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Photo gallery: Blessing of the Lowriders 2019, a true Southwest Detroit tradition

Each year during Cinco de Mayo in Detroit, dozens of lowrider and motorcycle owners bring their rides out on a Sunday afternoon to have them blessed by a Catholic priest prior to the day's parade and other festivities.

Now in its 22nd year, Southwest's annual tradition began as a way for neighborhood youth to gather their lowriders together without judgment. A priest sprinkles the hood of each car with holy water before it becomes a full-on car show, where hundreds gather to gawk before joining the parade.

SpokesPeople: The Road to Freedom jacksonjam@det… Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:56

In our recurring video series "Spokes People," we take a look at how Freedom House, an organization founded to house individuals seeking asylum in America, and the International Institute, a decades-old institution that helps immigrants find their footing in Metro Detroit, work together to help asylum seekers from Africa. 

Ready to cool off? Go inside Detroit’s only ‘rolled ice cream’ shop clarkek@detroi… Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:43

You could say these dessert makers are on a roll.

Now that forecasts are hitting the D with 84  (and well above that on some days), there’s no better way to beat the heat than a cool serving of ice cream. But it doesn’t have to come in a cone or a cup.

From Southwest Detroit, lessons in traditional vs. ‘Americanized’ Mexican cuisine clarkek@detroi… Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:41

The best stories come when you can admit that you don’t know what something is, and that’s exactly what happened with The Neighborhoods team as we went on a Cinco de Mayo search for Detroit’s best botana in Southwest Detroit. 

Southwest Detroit arts nonprofit launches fundraising campaign hernandezd@det… Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:24

Giving Tuesday may have come and gone, but Living Arts, a Detroit nonprofit that brings year-round education to Detroit’s youth, is seeking help from community members to contribute to its fundraising campaign from now until Dec. 22.


New murals coming to Southwest viaducts; feedback wanted

Residents of District 6 – Southwest Detroit – are asked to give feedback to muralists and the City of Detroit’s General Services Department on the creation of murals of three of the most trafficked viaducts in the area.

The Springwells Avenue viaduct on Springwells Avenue just off I-75, the West Vernor Highway viaduct between Livernois Avenue and Waterman Street and the Livernois Avenue viaduct between Toledo and John Kronk streets were chosen as canvases for local artists to not only beautify the spaces, but also bridge communities.

SOUND OFF: Your feedback on Southwest or Southwest Detroit Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:49

Earlier this month, The Neighborhoods asked for feedback on a designated name for the shaded area above on our citywide map. Is it Southwest, Southwest Detroit or Central Southwest?

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