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Leslied
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Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 1:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am new to this board, I think it is amazing. I am a teacher on the Westside and I am obsessed with how Detroit once was. Once, driving to Mumford High, I passed some metal orange structures on the side of the road, near what I think was a shopping area. It seemed abandoned now. I don't remember what street I was on, just I was near Mumford. Does anyone know what these are or were?
Thanks
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Kimistree
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Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 1:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you are talking about the orange metal structures that had street names on them at the corner of Wyoming and Curtis then that was the cities attempt to beautify the area.

There are also orange metal structures that were put up in front of what was Sugar and Spice a day care center between Curtis and Thatcher on Wyoming,they used to have metal children that hung from them and looked like they were playing and doing pull-ups.
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Lowell
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Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 2:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember these. They have been around for a while. The picture I took of the old Sidra recording studio, taken in 2002, shows them.


Sidra Recording Detroit


The Sidra Story
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Bulletmagnet
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Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 5:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Welcome Leslied. I drove through that block just this morning, and it still looks just like Lowells photo from 2002. Thanks for the linkage Lowell, it is an interesting and little known bit of our local music history.
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Leslied
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Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 6:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank You- mystery solved- I thought they were some beautification project but didn't know. I remember the metal children!
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Ericdetfan
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Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 8:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i drove by that a few weeks ago...some of them are now painted pink and it looks really ugly.
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Detroit_signal
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Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 8:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Remember the red monkeybar structures on Washington(?) Avenue downtown??

Ugly.
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Broken_main
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Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 8:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was part of the neighborhood beautification project back in the 80's. They had them in other different areas of the city, as well.
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Kimistree
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Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 8:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think the monkey bar "beautification" and the Wyoming "beautification" happened around the same time. The late 70's early 80's.
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56packman
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Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 8:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Alex Pollack wuz here
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Bulletmagnet
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Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 10:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is a slideshow of the above mentioned area for those who are interested:
http://s148.photobucket.com/al bums/s22/bulletmagnet69/?actio n=view&current=1178505054.pbw
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Kimistree
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Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 9:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow!! I visit my Mother at least once a week and I didn't notice those metal children were still there.
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Fareastsider
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Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 11:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I cant believe that anyone thought that that was a nice look!!! Those kid sculptures are wierd...I wonder what would happen to someone on LSD if you dropped them off there?
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Burnsie
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Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 1:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Flint had similar orange stuff put on the sidewalks of N. Saginaw St. It was part of the "New Flint North" image upgrading project. Now the stuff is faded and bent. It always looked ugly and is even worse now.

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