Washed up 

There is a little slice of car-wash heaven on the corner of John R and E. Palmer: the "New Cultural Center Hand Car Wash."

The building’s white and blue façade is a vision of sweetness and light in the midst of a run-down, sparsely populated neighborhood. The rear wall of the building has a familiar late-’80s advertisement for WJZZ Radio, complete with rainbow and city skyline. The slanting red roof gives the structure a cozy, Alpine feel, and one would expect not only a fine car wash, but fresh cookies and milk with every purchase.

In 1961, the very wholesome sounding Major Sanders and his wife Annie Mae bought the property, but when it became a car wash remains unknown.

The property’s list price is only $900, and the ASS, all aglow with the cuteness of this building, thinks that someone should buy it and set up a grandma-run cookie and craft stand inside.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2022 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation