I, Michelle “Lovelogical” Anderson, is proudly Detroit Born and Raised as so many of us are. Living or traveling away from Detroit has found kinship’s formed just based on one fact – We share a love for our city!
One of the first things we do is determine if we are east or west side raised. Then we discuss schools. Of course in my eyes, no high school can compare to Cass Tech! I must pause to say the atmosphere is really exciting when I meet a fellow Technician!
The Good Old Days
Mutual acquaintances and missing the good old days are also common topics discussed. Ah, the good old days. Let me take you back to the Detroit that made my life special to where as a child I could not imagine a city better than mine. LOL, I am going to bullet point so you can take notes or reminisce as I go.
- BELLE ISLE – My first zoo experience!. First horseback ride! First GIANT SLIDE! First Canoe Ride! First Family Picnic! First Beach! First time hitting a golf ball. So many family memories!
- TOWNE CLUB WINDOW – I loved to go and watch the pop bottled in the front window for all to see. You never knew which flavor was being bottled. I just loved knowing if I was there my parents were purchasing cases of pop for the house!
- DETROIT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM – The old building on E. Kirby is the one I am referring to. The building that celebrated the heritage of all cultures on a regular basis – in the 1970’s!. This was my first planetarium. I truly wonder if this building had anything to do with my secret love of architecture.
- BOBLO ISLAND BOAT RIDE – I could not miss adding Boblo where we danced, played, did the hokey pokey and turned ourselves around – That is what it was all about! LOL Heart pounding anticipation of an awesome roller coaster and driving an antique car like a grownup!
- JL HUDSONS DOWNTOWN AT CHRISTMAS – Ok. This is my last old school memory. OMG…Hudson’s was the highlight of the Christmas Season. This is when Christmas meant something and stores decorated in ways you only see on television now. The 7th floor housed elves playing in the fake snow on the way to see Santa Claus.
Detroit changed and all of the places of my childhood went away. However, for those of you who don’t know, Detroit has made a comeback. It has been a while now but to many visitors, you don’t know. The news does not show the greatness of the city, which has been great for a while now.
What I Love About Detroit Now
- MID-TOWN/CULTURAL CENTER – I LOVE this area! The Main Library; Detroit Institute of Arts; Science Center; African American History Museum; Festivals; Noel Night; Awesome Weekly Events. Google events for these places and explore the fun educational things for all from toddler to elderly.
- DETROIT ZOO – A great place to walk and think while enjoying the atmosphere. I love animals too! The zoo has so many nighttime events and fundraisers for awesome causes. Oh, I can’t forget the 4D theater. Zoo nights are almost here!
- PRINCESS RIVERBOAT – A Motown Cruise every single weekend! This cruise is good food, great music and plenty of dancing for young and old. A great way to see Canada and Detroit with your heart!
- DOWNTOWN DETROIT – You will not believe how awesome it is! Movies in the park; Bike rentals; Free Concerts; Festivals; a sandbox for all in the summer; ice skating in the winter; fine dining; fun dining; cultural dining; The Riverwalk with a carousel; rent jet-skis and kayaks. Yes, I am talking about Downtown Detroit. And to think I left a lot out. So again, Google and find the way to family or date night fun!
I am so glad my heart lead me to share my past and present memories and thoughts.
The reason why I am sharing is to help you understand my growth from each of these experiences. My family growth is what I am speaking of. Each joyful experience I found some form of conversation with a stranger. A stranger who enjoyed or was learning to enjoy Detroit as much as I. Enjoy the uniqueness and friendliness. Learn how many Detroiters embrace each other. How we welcome strangers into our city and gladly tell you the wonders to experience. How we treat you like family.
When you grow up in or come to visit you will find why my first Lovelogical City T-Shirt had to start off with my city – Detroit. My home that started beating in my chest before I took a breath – Detroit. My city that is growing more and more in love with culture and friendships – Detroit!
I, Michelle “Lovelogical” Donelson (Anderson) can proudly say, Welcome to our family!
DETROIT – DNA NOT REQUIRED!