I grew up on the east side of Detroit during the 1950’s and 60’s, graduating from Denby High School in 1970. This was Detroit proper, mind you, not one of the many suburban cities that surround the city, nor Hamtramck or Highland Park within the city boundaries.
For some reason that distinction, being from Detroit vs Metro Detroit, has always been important for me to acknowledge. No special reason I can point to other than Detroit gets such a bad rap at times, defending the mostly enjoyable childhood I had there feels important. Detroit’s had and has its problems, but the Spirit of Detroit is strong among many of its residents.
In 1970, I married and moved north into the Thumb of Michigan. I love rural life and have no desire to move back to the city. Yet, Detroit will always hold a special place in my heart.
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