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The M .ichigan Daily - Wednesday,O ctober ,2008

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statement rule 139: If
you're registering-
Magazine Editor: people to vote,
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Editor in Chief:
Andrew Grossman appointed when
Managing Editor: people say they
Gabe Nelson are already regis-
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Chanel Von Habsburg- Don't complain
Lothringen about being busy.
Junk Drawer: We have too
Brian Tengel much work to do
Center spread design: to listen to your
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Daily's news magazine, distrib- E-mail rule submissions ta
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academic year.

Inconvenient eats
Kara Morris I Daily Staff Writer

While many near- campus restaurants vie for student
customers by accommodating their strange eating schedules,
a few refuse to bend to the call for convenience. Are these
limited-hour eateries worth your time?

THE EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK with GABE NELSON
A look at the big news events this week and how important they really are.
Conveniently rated from one to10.

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BANISHING OBAMA FAITHFUL
Citing complaints of partisan conduct by volunteers,
University Housing briefly banned a student group from
signing up voters in residence halls. The decision has
since been reversed, but it might have raised more of
an uproar if everyone weren't so sick of being propo-
sitioned by cheerful Obama supporters everyfifteen
minutes. Yes, I'm registered. Yes, I'm registered in Ann
Arbor. Yes, I'm registered at my current address, so
leave me alone already. Iftyou don't wipe that smile off
yourface, I'll vote independent.
WAR OF WORDSMITHS
The head judge of the panel that selects the winner
of the Nobel Prize for literature told a reporter earlier
this week that American authors are too insular and
ignorant to compete with European authors for the
prize, one of the most prestigious literature awards
i the world. He'llregret saying thatnext timetEurope
needs America to save them from fascists, and the
whole U.S. cabinet sits there twiddling their thumbs
and reading John Updike or Philip Roth. See what I did
there? That's called irony. Screw you, Europe.
HOMECOMING GOES GREEN
If you haven't noticed- and you probably haven't -
it's Homecoming Week. This year, the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly chose the theme "Go Blue, Live Green,
bringing in environment-focused speakers and cancel-
ing the traditional parade to avoid spewing exhaust.
Conservation is important, but it seems all we ever
hear on this campus anymore is eco-trendy dogma. If
MSA really wants to fight climate change, I can think
of a few major sources of hot air right on campus with
which they're quite familiar.

FRANK'S RESTAURANT singled
The
334 Maynard Street te atm
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. America
with ati
In this nondescript Maynard thouge
Street diner, any customer still sitting through
at atable at 2:45 p.m. is given a direct Greek o
remindertof the restaurant's hours and tom
of operation. Down your coffee. It's The.
time to go. Greek di,
Yet, it isn't hard to pardon the can stap
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. hours at Frank's chicken
Restaurant. Walk in and you'll mine- lucky, P
diatelyfeel the humble, old-fashioned Greek fa
natore ot Pete Poulos's tamily diner. you're lu
"I'm old," Poulos said, explain- Whe
ing that he can't keep the hours he eyed the
used to. ers to m
The native oftGreece bought the oftmyom
restaurant from his brother-in-law and sag
Frank in 1973, and ever since has well-cri
taken pride in cooking everything Poul
himself. tamily
"I'm happy ta be here each day," sthy
he said, showing me his cllectiont s asrthey
letters and post cardstfrom past visi- genuine
tors who love his cooking. Last week, by Frani
he received three new postcards in a
DETROIT
From Page 5B
is much more racially mixed.
"Detroit in a lot of ways is friend-
lier than Ann Arbor, Palazzolo said.
"People say 'hi' to you on the street.
A lot of people-find that once they
live here for a while they start to
know everybody."
ROOM TO GROW
This is not a stoiy about Kwame
Kilpatrick or common crime, urban
blight or SWAT-team raids of after-
hours parties. These things exist in
Detroit - it would be unfair to pre-
tend they don't. But to ignore what
else is going on outside the city's
more sensational stories would be
to fall into the dramatic suburban
conception of Detroit as a city where
good rarely happens.
"We need various forms of alter-
native media," Yakini said. "People
only get a part of the picture. There
is crime in Detroit; 'people that live
here are impacted by crime. But
there are many other realities out
there that you don't iear about."
Emily Linn, 30, csnes from a
multi-generational family of native
Detroiters. Since graduating from

