The pink lights on the corner of East Jefferson Ave. and Chalmers are what caught my attention first.
They glowed rosily in the evening darkness; a welcoming, cheerful shade of pink that looked warm and inviting. This was Busted Bra Shop’s newest location in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood.
Clarence Albert, a general manager at Dittrich Furs, first met Franklin when he was employed at a department store. He received a phone call from a woman inquiring about a private fur showing at her home.
“I asked her who it was. She said, ‘the Queen,’” Albert said. “I said ‘Aretha Franklin?’, and she said ‘yes.’”
If one were to go through a list of the most notable of intersections in Detroit — Mack and Bewick, Dexter and Davison, Seven Mile and Gratiot among them — then 12th and Clairmount might be at the top. Detroiters know it’s the historic site where the 1967 rebellion broke out, but for those living there — especially those still living there long after the last tank left — it’s home.
A community meeting will be held on July 11 for residents in and around the 12th Street and Clairmount area to discuss improvements to the area.
The meeting is hosted by the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department and will gather resident feedback on proposed development in the area.
The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walker Williams Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit www.detroitmi.gov/PDD.
A new round of Motor City Match winners will be announced today, marking the tenth cycle of small businesses in Detroit awarded grants to build out their spaces, hire employees or fund other needs.
Motor City Match is a City of Detroit grantmaking program enabled by a partnership with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and local finance institutions, foundations and corporations.
It's a sweaty, fast-paced frenzy of sound, smell and taste: a Nigerian flag waves frantically through the air, pulled by a young woman wining up to Maleek Berry’s hit song “Kontrol.” Colorfully patterned West African-inspired clothing dots the pulsing crowd. The song shifts to something faster: “Scene” by GBM Nutron. The sweet sound of Soca brings the dance floor to life, and the temperature reflects it. My glasses begin to fog, my legs ache from dancing, and my lips still tingle from the suya I ate earlier.
At The Neighborhoods, we’re interested in hearing from everybody in Detroit about what matters most to you.
Do you have a story to tell about what your community group is doing in the neighborhood? Tell us.
Do you have a story to tell about a home that needs to come down in your neighborhood? Tell us.