By Antonio Cosme
These young men fight over the chance to push a lawn mower and without their help I wouldn’t have been able to cut so many lawns today. 12-ish lawns. I wasn’t really keeping count.
Its that time of year again! Fall is upon us. That means lots of things including that the cruising season is wrapping up. Majestics Car Club’s Hot Sunday tradition has informally marked the end of the lowrider season in Detroit as Cinco de Mayo has signaled its start.
Lunchtime at Gonella’s Italian Market on Oakwood near Fort Street is an inexpensive fill that has joyed Southwest Detroiters for decades. The surrounding neighborhood has been rapidly disappearing over the past 2 years as Marathon Oil has purchased and demolished hundreds of properties as part of their communicated plans to create a buffer zone between their operation and local neighborhoods. This has created some insecurity and complications for several local businesses. The bridge over the Rouge River on Fort Street connecting the neighborhood to the larger Southwest Detroit community was also removed in 2013 to make way for a new bridge.
While Cinco de Mayo is commonly mistaken as Mexican Independence Day the actual date is September 16th (TODAY!). For those of you even remotely familiar with Mexican culture and history this is no surprise. But for a large number of Americans, even many here in Southwest Detroit, the distinction escapes them. Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 over the French, is often celebrated across the US with party-like festivities while Mexico’s independence day often passes unnoticed.
The tree that fell in yesterday’s storms still lays across Falcon St near Elsmere in Southwest Detroit. One neighbor’s car and three neighbors’ homes were damaged. The power was restored and the new light was installed today around the tree somehow. Hopefully we can get this gone next so that our neighbors can carry on.