ay.
diner's menu is as casual as
osphere. You'll find a mostly
in breakfast andlunch menu
ew Greek dishes dispersed
out. There's a feta cheese
imata oliveGreek salad or a
melet with gyros meat, feta
atoes.
daily specials advertise a few
ishes and a couple ofAmeri-
ples like Poulos's homemade
noodle soup. Iftyou're really
oulos might pull out an old
ivorite for you - but only if
icky.
n I sat down at Poulos's bar, I
e french toast ofttwo custom-
y right and placed an order
wn. Sprinkled with cinnamon
ar, the dish is airy inside but
sped around the edges.
os treats his customers like
wishing them a "good day"
depart. If you're lookingfor
ble flapjacks and a bit of
conversation, be sure to stop
ks.

LE DOG
410 East Liberty Street
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday
Operating out ofta conspicuous
red shack adjacent to a houseon
Liberty Street, Le Dog is an enigma
to many passers-by. Its titletfood,
the hotdog, is a staple oftthe rushed
lunch. What kind of hot dog stand
can afford to close its doors to the
desperately hungry after just three
hours?
The secretof Le Dog's success is
a rotating menu packed with comfort
food and a price that's right at around
five to seven dollars a meal.
But ordering at Le Dog means
adhering to strict stipulations. Only
cash is accepted. And stern signs
warning against talking on your cell
phone is evocativetof the Soup Nazi
from "Seinfeld."
The soup selection is the main

reason Le Dogneed notcaterto
customers' desire for convenience.
Offering six to eight soups a day,
Le Doghas trained its clientele to
memorize the weekly rotations and
schedule meals accordingly. The
cult followingof the lobster bisque,
availableonly Thursday and Friday, is
a prime exampleof Le Dog's hold on
its customers.
But Le Dog's everyday selections
have followers, too. Jules Van Dyck-
Domos, the stand'sowner, recom-
mended I try his Gypsy Grill, a spicy
sausage dressed in hot sauce atop a
bed ofgarlic-mashed potatoes. The
sauce, which tastes slightlyof bar-
becue sauce, has a salsa consistency
and is brilliantly packed with chopped
tomatoes, peppers and onions.
Some may complain about the
inconsistencyof the menu, but it's
ultimately the charm hole-in-the-wall
that always leaves the customer
wanting more. I know I'll go backfor
another fix.

the University in 2000 and moving
back to Detroit, she's spent summers
working in Paris and New York,
but always finds herself returning
home.
"It sounds cheesy, but I do think
it's an especially exciting time to
be in Detroit," said Linn, who runs
a small business called City Bird
with brother (and 2006 University
grad) Andy. "I was in New York for
four months this summer, and I love
New York, but it also made me re-
appreciate the things I like about
Detroit. Abigpartisthere are alotof
opportunities to do your own thing
or start things, and a great need."
The city's lack of people has cre-
ated a number of problems, obvious
as the boarded-up buildings visible
from the safety of your car. On the
flip side, all of this extra, empty
space - physical in terms of hous-
ing, as well as space for ideas and
innovation - presents opportuni-
ties not available elsewhere.
"If you do have a good idea in
Detroit,because the city is sostarved
for good ideas, you might not know
what to do with all of the traffic that
your good idea produces," VanDyke
said. "It's a good problem to have,
which you probably wtouldn't find in
New York City."

Growing up in the Dallas-Forth
Worth area, VanDyke said he didn't
feel any specific geographic alle-
giance after graduation, and stayed
at the University for a masters in
urban planning, to pursue trans-
portation activism. Now, as part of
a collective, he operates a bicycle
shop, The Hub of Detroit, and non-
profit bicycle education programs,
Back Alley Bikes.
"People sometimes ask me, 'Oh,
you got a masters degree in urban
planning, and you work at a bike
shop. Do you ever think of work-
ing in the field?' " he said. "But I am
working in the field. I'm 'shifting
the modal split,' but I'm doing it one
14-year-old kid at a time."
Campaigning for transporta-
tion change in a city like Seattle, for
example, with already established
bike lanes, wouldn't be the same.
"Your social capital investment
has a way better return in Detroit,"
Van Dyke said. "If the city of Detroit
has all these bike lane dreams, well,
they're going to need some educa-
tional and participatory resources
to allow people to use those kinds of
bikes at least."
WHAT IT MEANS
Whether you're conscious of it or

