WBEZ | Michigan Radio http://www.wbez.org/tags/michigan-radio Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Changing Gears: A look back at 'magic bullets' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-18/changing-gears-look-back-magic-bullets-93224 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-18/AutoWorld-keychain.png" alt="" /><p><p>Cities across the Midwest have put great hopes and resources into “magic bullets”– one-shot solutions to jobs and economic prosperity. Some have hit the target, but many have backfired. The<a href="http://www.changinggears.info/tag/wbez/" target="_blank"><em> Changing Gears</em></a> project explores the economic transformation of the industrial Midwest. This week the series is taking a look at the past, present and future of magic bullets. In Michigan, Kate Davidson starts off with a look back.</p><p>Magic bullets are kind of like imaginary friends. We all have them in our past, but most people deny they exist. Just turn on the TV these days and you’ll hear a list of things that&nbsp;aren’t&nbsp;magic bullets: fiscal stimulus, inflation, tax credits, etc, etc…</p><p>But then ask George Bacalis.</p><p>“There was a magic bullet when I was young and they called it an automobile,” he says.</p><p>Bacalis is 80, born in Detroit. He remembers a city crazy for cars in the 1950s.&nbsp; Since then, the auto boom town has lost a million people, more than half its population. So can magic bullets work?</p><p>“Yeah, sometimes they work,” says historian Kevin Boyle. “But it’s a rare thing and it has consequences as Detroit today I think really shows.”</p><p>Boyle is a history professor at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.osu.edu/" title="The Ohio State University">The Ohio State University</a>&nbsp;and the author of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Arc-Justice-Civil-Rights-Murder/dp/0805071458" title="Arc of Justice">Arc of Justice</a>, about 1920s Detroit. He agreed to help us run through a very abridged history of the Midwest magic bullet.</p><p>Magic bullet number one: A city or town finds that one key industry on which it tries to build a whole economy.</p><p>“So Detroit had its auto industry; Akron had the tire industry; Sheboygan had toilet production,” Boyle says. He says the problem is the Midwest grew a lot of single industry towns that were hit hard when that first magic bullet failed them. Think Youngstown or Muncie.</p><p>“And so you get a certain desperation,” Boyle says, “to try to find the way back to where we once were.”</p><p>Which can lead to&nbsp;magic bullet number two&nbsp;(this one is our nomination): “If you build it, they will come.”</p><p>On July 4, 1984, Michigan’s then governor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uss0mrf4yA" title="AutoWorld opens">James Blanchard declared</a>, “Today…is the first day of the rebirth of the great city of Flint.”</p><p>He was announcing the opening of AutoWorld, an ill-fated $80 million theme park in the birthplace of GM.&nbsp; Some touted it as the world’s largest indoor theme park. But attendance lagged and it seemed AutoWorld couldn’t decide what it wanted to be: a thrilling amusement park or an homage to the car. AutoWorld closed months later, reopened briefly, then ended up a punch line in a Michael Moore film. It was demolished in 1997.</p><p>Then there’s&nbsp;magic bullet number three:&nbsp;the great event.</p><p>In 1893, Chicago hosted, literally, the greatest show on earth: the world’s fair. &nbsp;It built a gleaming white city within the real city of slaughterhouses and industrial grime. The world’s first Ferris wheel spun 2,000 passengers at a time. But in 1893, financial panic seized the nation. Workers marched in the streets. Historian Kevin Boyle says no single event, no matter how glorious, could offset the soaring unemployment of the downturn that followed.</p><p>More than a century later, former mayor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXPC6IaY1Rk" title="Richard Daley touts Olympics">Richard Daley lobbied hard</a>&nbsp;for a Chicago Olympics.</p><p>“The 2016 Olympic Games will grow our economy,” he proclaimed, “Create hundreds of thousands of jobs.&nbsp; Generate billions in new economic activity. The impact will be enormous and most of it will be concentrated in Chicago neighborhoods.”</p><p>Or, in Rio neighborhoods.&nbsp; Despite at least an $80 million bid, Chicago lost the games to Brazil in 2009. If it’s any consolation, Rob Livingstone of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gamesbids.com/eng/" title="GamesBids.com">GamesBids.com</a>&nbsp;says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2011/09/detroit-city-move/131/" title="Detroit Woos Olympics">Detroit tried for years</a>&nbsp;to get the games. The city bid for 1944, 1952, then 1956, 1960, 1964,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Di6YmCLZgc" title="Kennedy on Olympics">1968</a>&nbsp;and 1972.&nbsp; A lot of bids, no</p><p>“It is a lot of bids,” says Livingstone. “It’s not uncommon, but I think they actually do have the record for the most consecutive unsuccessful bids.”</p><p>Historian Kevin Boyle points to&nbsp;one last magic bullet, maybe the most complex.