Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, April 21, 2016
Over the past few years, there has been great interest in the city of Detroit. Of course, the city’s fiscal crisis and the “Grand Bargain” that allowed the city to emerge from bankruptcy made national and international headlines. Suddenly, Detroit was the place to be.
Anyone who has traveled to Downtown recently can see the new construction, the new restaurants and businesses, and the increase in foot traffic. Further proof can be seen in the rejuvenation of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue and, as noted in a recent JN story, a bit of an increase in the city’s Jewish population.
While cruising through the William Davidson Digital Archives this week, I ran across a very interesting feature, which shows that Detroit was never entirely forgotten, even before it became the comeback city.
In the Aug. 2, 2007, issue of the JN, former president of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan and local historian Gerald Cook wrote an excellent article “Walking Woodward: A Guided Tour of our Heritage.” Cook writes about the history of Jewish landmarks in Detroit that one can still see on the city’s streets. It’s first-rate history and a fun read, and it reminds us that the Jewish community had an important role in the growth of modern Detroit.
By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist
Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.