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23 years ago this week in Metro Times: Helen Zia reports on the murky future of downtown Detroit’s Old County Building, the Roman baroque edifice adorned with John Massey Rhind’s “Victory and Progress,” a 20-foot-tall bronze statuary. Preservationists hope the proud structure can be saved. As of 2005, the building remains, but Rhind’s sculptures sit in a Michigan Avenue warehouse awaiting restoration. What was happening: The Lords of the New Church at Ann Arbor’s Second Chance.

10 years ago this week in Metro Times: Reporting on the first 500 days of NAFTA, David Bacon reviews claims that the agreement would create 100,000 jobs, finding that its biggest booster can only document 535 jobs created by it in all of 1994. In 500 days, the U.S. Department of Labor receives more than 68,000 applications for NAFTA-related adjustment assistance from laid-off workers. What was happening: Luna and Mercury Rev at Alvin’s

Eight years ago this week in Metro Times: Ann Mullen examines the aftermath of July’s tornadoes, which slashed through Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. The article finds that many applying for assistance from FEMA were denied eligibility or given meager assistance, prompting some to question “FEMA’s ability to serve urban communities, particularly ones like Detroit and Highland Park where many residents were barely getting by before the storm.” What was happening: Beth Lisick at the Gold Dollar.

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