Stateside: Budget negotiations stalled by roads; ticky-tacky apartments; pawpaw coladas

Sep 13, 2019

Today on Stateside, after signs that a compromise on road funding might be on the horizon, negotiations over the state budget between Republican lawmakers and the governor stall again. Plus, Michigan food isn’t known for its tropical flavors, but we’ve got a cocktail might convince you otherwise.

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After signs of road funding compromise, budget talks stall again

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer says we need an additional $2 billion dollars each year to fix the roads. Governor Snyder said Michigan needed a similar increase when he was in office. Republican lawmakers current budget proposes just $500 million in new money for the roads.
  • We talk about that and other sticking points on the state budget with Governor Gretchen Whitmer and State Representative Shane Hernandez, chair of the House appropriations committee.

Photographer captures Detroit’s gargoyles and other architectural creatures in new book

  • Many people never notice the silent stone faces keeping vigil over the city of Detroit. But one new book exposes them, studies them, presents them, and explains them. The book is Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City. We talk to author Jeff Morrison about documenting the silent statues watching over the Motor City.

Cheers! How about a pawpaw colada?

  •  The paw paw is sometimes known as the Michigan banana. It’s the only native tropical fruit in North America. And as, it turns out, it makes for a pretty great cocktail. Tammy Coxen of Tammy's Tastings has a “pawpaw colada” to toast to the brief pawpaw season.

Why so many modern “ticky-tacky” apartments all look just the same

  • If you feel like you’ve seen quite a few apartment buildings that appear to be more or less identical pop up over the past few years, you’re not alone. Justin Fox is a columnist with Bloomberg. He explains his reporting on the rise of the "ticky-tacky" apartment.
  • Kit McCollough is a lecturer at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She explains how zoning influences the design of buildings in any given city, and why so many people find these “ticky tacky” apartments visually unappealing.

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