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 Woodwardâ€„—â€„or Cass, when the M-1â€„…â€„ummâ€„…â€„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 roleâ€„—â€„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 Ileâ€„—â€„yet another asset on the Detroit Riverâ€„—â€„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.