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About B-Rich

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    Cosmic, you just made my day. Admiral, never got around to reading it; but from my planning work in grad school and afterwards, I'm quite familiar with Robert Moses. Not a fan. Guy never met a riverfront he didn't think would be a great spot for an expressway. Later in his career he was hired to develop a plan for New Orleans, and of course recommended encircling the downtown area with expressways, one of which was to be a riverfront expressway between the French Quarter and the Mississippi River. Thankfully, after protests and legal sparring referred to as " the 2nd battle of New Orleans", that never got built.

    Damn, just found out that the 15 yr old daughter's passport card is no good; was issued over 5 years ago. And it's basically impossible to get a new one before we leave next Friday. So, looks like Windsor is a no-go. Damn, really wanted to add Ontario to "places I've been"... don't think the wife will let me drive over and back by myself...

    So, after selling my comic book collection and having that money burning a hole in my pocket, I decided to do something that has been on my bucket list for over 20 years. I'm going to Detroit!! You may ask, why in the world would Detroit be on your bucket list of places to go? Well, as many of you know, I am a city/urban/transportation planner, and since I was in college, the whole scene of Detroit (specifically its changes post-1967) has intrigued me-- how it was a HUGE city and since essentially the '67 riots it has been going downhill, losing people, all the while with repeated calls of "oh, now we've turned the corner, we're in a Renaissance! Just look at our Renaissance Center / People Mover / One Detroit Center / Ford Field / Casinos!", but it just got worse and worse. I've followed it quite ardently; the most interesting aspect for me was/is the physical manifestation of the change, i.e. the abandonment and ruins: of public buildings, skyscrapers, schools, churches, and huge swaths of neighborhoods. Looking at those areas on Google Street View now is worse than looking at the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans; but Detroit didn't experience a Katrina-level event, it was all a result of socioeconomic change. And despite the general trend/explanation of the "doughnut hole" of Detroit proper being decayed/eroded while the suburban areas are doing well, I think it's ironic that the Pontiac Silverdome is still standing and looks like this: It's as interesting a ruin as the in-town factories and the Michigan Central Station. Anyway, my wife and youngest daughter (15 yrs. old) will be coming with me and will probably be bored out of their skulls, but they wanted to tag along. We're heading up in a couple of weeks. We're staying in Pontiac/Auburn Hills and will have a car. Any ideas on places to eat, and/or neat things to see in the area, other than when I drive around and look at ruined buildings and neighborhoods? The daughter and I will catch a Tigers game at Comerica, and we'll all cross over into Windsor just to say we've been in Ontario (we've all been in British Columbia a few times). Any tips would be appreciated...
  4. Cool idea/gimmick. I sure hope for that night they switch to the iconic Green and Yellow (maybe with a touch of red) color scheme of Nathan's.
  5. Old Comic Books

    Just an update-- I sold them. I did go through them and created a spreadsheet database -- I had 1668 comic books!-- and sent it to an online/nationwide outfit as well as four local shops and a few individuals. I also re-bagged and boxed them, as the old boxes were falling apart. The online place asked for scans, front and back, of twenty specific issues which from my research I figured would be valuable (Ms. Marvel #1, original Star Wars from 1977, first Todd McFarlane drawing Spider-man, etc.). They then made me an offer of $500, just for those 20 issues. I wanted to sell the whole thing (now in 9 file boxes) so I recontacted the local stores, and sent them the scans. One local store was very interested; after work I loaded up all 9 boxes in my SUV and brought them by for the guy to look them over for condition. He made me the offer I had in my mind after the online $500 offer-- $1000 CASH. I didn't even dicker. He took all those boxes of comics, I got an envelope full of cash, my attic has more space and less clutter, and the comics may make someone else who was looking for them happy. I also figured that with many of the comics being 25, 30, 50, 75 cents; quite a few being a dollar, and a few being a bit more, I probably wound up just about breaking even in what I actually paid for them back in the day.
  6. Really unusual color schemes (that work)

    Arizona Wranglers (USFL) had copper helmets and pants; when they merged with the Oklahoma Outlaws and became the Arizona Outlaws they kept the copper pants:
  7. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread.