&nbsp; Urban renewal: the massive postwar effort to transform cities by eliminating blighted housing and building public housing for the poor. Boyle says the poorest neighborhoods in America&nbsp;were&nbsp;desperately poor and did need revitalization.&nbsp; But too often, he says, urban renewal simply devastated black neighborhoods and the communities within them.</p><p>“It took all of old Black Bottom away,” says Reverend Horace Sheffield III of Detroit. “The freeways were built through the heart of black businesses. Gotham Hotel and Hastings Street.&nbsp; I mean, all of that was lost.”</p><p>Vibrant Hastings Street once hosted the great musicians of the day: Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and more. It’s where Alberta Adams, Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues” got her start. Today, it’s a stretch of the Chrysler Freeway.</p><p>There’s nothing simple about so-called magic bullets.&nbsp; But it’s also a city’s job to constantly look for ways to improve the lives of its people. So what are the magic bullets of today and tomorrow?&nbsp; We turn to those next and we want to hear from YOU as well. Please leave your nominations below.</p><p>--</p><p><em>Changing Gears</em> is a public media collaboration between <a href="http://michiganradio.org/" target="_blank">Michigan Radio</a>, WBEZ and <a href="http://www.ideastream.org/" target="_blank">Ideastream</a> in Cleveland. Support for <em>Changing Gears</em> comes from the <a href="http://www.cpb.org/" target="_blank">Corporation for Public Broadcasting</a>.</p></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-18/changing-gears-look-back-magic-bullets-93224 Immigration Agents Accused Of Crossing A Line http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-05-03/immigration-agents-accused-crossing-line-86041 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/0" alt="" /><p><p>The Detroit office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is under fire for what critics are calling aggressive and overzealous tactics.</p><p>ICE officials say they are concerned enough that they're reviewing a recent incident involving immigration agents.</p><p>But the union that represents agents is complaining that ICE isn't standing behind its officers.</p><p><strong>A Ghost Town</strong></p><p>The principal of Hope of Detroit Academy, Ali Abdel, says he was helping out with morning safety patrol on March 31<sup></sup>, just like he does most mornings.</p><p>"We had a parent come up to me<strong> </strong>and say somebody was in an unmarked vehicle with binoculars," he says.</p><p>Abdel says there were three SUVs with tinted windows parked near the school. Some parents — who may have been undocumented immigrants — started to panic and sought refuge in the school. Abdel says the building was like a ghost town that afternoon, and things didn't settle down for at least a week.</p><p>"Kids weren't focused on their work, parents were not bringing their kids to school out of fear," says Abdel. "And this is no place where children feel like that. They should feel like they're safe, and parents should feel that their kids are safe here at school."</p><p><strong>Inconsistent?</strong></p><p>Critics say the agents who carried out the operation ignored their agency's own guidelines prohibiting enforcement near schools and churches. ICE is concerned enough that its director, John Morton, flew to Detroit last month to meet with community leaders.</p><p>ICE said in a statement that elements of the operation appeared to be inconsistent with its policies. The comment didn't sit well with Chris Crain, who heads the National ICE Council, the union that represents immigration agents.</p><p>"The agency made a statement before they even asked one single officer about anything that took place that day," he says.</p><p>Crain also says agents kept their distance from the school, and never even got out of their vehicles. He accuses critics of fear-mongering, saying, "it's the statements of some of these political leaders that are really creating the fear in the communities, the fear across the nation now that ICE agents are these terrible people doing terrible things to immigrants, when that's just not the case."</p><p><strong>Heavy-Handed Approach</strong></p><p>That view of ICE was on display at a recent community meeting in Detroit. Hundreds of people packed a union hall to hear stories of people who say they've been the targets of wrongdoing by ICE.</p><p>Ruben Torres says agents in unmarked vehicles pulled him over as he was driving home from work recently. Agents questioned him about his citizenship for more than an hour, he says, even after he provided them with his driver's license, registration and other documents. Torres is a third-generation U.S. citizen.</p><p>"What more do I need to have," he asks. "Do I have to carry a passport to live in the United States now?"<em> </em></p><p><em> </em></p><p>University of Detroit-Mercy law professor David Koelsch says agents had every right to pull Torres over and ask him about his immigration status.