MT readers sound off on our new Ask a Juggalo column and more 

WHOOP WHOOP

We received a vast amount of comments on our new column "Ask a Juggalo" with Will Sigler, who works at Psychopathic Records.

Reader "Polar" posted:

Whoop whoop, fam. Nice article, very nice ...

Reader "Kinzie Myers" posted:

The gathering was dope this year. Never in my life have I felt more accepted by people. People just like me. Whoop whoop!

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

In response to News Hits' column about Ferguson, Mo., and the death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a police officer, reader "semnol" posted:

It's BS. The only reason this is a story is because of the contrived race angle. Fifteen black men died in Chicago over the weekend. How much coverage did that get? Zero. The media flock to racial stories (whether legitimate or not) like lemmings to the sea.

FORTH BY NORTHWEST

We also received a number of responses to Larry Gabriel's column on the slate of businesses set to open on the Avenue of Fashion, Livernois Avenue later this year. Reader "Ben Newton" posted:

Great article, but quite misleading at the end. Northwest Detroit possesses many of the same qualities of Midtown you mentioned, primarily "meds and eds" in urban planning jargon. UDM, Marygrove College, and DMC Sinai Grace operate no more than a mile or two from the Avenue of Fashion, and offer a strong platform for economic growth. Nearby businesses such as Baker's, Tom's Bar, Hangovers and Locker Room serve to show relative newcomers, such as Good Cakes & Bakes, Detroit Vintage Coffee Shop, and 1917 Bistro that restaurant ownership is feasible and important to the community. I truly believe that with steadfast support and investment from the surrounding communities (University District, Bagley, Palmer Woods, Fitzgerald, Sherwood Forest, Green Acres — I'm looking at you), that the Livernois Corridor will become the vibrant and happenin' destination for weekend drinkers, prospective homebuyers, and entrepreneurs alike.

Reader "Jill Drnek" posted:

Proud graduate of UDM and delighted to see the Avenue of Fashion rebound. P.S.: It's not Midtown vs. Avenue of Fashion. Let's celebrate the unique pockets around Detroit instead of highlighting divisive bullshit. It's insulting to the business owners who are there every single damn day turning the lights on, so the media has something to write about.

GETTING IN GEAR

In response to Lee DeVito's Facetime with Darby Barber, who was featured on the show "Motor City Masters," reader "Jeff1911" posted:

She was my favorite designer on the show, and I was disappointed to see her go. I thought she was the only one who fulfilled the last challenge. She delivered a concept car. Brian and Camilo delivered an update or concept-lite. Camilo delivered a hodgepodge morphosis of Corvette and Mustang. Anyway, Darby's comment about '80s muscle is a bit of a stretch. The '80s saw some of the most underpowered cars ever produced.

RUST NEVER SLEEPS

In response to Jack Lessenberry's column about the real lessons of the great flood, G.M. Ross of Lowell wrote us:

Professor Lessenberry is right to be impatient with public officials who neglect the massive, even heroic, investment in public works of this state and nation. For some bizarre reason, these works have been re-named "infrastructure." Politicians and senior bureaucrats love to pose in pictures with chrome shovels. There are few monuments, however, to them holding up paintbrushes.

Following some disaster from a failure due to improper monitoring, or tardy implementation of recommendations, we can see American Exceptionalism on parade. When the interstate bridge in Minnesota collapsed a few years ago, I recall the pained, disbelieving expression on the local congresswoman. "In America?" Yeah: in America. Are we such special people that we have suspended the laws of physics?

Less pleasing are Lessenberry's introductory remarks regarding the recent Ragnarok rain in the Detroit area, calling into question his more on-point social criticism. Just because we see an early frost, Western wildfires, or a couple of big hurricanes in a season does not mean they were caused by global warming. Please check independent variables, or better yet, await more data.

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