Tag Archives: detroit

small enough.

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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

https://www.belleisleconservancy.org

 

here we go.

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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

john k. king.

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john wanders through the stacks. 

by far, the most interesting bookstore i’ve ever spent time in

john k. king used & rare books

is a bookstore out of its time

located in detroit on 4 floors

of what used to be the advance glove company building

filled with over 1 million volumes

 completely uncomputerized collections

 organized into more than 900 categories

by a team of energetic and helpful staff members

each floor has a manager who is responsible

for knowledge and maintenance of the categories held there

upon entering you are handed a map and directory

 you are free to wander you way through the floors

until closing time.

john began collecting and selling books as a teenager

selling them out of the trunk of his car

and he continues to this day

on my recent visit to the store

staff members said he was in his car

headed to cincinnati to acquire a new collection

every time they sell a few books, he takes on more

he’s now purchased the old otis elevator building

behind the store to use as

 an annex for his art and rare book collections

this is a store and experience not to be missed.

 

“i thought i’d go to a bookstore and see what moved me.”

-erik larson

 

 

 

 

credits: john r. king books

7 stages.

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when at the main detroit public library

climb up the stairs and step out of the doors

to the loggia outside

look up to the ceiling arches to see

the 7 beautiful mosiacs

inspired by william shakespeare’s

“as you like it”

the 7 stages of man

with thousands of tiny glazed tiles

 created by tiny hands at pewabic pottery

after reading the chart below

i believe that i find myself in the 5th stage – justice,

working my way toward the 7th stage – decrepitude.

“we know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

-william shakespeare

knowledge is power.

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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

weekend in ‘the d.’

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took a ride on the q line train

in detroit city

on it’s inaugural weekend

so full of happy people

got off at campus martius

a downtown oasis

sat on the beach

created right in the middle of the city

for outdoor summer adventures

 enjoyed wonderful cuban jazz

live and in color

plus a little guy who couldn’t resist sitting in with the band

 a natural improv artist of the highest order

the energy in the city was contagious.

“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 – broken abroad