Reading Road, Avondale and the Riots, Cincinnati

I’ve looked at Fourteenth Street NW before in Washington, DC, and probably elsewhere, so I was interested in what had become of Reading Road in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati. High up in the hills, there were two riots, one in 1967 and then less than a year later in 1968. The first one revolved…

Wick Park, Youngstown

My first stop off the interstate in Youngstown was Wick Park, which is a historic district up on a plateau of sorts just north of the downtown area. The outstanding focal point of the neighborhood and sitting at the end of Park Avenue where it t-bones with 5th Avenue is the Stambaugh Auditorium. I think…

Grosse Pointe, Park, Shores, Woods and Farms

Ah, Grosse Pointe! Where you can watch twelve-year-olds ride by on their bikes and listen to them swear like sailors! Grosse Pointe is actually a series of different suburbs, with the Grosse Pointe being one, and then a series of other independent communities an additional modifier such as Farms or Shores. There are multiple shopping…

Indian Village, Detroit

Cruising by Mr. Fish on my to Grosse Pointe on the East Vernon Highway, I stumbled onto a mirage, a neighborhood of perfectly preserved houses along several long blocks with stately trees known as Indian Village due to several, but not all, of its streets being named after Native American nations. Indian Village is pretty…

West Boston Boulevard, Detroit

I took in a bit of the Boston-Edison Historic District, traveling east down West Boston Boulevard just west of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Chicago Boulevard and some other streets compose the large neighborhood, where some of the most important figures in Detroit history, including automobile executives, lived. As would be expected, the…

East Grand Boulevard, Detroit

Terminating at the MacArthur Bridge, which leads out to Belle Isle, East Grand Boulevard stretches to the north-northwest, and is lined with fine houses that date to the early Twentieth Century. It makes ninety degree turn to become West Grand Boulevard, which we briefly looked at yesterday as part of our larger discussion of Grand…

Gary, Indiana, August 2023

I’m sure these two photos, above and below, are the classic “ruin porn” photos that most people seek out to take when they visit Gary, Indiana. And I’m not going to pretend that the city doesn’t have serious problems, and no one who lives there, I’m sure, is going pretend there aren’t thousands of acres…

St. Francois Street, Florissant

There was never really a “Main Street” in colonial and pre-World War II Florissant, but after the onset of suburbanization, St. Francois Street became a de facto shopping strip. The commercial buildings that were built look like your standard small town storefronts. Below is the Otto Ripple House. It is a bit of an interesting…

Lee Avenue Between North Newstead and Warne Avenues

I don’t know what it is, but as soon as you cross over North Newstead Avenue into the Fairgrounds neighborhood, the trail drops out from underneath you. The housing stock is older, and that definitely plays a part. But what can I say when I cover a mile and 90% of all I see are…

Lee Avenue Between North Kingshighway and Marcus Avenue

I had some time to kill, so I decided to explore the entire length of Lee Avenue from North Kingshighway to North Grand Boulevard. While there’s technically four blocks east of Grand, there are not any houses facing the street. At Kingshighway, Lee technically turns to Brown Avenue and enters the Mark Twain Industrial Park….