Friday, March 31, 2006

Worth Reading Again

Keith Owens, of The Metro Times, wrote an article about the Warrendale neighborhood last July. It's amazing how little has changed in the past few months.

All of which makes Mr. Owens' article worth re-reading.
If you’re sick and tired of what you see happening on the street where you live, then get together with your neighbors and do something about it.
His full article is on-line at

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Development at the "Little Castle"???

I wrote about the "Little Castle" on W. Warren Ave being up for sale last January.

When I was on Warren Ave. this afternoon, however, I noticed that the "For Sale" sign that was in their window has disappeared. It kind of looks like someone has been doing something inside of that building, but I can't be certain.

If anyone has any scuttlebutt on this, please feel free to share it by leaving a comment on this site.

Construction Moves Along

It looks like they're making some impressive progress on the W. Warren Avenue bridge over the Southfield Fwy. I'm impressed with how fast this one is moving along when you consider all that has to be done - demolish the old bridge, build a new one - all without closing down the freeway.

They'll next move a half-mile south to the Paul bridge over the freeway. That one seriously needs to be rebuilt.

Papa Joe's Family Restaurant & Buffet

Papa Joe's Family Restaurant & Buffet (19305 W. Warren Ave. - 313-271-0959) opened in Warrendale earlier this month. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. I've visited them twice and have been impressed with their food and service.

They have an all-you-can-eat buffet for both lunch and dinner that is reasonably priced and looked good. Personally, I preferred their pizzas and calzones. I like the fact that they have a selection of five personal-sized pizzas.

The staff at Papa Joe's is also top-notch - friendly and helpful, without being pushy.

Good food and service. Warm, inviting down-home atmosphere. Decent prices. You really can't beat that a combination like this.

The only thing that I don't really like about them is that they don't have much parking near them (other than what's on the street) and they don't take credit cards. But hey - hit an ATM on the way over and walk a block or two - it's worth it.

Monday, March 27, 2006

New Location - Same Idiots

I was walking along W. Warren Avenue the other day when I noticed that the folks at Goodfellas Wear had moved into the old Harry's Department Store (18334 W. Warren Ave.). I snapped a quick photo of the recently reopened place because I figured it would make a decent entry for the Warrendale Blog.

Anyway, no sooner had I pressed by shutter button on my camera when two Arabic men came out screaming, "Hey you! No take picture of store!"

What the...

At first I thought that maybe I had violated somekind of cultural taboo of theirs by photographing the store. But then I remembered the Arabic films I had seen; there were lots of buildings photographed in them. Somehow, I don't think that was it.

Just a couple of idiots who wanted to scream at someone.

So to summarize: Goodfellas Wear - new location but the same idiots running the place.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Spring Comes to Warrendale

This afternoon, at 1:26 p.m., spring officially arrived in Warrendale. That blessed moment of the Vernal Equinox. That moment when the robins begin to sing, grass begins to grow and politicians do stupid things.

Okay - I'm pretty sure politicians do stupid stuff all the time. I just had to throw that one in there to make certain that everyone was paying attention.

Anyway, this is what Warrendale looked like from my front lawn at the exact moment of spring's official arrival.

Welcome to Spring 2006, Detroiters.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Mail Bag: Blog Into Action

It's once again time to dip into the mailbag to reply to some of the comments that have been left by others. In response to my post about posting warning signs on bulk garbage that's left out in Warrendale, CanoeCarver wrote in to say:
Can we as a community get as upset about all the drugs and prostitution. For Chrissakes, just throw out your trash...What will destroy this area is the drugs and prostitution. let worry about the scandalous garbage dumping when we get rid of the really toxic trash.
I'm all in favor of cracking down on drug dealers, drug users and prostitutes (who are usually drug users and work closely with drug dealers). I've written about it on more than one ocassion. There ought to be more police officers on the streets and prostitutes ought to get more than a simple fine when they're caught.

However, I don't think that we as a community should ignore other issues such as blight and illegal dumping. If there's one thing that I've learned by living here for several years, it's that when folks see trash piled up all over the place - they come to the conclusion that folks in the neighborhood don't care what goes on.

And when people draw and maintain that conclusion, it's becomes an open invitation for every drug dealer, pimp and prostitute in town to set up shop. Rudy Giuliani came to national prominense by advocating a "Broken Windows Strategy" - that is dealing with stuff like trash before it encourages the drug dealers of the world to set up shop.

He based his strategy on a book by Michael Levine called, Broken Windows, Broken Business: How the Smallest Remedies Reap the Biggest Rewards. Quite frankly, I think Rudy Giuliani and Michael Levine were on to something. Their strategy helped to transform New York City from the Rotten Apple to what it is now.

The same thing can work for Detroit.

La Hacienda is For Sale

La Hacienda Mexican Restaraunt (18712 W. Warren Ave. - (313) 271-6677) is now up for sale. They are still serving great Mexican food, but they're looking for someone to take the business over. The owners, Fabian Rosa and his family, have been a wonderful part of the Warrendale community for years.

Once upon a time, La Hacienda was a popular lunchtime destination for nearby Ford employees. However, thanks to all of the layoffs, there aren't as many of those people from Ford as their used to be and the ones who are left aren't eating out as often as they used to.

For what it's worth, I'm hoping that the Rosas get a great offer from someone who will keep the place alive. Or better yet that they'll get a resurgance of business and decide to take their business off the market.

I Made the Lights Go Out in Warrendale

Okay - so my schedule has been so incredibly hectic that it's been almost a month since I've been able to post anything to the Warrendale blog. My schedule has quieted down for the most part and last night I sat down at my computer to write a long overdue post.

And then the lights went out as soon as I logged-on.

A portion of Warrendale (the part that I live in) had a black-out last night at around 11 p.m. Everyone in the area from W. Warren Avenue to north, Dayton to the south; from the Southfield Freeway to the east and Brace to the west lost their power. Luckily, electricity was restored at approximately 3 a.m. this morning.

To everyone in Warrendale, please accept my aplogies for those 4 hours without electricity. After being gone for a month, the shear shock of my sudden return clearly caused a jolt within the area's power grid.