Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Remembering Detroit's Paradise Valley

You've probably heard of the Harmonie Park district in Detroit. It occupies part of a larger area that long ago was known as Paradise Valley, home to the bulk of Detroit's black population. City officials, it seems, are pushing to re-tag the area with its original Paradise Valley name lately; you see it more and more on signage these days in the area near Broadway not far from Comerica Park and Ford Field.

Paradise Valley, back in the day, was nationally known as a great place to catch some of the biggest names in jazz and blues. I learned all of this, and more, after seeing these photos that hang at Coaches Corner last week. Read about a few other things I learned by checking out the entry I made on