A Different World. The West Side Riverfront and Southwest Detroit.
Civic Pride. Have to love a woman who has it.
Motor City Riot. When I saw a light on and stepped inside, I was informed that this building, at West Fort Street and Scotten, housed a private club. It did not appear they were taking new members.
The Detroit Riverwalk: West. An Oberon to anyone who can tell me why this fence exists around the beautifully landscaped west side Riverwalk.
Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.
Teach a man whether the fish he’s eating are safe, and that lifetime will extend past a few hours.
The Homeless Man Cave. A homeless gentleman has apparently set up shop here, at Rosa Parks and West Jefferson. A Customs officer, who stopped me when I went exploring between the railroad and the river (note to the reader: Don’t do this), actually told me about the guy who lives here, so his presence is known and, to a degree, it appears, accepted as well.
The Detroit News: The Home Newspaper. I wish we would bring that tagline back. West Jefferson is also the western end of the road for Grand Boulevard.
Jefferson: Detroit’s River Road. But by 12th Street (Rosa Parks), West Jefferson becomes a dirt road. It cuts off at about 21st Street for private interests, then opens back up, then cuts off again, then opens back up. The area between Fort Street and the river is very industrial once you pass the community college on Third Street.
Note how close the Ambassador Bridge is. That and the railroad tracks nearby mean that this place is lousy with cops. Customs, railroad police and Detroit Police are on the patrol. You’re OK when you’re on Jefferson, but the second you pull off, you’re on someone’s property and it becomes a big deal. Weird part of town.
To put this in perspective, the Joe Louis Fist is at Woodward and Jefferson. The News building is between Second and Third Street. And by 12th Street, Jefferson Avenue is a backwater.
These boys lived up to the Wolfpack name.
The Detroit Skyline, as seen from Windsor.