Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Yes, it really is that weird. Get over it.
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You never forget your first time driving down Kercheval towards Grosse Pointe Park; I always use the above map as a handy teaching tool when speaking to coastal types can't comprehend an urban America that isn't overcrowded.
If you're not from anywhere near the corner of Kercheval and Alter and are wondering what you are looking at:
The part where most of the houses are now gone? That's Detroit. The part with all the houses? That's the suburb of Grosse Pointe Park.
Apart from a couple of dodgy blocks near the border, GPP is the whole package, really -- charming Midwestern village atmosphere, plus multi-million dollar mansions. Town residents play in a gated city park that is more like a country club.
Meanwhile, a Detroit park a couple of blocks away with the same waterfront access (Where the Detroit River meets Lake St. Clair) feels like the city forgot it was there.