Anything of real value has been stripped from the Silverdome, but the owners believe it's worth $30 million, 51 times what they paid for the arena in 2009.

People Who Bought Pontiac Silverdome For $583K Now Asking $30M For Run-Down Arena

The Pontiac Silverdome hasn’t played home to the Detroit Lions since 2002; the Pistons fled 27 years ago. Aside from a handful of one-off events, it’s basically gone unused for most of the last decade, with much of its few remaining assets recently auctioned off. And yet the company that paid only $583,000 for the arena at a 2009 auction are now asking for a whopping $30 million. [More]

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Michigan High School Baseball Team Stranded In Florida After Spirit Cancels Flight

Just two days ago the American Customer Satisfaction Index revealed that Spirit Airlines was the worst when it comes to, well, customer satisfaction, and it seems the airline is wasting no time in confirming that it earned its low scores. Just ask the Michigan high school baseball team that had to fork over thousands of dollars for a chartered bus after being told they would have to wait an extra week to rebook their canceled Spirit flight. [More]

Northland Center - the nation's oldest shopping mall - is set to close. (Google Street View)

Detroit-Area Shopping Center Goes From Nation’s Oldest Mall To Nation’s Newest Dead Mall

If you spend much time on Consumerist, then you’re probably aware of the current sad state of the world’s malls; from the former largest mall in the world being demolished to those full of fish or snow covered, it isn’t exactly a pretty picture. Today, we learn that another historic shopping center will soon trade in its purported title as the nation’s first regional shopping mall for that of the latest “dead mall.” [More]

In addition to the many, many ads for Comcast during the hour-long video, the company is a named sponsor on the video's title cards.

Detroit Business Owner Unhappy To Be Featured In “Bullsh*t Comcast-Powered Sh*tfest” Video

Imagine you own a business that’s gotten some good press for the work you do. Now imagine finding some of that press repurposed into a video sponsored by a company that you really, really dislike, and which is trying to spend billions of dollars to dump your entire area off into the hands of a brand new company that may be even worse. [More]

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Man Desperate To Sell Home Will Accept An iPhone 6 For It

With a house languishing on the market in Detroit, one homeowner who claims he paid way too much in 2010 — $41,000 — is so desperate to unload the property, he’s willing to give it up for a song. Let me clarify: This “song” comes in a white box and makes phone calls, connects to the Internet… Okay, it’s an iPhone 6, and that’s all he’s asking for. [More]

This elephant is not dead. (Mike Matney Photography)

There’s A Dead Elephant Buried At This Dead Mall

Someday in the far future, the fortunes of suburban Detroit might improve, and someone will redevelop the site of Summit Place Mall in Waterford, Michigan. When that happens, the new owners may excavate the site and wonder what the skeleton of an elephant is doing in suburban Detroit. That will be a very good question. [More]

Detroit Selling Foreclosed Homes For $1,000 In City’s Latest Attempt To Rebuild

Detroit Selling Foreclosed Homes For $1,000 In City’s Latest Attempt To Rebuild

Neighborhoods in Detroit are in for some extreme, and much needed, renovations. In an effort to rehabilitate neighborhoods and get occupants into previously foreclosed properties, the city is auctioning off properties for as little as $1,000 starting next month. [More]

Bus Tour Shuttling Suburban Christmas Shoppers Away From The Malls And Into Detroit

Bus Tour Shuttling Suburban Christmas Shoppers Away From The Malls And Into Detroit

Detroit has been having a tough go of it for a long time now, with a judge just recently ruling it’s eligible for the bankruptcy it filed for in July. In an effort to infuse the city with more holiday spirit and all the holiday dollars that go along with Christmas shopping, a guided bus excursion is ferrying shoppers from the ‘burbs back into the city. [More]

Company Markets Stun Gun iPhone Case In Detroit, Where It Would Be Illegal To Use

Company Markets Stun Gun iPhone Case In Detroit, Where It Would Be Illegal To Use

A company that sells iPhone cases that double as low-powered stun guns has selected Detroit as a target market, disregarding the fact that such a device appears to be illegal in Michigan. [More]

Was Detroit’s Singing Hot Dog Guy Fired Because He Hates Ketchup, Or For Just Being Annoying?

Was Detroit’s Singing Hot Dog Guy Fired Because He Hates Ketchup, Or For Just Being Annoying?

For more than a decade, he’s scaled the steps of Comerica Park in Detroit, selling hot dogs to Tigers fans and occasionally busting out in song to hawk his wares. Then last week, he was given the boot by the stadium’s foodservice contractor. Some say it was because of his too-harsh stance against ketchup on hot dogs. Others say it was just because fans finally got sick of his singing. [More]

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Woman Who Let Detroit Keep Her Tax Refund Rewarded With $5,300 Bill From The City

We believe in unicorns and ghosts, but someone voluntarily letting a city keep her tax refund? Yes, such a person really exists, but somehow her act of goodwill toward the city of Detroit has been turned into an ordeal of vastly annoying proportions. The city now claims that she actually owes it $5,300. Good thing she’s kept up on her personal paperwork. [More]

Comcast Now Testing Prepaid Cable Service, But With No Sports Channels Or HD

Comcast Now Testing Prepaid Cable Service, But With No Sports Channels Or HD

Earlier this year, Comcast started testing prepaid Internet service for consumers in the Philadelphia area. Now the nation’s cable provider is trying out a prepaid (non-HD) TV service that offers a few dozen channels (but no ESPNs, Nickelodeon, or MTV) and costs anywhere from $15/week to $45/month. [More]

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Foreclosed-Upon Homeowner On The Hook For Squatters Because BofA Won’t Assume Title To House

UPDATE: Bank of America now gives Consumerist its side of the story, saying it could not foreclose on the property because the homeowner had filed for bankruptcy. [More]

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Woman Sues TSA, FBI, Frontier Airlines After Being Detained & Strip-Searched

Back on Sept. 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, an Ohio woman was one of three people detained by authorities at Detroit Metro Airport, where she claims she was strip-searched and held without cause for four hours. [More]

A lack of bells for Detroit.

Detroit To Lose Again When Everyone Else Gets Free World Series Taco Bell Tacos

With the Phillies nowhere near the baseball postseason, the only reason I’ve been watching the World Series is to add to my Ken Rosenthal bow tie Pinterest page and to see which player would be the first to steal a base and thereby win free Taco Bell tacos for the entire nation. [More]

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Homeowner Has To Share House With Squatter Because Police Can’t Do Anything

A couple years back, a woman in Detroit thought it would be a great idea to snap up a house for $23,000, but after a series of unexpected twists, that homeowner and her 1-year-old daughter are now sharing that house with a squatter who refuses to leave because she says she has a lien against the house. [More]

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MGM Grand In Legal Fight With Michigan Over “Virtual Beer Pitchers”

If you’re splitting a pitcher of beer between pals and you’re all imbibing at a decent enough rate, the beer in said pitcher will stay reasonably fresh. But how about a device that lets you buy a pitcher’s worth of beer, but only pours it out when you want more to drink? The folks at the MGM Grand Detroit think it’s a pretty cool idea. Unfortunately, the state of Michigan seems to think it would violate the state’s ban on alcohol vending machines. [More]

Detroit Sneaker Store Offers Free Nikes To Kids Who Show Up For School

Detroit Sneaker Store Offers Free Nikes To Kids Who Show Up For School

October 3 is Student Count Day in Detroit. A headcount will be made of all the kids in school that day, and that figure will be used to determine state and federal funding. It will also earn free sneakers for every student who decides to show up. [More]