About Me

The guy behind the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog, Frank Nemecek
My name is Frank Nemecek. I was born and raised in the Warrendale, neighborhood. I've lived elsewhere as an adult, but I keep coming back because it feels so much like home.

In December of 2005, though, I noticed a problem. I knew that there were a lot of interesting things happening in and around Warrendale yet no one in the mainstream media was paying attention to them. This was when I decided to take the plunge and start this blog.

In the years since, I was nominated for a NATPE Digital Luminary Award, received the Spirit of Detroit Award, and have been featured on local and national news media several times. This includes two appearances on National Public Radio, SciTech Now (PBS), America Black Journal (PBS), as well as the local ABC, Fox, and NBC News affiliates. I've also been featured in the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and MLive.com.

I also received a chance to write about the Warrendale neighborhood in other publications. This includes Detour Detroit and Model D.

Along the way, I also made a documentary about the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit called Checking In: The Story of the Book-Cadillac Hotel (2005) and have published two novels, which are The Candidacy (2003) and The Roswell Chronicles (2018).

I love talking about Detroit and the Warrendale neighborhood. If you would like to talk with me about anything related to it, please feel free to reach out to me.

My work schedule is hectic so email is often the most convenient option for me. My email address (in a format that humans should be able to understand but spam robots cannot) is frank [dot] nemecek [at] gmail [dot] com.


Sandy said...

Hello! Love your blog, however, it would be nice to gather stories from people who have lots of memories who grew up in this neighborhood. I lived on Asbury Park Street just off Tireman across from the Herman Elementary school. Last weekend I took a cruise down memory lane and drove down many of the neighborhood streets.

Lots of my friends lived on the "other side" of the Southfield Freeway. There was a group of us from the neighborhood who hung out at the old Dixon elementary school and played baseball there for years. So many memories. I'd love to get a group of the Warrendale citizens to provide photos and then maybe you could add a link. Do you remember the old white house that used to be in Rouge Park? I think it was off of Spinoza drive? It was torn down but I attended many events in that space as a youngster. Great blog! BTW, you would probably get more comments if you turned off your word verification (just a friendly suggestion) It might be a great idea to do a little film clip of the old neighborhood and include footage of then and now? Sandy

Frank Nemecek said...

Hi Sandy,

I do indeed remember that old white house in Rouge Park. In fact, as a kid, I was playing a baseball game in the park the day that it burned down.

If you're on Facebook, there is also the Warrendale, Detroit group there with a lot of people sharing memories and photos. https://www.facebook.com/groups/15521943807/

As for the word verification, I hate that. However, before I turned that feature on, my blog was being hit hundred of times by spammers.