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Coleman Young

Coleman Young, Detroit’s mayor from 1918-1997, is one of the city’s most prominent figures. Some were very fond of Young, while others were not. During his time as mayor, he was blamed for police corruption and failure to resolve racial … Continue reading

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Final Note & Poems by Phillip Levine

Now that you have explored our posts and a part of the rich history of Detroit, we leave you with poems from Detroit native and 2011 Congress Poet Laureate Phillip Levine. Levine is known for his subject matter on Detroit and … Continue reading

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Motown Records

In 1960, Berry Gordy would find one of Detroit’s most iconic and important music foundations: Motown Records. Motown, taking name after Detroit’s reputation as a motor or automobile centered city, would characterize the city for more than half a century … Continue reading

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Detroit Gang Violence: The Young Boys Inc.

Before there was the Black Mafia Family, gang violence over drug trade began with The Young Boys Incorporated. The Young Boys were one of the largest traffickers of heroine in the city and were known for notorious violence within the … Continue reading

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Connecting With the Past

Check out a National Geographic Traveler’s experience with Detroit history and recent change HERE.

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Hudson’s Detroit

In 1881, The J.L. Hudson Company founded their Hudson’s department store in Detroit, experiencing tremendous growth with the city’s automobile prosperity. It included everything from a barber shop for kids to an equestrienne shop. It became the second largest department … Continue reading

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Fashions in Detroit (Pics)

To go along with this post on John Varvatos and fashion, here’s a few photos that characterize fashion in Detroit throughout the twentieth century. These photos include Detroit celebrities who influenced fashion, such as Alice Cooper and Aaliyah, to everyday … Continue reading

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