Take 5 | Casey Rocheteau

Modified: September 16, 2019 | Story by Wensdy Von Buskirk | Photos by EE Berger

Casey Rocheteau, Winner of the Detroit Write a House Project

 

WHEN YOU SPEND A DAY IN METRO DETROIT WITH OUT-OF-TOWNERS, WHERE DO YOU TAKE THEM AND WHY?

“Moving from New York, I was worried that I had moved into a pizza desert. I was skeptical at first because Detroit loves square pizza. At first it seemed wrong, a betrayal of every pizza I’ve ever loved, but then I ate at Buddy’s and fell in love.

Unsurprisingly, I love books, and I love a number of bookstores in Detroit, actually, but John K. King Used & Rare Books happens to be the biggest, and I always manage to find some mind-blowing gem that I’ve never been able to find anywhere else.

I’m also charmed by the shop Savvy Gents/Savvy Chic for a number of reasons, not the least of which is Savvy Gents owner Randal Jacobs. He is one of the loveliest people I’ve met in Detroit and has a great sartorial eye.

Trinosophes/1464 Gratiot. Art gallery/museum/venue/record store/coffee shop — I’m not really sure what more I could want out of one building.

Detroit also has so many incredible outdoor art spots, but I especially like the Dequindre Cut because you can ride your bike along it, and I do love a good bike ride.”

Brooklyn poet Casey Rocheteau is the first winner of the Detroit Write A House Project, which is leveraging Detroit’s available housing in a creative way, along with introducing new faces to the city’s emerging literary community. The nonprofit renovates Detroit homes and gives them to authors, journalists, poets (aka writers). It’s similar to a writer-in-residence program, only in this case, the writer is given the residence, forever.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues





  1. 1
    Buddy's Pizza - Detroit
    17125 Conant St., Detroit, MI 48212
    313-892-9001
  2. 2
    John K. King Used & Rare Books
    901 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-961-0622
  3. 3
    Savvy Chic Trends
    2712 Riopelle St., Detroit, MI 48207
    313-833-8769
  4. 4
    Trinosophes/1464 Gratiot
    1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI 48207
    313-737-6606
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    The Dequindre Cut
    Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
    313-566-8200