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Meet CuriosiD - a series for the inquisitive. Our news team works with listeners like you to find answers to great questions about Detroit and the region. Are you curious about the Detroit region or the people who live here? </a>

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CuriosiD: We Answered All Your Questions About the Mile Road System
Over the years, listeners have been curious about Metro Detroit’s mile roads. Some have asked if they’re really one mile apart. Others wonder why some are not called “mile” roads. Angela Hoffman lives on Three Mile Drive and wants to know how her street got its name.
Aug 12, 2019
Holocaust Bones Find Resting Place in Massive Michigan Cemetery
A cemetery and final resting place for some of the most significant remains in Jewish history is the subject of the latest episode of WDET’s series CuriosiD.
Jul 18, 2019
Listeners Ask, Why Does DTW Have Those Giant Fans?
At Detroit Metro Airport – on the way to the McNamara [Mack-Nuh-MARE-uh] Terminal there’s a tunnel with large fans. Many travelers have wondered why the fans were there. Two WDET listeners contacted us to find out more. As part of the station’s CuriosiD series… WDET’s Laura Herberg looked into it with them.
Jun 26, 2019
CuriosiD: Why Isn't Google's Street View of Detroit Up-to-date?
I’m looking to transition to Detroit to start a new business and it’s difficult to determine the quality and density of the neighborhoods on Google Maps Street View because they haven’t been updated since 2013 and sometimes even longer. I’d like to know why that is. Why haven’t the maps been updated?
Jul 20, 2018
Why Does Michigan Avenue Have Brick Pavers?
WDET listener Dan Lombardo asks, why there are brick pavers at Michigan and Trumbull and if they are original or if they are something they redo every now and then.
Jul 03, 2018
Could Electric Cars Increase Pollution
As part of WDET's series CuriosID, a listener wonders if driving an electric car could actually create more pollution, since it would force power plants to generate more electricity to charge it, thereby generating more smog.
Feb 26, 2018
Rumor of a British Bomber Crash In a Detroit Neighborhood Haunts a Listener
A British plane had a catastrophic electrical failure over Canada while flying to a training mission in Nebraska on Oct.. 24, 1958.
Oct 24, 2017
Why Is Detroit Sometimes Called "The Paris of the Midwest?"
Detroit's French connection is more than 300 years old, but is the comparison a modern invention?
Sep 13, 2017
What is the History of Detroit’s Times Square?
“There used to be a Times Square in Detroit. I know there’s still a People Mover stop, and I know there’s a street, but there used to be an actual square. And I think it was named after the old newspaper, the Detroit Times, but where was the newspaper headquartered? And also, how big of a paper was the Times?”
Aug 22, 2017
How Did Detroit Become a Center for Arabs in the United States?
WDET listener Priya Ganji has a diverse group of friends of Arab heritage, and she’s noticed their family, religious and cultural traditions are sometimes different from her own and other Americans’. So the 14-year-old asked “How did the Arab community grow to be what it is today in Detroit?”
Aug 08, 2017
That Waterway in Detroit, Is it a Strait or a River?
Listener Bailey Townsend asks “Why is the Detroit River called ‘Detroit River’ when it’s actually a Strait?”
Jul 25, 2017
What’s Happened at the State Fairgrounds?
“I show American Saddlebred Horses and we used to have a couple big shows up here at the state fairgrounds which are no longer available. And it was very sad to see that the Michigan legislature decided not to pay for the maintenance of the coliseum and the grounds.
Jul 13, 2017
Lewis Cass, Michigan Governor, Architect of Indian Removal
A listener asks, "Are the many different Cass locations in Michigan named after Lewis Cass? Do people know how horrible he was?"
Jun 27, 2017
Was there busing in Detroit in the early 1960’s?
Listener Cheryl Pernell was intereted in examples of busing in Detroit Public Schools around 1963. Pernell was bused to Dossin Elementary for the 1st through 7th grades, instead of going to Ruthruff in her neighborhood.
Jun 20, 2017
Who Was John R?
“Why is it just ‘John R?’ Most people use the last name of a person, not the first name, and an initial, so, I always thought that was kind of strange. And also, who was John R., and why was the street named after him?”
May 30, 2017
Are There Salt Mines Under Detroit?
Yes, but other than miners, few people have ever seen the inside of them.
May 15, 2017
Who Were the Natives in Detroit?
“Who were the Native Americans* that lived in the Detroit region, and how did they interact with the Europeans who settled it?”
May 01, 2017
What’s That Smell?
What’s up with the Detroit incinerator? Where is it, what’s going on there, and why does it smell so much on certain days and not others?
Apr 10, 2017
Why are there 5 Grosse Pointes?
"Why are there five separate cities that are seemingly small size with the same basic name in the Grosse Pointes? I was trying to figure out if there was there some type of dispute over land or if they were controlled by families or something of that nature?”
