Eventually get neighbors! It’s great.

The details: So You Want to Save a House?
Published in: on January 27, 2016 at 10:52 am  Comments (1)  
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Late notice: Why save old buildings in Detroit? Preservation Detroit on Who We Are and What We Do


Preservation Detroit President Amy Elliott Bragg and I will be talking about old buildings in Detroit and why they matter, later today. If you can make it, we’d love to see you and answer your questions.

Published in: on October 15, 2014 at 11:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Last Service: A memorial for First Unitarian Church

The Last Service: A memorial for First Unitarian Church


On Sunday,  Preservation Detroit will host a memorial for First Unitarian Church, at the site. The abrupt burning and demolition of this 1890 building has been a shock for many of us. Join us for readings, remembrance, and solidarity.

Published in: on May 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Community working session on pollution in Delray

A friend passed this info along. The EPA is holding a community working session to figure out how to redress the harm that Severstal Steel has done/will continue to do with pollution in Southwest and Dearborn.

Community Working Session

May 6th 4-6:30 PM

Delray Community Center, 420 Leigh Street Detroit MI

The  US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)  will be hosting a working session to solicit ideas for supplemental environmental projects (SEP) related to a possible settlement of alleged Clean Air Act violations asserted against Severstal Dearborn’s steel manufacturing plant in the future. 

A supplemental environmental project is an environmentally beneficial project that a defendant agrees to undertake to settle an enforcement action, but which it is not otherwise legally required to perform.  The ultimate decision to participate in the SEP process and the project proposal will come from Severstal Dearborn. US EPA, MDEQ and DOJ will gather ideas to pass along to Severstal. These agencies will have to approve any project proposal prior to its inclusion in a settlement.  All such projects must comply with the SEP policy*, including the requirement to have an adequate “nexus” to the violation. This means that there must be a specific connection between the proposed project and the violation.

In this case, EPA and MDEQ have issued violation notices to Severstal, alleging, among other things, that it has violated state and federal rules limiting particulate matter emissions from Severstal’s iron and steel-making operations. 

We are looking for projects that relate to the violations and can be scaled to different project sizes. We will collect comments limited to five minutes in length and will collect any other ideas in writing after the meeting.


Questions?  Contact:

Kasey Barton, Associate Regional Counsel

US EPA Region 5         Ph: 312-886-7163

North City Farmers’ Market: A great little piece of writing by a friend

My friend Thom Fletcher wrote a great little announcement for The North City Farmers’ Market. Thom lives in Old North St. Louis and I used to live there, and reading this made me wish I could be there with my ONSL family.

If you are in St. Louis, consider partaking in some of this on Saturday. Even in StL, how freaking often do you get to experience such incredible positive change like what’s going on in lovely, character-rich Old North St Louis?

Thom’s post:

“This Saturday is the last 2013 market day of the Old North Farmers Market. For those of you so atrophied and decrepit that you’ve mistaken the academic, rhetoric about immediate living for actual immediate living, here’s a defibrillator for your tired, tired heart. This Harvest Fest is scored by the Illphonics, with a cooking demo by Food Outreach, and Jamaican barbecue from Mi Hungry. Across the street is the first best historic soda fountain in St Louis, the Gateway to the West, Crown Candy, as well as the 5th Ward’s business of the year (and baked good blackbelts) La Mancha Coffee House. And then there’s the classic car show and skateboard event at Ye Ole Haunt where Stray Rescue will have the cutest damned dog there ready for adoption (make a good day perfect). Ask Ye Ole Haunt’s bartender about the hot wing challenge but you’d probably better not mention my name. Breath. And then stroll down Crown Square to where the 14th Street Artist Community celebrates their one year anniversary. THANK YOU 14TH ST ARTIST COMMUNITY!


as a 13th Street Gardener I can assure you that the harvest is bountiful. It’s been a good season for our farmers and our gardeners, and we are exhausted from our efforts. Please come and tell our growers, artisans and craftspersons that you love them. Tell Willie I said hi, and tell Armin you liked the beard. Tell Luz-Maria and Gloria you need in on some of them Ali Baba watermelons you keep hearing about. And tell your friends what you saw here.