</p><p>"But once this gentleman provided some proof, some evidence that he is a U.S. citizen, the inquiry should have stopped there," he says.</p><p>Koelsch describes himself as "moderate to conservative" on immigration policy, and he says immigration laws should be enforced. But ICE agents get it wrong when they use their authority as a blunt instrument, he says.</p><p>"If they go in there with a heavy-handed approach, then their sources of information dry up," Koelsch says. "That's not good law enforcement."</p><p>Whether agents broke regulations or just came close to it, Koelsch says the perception could be more important than the reality. But he also says that people who are openly flouting U.S. immigration laws have to understand ICE's job is to enforce those laws. Copyright 2011 Michigan Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://michiganradio.org/">http://michiganradio.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1304492237?&gn=Immigration+Agents+Accused+Of+Crossing+A+Line&ev=event2&ch=1003&h1=Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=135957469&c7=1003&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1003&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110504&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=665&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=3&v21=D%3Dc2&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 03 May 2011 23:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-05-03/immigration-agents-accused-crossing-line-86041 Automakers Try To Sell Government On Fuel Cell Cars http://www.wbez.org/story/business/2011-04-18/automakers-try-sell-government-fuel-cell-cars-85371 <p><p>Honda's fuel cell electric car, the FCX Clarity, can go about 240 miles on a tank of hydrogen fuel. Compared to gasoline, that's about 60 miles to the gallon. The only emission is water so pure you could drink it.</p><p>The company has been building a limited number of these cars since 2005, so Honda was surprised when Secretary of Energy Steven Chu claimed it would take four technological miracles to make fuel cell cars viable in the marketplace.</p><p>"Simply put, he's wrong on those points. He has bad advice," Honda's Steve Ellis said at southeast Michigan's sole hydrogen fueling station. "Automakers are not foolish. We're not going to invest in technology that we see as a dead end."</p><p>The Clarity costs $600 a month to lease, but if you add in all of Honda's research and development costs, each one is probably worth tens of millions of dollars. Ellis says the costs are coming down, though — from the hydrogen fuel, which is made from natural gas, to the cost of the fuel cells. Producing them in volume will really bring the costs down, he says.</p><p>"Ten years ago, if we were looking under this hood, it would be like duct tape and bailing wires," he says. "So it was all an engineering exercise. This car, we're handing the keys to customers, saying, 'Here's your car, see you in six months. Nothing to see here folks.'"</p><p>But the keys are being given only to people in southern California, where there's a cluster of hydrogen fueling stations, built with the help of state subsidies. Even if Chu changes his mind about the miracles, the price tag remains a problem.</p><p>Oliver Hazimeh of the management consulting firm PRTM says battery electric cars like the Volt and the Leaf are getting cheaper, faster, which is why batteries are getting the nod from the government.</p><p>"By 2015, even five years from now, you will probably get a Nissan Leaf-type vehicle on the battery side for probably $25,000," he says. "That same vehicle in the fuel cell configuration will probably still be $45,000 to $50,000."</p><p>But fuel cell proponents say that's not a fair competition. The government spent more on battery electrics in just the past two years than it did on fuel cells over the past decade. James Warner, director of policy at the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, says cutting funding sends the wrong message to car companies developing fuel cell cars like Honda, GM, Toyota, Daimler and Hyundai.</p><p>"By all accounts, they are ready to commercialize these vehicles by 2015," he says.</p><p>Warner has a bigger worry than less federal funding. Under a continuing budget resolution, Chu has no mandate to spend anything at all on fuel cell technology.</p><p>"The secretary if he so chose could end these programs today," he says.</p><p>A statement from Chu suggests he's likely to stick with President Obama's proposed budget, which cuts research and development by about half, but eliminates funding for the commercialization of fuel cell cars. That means it could take even longer for people who don't live in southern California to get a hydrogen fuel cell car to drive. Copyright 2011 Michigan Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://michiganradio.org/">http://michiganradio.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1303198027?