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Draplin Design Co., North America
November 07, 2004
DDC 50: Day 49, Day In Detroit
Posted at 11:56 PM


Dad, Uncle Kevin and I headed out the Macomb-lands south to bowels of Detroit. “Memory Lane” sort of stuff for dad, as he spent his youth downtown working, playing and well, doing all sorts of other tomfoolery.

Detroit is a study in extremes. You get the sense that the city is trying hard to recover, to rebuild. But then, you turn a corner and the street is completely bombed out and dead. From beauty to dead, and well, just about that quick.

Dad had a story for each place we checked out.

The place I remember most is Great Lakes Steel. Mom and I would wait in the parking lot for dad to get off his shift. He’d walk down a set of steps and I’d see him and go apeshit. I remember it as if it was yesterday. I was three.

I snapped 100+ pics of old buildings, signs and textures…a little photo archive of a bluebird Detroit day.

I found myself wondering what it would be like to live there. I was born there. I have a connection, albeit faint. I was made in Detroit.

There is One Comment

Glad you enjoyed the trip around Detroit…..you do have quite a connection there, albeit physically being born there and raised there till the ripe old age of three.

But, you were made elsewhere; when I counted back the days, we were on our way back from Disneyland, CA…..so, as the draplin historian I am, you were conceived somewhere along the Route 66 area….I’d guess some cheap motel after seeing a comet in the dark of night on a canyon road in New Mexico (I got us lost), or maybe after your dad was harrassed by some ‘good ole boys’ (for having long hair) at some greasy diner in Amarillo, Texas.

Guess what goes around, comes around…..or vice versa. Maybe that Route 66 connection was a lot more meaningful than we realized.

Miss you and your boxers….

Posted by: momma d. on 11/11/04 at 12:00 PM