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Stateside: Rep. Dingell on Democratic debates; dollar store expansion; ticky-tacky apartments

Aug 1, 2019

Today on Stateside, U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell on what Democrats need to do if they want to win Michigan in 2020. Plus, why so many modern apartment buildings across the state — and the nation — look so much alike. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Rep. Dingell: Democrats can’t repeat 2016 mistakes if they want to win in 2020

  • The second night of debate among the Democrats vying to become their party’s nominee for president was held in Detroit Wednesday night. U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 12th congressional district. She shares her takeaways from the debates, which candidates stood out to her, and what she thinks Democrats have to do if they want to win Michigan in 2020.

What’s behind the rapid growth of Dollar General stores in Michigan?

  • Small towns across the nation are noting an explosion of dollar stores in their communities. In 2010, there were 246 Dollar General stores in Michigan. Now, there are more than 500. Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Chad Livengood has reported on how this expansion is playing out in rural Michigan. He explains Dollar General's business strategy, their impact on locally-owned businesses, and how municipalities are responding. 

Why so many modern “ticky-tacky” apartments all look just the same

  • If you feel like you’ve seen quite a few apartment buildings that appear to be more or less identical pop up over the past few years, you’re not alone. Justin Fox is a columnist with Bloomberg. He explains the rise of the "ticky-tacky" apartment. 
  • Kit McCollough is a lecturer at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She explains how zoning influences the design of buildings in any given city, and why so many people find these “ticky tacky” apartments visually unappealing.

Howes: Ford’s emissions agreement about business, not politics

  • The Trump administration wants to cut fuel-economy targets and strip California of an exemption that allows the state to set its own admissions standards. But there are some automakers who are basically ignoring what President Trump wants. Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes breaks down the deal four major auto companies struck with California, and the potential political reprisals these automakers might face from President Trump. 

The Heidelberg Project isn't going anywhere — it's evolving

  • Conversation has been buzzing for a while about the possible closure and removal of the long-standing Heidelberg Project. The organization in charge of the art installation on Detroit’s East Side says it isn’t going anywhere, but its mission is evolving and expanding. Its new chapter starts Thursday with the opening of a new headquarters on Heidelberg Street. Michigan Radio’s Katie Raymond brings us this story.

Dem debate in Detroit was big, and long, and hardly anyone got to speak 

  • The two nights of debate among the 20 Democratic candidates for president in Detroit this week disappointed a lot of people. They wanted more substance, more talk about issues important to them, and fewer rehearsed “gotcha” moments. Michigan Radio’s Zoe Clark and Michigan Public Radio Network Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta joined Stateside to recap highlights from the debates, including the policy solutions candidates offered for people in Michigan. 

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