I can’t believe it has been one year since I launched this weekly blog. It seems like I just rolled it out. Over the past year I’ve pedaled over 2,000 miles through some of Detroit’s finest and roughest neighborhoods. Detroit, viewed from two wheels, is like no other city. It’s a fascinating, quirky place full of remarkable people.
The goal of this blog was to present a unique perspective on Detroit. Based on the many positive comments I’ve received, I believe my loyal readers find it interesting and informative. Speaking of readers, I’m totally shocked at the reach of this blog. In addition to good old Detroit and the surrounding area, I have subscribers in Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, Charleston and Washington DC, just to name a few. I also have regular readers in Mexico, Berlin, and Toronto! Who would have thought? Thank you everyone!
Someone commented that my passion for Detroit really shows in the writings of this blog. All I can say to that is: I love this city. It’s a one-of-a kind place.
In this entry, the 52nd, I thought it would be neat to post the top seven entries based on visits. Why seven? I don’t know. I like the number.
To check out any of them, click on the bold title above the picture and take a look.
This entry focused on my travels from Wayne State University up Second Avenue through the Historic Boston-Edison neighborhood to Highland Park. I gave a brief history of that notable city and posted a number of photos showing some of the Arts and Crafts homes found there.
This is a story about Creekside, a historic neighborhood on Detroit’s east side with numerous riverside parks. Throughout the southern section of that neighborhood are a series of canals, once used by rumrunners as they smuggled liquor into the U.S. from Canada.
This was my first exposure to Detroit’s monthly Critical Mass bicycle ride, a worldwide event held on the last Friday of the month in over 300 cities. In this piece, I described the riders, route and some of the sights along the way.
There were tractors everywhere on this ride! I thought I was in Nebraska or a small farming community in Michigan’s thumb region. In reality, I was in an east side neighborhood of overgrown fields not too far from downtown. The pictures tell it all.
Southwest Detroit is one of the most vibrant parts of the city. That section of the city is full of lively restaurants and busy markets catering to the Hispanic population. It’s also home to some of the most incredible wall art to be found anywhere.
I wrote a five piece series on graffiti art in Detroit and this is the last entry of that series. In this article, I explained what a masterpiece is, in the world of graffiti and I note where some of these beauties can be found. The accompanying photos show the complexity and variety of this art form.
This is one of my first entries, and in it I described how sparsely populated many areas of Detroit are. I never thought I’d see block after block of nothing but fields of overgrown weeds where only a handful of homes stand.
Thanks once again for reading my blog! I truly appreciate your support and encouragement. Who knows where 2011’s travels will take me, stay tuned!