Just Window Shopping … But What a View!

Letter from the editor


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Ever since our April issue’s “Mile by Mile” road adventure, I’ve 

had wanderlust. I’ve taken to forgoing the freeway, opting for alternate routes nearly everywhere I go. 

If I drive my wife to work downtown, it’s Grand River instead of I-96. I cruise north on Woodward — or Cass, when the M-1 … umm … QLine construction gets on my nerves. 

So when Matt Lewis and I discussed a riverfront real estate story (page 60), I took a drive. I’ve seen the Orleans Landing construction downtown, but it had been some time since I drove up Jefferson.

We sometimes forget the Detroit River is such an asset. After daydreaming about living in The Jeffersonian, I visited the Berry Subdivision, home to the (infamous) Manoogian Mansion. I noticed a “for sale” sign on The White House, a former bed and breakfast we last stayed at 20-some years ago. 

A few calls turned into a side story (page 60). I spoke with Sean Shannon, whose late mother, Mary Jean, once presided over The White House. My wife makes fun of me for remembering decades-ago meals. But she remembered the name of Mary Jean’s dog! Sean was happy to reminisce about Ernie’s watchdog role — and The Castle next door, which he ran for a while as a banquet hall. 

I also sat down with architect Michael Poris (page 30). He’s been involved with Detroit’s revitalization for years, and is now on a team helping to develop a plan for the Detroit’s East Riverfront. 

Our river dance isn’t quite over. We chose Grosse Ile — yet another asset on the Detroit River — as the backdrop for our outdoor entertaining story (page 44). 

A special shout-out goes to Barry Gillan for opening up his household and grounds for a fabulous day on the river.

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