Editor’s Letter: Spring in Detroit

In this month’s letter, ’Hour Detroit’ editor Kate Walsh talks opening day, our annual City Guide feature, and supporting the Ukrainian community

Anyone who lives in Michigan knows that spring doesn’t start in March.And it has nothing to do with the weather. It starts in April, when the Tigers’ season kicks off in full swing.

Up until just hours before we went to press, we were waiting to hear when spring would begin. Major League Baseball and the players had still not agreed on a labor deal. But then, 99 days after the lockout was imposed, a deal was struck, and we, along with millions of other baseball fans, gave a huge sigh of relief. It was much better than the groundhog not seeing his shadow. 

Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh

Whether the Tigers started in April or not, we knew fans would still want to read about them. So, in this month’s issue, you’ll find an interview with Dan Dickerson, who, believe it or not, has been the voice of the Tigers on WJR-AM for 20 years. You’ll also find our curated list of great places to dine and drink near Comerica Park, on the home opener.

Speaking of Comerica Park, the home of the Tigers is one of the 120-plus places profiled in Hour Detroit’s 2022 City Guide. This annual feature has taken many forms over the years. The most recent include 2020’s and 2021’s pandemic-influenced City Guides — the outdoors City Guide and the “City Guide: World Tour Edition,” respectively. Now, exactly a year after vaccines became available to nearly everyone who wanted one, we are returning to the basics. Our “City Guide: Bucket List” features not only the iconic places that every Detroiter should visit in their lifetime, but also newer venues and personal favorites from local experts and influencers in the food, drink, music, arts, and recreation scenes.

This spring, as we celebrate our return to normal in Detroit, we at Hour Detroit are not oblivious to the world around us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainians who have been displaced and murdered, and with our local Ukrainian American communities. To find out how you can help, contact the Ukrainian-American Crisis Response Committee of Michigan (uacrisisresponse.org), whose mission is to donate funds directly to Ukraine, organize rallies, spread awareness, and more.

Wishing you and yours a peaceful and healthy spring.

This story is part of the April 2022 issue of Hour Detroit. Read more in our digital edition