Friday, January 29, 2016

The Iron D by the Nordin Brothers

The Detroit Red Wings commissioned some friends of mine, the Nordin Brothers, to create a trophy for the Michigan State vs Michigan Hockey game to be played in Detroit. The trophy will be called the Iron D and will begin a tradition for the game hosted by the Red Wings in Detroit. They hope it will further build the rivalry between the teams.

This game is being named "The Dual in the D". Recently the Nordin's invited both Coaches, Red Berenson from U of M and Tom Anastos from Michigan State to help forge the Iron D, an 1 1/4" thick solid steel D that will be the focal point of the trophy. Both coaches were really excited about the trophy as well as having a hand in the creation process.

Current Detroit Red Wings and alumni of the universities, Justin Abdelkader, Luke Glendening, and Dylan Larkin also had a hand in forging the D. The trophy will be made of predominantly stainless steel with the Iron D at center, and will include a cup and elements of hockey, the city of Detroit, the new Red Wings Stadium, and both Universities.

This trophy will be unveiled and presented at the game at Joe Louis Arena on Friday, February 5.

The Warrendale (Detroit) Blog will return in earnest on Monday, February 1.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

My final visit to Gracie See Pizzeria

Last time at Gracie See from Frank Nemecek on Vimeo.

Gracie See Pizzeria has been an institution in the Warrendale neighborhood since they opened in 1969. For almost half a century have been what sociologists like Ray Oldenburg call "the third space" - places that are neither work nor home; places where neighbors can gather to catch up on each other's lives and share stories.

Places like this are part of what makes Detroit - or any other city - a truly livable community. For the past few years, it has been an honor to have Gracie See Pizzeria as a sponsor of this blog and a joy to host a monthly pizza party there.

It was with no small amount of sadness, therefore, that I walked into Gracie See Pizzeria for the final time before they closed. I will miss them. I will miss every single one of the people who made it a special place for decades.

While it doesn't diminish my sadness about losing Gracie's, I also remain thankful for Chick's Bar, Tijuana's Mexican Kitchen, Nick's and the dozens of other such places that remain in the Warrendale neighborhood.

The Warrendale (Detroit) Blog will return in earnest on Monday, February 1.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Detroit Public Schools in crisis

The Detroit Public Schools are in the news a lot these days with a multitude of problems. As we as a community debate what to do about them, I feel it's useful to have strong data to frame our discussions.

I'm thrilled that my friends at LOVELAND - some of the best data crunchers around - produced a report that answers the question: What happened to the Detroit Public Schools?

Their full report is available for free on-line by clicking here. Please take a moment to read it.

The Warrendale (Detroit) Blog will return in earnest on Monday, February 1.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Coming soon

Winter holiday - Illustration by Constantina Dricia
It's almost time.

After a three-month hiatus, the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog will return in earnest on Monday, February 1. I look forward to discovering more about this great neighborhood with each of my readers.

In the meantime, I hope to see as many people as possible at Gracie See Pizzeria on Wednesday, January 27 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. for the last pizza party ever at that location.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Great content soon

This blog is still on hiatus while I deal with the demands of a 12 - 14 hour workday in the insurance world. In the meantime, if there's a particular subject that you'd like to see more coverage of in 2016, please feel free to leave a comment below. I look forward to reading your feedback.

The Warrendale (Detroit) Blog will return in earnest on Monday, February 1.

Friday, January 08, 2016

One of 50 Detroiters

To mark the one year anniversary of Detroit's emergence from bankruptcy, The Detroit Free Press asked fifty residents how life had changed in their neighborhoods over the past 12 months. I was lucky to be one of the Detroiters highlighted in this piece.

I talked about the continuing challenges that we face, such as crime, taxes, and auto insurance. I also discussed the tremendous improvements that we have seen at the Ryan Playground here in Warrendale as well as upgrades at Rouge Park that are in progress.

The full text of my interview with The Detroit Free Press is available on-line here. One may read the thoughts of the other 49 Detroiters highlighted in this section here.

The Warrendale (Detroit) Blog will return in earnest on Monday, February 1.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Last Party at Gracie's EVER

Pizza party at Gracie See Pizzeria - Photo by Frank Nemecek
I have hosted monthly pizza parties at Gracie See Pizzeria (6889 Greenfield Rd.) since 2008. They've been a great opportunity for friends and neighbors to come together to talk and share our lives. Unfortunately, they will soon come to an end.

Gracie See Pizzeria has been sold. The business will close on January 31. That location as well as the vacant liquor store north of there will be demolished for a new strip mall.

While it's sad to see an institution like this come to end, I feel it appropriate for us to gather one last time. My final pizza party at Gracie See Pizzeria will be on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30.

I expect a large crowd for this one. Many former residents of the neighborhood have indicated that they will travel many miles for one last visit to the place that has been a Warrendale institution for nearly half a century.

RSVPs to the Facebook page are appreciated, but by no means necessary. I hope to see as many readers of this blog there as possible.

The Warrendale (Detroit) Blog will return in earnest on Monday, February 1.