    Point of disclosure: my voter registration lists me as having NO party affiliation. Bucfan, I have no doubt that you are strongly committed to your ideals and the work you are doing for the ACLU. I am also aware of the 2013 Supreme Court decision, and how groups like the ACLU feel about it. DG's statement, however, was that "Black people basically can't vote anymore if they live in the south." Such a statement is ludicrous at worst and ridiculously exaggerated at best. Even if he simply said "the 2013 Supreme Court decision on the 1965 Voting Rights Act made it harder for black people in the south to vote", while he would be technically correct, it would be out of context and I'd have an issue with it because: (1) voter identification laws (or as you and the ACLU frame them, "voter suppression laws") make it harder for EVERYONE to vote by requiring Photo ID, limiting early voting, etc., and (2) it's not just the south that is doing this-- there were 22 states that passed such laws, and only 10 of them are in the South:
  8. Ceci n'est pas une politics thread.

    You can't be serious. This is 2016, not 1916. Here is a map of congressional districts represented by African-Americans in this country: (source: wikipedia) See where most of those district are? The South. And it's not like whitey is voting in African-Americans to Congress while at the same time keeping blacks from voting. Here's another one: Black Mayors of Cities with 50,000-plus Population Majority Black Cities Mayor Name % Black City Population East Orange, NJ Robert Bowser 88.5% 64,270 Gary, IN Karen Freeman-Wilson 84.8% 80,294 Irvington, NJ Wayne Smith 85.4% 53,926 Detroit, MI Dave Bing 82.7% 713,777 Jackson, MS Frank Melton 79.4% 173,514 Miami Gardens, FL Shirley Gibson 76.3% 107,167 Pine Bluff, AR Carl Redus 75.6% 49,083 Birmingham, AL William A. Bell, Sr. 73.4% 212,237 Albany, GA Willie Adams, Jr. 71.6% 77,434 Southfield, MI Brenda Lawrence 70.3% 71,739 Monroe, LA James Mayo 63.9% 48,815 Baltimore, MD Stephanie Rawlings-Blake 63.7% 620,961 Mt. Vernon, NY Clinton Young 63.4% 67,292 Memphis, TN A C Wharton, Jr. 63.3% 646,889 Wilmington, DE James M. Baker 58.0% 70,851 Savannah, GA Otis S. Johnson 55.4% 136,286 Shreveport, LA Cedric B. Glover 54.7% 199,311 Baton Rouge, LA Melvin “Kip” Holden 54.5% 229,493 Atlanta, GA Kasim Reed 54.0% 420,003 Cleveland, OH Frank Jackson 53.3% 396,815 Portsmouth, VA Kenneth Irvin Wright 53.3% 95,535 Newark, NJ Cory A. Booker 52.4% 277,140 Trenton, NJ Tony F. Mack 52.0% 84,913 Washington, DC Vincent C. Gray 50.7% 601,723 Richmond, VA Dwight C. Jones 50.6% 204,214 Mobile, AL Sam Jones 50.6% 195,111 (source: blackdemographics.com) 16 out of the 26 are from below the old Mason-Dixon Line. I am not going to take the time to show you where this country's black city councilmen, black sheriffs, black county officials, et als are located; but again, the majority of them are in the south, where their ACTIVE black constituency votes them in to office.
  9. Movies, Movies, and Movies

