Feedback: A 75-year-old woman called to say MT is the “soft paper Playboy” because "it’s got a little bit of porn in it, but it has some damn good writing" 

Aw, shucks!

Soft paper Playboy

In our Best of Detroit issue, we erroneously said Madison Heights was in Macomb County. A polite reader rang us up to let us know. The following is a message left on Michael Jackman's voicemail:

Hello Mr. Jackman. I live out in Mount Clemens and I'm a 75-year old lady. I love Metro Times. I call is the "soft paper Playboy" because it's got a little bit of porn in it, but it has some damn good writing. And I like your writing, and they shouldn't be picking on you. But I did want to mention that on page 93, in the Best of Detroit, "Best Pizza in Macomb County" can't be in Madison Heights — Madison Heights is in Oakland County. So I'll put my vote in too late for the Buscemi's at 20750 Hall Road in Clinton Township. It's not only the best pizza in Macomb County, it's the best Buscemi's. Anyway, just wanted to say it's not in Macomb County, but keep it up, boy! I march down to the little party store every Wednesday and just haunt it until this comes in. I love this. It keeps me entertained for the week. Keep up the good work and if they pick on you again, give me a call. I was raised with seven brothers. I know how to brawl and get smart with them when they pick on you. Talk to you later. Buh-bye.

Juggalos are people too

In response to Lee DeVito's blog post about Vice's 4,000-word profile on Insane Clown Posse, reader Michael F. Copado had this to say:

It's funny, as a nearly 50-year-old Detroiter who spent a lot of time in the music scene here, (including working at WDET) and yet virtually ignoring ICP and the Juggalo subculture I've actually become MORE IMPRESSED with that group and their fans since the "Ask A Juggalo" series began. They actually seem like fairly — I don't know what words to use — close-knit, supportive-of-each-other community, who seem big on family, either by genetics or choice. I think we need more groups like them out there.

This is the Metro Times!

One reader is really disappointed in our coverage of former Detroiters and contestants on The Voice.

WOW. How fucking disappointing that Michigan's major music, arts, and culture publication has done zero coverage of stalwart and successful Michigan musician and former Detroiter Joshua Davis, a top eight finalist on NBC's The Voice. He is national news and he's shining a huge light on the Michigan music scene, so why don't I see his story in MT? AND the dude needs lots of votes to move on in this competition. You'd think MT would be urging readers through social media to tune in, follow him on Twitter, and support him with their votes. What am I missing? This is shameful. Losing respect for DMT. — Karen Jensen Germaine

Can't we all just get along?

On Tuesday, April 28, Bill Wylie-Kellermann posted a blog entry titled "Gentrification and Race: Can We Have a Real Conversation?" One reader says, "No, we can't."

Commenter "A.L. Cadillac" says: The answer is: No, we cannot have a real conversation about gentrification in this city because every conversation inevitably devolves into painting all of the "evil white gentrifiers" with the same broad brush. It's a typical intellectually dishonest Detroit sham that juxtaposes that truly obnoxious email from the asshat "conquistadors" with another ad hominem attack on Our/Detroit Vodka because a giant corporation funded an operation that employs local people, pays local taxes, sources its ingredients locally, and renovated an abandoned building. How dare they?!

Midtown was always going to gentrify due to its proximity to downtown and its quality building stock. Anyone who wishes for a wistful return to the old Cass Corridor with its hookers, trash, and junkies is out of their mind.

The same case might be made for Corktown, which is far more challenged than Midtown, and quite frankly, it's probably safe to say that 90 percent of the community is happy that Roosevelt Park is unrecognizable from the bumville warzone of 10 years ago with the 4-foot-tall grass. I might add with regard to Gold Cash Gold, who cares if they got some grant money. Pouring well over $1 million into a formerly abandoned building with a loving restoration that includes quality housing should be celebrated, not demonized as a bad result.

The pinnacle of this steaming pile of bullshit comes in the form of a quote from none other than Pod Nolan (the recently inexplicable alien replacement of the former right-wing troll Nolan Finley), who calls out the "red flag" of too many white people dining in Detroit. Guess what? Detroit needs more white people dining in its restaurants, spending money, investing in the city, and being a part of its revitalization.

Undoubtedly, this response will be attacked with, "See, see, this is exactly what we're talking about," but there is hardly room to provide a point-by-point rebuttal to this misguided narrative without sounding a bit harsh.

Until we're ready to embrace having honest conversations within our communities about inclusion, forward progress, tolerance, and acceptance that include the realistic acknowledgement that we have an obligation to balance redevelopment with the social responsibility of getting community members who need assistance into healthier situations, not just running the poor and underserved out of an area and letting someone else worry about them.

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