* It’s hard to find a new book about Detroit today that doesn’t dwell on the downfall of the city’s auto industry, but as a recent New York Times book review noted, David Maraniss’s “Once in a Great City” takes a close look at all aspects of Detroit in a time of prosperity – 1962 to 1964 – and examines both the city’s zenith as well as the seeds for what was to come in following decades.
* As for New York, even with so many modes of public transportation available there it will always have cars to ply its streets, and that means it will always have parking issues. As the Atlantic’s CityLab recently noted, one entrepreneur tried to solve those issues with his skyscraper parking garages, both of which still stand but now repurposed.
* The AACA’s recent Founder’s Tour stopped by Akron to pay a visit to the Goodyear blimp.
* Last weekend Greenfield Village in Dearborn once again hosted the Old Car Festival, with a wide variety of pre-1932 vehicles in attendance, as we can see from the report on Mac’s Motor City Garage.
* Finally, John Stalnaker’s big plan with his 1951 Studebaker Champion sedan is to drive it to 49 of the 50 states. The Vacaville Reporter didn’t note which state he plans to skip, nor did it say when he’s stopping by to see us here in Vermont.