not, moving to the city becomes part
of the reversal effort, or what Alan
Ehrenhaltcalled"demographicinver-
sion" in an article this summer in The
New Republic. Chicago was Ehren-
halt's contemporary example of sub-
urbanites moving back to the urban
center, a city to which Detroit is often
compared, for better or for worse.
"There's sort of a generational
shift away from living in the suburbs
to living in the cities," Kurashige
said. "People want tobe more envi-
ronmentally conscious, people are
interested in both ethnic and cul-
tural diversity in terms of their
activities ... I think because Detroit's
population declined so quickly and
the suburbs expanded exponentially,
a lot of the sense of community was.
lost. (It's) a connection and a sense of
wholeness that people who are part
of the suburbs are yearning for."
Ehrenhalt echoed urbanist Jane
Jacobs and the goals of most urban
planners when he wrote about
American dreams of a "24/7" down-
town, "a place where people live as
well as work, and keep.the streets
busy, interesting, and safe at all
times of day." Part of the reason
why density is returningto formerly
sparse city centers, according to
Ehrenhalt, is becarise "the youthful

AFTERNOON DELK
215 East Liberty Street
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Monday through Sunday
You might be wondering w
restaurant with the tagline "It's
for you... Anytime" is onlyopen
3 p.m.
But with the lucrative cater
of Afternoon Delight accountin
50 percent of revenue, owneriT
Hackettsaid he doesn't feel thi
to corner any of the dinner mar
"We've got people working
around the clock," he said. "Thi
too many restaurants in Ann A
competefor a dinner spot"
It's cleartfrom their large sa
wich, salad and breakfast selec
that the restaurant aims to be t
perfect brunch place and nothi
more. With more than 35 sandy
that come with a complimenta
to the salad bar, anyone who w
variety and creativitytfor lessit
will be pleased.
The menu features severalc

GHT hall staples, butquality ingredients
make the difference. The classic
grilled cheese sandwich is trans-
formed by swiss and cheddar cheeses
melted between slices of grilled
sourdough.
hy a The complimentary salad is too
good good tobe free, featuring more
until than a dozen unexpected options
like matzo bread, artichoke hearts,
ing side pears, roasted garlic and orange-
g for infused balsamic vinegar.
om Overall quality of the food was
e need average. Although my Reuben was
ket. stacked high with corned beef, the
pumpernickel bread was soggy and
ere are sauerkraut portion too small.
rbor to All desserts are homemade.
Look for the carrot cake, which is
nd- prepared with shredded carrots,
tions pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg
he and topped with a smooth cream
ng cheese frosting. It's big enough to
wiches serve-2 to 3 so at $1.95 it's a tasty
ry trip deal.
'ants ' Is this campus caf6 worth its
han $10 odd hours? With a variety and some
novelty, it's at least an inexpensive
dining way to appease a lunch date.
urban elites" of today are looking for
something like this, an experience
"vastly more interesting than the
cul-de-sac world they grew up in."
University urban planning Prof.
Christopher Leinberger, in his book
The Option of Urbanism, suggests
that the number of downtown resi-
dents depends on supply more than
demand. If both Ehrenhalt and
Leinberger are right, a two-way
pipeline between Ann Arbor and
Detroit may someday show Detroit
to be more than a textbook tale of
deindustrialization.
"Detroit is not going to get bet-
ter without people investing in it,"
Palazzolo said.
At the very least, a different con-
sciousness,will expose more young
people to substance beyond the
newspaper headlines organizations
like Detroit Summer, the ananual
People's Arts Festival at Russell
Industrial Center, Friday nights at
D'Mongo's.
"It feels like even in the last cou-
ple of years, there are a lot more kids
from U of M that are starting to go
down to Detroit," Notorianni said.
"You sort of need them to be stew-
ards to the city, take others down
and show them around, and show
them what this city is all about.

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