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Deandub11
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Post Number: 230
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 8:01 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I posted on my blog, www.DetroitArmy.com about the Briggs Neighborhood, which is west of the motor city casino and north of corktown, and included some pictures which I took in December. It's really amazing to see the area so barren and void. Almost looks like farm country. I don't really know about the history of this neighborhood though. Does anyone have any information about it? It would be great for me to be able to add some background information about the neighborhood within the post.

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E_hemingway
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Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 8:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You mean North Corktown, right? This might help.

Anything but Beige
http://www.modeldmedia.com/fea tures/northcktwn.aspx

Also, go to Model D and do a search for North Corktown and you'll find more information there.
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Deandub11
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Post Number: 231
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Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 9:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That is the area I was talking about. Maybe I only stuck to the West side of the area, but where I was, I saw almost no signs of life.

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Deteamster
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Post Number: 94
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 12:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm moving there April 1st. I currently live in the corridor.
West of Rosa Parks could accurately be described as "heavily blighted" if not urban prairie. East of that, however, is rather mixed, with the housing stock in fair condition.
Briggs and North Corktown are apparently synonymous, which I can't really figure out why. I'm wondering which came first, such as in the case of Midtown/Cass Corridor. In any event, those North Corktown signs around the neighborhood appear to be pretty old.
I do know that the area was simply Corktown before they put the freeway in. What WONDERS that did for the neighborhood. I swear, I hope anthropologists look back and regard the "planners" of the post-WWII era as akin to the particularity demented Roman Emperors. But I digress.
Interestingly, as you point out, the neighborhood has remained disproportionately white throughout the years.
Somebody wrote an article about it here, which I have only skimmed through.
http://findarticles.com/p/arti cles/mi_m2267/is_n2_v64/ai_196 52893/pg_1

Here are the current statistics:
http://www.detroitrising.com/n orthcorktown.htm

While it is no longer majority white, it is still higher than the Detroit average, which is interesting since that is rather hard to come by in an area that is not rather stable or affluent(ie Indian Village, Green Acres, EEV, Lafayette Park, downtown, Midtown) or a border neighborhood(all of SW, Five Points, Balduck, Regents Park, Warrendale).
The only somewhat analogous neighborhood I can think of would be Brightmoor. Perhaps lower-working-class whites are less apt to move than their middle class counterparts who left the city in droves.

Naturally I'm rather geographically familiar with the area since I'm moving there, but I would also like any historical information on my new neighborhood if anyone has any.

(Message edited by DETeamster on March 06, 2008)
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Craig
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Post Number: 665
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 12:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Read "Racial Situations" by John Hartigian... extensive treatment of the neighborhood and the white minority.
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Detroitbill
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Post Number: 489
Registered: 09-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 12:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Isnt that the area which Nancy Whiskeys is in??
Love that place..
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Terryh
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Post Number: 711
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2008 - 11:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I second Craig on Racial Situations; A must read for Detroit sociology-history buffs. There was a neighborhood bar in that area I stopped at some years back that still had a southern clientele whom currently or formerly resided in the neighborhood. I felt dissapointed when a man I was talking to about the history of the area said something to the effect that I stuck out or looked like I didnt belong: Im just as, if not more working class and blue collar as they are.

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