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David Whitney Building Hosted Dinner Shindig Last Night

Downtown— Been to a Clandestdine dinner in Detroit yet? Well at least you can enjoy the photos from one. Last night the David Whitney Building, which is under redevelopment into hotel/condos, hosted dinner guests paying $100 a plate to the invite-only fundraiser. The Clandestine dinner series happens from time to time in Detroit buildings that are not quite ready for public consumption, ie, they are vacant. The cool part is the feeling of an all-access pass to a place you are not really supposed to be in, plus a sumptuous multi-course dinner. The downside tends to be the next-day hangover. At least in our personal research. [CurbedWire Inbox]

West Village— It seems yesterday's Curbed link to a certain article in the The Findlay Courier sent a few of our commenters over to that site to voice opinions on Michael Mallet, the buyer/scrapper of the Van Dyke Mansion. At least one Courier comment that we know of was rather comically rejected.

Here follows an email forward. You will do best to read bottom to top.

----Forwarded Message----
From: [redacted]
To: [redacted]
Sent: Mon, Jun 18, 2012 5:45 PM EDT
Subject: RE: Your comments at

Fair point. My recommendation to you, as a journalistic entity, is to fully investigate your local citizen's recent actions in Detroit. I think, without roaming anywhere near the realm of libel, you might discover Mr Mallet's actions were both "devious" and "predatory" (tearing out a landmark historic property's limestone ((along with who knows what else)) without any building permit or permission, like some kind of high seas pirate or primitive anarchist) and "moronic" for thinking he could get actually away with it. Covering this story responsibly might engage, educate and entertain your readers, selling papers and advertising while simultaneously proving that modern journalism had something resembling integrity.

Respectfully. [redacted]

On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 5:15 PM EDT [redacted] wrote:

Calling Mr. Mallett "devious" and a "predatory moron" are libelous terms that are also legally judgmental of those who have not been convicted of a crime. Both of these are in violation of the User Agreement , which you agree to when posting on our site.

Thank you for inquiring and I hope this helps answer your question.

Multimedia editor
The Courier/ Findlay Publishing Co.

From: [redacted]
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: Your comments at


From: ""
To: [redacted]
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 10:41 PM
Subject: Your comments at

Dear [redacted]
The comment that you posted to our website ( has been rejected

Comment Details
Article: Mike Mallett: A passion for downtown buildings

Comment Title: Thanks!

Mike Mallett's devious plans to tear down, scrap, and deconstruct one of Detroit's most historic homes, breaking the law and basically revealing him to be the worst of predatory morons to prey upon our motor city, would be entertaining if he was not so gross, sad and evil. Thanks for showing us how awful Ohio residents can be.

David Whitney Building

1 Park Avenue, , MI 48226