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24 years ago this week in Metro Times: Jeanie Wylie asks just who controls Detroit city planning and what the public’s role is in the process. Residents south of Poletown fear for the future of their neighborhood after seeing their neighbors evacuated to make room for a General Motors assembly plant. Both residents of the neighborhood and city officials acknowledge that the area’s proximity to highways and railroads give it potential for development. Those involved in city planning are making sure to keep plans under wraps, and residents express concern that they have no control over city development. What was happening: Boners at the Meat Market.

11 years ago this week in Metro Times: Jack Lessenberry reveals the darker side of Ramiah Mario Jefferson, who became a hero after capturing the man who allegedly mugged Rosa Parks. However, an FBI agent sees Jefferson on TV and recognizes him as the driver of a getaway car in a bank heist. Jefferson soon pleads guilty to bank larceny but is released on bond for his heroic deed. When he is arraigned the next day, it is discovered that he owes $4,000 in child support, has 20 or so outstanding parking tickets and tests positive for cocaine. Jefferson apologizes for not being a perfect hero. What was happening: Ted Nugent’s Ninth Annual Whiplash Bash at Cobo Arena.

Nine years ago this week in Metro Times: Jam Rag publisher Tom Ness and a group called Michigan Music is World Class organize a rally outside three Detroit radio stations to say thanks for supporting local musicians. The organizers also hope to nudge programmers into creating short, all-local weekly radio shows. The demonstrations of support elicit various reactions from the three targeted stations: WDET, WRIF and WHYT. WDET General Manager Caryn Mathes is skeptical, saying, “Our experience has been that when you put in artificial programming, you tend to ghettoize by putting community service shows on Sunday at 5 a.m. when fewer people are listening.” What was happening: Suicide Machines at the Magic Stick.

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