Happy snowmageddon, Detroit! Hope you’re all staying nice and warm. On today’s episode, we dig out of the early and record-breaking November snowstorm and dig into a few of the things that aren’t working around town. Specifically, we talk about:
- That WXYZ investigation into a Detroit landlord whom the city has forgiven more than $1 million in unpaid taxes, fees and other fines he owes. It was part of the land swap the city orchestrated to pave the way for the new Fiat Chrysler auto assembly plant on the city’s east side. Now he’s screwing over families buying homes on land contracts.
- The Ilitches are at it again in District Detroit. Thanks to the Detroit Greenways Coalition, we know that the Ilitch family wants the city to grant it an easement over Henry and Sproat streets, which both run right alongside the Little Caesars Arena. Good idea? Or The Best Idea?
- And there’s a shortage of liquor, fueled by software glitches at one of the three companies the state authorizes to distribute booze to bars, restaurants and retail stores. Michigan’s Prohibition-era booze laws strike again.
Last but not least, sportswriter Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk about the Detroit Pistons at 4-7 in the early going, plus three Detroit-area soccer teams not named Detroit City FC that are making moves.