Gentrification – defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the process of repairing and rebuilding homes and businesses in a deteriorating area (such as an urban neighborhood) accompanied by an influx of middle-class or affluent people” – is a topic that has been explored for decades, from its faults to its strengths. It has been encouraged […]

In the 1980s, artist Tyree Guyton returned to his home on Heidelberg Street in Detroit and found it in a state of disrepair. Thirty years later, his iconic Heidelberg Project exists as both a symbol of Detroit’s challenges and a cultural sanctuary for the city’s rich history and artisanship. Dubbed an “outdoor wonderland of wit […]

’Twas not always a silent night American fervor for Christmas is so strong that many believe the United States was the main inventor of the many traditions we observe during the holiday. After all, a country that loves food and possessions seems like the logical place to invent a holiday centered around these two things.  But […]

Before Thanksgiving became a nationally celebrated holiday, there was already a rich culture of traditions existing in the United States. Native Americans were already practicing and spreading their culture throughout North America. While most Americans were taught about the history of Thanksgiving, they often don’t know about the original holidays that began here. In Lansing, […]