Candy Cane or Coal?

Santa has kept a watchful eye on metro Detroit all year, and now he’s ready to divulge who’s been naughty and who’s been nice



Published:

A CANDY CANE TO...

The Detroit Tigers, for clinching their division title for the second year in a row, then making it to the World Series.

U.S. District Judge Paul D. Borman, for ruling Secretary of State Ruth Johnson could not require voters to indicate citizenship before voting.

Midtown Detroit Inc., for staging Dlectricity.

• The founders of Stik.com, for moving their company from San Francisco to downtown’s M@dison Building.

Lear Corp. and General Motors Company, for being among the donors who helped pledge $15 million to keep 17 Detroit rec centers open.

• Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, for standing up to Robert Ficano.

Pure Michigan, for its award-winning ad campaign. The Pure Michigan brand was created by McCann-Erickson’s Birmingham office.

• Three candy canes to Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera, for becoming the 10th Triple Crown winner in Major League Baseball.

Gov. Rick Snyder, for proposing additional state troopers to increase law enforcement in Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, and Saginaw.

Quicken Loans, for pulling its advertising from Rush Limbaugh following the cruel on-air language Limbaugh used to describe Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.

• Nine-year-old Detroiter Joshua Smith, who sold lemonade, fruit punch, and popcorn over the summer, then donated the proceeds to the City of Detroit, primarily to keep parks maintained. Joshua raised more than $3,000 and was a given a Spirit of Detroit award from city council.

Chrysler Group LLC, for having a sterling sales year.

Detroit funeral directors, for organizing a mock funeral last January to bring attention to rampant killings in the city.

• Wayne State University and President Allan Gilmour, for toughening the school’s admissions standards.

The Detroit Red Wings, who made NHL history by winning 23 straight home games.

Kid Rock, for donating $250,000 to the Detroit Historical Museum for an interactive music-history project chronicling 100 years of Detroit’s music.

• Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, for going to the Birmingham Community House (for a WDET-FM sponsored event) to hear what it would take for suburbanites to move to Detroit. Instead of fostering city/suburb antipathy, Pugh kept an open mind.

Whole Foods, for starting construction on a store in Midtown Detroit that’s scheduled to open in 2013. It’s expected to hire about 75 employees.

Community groups and businesses that planted 700 sunflowers last spring on Woodward Avenue between Six and Eight Mile roads.

Chrysler Group, for moving 70 employees into downtown Detroit’s Dime Building.

• Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, for donating six tickets to a Lions-Bears game in Chicago to a Mott Children’s Hospital auction. Then he ponied up $15,000 to buy them back at auction, only to give them to a Mott patient and her family.

The Knight Foundation, for investing $20 million in Detroit’s arts and cultural organizations.

 

A LUMP OF COAL TO...

• Federal Court defendant Kwame Kilpatrick, whose mere presence is a painful reminder of his scandalous years as Detroit mayor.

Brooks Patterson, for not wearing a seatbelt.

• Former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, for his strange implosion that resulted in a special election at taxpayer expense.

Matty Moroun. Gee, where do we start? Oh, yeah, his Ambassador Bridge company, for holding the U.S. side of the international crossing hostage.

“Big Bob” Bashara, for making us all want to take a long, hot shower.

Michigan lawmakers, for approving a bill to include noisier and more dangerous fireworks. (Also, a lump of coal to Gov. Rick Snyder, for signing the legislation.) The bill passed overwhelmingly in the House and Senate, but some legislators are reviewing it after a particularly ear-blasting summer.

Charles Pugh, for flaunting his six-pack abs as a vain, albeit health-oriented, distraction while the city was in crisis mode, and for berating an Automotive News intern on Twitter.

Detroit City Council, for its knee-jerk combative stance on nearly everything.

Kid Rock, for violating state law by smoking a cigar at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren.

• Detroit Tiger outfielder Delmon Young, for his booze-fueled anti-Semitic rant and assault in New York City in April. Major League Baseball suspended him for seven days.

• Activist Malik Shabazz, for ranting during a town meeting that if the state took control of Detroit’s woeful finances, “we will burn it down first.”

Gov. Rick Snyder, for signing legislation making helmets optional for motorcyclists. Why not repeal the seat-belt law for auto drivers and child-safety seat requirements? Live dangerously!

Ted Nugent, for his inflammatory comments about President Obama. Nugent said he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected.

State Rep. Tom McMillin, for suggesting that the DIA should get rid of its “deceptive advertising” in its millage campaign. In August, voters in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties approved the millage.

• Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade McCree, for texting a shirtless photo of himself to a female court bailiff. The bailiff’s husband discovered the photo on his wife’s phone and filed a formal complaint against McCree.

• Former Troy Mayor Janice Daniels (who was recalled by voters Nov. 6), for using derogatory language critical of gay marriage on her personal Facebook page and for characterizing “the homosexual lifestyle” as “dangerous” during a town meeting.

• Former Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr., who resigned following allegations of affairs with subordinates. At press time, an investigation continued into Godbee’s improprieties.

Edit Module
Edit Module

Hour Detroit Magazine

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

An Hour With ... Richard Broder

Owner and CEO, Broder & Sachse Real Estate Inc.

The Way it Was

Packard Motor Car Company, 1912

Introducing the Nordin Brothers: The Duo Behind the Detroit Design Center

You may not know their names, but chances are, you've seen their art

Meet the Makers: Pingree Detroit

The brand is employing veterans to craft upcycled leather totes and journals

There's No Stopping Jill Jack

The Award-winning Detroit musician releases her 12th album — and starts a new artist development company
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Why Abdul El-Sayed's Run for Governor Is for Real
    Can a political rookie from Michigan become America's first Muslim governor?
  2. Female Entrepreneurs Are Staking Their Claim in Detroit
    These three women-owned businesses are unstacking the deck
  3. Michigan’s Craft Distilleries Are Setting Their Sights on Bourbon
    Proof that the best things require patience
  4. Inside the Resurrected Takoi
    The restaurant has survived arson and controversy to claim a top spot in Detroit's culinary scene
  5. The Era of Autonomous Vehicles May Be Here Sooner than Expected
    What does that mean for Detroit's legacy automakers?
  6. Introducing the Nordin Brothers: The Duo Behind the Detroit Design Center
    You may not know their names, but chances are, you've seen their art
  7. The Faces of Michigan Wine: Josh Morgan
    To say that 2017 was a pivotal year for Josh Morgan would be putting it mildly.
  8. Meet the Makers: Pingree Detroit
    The brand is employing veterans to craft upcycled leather totes and journals
  9. It's Game On for Detroit's 'Bar Arcade' Scene
    M-Brew, Pop + Offworld, and Ready Player One pair microbrews with retro video games
  10. What You Need to Know About Oil and Gas Drilling in the Suburbs
    Energy companies are staking out new territory in metro Detroit