Dec 06, 2016
What Happens to the Stuff I Recycle?
What happens to the stuff I recycle with the City of Detroit (curbside recycling)? Where and how is it sorted? Is it sold, and what happens to the money?
Oct 03, 2016
Why Doesn’t Detroit Have A Subway Or Elevated Rail?
A listener asked why there is no subway or elevated transportation in Detroit, and whether it was determined before or after the rise of the auto industry.
Aug 22, 2016
Who Chooses Detroit’s “Tax-Free” Renaissance Zones?
Who are the deciding parties when it comes to choosing Renaissance Zones (in Detroit), and what criteria do they use to choose them? What is the history of Renaissance Zones?
Aug 11, 2016
What’s the Origin of the Boston Cooler?
“I moved from Washington, D.C. to Detroit in the mid-’90. And I’ve always loved the root beer float and people said, ‘You have to try the Boston Cooler.’ So, I tried it and was like, ‘What’s the deal here? Why’s it called a Boston Cooler and not a ginger ale cooler or something like that? I’m just curious.”
Jul 25, 2016
Did Detroit Ever Have A ‘Gayborhood’?
A listener wonders if Detroit ever had a gay neighborhood.
Jul 11, 2016
Why Does a Private Company Own a Major U.S. Border Crossing?
How did the International Ambassador Bridge become privately held? It just seems that, like, two sovereign countries should be in charge of an international crossing, a really large international crossing?
Jun 20, 2016
What’s Up With All These Pheasants?
How have pheasants survived and thrived in the urban setting of Detroit, and have they always been here?
Jun 06, 2016
What’s the Story Behind the NBC Building in Midtown Detroit?
“I pass a tall old business building that appears to be empty now but it has a very decorative lintel over the entrance that has the capital letters N-B-C and I was wondering what that was and if it was the National Broadcasting Corporation or something else.” Terry Segal
May 23, 2016
What Are Water Towers Used for Today?
"I used to be from Lincoln Park and our hometown had a water tower. Why did we have it? Why did some cities have these huge water towers, and what did they use them for? " Carl Prunkard
May 09, 2016
Why Do Police “Shoot to Kill”?
“Why is it that sometimes police officers use lethal force and other times they don’t? How do they determine when?” asked listener David Ewick of Southfield.
Apr 21, 2016
Why isn’t there a Taco Bell downtown?
What franchisees look at when deciding on a fast food location. And what it means when they pick your part of town.
Jan 04, 2016
Why Are There Swastikas in Parts of Indian Village?
“Why are sidewalks in Indian Village stamped with Swastikas? The stamps are uniform and official, like a company laying the concrete made them. Do they predate the Nazi party in Germany? Are they associated with a company affiliated with the Nazi party? The sidewalks are clearly old, but I’m not sure they are date stamped to provide a clue.”
Dec 17, 2015
Where the Bodies are Buried … Beneath the Streets
Your favorite place in Detroit just may have bones buried under it from the early days.
Oct 30, 2015
How A 1900s Black Detroit Community Was Razed For A Freeway
An entire Detroit neighborhood vanished to make way for the future. Here’s Black Bottom’s story.
Oct 19, 2015
Where Did the Michigan Left Come From?
CuriosiD explores the history of the pesky, head-scratchingly prevalent traffic design known as a Michigan Left
Oct 05, 2015
Why is Detroit Auto Insurance SO Expensive?
This week’s CuriosiD tackles the question any Detroiter is asking - why is my auto insurance so expensive?
Sep 21, 2015
When Detroit was Armed with Nuclear Missiles
Listener Steven Gold remembers seeing a Nike missile base in Detroit as a kid. “Am I crazy?”
Aug 24, 2015
What was the 1932 Ford Hunger March?
This week’s installment of CuriosiD looks at 1930s Detroit poverty and the events surrounding the “Ford Massacre"
Aug 10, 2015
Do You Pronounce the Road Lahser or Lasher?
WDET investigates the confusion behind just how we should be saying and spelling Lahser Road.
Jul 27, 2015
Former Tenant of this Man’s Apartment Reformed the Auto Industry
Listener Josh Wilt’s asks, “What was the history of Norton Company located in Woodbridge?”
Jul 10, 2015
Who is Louis Stone in Detroit’s history?
WDET answers Joseph Kakos’ question, “Who was Louis Stone in Detroit’s history?”
Mar 15, 2015
The History of Detroit’s Water Works Park
Anna Sysling answers listener Barbara’s question about the Detroit water park’s history.
Nov 06, 2014
Why do Hamtramck and Highland Park exist inside the city of Detroit?
Lydia Whitehead asked WDET’s CuriosiD why Hamtramck and Highland Park exist inside the borders of Detroit.
Sep 19, 2014