News & Views » Columns

Metro Retro



Four years ago this week in Metro Times: Curt Guyette reports on the movement to adopt federal voting reforms. Thousands of demonstrators journeyed to Washington, D.C., the previous month to protest the inauguration of George W. Bush. Upon arrival they were given copies of the Voters' Bill of Rights, a 10-point program promoted by a coalition of progressive and reform groups. Among the coalition's goals: instant runoff voting, campaign finance reform, strict enforcement of voting rights and the abolition of the Electoral College. The Michigan Democratic Party places the elimination of punch-card voting systems high on its wish list. What was happening: The Wildbunch at the Gold Dollar.

Nine years ago this week in Metro Times: Jennifer Day recounts the dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian students who gather in two separate venues in and around Jerusalem to discuss what should be done not only to obtain peace but, perhaps more importantly, security for both sides. Students say that they see more radicalism if peace fails. Although they all agree to oppose terrorism and violence, Day reports that neither side heard the other. Nidaa Jaraar, a young Palestinian girl, says, "If the peace process explodes, it [violence] will go on for another 20 years. It will be the biggest loss of the rest of my life." What was happening: Atomic Numbers at 7th House.

21 years ago this week in Metro Times: Victoria Cross defends the $46 million People Mover project. All but a few officials and downtown boosters think that the project is nothing more than a multimillion-dollar boondoggle; a Detroit News editorial refers to the People Mover as "the mugger mover." Cross justifies the development (which was finished in 1987), citing its benefits as an economic catalyst and good downtown public transportation. Millions of people still go downtown every week, she says — the auto show boasted record attendance figures and Prince sold out Joe Louis Arena for a week. What was happening: Vertical Pillows at Paychecks.

Send comments to

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.