Hotel Fort Wayne/American Hotel Ghost Signs in Detroit

Hotel Fort Wayne/American Hotel Ghost Signs in Detroit

This abandoned hotel on Cass Ave. at Temple in Detroit boasts two ghost signs for its two incarnations: the larger, painted Hotel Fort Wayne and the more modest American Hotel. More information about this building can be found here.

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Mom & Pop’s Toy Shop Ghost Sign in Hamtramck

Mom & Pop's Toy Shop Ghost Sign in Hamtramck

Mom & Pop’s Toy Shop was located in the heart of Hamtramck’s retail district on Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck being a separate town inside of Detroit, which was at one point mostly Polish, then seemed to become more hipster, with an influx of other ethnic groups and, on my last visit, seemed a bit barren, with more ghost signs than I’d expected.

Buhl Building by Wirt C. Rowland

Buhl Building by Wirt C. Rowland

As far as I can tell, the Buhl Building seems to be considered one of Detroit’s lesser architectural gems, which is a shame because it’s gorgeous in its own right. Designed by Wirt C. Rowland, it’s located at 535 Griswold St., practically rubbing elbows with the Penobscot Building and the Guardian Building, both also designed by Rowland.
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Detroit by Air: crazy photos.

VisuaLingual 2014 Gift Guide

VisuaLingual 2014 Gift Guide

It’s time for the annual VL Gift Guide and, as always, the focus is on the talented independent designers whose work we admire, including friends from Crafty Supermarket and a few cool peeps we met at Signature Mix in NYC earlier this year.
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Elsewhere

Historic Brewery Demo ‘Would Be a Terrible Loss’: the Bavarian Brewing Co. in Covington, KY is at risk.

Businesses Get Custom Made Signs: Cincinnati’s CoSign works its magic on Covington businesses.

Put Back the Hole into the Fence on the Davis Sq. Bike Path: in my old stomping ground of Cambridge, MA, a petition to break something that was recently fixed, as well as the city’s response.

Federal Judge Rules Detroit Residents Have No “fundamental right” to Water: sliding toward the Third World, I guess.

‘Hi, Do You Have Water?’ In Central Calif., the Answer Is Often No: more on water.

Silicon Valley’s Newest Dating App Is ‘Tinder Without the Poor People’: also from California, “With the rise of high-speed digital dating, it’s about time somebody introduced a filter to weed out low-income prospects by neighborhood.”

Notes for Things to Not Forget: a lovely read from Walkers in the City.