lafayette-park

  • Angelica:Someone needs to be alert tonight. This snake juice is basically rat poison. Everybody’s wasted.
  • Hamilton:*crying* You don’t even know one thing, I didn’t even say one thing and then she asked me the whole thing and I didn’t even do it once!
  • Laurens:I’m like an elephant, OK? If I walk into a room, it’s like OK, she’s in there.
  • Eliza:I’m not gonna tell you, or that - that bitch over there. I’m - I’m gonna - I don’t have to brag.
  • Peggy:Baba booey.
  • Mulligan:Turn this music down. [singing] Farts and boobs and love and stuff… macaroni salad…
  • Lafayette:[incomprehensible French]
  • Washington:[dancing like nobody’s watching]
  • Lee:[giggles, holding a glass of wine]

Dear followers,

I am departing from my normal pattern to ask for your assistance.  Many of you know I live in Lafayette Park in Detroit, Michigan, which is a planned urban development from the later 1950s and early 1960s designed by Mies Van Der Rohe, Ludwig Hilberseimer, and Alfred Caldwell.  It was announced to the public yesterday that Lafayette Park  was named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service of the United States Government.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/2015/08/04/detroit-lafayette-park-national-historic-landmark/31102109/

Ironically, the owners of the Pavilion apartments, the first structure erected, are petitioning the Detroit Historic Commission on August 12th to close off their entrance street from use and create a controlled and gated entryway on the backside of their property.  In effect this would make the  Pavilion tower look like it was completely gated and isolated from the rest of the community and would remove any sense of arrival for both their tenants and guests/visitors.  And there are other potentially negative effects which would affect the neighboring properties.  

If you could kindly add your name to the petition at the following link by the end of Thursday, August 6th:

https://www.change.org/p/detroit-historic-district-commission-reject-the-pavilion-apartments-proposal#petition-letter

Or contact either the Detroit Historic Commission

https://www.facebook.com/DetroitHistoricDistrictCommission/info

Or the owners of the property:

http://www.habitat.com/user-controls/contact-us-form

And register an opinion against closing off the street. Your actions would be greatly appreciated by the Lafayette Park Community.  

Thank you.


Top photo from Wayne State University’s Virtual Motor City Collection