As I go through my recuperation, I find myself collecting the stories of friends who have been beset by the evil fracture fairy. Apparently this is a not uncommon rite of passage for those of us of a certain age.
Our community has only a few opportunities to celebrate our heritage and our historical place in this city. Now, our justified celebration is reeling from this act. A family is mourning and a community joins them.
While the rebounding downtown and Midtown districts fit the usual pattern of urban progress-established institutions and developers guiding most of the changes -- other parts of town are following a different playbook for revitalization.
Not only must J.W. Westcott Company's crew adhere to the USPS's creed of delivering through rain, sleet, and snow, they must also battle fast-moving currents and factory-sized freighters that do not stop for their deliveries.
Why us "outsiders" are here in Detroit matters -- today and always. But for those of us who have chosen to move here -- to Detroit of all places! -- let's pursue a deeper understanding of our motivations.