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CuriosiD: Why Isn't Google's Street View of Detroit Up-to-date?

7/20/2018
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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?

Duration:00:05:15

Why Does Michigan Avenue Have Brick Pavers?

7/3/2018
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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.

Duration:00:05:19

Could Electric Cars Increase Pollution

2/26/2018
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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.

Duration:00:06:09

Rumor of a British Bomber Crash In a Detroit Neighborhood Haunts a Listener

10/24/2017
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A British plane had a catastrophic electrical failure over Canada while flying to a training mission in Nebraska on Oct.. 24, 1958.

Duration:00:05:59

Why Is Detroit Sometimes Called "The Paris of the Midwest?"

9/13/2017
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Detroit's French connection is more than 300 years old, but is the comparison a modern invention?

Duration:00:04:25

How Did Detroit Become a Center for Arabs in the United States?

8/8/2017
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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?”

Duration:00:07:04

That Waterway in Detroit, Is it a Strait or a River?

7/25/2017
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Listener Bailey Townsend asks “Why is the Detroit River called ‘Detroit River’ when it’s actually a Strait?”

Duration:00:05:18

What’s Happened at the State Fairgrounds?

7/13/2017
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“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.

Duration:00:13:40

Lewis Cass, Michigan Governor, Architect of Indian Removal

6/27/2017
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A listener asks, "Are the many different Cass locations in Michigan named after Lewis Cass? Do people know how horrible he was?"

Duration:00:07:04

Was there busing in Detroit in the early 1960’s?

6/20/2017
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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.

Duration:00:06:43

Who Was John R?

5/30/2017
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“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?”

Duration:00:05:42

Are There Salt Mines Under Detroit?

5/15/2017
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Yes, but other than miners, few people have ever seen the inside of them.

Duration:00:06:17

Who Were the Natives in Detroit?

5/1/2017
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“Who were the Native Americans* that lived in the Detroit region, and how did they interact with the Europeans who settled it?”

Duration:00:06:45

What’s That Smell?

4/10/2017
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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?

Duration:00:06:32

Why are there 5 Grosse Pointes?

12/6/2016
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"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?”

Duration:00:07:14

What Happens to the Stuff I Recycle?

10/3/2016
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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?

Duration:00:04:08

Why Doesn’t Detroit Have A Subway Or Elevated Rail?

8/22/2016
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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.

Duration:00:04:39

Who Chooses Detroit’s “Tax-Free” Renaissance Zones?

8/11/2016
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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?

Duration:00:04:03

What’s the Origin of the Boston Cooler?

7/25/2016
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“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.”

Duration:00:03:48

Did Detroit Ever Have A ‘Gayborhood’?

7/11/2016
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A listener wonders if Detroit ever had a gay neighborhood.

Duration:00:03:45