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Terryh
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Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 7:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is anyone old enough to remember the areas of the city where street prostitution, after hours gambling, street lottery (numbers)took place in the 50s 60s and 70s? Have locations changed over the years? Was certain types of gambling more predominant in select ethnic enclaves?
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Tetsua
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Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 7:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember there used to be a lot more porn stuff on Woodward. I think it was around the late 80s, early 90s.
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Ordinary
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Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 7:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember the Willis Show Bar. Also Beaver's Topless Shoe Shine! I don't think they really shined any shoes in there.
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Terryh
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Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 7:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The wood six girlie show and sassy cat theatre were on woodward.
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Cmubryan
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Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 10:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember Sign of the Beefcarver on 8 mile and Evergreen.
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Gannon
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Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 11:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Only thing I know is around the old Crim on Woodward and Six Mile...the laggards of vice are very amusing.

The theater was turned into a church, the Revival Tabernacle, and for over a year we'd get people wandering in off the street for some distraction from the cares of life...only to get the shock of theirs when they realized their old porno palace was a wee different.

So, yeah, the laggards of vice can be quite amusing. AND that should be the name of a rock group.
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56packman
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Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 11:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Columbia street just east of Woodward had a couple of old houses back in '75-'80, it looked like you could get what ever kind of trouble you wanted there. The girls would approach the cars and discuss terms. Very exciting stuff for us teens to watch happen.
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Ravine
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Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 11:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Celebrity House strip joint on Woodward. Quite a place, in the late seventies. (I was young enough that I really shouldn't have been hanging around in a place like that, in a location like that.) Not a grimy, seedy place, either. Total nudity, back then. And those girls were in SHAPE, boy... Not very far from Club Manchester, outside of which the Asian-American Vincent Chin was beaten to death by some drunk assholes who blamed "his people" for all of the layoffs in the auto industry. Gee. Sometimes the Good Ole Days weren't so good.
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Ptero
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 12:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Anderson's Gardens on third around the corner from the historic block of Canfield. Lived on Canfield and went in Anderson's once just to see it. The hookers were not happy we were just playing shuffleboard and not interested.

A cop was shot in there once and the whole area was crawling with cops on foot, in cars and helicopters with searchlights looking for the perp.

Story was the Canfield association somehow made the city close Anderson's before they went for the condo's off the end of the street. Think it had to do with getting a zoning change through.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 12:22 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"I remember Sign of the Beefcarver on 8 mile and Evergreen."

What exactly went down at Sign of the Beefcarver besides the serving of luke warm cheap buffet food?
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Jdkeepsmiling
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 1:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

got to love warm (not hot) cheap buffet food
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Jman
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 8:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hastings street in the 50's.
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Rjk
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 8:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Didn't Leon Spinks get worked over at 6 Mile and Woodward many year ago?

I vaguely remember reading something about him waking up in a cheap motel with just about everything missing including his teeth and clothes.
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Cmubryan
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 9:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

#1 it was a cafeteria not buffet
#2 their roast beef was and still is extremely tasteful
#3 it was and still is a good value
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Matt_the_deuce
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 11:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Leon Spinks - wasn't it outside the Last Chance Bar at 8 & Woodward?
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Queensfinest
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 11:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There's a place called La Chambre (spelling might be wrong) on Telegraph Rd, Redford/Detroit border, where some acquaintances have noted that you can still get pretty much anything you might imagine, if you know what I mean...
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Thnk2mch
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 11:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Have you tried putting an ad in the personal classifieds?
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Professorscott
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 11:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

La Chambre - weird place. I've never been in it but I'm aware of it; it's in a small, linear shopping center at the corner of I-96 and Telegraph.

I said "small, linear shopping center" because "strip mall" would be a horrible pun right about now.
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Jdkeepsmiling
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 12:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

you realize that by explaining you avoidance of "Strip Mall" you essentially negate any reason for avoiding its use in the first place?
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Professorscott
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 12:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Timing, my boy, timing. Learned it at the William Shatner Acting School :-)
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Matt_the_deuce
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 2:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Also on Telegraph just a bit North is the Chapeau Vert.

Don't know if it's operating but combined with La Chambre we should change the name of Telegraph to Le Boulevard Rochechouart.
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 5:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"What exactly went down at Sign of the Beefcarver besides the serving of luke warm cheap buffet food?"

Ever hear of beef curtains?
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Emu_steve
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Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 8:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

lot of these threads bring back my days at Wayne.

I remember Anderson's Gardens. Barely remember the Willis Show Bar also.

I remember Dick Purtan on the radio having all kinds of fun with the Gardens.

I also remember the Detroit riots and a state policeman telling me to get the hell out of there. I can't remember where I was but it wasn't in Anderson's Gardens. ;-)

But I also remember the '68 World Series and what a good time that was. I lived "on campus" (in quotes - progress was tearing down the apt. building and making it a parking lot) and after the series winning game everyone flocked downtown and had a tremendously fun celebration.

Those days us youngees just kind of like let it hang out that night.

(Message edited by emu_steve on February 10, 2007)
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Michmeister
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Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 4:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wasn`t Hermans Gardens the big trouble spot for prostitution in the seventies?

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