    The Pianist was on last night on HBO, and I managed to catch all of it. I had seen maybe the 2nd half one time before in passing, and thought that what I saw was really good, so I made sure to watch it in its entirety last night, which was a bit of a trip (150 minutes long). Very good movie. Adrien Brody certainly deserved the Oscar for Best Actor, and Polanski for Best Director. I can't stand musical movies, and think that The Pianist should have beat that crapfest Chicago out for Best Picture as well, but that's just me. For those not in the know, it is the true story of an accomplished Polish pianist, taking place from the start of WWII to its end. He remains in Warsaw the entire time, experiences the Nazi invasion and bombing, transitions from his family's nice home to the ghetto, experiences the Warsaw uprisings, sees his family shipped off to what he finds out later are death camps, and is hidden Anne Frank-style by old friends. But he survives. What's neat about the movie is how it shows the societal deterioration as well as physical deterioration that occurred in that war: when it starts, Warsaw is colorful, vibrant; people are polite well-mannered, and prosperous; as the movie goes along, you see the gradual changes that render folks immune to seeing (at first) blatant discrimination, all the way up to vicious inhumanity. Similarly, you see, scene by scene, Warsaw reduced from a beautiful city to an apocalyptic ruin. I highly recommend seeing this movie. Again, it's a little long, but worth the time.
  10. It wasn't a record for Mumford and Sons, it was a Zephyr Field stadium attendance record. Also, Ad, although Metairie (actual site of Zephyr Field) is a suburb of New Orleans, and thus has backyard crawfish boils, drive-thru daiquiri stands, parades for any and all reasons, and lots of great little food joints, it is still a suburb filled with suburbanites and their middle-class America pop culture tastes (although they definitely like jazz, zydeco, funk, and R&B more than your usual American suburbanite). Me? I didn't go near that place that evening...
  11. Game of Thrones Season 6

  12. Really unusual color schemes (that work)

    Not so odd:
  13. Really unusual color schemes (that work)

    Doing this from the smartphone, not the desktop, so no pictorial examples: - Lime green and either navy, purple, or black. - Magenta and orange. And of course, - Purple, Green, and gold (meaning athetic gold or yellow).
  14. Re: The Zephyrs name change, here is a local's point of view.... This is a bunch of stupidity, BS, and to be blunt, a cash grab by new owners. As they put it in their announcement, "After nearly a quarter of a century".. with more than a generation growing up with the name and older locals clearly used to it... why change now? Not true. If you are New Orleanian, it fit quite well, and the whole deal about "a name that finally reflects the city it represents, as the "Zephyrs" name carried over with the franchise when it arrived from Denver in 1993" is BS. Anyone who was around back in 1993 when the team was moved from Denver remembers that this was discussed back then, and the fact that we had a beloved and iconic roller coaster with the same name made the "Zephyrs" name fit perfectly. Not without imitators, either-- the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn name adopted that name (in honor of the roller coaster nearby at Coney Island) in 2001. Frankly, the whole image/ mascot thing took a wrong turn with the addition of the Boudreaux/nutria thing back when they moved into the new stadium. For awhile there, Boudreaux was even in the actual logo, taking a bite out of the wordmark.... In the early days they had a mustachoied big-head mascot called "Zydeco Zeke" which was much better. Then, the new owners have the gall to say, "It will also serve as a continuation of the momentum the franchise has built in recent months, including a record-setting attendance for the Mumford & Sons concert. How does a concert crowd at the stadium have anything to do with the franchise's momentum? Did the Saints experience momentum after the Rolling Stones' largest indoor concert in the Superdome back in 1981? The name-the-team campaign is supposed to run for not even two weeks-- from April 25th to May 6? Sounds like a set-up, and a new name is already lined up... And they've got the Brandiose firm working on it, so you can expect something stupid and cutesy like the Biloxi Shuckers, Montgomery Biscuits, Lansing Lugnuts, or Omaha Storm Chasers... Take an inanimate object or concept and anthropomorphize it by putting eyes on it... I can see it now, freakin' beignets with eyes on them: And again, those in charge have even admitted it's essentially a quick cash grab, with money to be made off the sale of new merch. From an Article in The New Orleans Advocate: “It’s nothing new to baseball,” said Pete Barrouquere, who covered the team as a sportswriter and now is a fan who will be on the panel. “It’s a merchandizing thing, probably." (owner) "Schwechheimer said the sale of new team apparel will bring a much-needed infusion of cash."