Quite sincerely,

Your Pal Thom”

Quick post: Poletown: 30 Years Later talk tomorrow


Revisit the case with a presentation from Victor Papakhian, member of the legal team that represented the residents of Poletown.

Tuesday, March 19, 4-5pm

Wayne State University
Bernath Auditorium in the Undergraduate Library

Presented by Wayne State Student Urban Planners

Free and open to all–feel free to share with fellow Detroiters and Hamtowners, urban history geeks, curious people, etc!

Published in: on March 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm  Comments (1)  
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MetroLink Prom photos!

Grossly belated! My apologies–moving to Michigan ate my free time.

Here are links to photos from MetroLink Prom! If you have a link of your own (or a link to Prom photos you’ve seen around the web), please share in the links section and I will put them up!

Miss MetroLink’s own album from 2009

Nazim Keven’s photos from 2009

Vanishing StL’s photos from 2008

Art of Serendipity’s photos from 2008 including couples portraits with the backdrop

Dewey Decimal Drinks: Welcome, Christina.

Thanks again, Dewey Decimal Drinks attendees. It has been a wonderful 2+ years and I have learned so much from you. I always knew that stereotypes of us and our profession weren’t true*, but you have proven to me without a doubt that librarians are fun. Damn it, we can drink and be sleazy when we want to, and it’s that much better because we librarians know what we are doing. So, THANK YOU.

In case you missed the news: I’ll be moving to Detroit in a few days. A gal named Christina Pryor is going to be taking over Dewey Decimal Drinks. Christina is great, and I am so glad she will be doing this. When she said yes, I jumped up and went, “YESSSS!”

In the past, Christina has organized a library students’ social group and a librarians’ trivia team (named the Dewey Decimators!). She is super social, super smart, and one of the funnest drunks I know. I hope you’ll welcome her with open arms, and keep on comin’ out for Dewey Drinks.

Always reading between the lines,
Claire-ian the Librarian

*Except the hot librarian archetype/stereotype. That one is true.

Published in: on November 4, 2009 at 6:25 am  Comments (1)  
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Alphabetizing til the wee hours: Dewey Decimal Drinks is tomorrow.

Dewey Decimal Drinks is this Thursday, September 17th. We will gather starting at 7pm. (Dewey Decimal Drinks is a monthly happy hour for librarians and sympathetic types in St. Louis, MO.)

We’ll be in the upstairs Game Room of the always yummy Sandrina’s, located at 5098 Arsenal (Arsenal and Brannon). Their menu is up at They have pizza and other delicious goodies, not to mention $1.50 PBR. They’re open til 3AM, should you feel the need to alphabetize late into the night.

Hope to see you there.

Claire-ian the Librarian
clairelovesthecity {at}

Published in: on September 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dewey Drinks: Patio, fries, cocktails, alphabetizing.

HOW EXCITING! It’s time for Dewey Decimal Drinks, the monthly happy hour for librarians and librarian groupies.

For the month of July, we’ll gather starting at 7pm on Thursday, July 9th, at good ole Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester in The Grove. The Cowboy has a patio, and I’m hoping we’ll be able to capitalize on some of this freakishly tolerable weather tomorrow. If not, the Cowboy also has a spacious, smoke free, retrofurniturelicious interior.

Not to mention: Tex Mex food, the best fries in town, and a fantastic cocktail list (cheap Stag also, if the Apple Pop Rocks or other neon-hued beverages are not to your liking).

Bring your appetizing, alphabetizing self and come on down!

always reading between the lines,
Claire-ian the Librarian

Published in: on July 9, 2009 at 5:13 am  Comments (2)  
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