You just never know what you’re going to ride by on the Tour De Hood. Case in point, the ride the Legal and Eagle and I did the other day.
Here’s a link to our ride: (Thanks to Legal Eagle) LINK TO ROUTE
Mack Avenue is looking both up and down. While there’s some new signage, other buildings are still decomposing at various rates.
Alley Scratchers looks pretty new-ish, if you’re on the look for a new tat or some piercings. (Note: They don’t appear to be open in the morning)
$20 seems like a deal to me
Mountain Tire, on the other hand, appears to be permanently shut. (I’m not certain, but I think I can state that with some authority based on the price for that tire).
I’d say 90% of the tire stores in Detroit are painted yellow (or yellowish)
The Peace Lutheran School is, I think, similarly shut down. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty good Cliff Notes version of building conctruction, as you can easily see the layers that make up its facade and structure.
Not too many Lutherans left on this part of Mack, I guess
Here’s an interesting retail “outlet”. You are offered the possibility to buy “Bank Foreclosures”. Given the arcane means banks have been devising to artificially inflate their bottom lines (See: Barclays Libor Scandal), I doubt this is an opportunity to buy a foreclosed bank at a bargain price.
Get ’em while they’re hot
I’m reasonably positive this is NOT a retail establishment. And I’m not sure if it’s dissing or supporting our local Crip Club.
Yep,that about sums it up
If I had the time, I’d do a post that only had photos of barber shop/hair stylist establishments I’ve ridden by. Here’s one with a spiritual dimension
Better a Fade of God than the alternative
There’s a curious sign in the nail shop next door. It probably violates a number of federal statutes (ask the Legal Eagle for details, if you must), but I can see the validity of its message.
Sorry boys, gotta stay outta here
Things were looking a little more upbeat a bit further towards downtown. An ice cream shop looked pretty spruced up. (With a nod to Albus Dumbledore?)
I confess: I’ve never actually purchased snow before
The Legal Eagle wanted to try and check out a former interurban train station (or it may be a bus station; I can’t remember which), so we turned onto Gratiot. The building is still there (more or less), but we couldn’t figure a way in through the fencing. However, we did spot another interesting shop. It makes a rather grandiose claim about itself on one of its signs:
Here, it claims to be “Michigan’s Best Kept Secret”
The next version of the claim is a little more toned down, perhaps on advice of counsel:
O.K., maybe we’re only “Gratiot’s Best Kept Secret!”
There wasn’t much worth noting on Conner over by the Detroit City Airport, but new delights awaited us a bit further on: To wit: A motorcycle club headquarters.
Any guesses what The “FW” stands for? I know MC = Motorcycle Club
There’s a semi-open (I honestly couldn’t tell) Chrysler axle plant over on Lynch Road. At one point, the parking lot must’ve been pretty crowded. Here’s a photo of one of the turnstiles to enter the lot.
We also passed turnstiles 5, 6, and 7
Our ride came to an unplanned halt, as a very very long train had stopped (literally) in its tracks. It sat there for a while, which gave us the opportunity to examine some of the mysterious signage on the car carrier cars: Here’s another quiz for you all
What the heck does this mean?
As I said, the train stopped for a very long time, which gave me the opportunity to snap a somewhat oxymoronic photo:
Once the train finally got moving, (It did make a really cool sound as the cars started dragging each other forward) we trundled onto Caniff. (Hi Tim Suliman!) We passed a video store with all your international needs covered.