&gn=Automakers+Try+To+Sell+Government+On+Fuel+Cell+Cars&ev=event2&ch=1131&h1=Energy,Governing,Environment,Business,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=135518929&c7=1131&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1131&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110419&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=665&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=3&v21=D%3Dc2&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 23:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/business/2011-04-18/automakers-try-sell-government-fuel-cell-cars-85371 High-Tech Rearview Mirror Can Curb Blind Spots http://www.wbez.org/story/all-tech-considered/2011-02-28/high-tech-rearview-mirror-can-curb-blind-spots-83117 <p><p>A rearview mirror doesn't seem like a high-tech device, but a Michigan company has designed one with an embedded video display. The device helps drivers see people or objects in their blind spots using a tiny camera mounted to the back of the car.</p><p>Federal safety officials say nearly 300 deaths and 18,000 injuries occur each year from so-called backover crashes. Children under five years old represent about 44 percent of the fatalities, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says.</p><p>To address the problem, <a href="http://www.gentex.com/">Gentex Corp.</a>, based in the small town of Zeeland, Mich., makes mirrors called a <a href="http://www.gentex.com/automotive/products/rear-blind-zone-assist">rear camera display</a>. Using them is like looking at a TV and seeing a picture within the picture.</p><p>The 3.3-inch-diagonal LCD display is very bright and has high resolution because it's backlit by 80 white LED lights. This built-in screen displays the picture of what's behind the vehicle using a tiny camera mounted on the back of a vehicle.</p><p>Gentex has years of experience putting high-tech features into low-tech mirrors. For example, it's been making rearview mirrors that automatically dim for nighttime driving for more than 20 years.</p><p>All of those electronics have made rearview mirrors more costly. Gentex says the rear camera display mirror can cost automakers around $75 per vehicle. Normal mirrors — without the high-tech features — cost carmakers less than $10.</p><p><strong>Testing Blind Spots</strong></p><p>I put Gentex's new display mirrors to the test in a charcoal gray Acura sedan.</p><p>With a standard rearview mirror, I can't see 32-inch cones that are more than 20 feet behind me because they're in a blind spot. I also can't see a little bike that is 15 feet behind me.</p><p>"So, if there was a child on that bike, riding by you as you started your car in the morning to back up for work you would not see that little kid behind your car," says Craig Piersma, the director of product marketing for Gentex.</p><p>For most cars, that blind zone is about 10 to 15 feet. It's roughly 15 to 30 feet for trucks and SUVs.</p><p>Next, I do the test with the video display in the mirror.</p><p>When I put my foot on the brake and put the car in reverse I see a little pink bike in the mirror. It's only about half an inch tall in the screen. But I can make it out the instant I put the car in gear.</p><p>David Champion, the senior director of <em>Consumer Reports' </em>auto test division, says the mirrors are a promising safety advancement. But he warns that the camera location can make all the difference. That's because automakers have control over where to place the camera on the rear of the vehicle.</p><p>"Some people put it sort of underneath the lip of the trunk lid above the license plate, which seems to collect a lot of dirt in that area," Champion says. "Especially in these winter conditions where you have muck on the road and it sprays up, that reduces the visibility tremendously of what you can see behind."</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Weighing A Federal Requirement </strong></p><p>Gentex has been shipping the rear camera display mirrors to carmakers for nearly four years. This month, it's shifting manufacturing operations to a new plant down the street to accommodate an expected boom in the high-tech mirror business.</p><p>That's because the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is getting involved. It's now <a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/rulings/NPRM-FMVSS/NPRM-RearviewMirrors.html">reviewing</a> comments from safety groups, businesses, and drivers across the country about proposed changes to require all new cars to have some sort of rearview camera display by 2014. Copyright 2011 Michigan Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://michiganradio.org/">http://michiganradio.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1298933533?