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How did Detroit’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade begin?
Nov01

How did Detroit’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade begin?

This year marks Detroit’s 89th-annual America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Detroit Historical Society’s Web site (www.detroithistorical.org) recounts how it all began nearly a century ago.   The first parade rolled down Woodward Avenue in 1924, corresponding with the first-ever Macy’s parade in New York City.   In Detroit’s case, the event was founded by the J.L Hudson department store (Hudson’s). That historic first...

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Motor City Facts
Sep01

Motor City Facts

What’s the origins story of the Detroit Lions?   Fresh from their wildcard playoff appearance last season, the Detroit Lions roar back into action at Ford Field for the 2015 National Football League regular season this month. But how did the boys in Honolulu blue ever start sporting a lion on their helmets. Have no fear; Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) offers some insight on the home team’s humble beginnings. It begins in 1929 when...

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Motor City Fast Facts
Aug01

Motor City Fast Facts

What’s the history behind Eastern Market?   The six-block Eastern Market featuring more than 250 independent vendors has been a Detroit destination since 1891. The market’s rich history is recounted on the Eastern Market Corporation Web site (www.detroiteasternmarket.com) in an article by Ed Deeb, tracing back to the very beginning when the Detroit Farmer’s Market started at Cadillac Square in 1841, located east of Woodward...

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Looking for the next Lindell A.C.
Aug01

Looking for the next Lindell A.C.

It’s only a bullet-point on the resume, but nearly a decade of work in downtown Detroit netted something that lasted long after the office cubicle was left behind for the last time – friendship. I forged a bond with a small group of co-workers remaining near and dear to my heart today. I met them individually or in pairs around what passed for the office water cooler, and the results have immensely enriched my life.   The entire...

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Diving deep with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Marine Unit
Jul01

Diving deep with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Marine Unit

A picture-perfect summer day on the Detroit River features a view measured in miles. Dive several feet beneath the surface, though, and the definition of “perfect visibility” changes dramatically. The 12-member dive team – a part of the Wayne Sheriff’s Marine Unit under Sheriff Benny Napoleon — works in an environment where a five-foot view is considered extraordinary, and lack of visibility is only one of many daily hazards in...

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Motor City Fast Facts
Jul01

Motor City Fast Facts

What’s the story behind Greektown?     Located just east of the intersection of Gratiot Avenue and Woodward, the Greektown Historic District is a dining, shopping and entertainment destination recognized today as one of the last surviving Victorian-era commercial streetscapes in downtown Detroit, according to the Greektown Preservation Society Web site (www.greektowndetroit.org).     However, the area so closely...

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