The (Detroit) Kids are Alright
Since I'm all about reading and sharing other people's stuff today...This is a must. Strong, well-reported and well-written story out of Metro Parent about raising a family in Detroit. Not the suburbs. Not "near" Detroit. Inside, down and gritty. I'm a new fan of writer Kim Kovelle. Bravo!
Read the whole thing -- it is one of the finest pieces the magazine has ever done. Even Mayor Bing participated! That's a coup right there. Here is a highlight:
People are precisely what drew Tamara Robinson to North Rosedale Park. When she first drove through in 1997, neighbors were out walking dogs, pushing strollers and chatting. And there were kids everywhere. "I fell in love with it. I said, 'That's it,'" Robinson recalls. "It was just the closeness. It was such a family-oriented community." And the elegant homes, circa the 1930s and '40s, nestled in tree-lined streets. "We wanted plaster," as she puts it, "not drywall." Her home is among Detroit's historic districts, which include famous names like Indian Village, Boston-Edison and Sherwood Forest. They're crucial to Detroit's future, Mayor Bing notes. "We can't turn our backs on the historic stable neighborhoods," he says. "They need help also."