&gn=High-Tech+Rearview+Mirror+Can+Curb+Blind+Spots&ev=event2&ch=97097438&h1=All+Tech+Considered,Around+the+Nation,Technology,Business,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=134132822&c7=1019&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1019&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110228&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=665&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=2&v21=D%3Dc2&c31=97097438&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/all-tech-considered/2011-02-28/high-tech-rearview-mirror-can-curb-blind-spots-83117 Changing Gears: Why Detroit must shrink to survive http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-15/changing-gears-why-detroit-must-shrink-survive-82357 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/city of detroit_getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The municipal election is giving Chicagoans the chance to ponder how a new Mayor might shape the future of their city. To provide some food for thought, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.changinggears.info/"><em>Changing Gears</em></a> is looking at the role leaders are playing in the transformation of this region. <br /><br />Reporter Kate Davidson starts things off by looking at the man with perhaps the toughest job of any big city mayor: Dave Bing of Detroit. He has to keep his impoverished city running - &nbsp;while convincing residents Detroit must shrink to survive.<br /><br />In the next part of the series, <em>Changing Gears</em> looks at leadership in Cleveland<b>,</b> where both the mayor and county government have their eyes on the future. <em>Changing Gears</em> is a joint project of<a target="_blank" href="http://www.michiganradio.org/"> Michigan Radio</a>, WBEZ Chicago, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ideastream.org/">Ideastream Cleveland</a>.<br /><br />Support for Changing Gears comes from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cpb.org/">The Corporation for Public Broadcasting</a><b>.</b></p></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 15:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-15/changing-gears-why-detroit-must-shrink-survive-82357 Probe: Driver Error Caused Unintended Acceleration http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-02-08/probe-driver-error-caused-unintended-acceleration-82023 <p></p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-02-08/probe-driver-error-caused-unintended-acceleration-82023 Automakers Hope To Rev Up Sales In 2011 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/automakers-hope-rev-sales-2011 <p><p>The best thing that can be said about car sales this year is that they were better than in 2009 -- the worst year for auto sales in three decades.</p><p>Roughly 11.5 million Americans bought a new car in 2010, up from 10.4 million last year. But that's still well below the level of sales automakers achieved throughout the past decade.</p><p>"The number of vehicles on the road actually declined in two years -- the first time that happened in well, almost recorded automotive history," says George Pipas, the U.S. sales analyst for Ford Motor Co.</p><p>During the recession, automakers implemented some austerity measures, and millions of Americans held on to their old cars or waited as long as possible to buy.</p><p>Despite having to fight for every sale this year, many automakers made money -- even General Motors. That's primarily the result of the forced crash diet the industry was put on in 2008 when plants were shuttered and workers were laid off.</p><p><strong>Erasing Debt, Fiscal Discipline</strong></p><p>In the case of Chrysler and GM, massive debt was erased in bankruptcy.</p><p>Pipas says Ford wasn't the only one to toe the fiscal line this year. Almost without exception, automakers built only as many cars as needed, and they kept those profit-robbing incentives to a minimum.</p><p>"If you would have told me a few years ago that Ford could be profitable in an 11 million-sales year, I would have scoffed," he says. "I would not have been in the camp of believers."</p><p><strong>A Tough Year For Toyota</strong></p><p>Still, not every car company fared equally well. While Ford, Hyundai and Kia Motors improved their market share this year, GM and Honda's market share slipped.</p><p>But Toyota had the biggest fall from grace.</p><p>"They had 17 recalls and over several million vehicles, which is a record for them, and that really did a number on their sales for 2010," says Aaron Bragman, an analyst with IHS Automotive.</p><p><strong>Reason For Optimism</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Overall profits this year were good, and auto companies have reason for optimism in 2011.</p><p>Next year, it's likely that car sales will improve by at least 1 million or more. Inventories on dealer lots are already creeping up. In the old days, inventory buildup was a bad sign, Bragman says. But it may be warranted now.</p><p>"Especially if we see a good sales season for the Christmas season this year, I think a lot of that positive news could carry over into 2011 and that could start to impact vehicle sales very early on," he says.</p><p><strong>The Housing Market's Impact</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>But that doesn't mean a full recovery is ahead. As long as the housing market is dismal and unemployment remains high, car sales will undoubtedly suffer.</p><p>Meanwhile, automakers are preparing to kick off 2011 with the traditional bang at the Detroit Auto Show. They're hoping that thousands of consumers will see something they really like -- maybe enough to persuade them to trade in their old clunker for a new, shiny model. Copyright 2010 Michigan Radio. 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