1st annual neighborhood block party
nice for all of us to mix together
rather than just pass on the street
get to know each other a bit better
police, fire, and ice cream people
the holy trinity of community support
came by for a visit
raised money for toys for our neighborhood park
lots of people, lots of food, lots of fun.
“nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there.”
-franklin p. jones
swimming off of belle isle in the detroit river
with the city keeping watch in the background
belle isle is the country’s largest city island park; at approximately 948 acres, it is larger than new york city’s central park. both were designed by famed landscape architect frederick law olmstead. the island officially opened in1845, when it became known as belle isle. in 2014, it became michigan’s newest state park and is being lovingly restored to it’s original splendor.
“detroit is big enough to matter in the world
and small enough for you to matter in it.”
― jeanette pierce
50 years ago this week
we were in the midst of a detroit riot
we have come such a long way
still have a way to go
but here we go.
“since its founding, detroit has been a place of perpetual flames. numerous times the city has suffered riots and each time the city has burned to the ground. the city’s flag acknowledges as much.
speramus meliora; resurget cineribus:
we hope for better things;
it shall rise from the ashes.”
― charlie leduff
detroit free press – 1967
ann arbor art fair – july 1978
it began in 1960
132 artists (99 of them local)
strung their artwork between parking meters
and locals came by
curious to see if artists
would really put their work on display in the street.
it now hosts over 1,000 artists and 500,000 + visitors
from near and far each year.
the ann arbor art fairs
(actually now a group of four)
will kick off today and take over the city
for what always promises to be four days
of creative display, talks with artists,
music, children’s activities,
and always, always
lots of surprises.
“the art world is filled with vibrancy.”
image credit: ann arbor news archives, ann arbor public library old news, m live. com
as i’ve been walking and exploring
the parks and outdoor recreation areas around town
i realize how many i have yet to visit
so i’ve decided to walk in each of the parks
in ann arbor
all 159+ of them
to see what is unique about each
with more than
2,000 acres of parkland
a river, dams, falls, hills, ponds, gardens,
woods, meadows, prairies, and rec areas
found in spaces ranging from
tiny neighborhood green spots to wide open expanses
i see an adventure ahead
with no planned deadline or timeline
so i began the list alphabetically yesterday
and have walked 2 of them so far
only 157+ to go.
“parks are works of art just as a painting or sculpture is.”
credits: ann arbor parks and recreation
a great day spent in detroit
exploring the main library
built by andrew carnegie
in the last year of the civil war
to bring knowledge to the people
1 of 21 remaining in detroit
not forgetting the children
where stories were told in front of the fire
and careful attention
was paid to every detail
a beautiful oasis created and restored
beating in the heart of the city.
“a city isn’t so unlike a person.
they both have the marks to show
they have many stories to tell.
they see many faces.
they tear things down and make new again.”
― rasmenia massoud
discovering hula hoops and joy in the middle of the street.
“there is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, but there is the discovery of joy.”