As if we need to list more reasons to love our city … but Why not? Here are a few places, faces, items and events that make Detroiters all happy and tingly inside.
Pewabic Street Team by Amanda Rogers
Team Pewabic pottery studio, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been a part of Detroit’s story since 1903. Recently, an ingenious van upfit with mobile kilns have put Pewabic’s artistry on the road hosting pottery pop-ups with the Pewabic Street Team. We’ve caught a glimpse of this museum on wheels at scenic, populated areas in and around Detroit, from Belle Isle and the Detroit International RiverWalk to random art fairs in Mount Clemens. Complete with outdoor raku firings, potter’s wheel demos and more, the Pewabic Street Team’s mobility is giving off-site onlookers a hands-on hint at the studio’s historic process.
For Timothy Paule, it was a common cold that led to a very uncommon idea. Told to consume honey to conquer his cough, the photographer by trade started entertaining a string of thoughts. He considered allergies and how urban blight can contribute to their flare-up. He wondered how he could help combat blight and what would happen if he transformed vacant spaces in Detroit into honey-producing bee farms. Connect the dots and you’ve got the nonprofit Detroit Hives, which is led by Paule and partner Nicole Lindsey. These are certified beekeepers creating a lot of buzz about bees, community development and social enterprise in The D.
Dancing in the Streets may be a famous Motown tune from the ‘60s, but it’s also an apropos phrase to help describe Open Streets Detroit. For a few years now, a seasonal scattering of these free events has been taking over a couple miles of thoroughfares in southwest Detroit and Rouge Park. Car-free, the gatherings turn streets over to the people for a day so they can walk, run, bike, rollerblade, do yoga, play street hockey, shop, get their faces painted, listen to hip-hop musicians curbside and, of course, dance to a song or two in the left turn lane if they so choose. A collaborative effort led by public and nonprofit partners like the Downtown Detroit Partnership and MDOT, the program is a statement on what working together can do to help build communities and neighborhood camaraderie.