July 20, 2018
I’m looking to transition to Detroit to start a new business and it’s difficult to determine the quality and density of the neighborhoods on Google Maps Street View because they haven’t been updated since 2013 and sometimes even longer. I’d like to know why that is. Why haven’t the maps been updated?
July 3, 2018
WDET listener Dan Lombardo asks, why there are brick pavers at Michigan and Trumbull and if they are original or if they are something they redo every now and then.
February 26, 2018
As part of WDET's series CuriosID, a listener wonders if driving an electric car could actually create more pollution, since it would force power plants to generate more electricity to charge it, thereby generating more smog.
October 24, 2017
A British plane had a catastrophic electrical failure over Canada while flying to a training mission in Nebraska on Oct.. 24, 1958.
September 13, 2017
Detroit's French connection is more than 300 years old, but is the comparison a modern invention?
August 22, 2017
“There used to be a Times Square in Detroit. I know there’s still a People Mover stop, and I know there’s a street, but there used to be an actual square. And I think it was named after the old newspaper, the Detroit Times, but where was the newspaper headquartered? And also, how big of a paper was the Times?”
August 8, 2017
WDET listener Priya Ganji has a diverse group of friends of Arab heritage, and she’s noticed their family, religious and cultural traditions are sometimes different from her own and other Americans’. So the 14-year-old asked “How did the Arab community grow to be what it is today in Detroit?”
July 25, 2017
Listener Bailey Townsend asks “Why is the Detroit River called ‘Detroit River’ when it’s actually a Strait?”
July 13, 2017
“I show American Saddlebred Horses and we used to have a couple big shows up here at the state fairgrounds which are no longer available. And it was very sad to see that the Michigan legislature decided not to pay for the maintenance of the coliseum and the grounds.
June 27, 2017
A listener asks, "Are the many different Cass locations in Michigan named after Lewis Cass? Do people know how horrible he was?"
June 20, 2017
Listener Cheryl Pernell was intereted in examples of busing in Detroit Public Schools around 1963. Pernell was bused to Dossin Elementary for the 1st through 7th grades, instead of going to Ruthruff in her neighborhood.
May 30, 2017
“Why is it just ‘John R?’ Most people use the last name of a person, not the first name, and an initial, so, I always thought that was kind of strange. And also, who was John R., and why was the street named after him?”
May 15, 2017
Yes, but other than miners, few people have ever seen the inside of them.
May 1, 2017
“Who were the Native Americans* that lived in the Detroit region, and how did they interact with the Europeans who settled it?”
April 10, 2017
What’s up with the Detroit incinerator? Where is it, what’s going on there, and why does it smell so much on certain days and not others?
December 6, 2016
"Why are there five separate cities that are seemingly small size with the same basic name in the Grosse Pointes? I was trying to figure out if there was there some type of dispute over land or if they were controlled by families or something of that nature?”
October 3, 2016
What happens to the stuff I recycle with the City of Detroit (curbside recycling)? Where and how is it sorted? Is it sold, and what happens to the money?
August 22, 2016
A listener asked why there is no subway or elevated transportation in Detroit, and whether it was determined before or after the rise of the auto industry.
August 11, 2016
Who are the deciding parties when it comes to choosing Renaissance Zones (in Detroit), and what criteria do they use to choose them? What is the history of Renaissance Zones?
July 25, 2016
“I moved from Washington, D.C. to Detroit in the mid-’90. And I’ve always loved the root beer float and people said, ‘You have to try the Boston Cooler.’ So, I tried it and was like, ‘What’s the deal here? Why’s it called a Boston Cooler and not a ginger ale cooler or something like that? I’m just curious.”
July 11, 2016
A listener wonders if Detroit ever had a gay neighborhood.
June 20, 2016
How did the International Ambassador Bridge become privately held? It just seems that, like, two sovereign countries should be in charge of an international crossing, a really large international crossing?
June 6, 2016
How have pheasants survived and thrived in the urban setting of Detroit, and have they always been here?
May 23, 2016
“I pass a tall old business building that appears to be empty now but it has a very decorative lintel over the entrance that has the capital letters N-B-C and I was wondering what that was and if it was the National Broadcasting Corporation or something else.” Terry Segal
May 9, 2016
"I used to be from Lincoln Park and our hometown had a water tower. Why did we have it? Why did some cities have these huge water towers, and what did they use them for? " Carl Prunkard
April 21, 2016
“Why is it that sometimes police officers use lethal force and other times they don’t? How do they determine when?” asked listener David Ewick of Southfield.
January 4, 2016
What franchisees look at when deciding on a fast food location. And what it means when they pick your part of town.
December 17, 2015
“Why are sidewalks in Indian Village stamped with Swastikas? The stamps are uniform and official, like a company laying the concrete made them. Do they predate the Nazi party in Germany? Are they associated with a company affiliated with the Nazi party? The sidewalks are clearly old, but I’m not sure they are date stamped to provide a clue.”
October 30, 2015
Your favorite place in Detroit just may have bones buried under it from the early days.
October 19, 2015
An entire Detroit neighborhood vanished to make way for the future. Here’s Black Bottom’s story.
October 5, 2015
CuriosiD explores the history of the pesky, head-scratchingly prevalent traffic design known as a Michigan Left
September 21, 2015
This week’s CuriosiD tackles the question any Detroiter is asking - why is my auto insurance so expensive?
August 24, 2015
Listener Steven Gold remembers seeing a Nike missile base in Detroit as a kid. “Am I crazy?”
August 10, 2015
This week’s installment of CuriosiD looks at 1930s Detroit poverty and the events surrounding the “Ford Massacre"
July 27, 2015
WDET investigates the confusion behind just how we should be saying and spelling Lahser Road.
July 10, 2015
Listener Josh Wilt’s asks, “What was the history of Norton Company located in Woodbridge?”
March 15, 2015
WDET answers Joseph Kakos’ question, “Who was Louis Stone in Detroit’s history?”
November 6, 2014
Anna Sysling answers listener Barbara’s question about the Detroit water park’s history.
September 19, 2014
Lydia Whitehead asked WDET’s CuriosiD why Hamtramck and Highland Park exist inside the borders of Detroit.
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