Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Grosse Pointe and Detroit event seeks dialogue on city-suburb divide

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 4:42 PM

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Ah, the Grosse Pointes. A few months ago, we gave the crazy quilt of east side suburbs a bit of a good razzing, due to a confluence of events that evinced a rather small-minded attitude on the part of some Grosse Pointers
But in spite of those dismal events — or perhaps because of them — some Grosse Pointers are joining with Detroiters to discuss the city-suburb divide that appears so prominent on that side of town. It's billed as a vigil and community conversation, and it takes place 3-6 p.m. at the Detroit-Grosse Pointe Park border. The idea is introduced on the event's Facebook page with a quote from Robert Reich we featured on our blog last week. “Buried within the bankruptcy of Detroit is a fundamental political and moral question: Who are ‘we,’ and what are our obligations to one another?” 
That's an excellent conversation-starter. 
Those wanting to participate in this gathering should join one of two processions that will meet at the "border" of the two cities on Sept. 21. One will begin in Detroit at Feedom Freedom Gardens, 866 Manistique, the other will begin in Grosse Pointe Park, at the corner of Nottingham and Kercheval, in front of Pierce Middle School. Those gatherings will begin at 3 p.m., and they will depart at 3:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., a joint rally, reception, and conversation will take place at 14901 Kercheval St.

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