An Architecture Tour of Palmer Park’s Historic Apartment District, Detroit

300 Whitmore. Notice the door, how it widens at the bottom.  This is due to the "Egypt craze" that occurred after King Tut's tomb was discovered.  On second look, it does appear similar to the entryway of the tombs of Egypt, no?

300 Whitmore. Notice the door, how it widens at the bottom. This is due to the “Egypt craze” that occurred after King Tut’s tomb was discovered. On second look, it does appear similar to the entryway of the tombs of Egypt, no?

Travel back in time to the 1920s.  The place to be?  Detroit.  This was the era  that the automotive industry got its wheels turning.  The Detroit skyline began to take shape as the iconic Cadillac Place (General Motors Building), Guardian, Penobscot, and Fisher buildings were erected.  People flooded the city for work… and they needed a place to live.

Just north up Woodward is Palmer Park – an apartment district that was created for the slew of workers in the city.  Just a block from this district was the streetcar stop that delivered residents to and from their automotive jobs.  As the decades went on, Palmer Park evolved into a gay friendly neighborhood with lots of restaurants and clubs.  Even Madonna got her dance on at the clubs around Palmer Park.  The original Menjo’s & Cliff Bells were in this area.  But violence drove out the gay population to adjacent cities (Ferndale, Royal Oak) and much of Palmer Park and the apartment district fell to blight, crime, and drugs.  Continue reading

A Weekend Escape to Northern Michigan

This weekend I am escaping to northern Michigan – and there’s no better timing.  Right now, Mother Nature should be at the peak of flaunting all she’s got, setting the trees ablaze in brilliant crimson, auburn, gold, and chartreuse.

So here’s a video I had created after a Michigan fall color tour I went on last year.  Most of the footage was taken at or near the Tunnel of Trees. Enjoy!

The song is “Time Is All Around” by my favorite singer, Regina Spektor.  I thought this song was appropriate due to the line:

Leaves become most beautiful when they’re about to die.
When they’re about to fall from trees when they’re about to dry up.