Portraits of Another Time: Collecting vivid memories of Detroit’s past

Do you have a vivid memory of a neighborhood or street in Detroit where you grew up? Or maybe you have fond memories of a theater, church or corner store.

Let’s bring those memories back! Beginning next month, we will be featuring our readers’ recollections of specific places and times in Detroit. Maybe you even have some old photos. Either way, we’d love to hear from you.

We also have photographers who are available to capture the spirit of the present location, even if it is abandoned or turned into something new.

Briefly share one of your fond memories in the form below.  This is only a summary of your memory or idea and won’t be shared or published. We’ll respond after hearing from you!

Let’s keep those memories alive.





Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • pamelafs

    I was about 7 or 8 years old when I96 was being built. It was 4th of July and we rode our bikes down to the embankment near Evergreen and sat on the grass and watched the fireworks. I’ve lived in a lot of cities since and have never seen city fireworks as big and grand as Detroit…

  • bebow

    I remember sitting in the warm, glowing light in the main dining room at Creagar’s Pickwick House one winter night, drinking coffee with a friend and watching snow fall through windows facing the parking lot across the room.