Street-Side Detroit History Lesson

WGlasshouse —  October 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2013 10 15 at 4.40.20 PMWe spoke recently with a man who grew up in Detroit and watched the city change over time. He speaks about how it used to be, and what the future may hold for the tarnished gem that exists today. He grew up in the area just behind the Fox Theatre where he describes a scene from the past with countless hotels and clubs, and a bustling nightlife. He talks about Al Capone and John Dillinger partying in a now demolished building, and he points out some other facts about the vastly transformed area of Mid-Town. The man also points out a famous old club, Shari Vari (Detroit women’s city club), which was one of the first clubs in Detroit to feature electronic music, and a spot only the true old-school heads can say they partied at. This building is the brown brick building at the very end of the clip. We would like to thank the unnamed man for his time and his willingness to share his knowledge. This piece is a short street-side history lesson from a guy who you could feel truly lived and breathed Detroit, in all it’s glory and it’s struggle. His demeanor was calm, his energy was positive, and his words were full of wisdom. He seemed to embody the traits of the city, from its infamous and storied past to its challenging yet hopeful future. This clip just seemed to strike me as something that offered a small but candid glimpse into the soul of the inner city, and the soul of Detroit.



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Walter Glasshouse is a DJ, Writer and Promoter from Detroit, Michigan. Follow him on Twitter @DJGlasshouse and at He runs a monthly at the Grasshopper in Ferndale, and he loves showcasing Detroit's unique talent base. His DJ sets go all the way from house music to trip-hop, and it's all done with soul and turntablism. Walter also performs as an emcee under the name AudioLogical . He's a little busy, but he loves to write and share his love for music here.
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