Tigers Party at Post 10

PLAV Post 10 in Hamtramck is throwing a Tigers party this Sunday. For $25, Post 10 provides food and drink before and after the game, a bus ride to Comerica Park and back with the Detroit Bus Company, and tickets to the game (upper infield box seats). The Post opens at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday; the bus leaves at 12:15; the game starts at 1:05. This is an open invitation to everyone, and interested persons should call Post 10 or Wally Tripp to reserve their seat.

Lenten Fish Frys

Lent will be over before you know it, so get to a fish fry while you still can. There are 3 special events in the city this year. (Please let me know if I’ve missed one!)

  • PLAV Post 10 has the widest selection of offerings, both of fish and Polish fare: Fresh lake perch, cod, shrimp, pierogi, potato pancake, and combination plates, cooked to perfection by Wally Tripp. Starts at 4 p.m..
  • Hamtramck Moose Lodge – I haven’t been there yet this year, but they usually put out quite a spread. I heard rumors of blackened fish and orders of butterflied shrimp big enough for 3 meals last Friday.
  • New Dodge Lounge – Lenten fish is new this year at New Dodge, courtesy of Fred Zajdel. Last week, he served Manhattan clam chowder and cod. I don’t usually eat clams or fish, but it was delicious. Food will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m..

Mayor Majewski Sticks Up for Hamtramck

Hamtramck has a rich and colorful history. Over the years, a number of it’s institutions have been lost, but it’s reputation as a vibrant entertainment district has endured.
I commend Mayor Majewski for recognizing and defending Hamtramck as an entertainment destination known far outside it’s borders. I also credit Gordon, Ahmed, Miah, Jankowski, and a reluctant Stackpoole for approving the liquor license transfer at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Since the days when Hamtramck Township encompassed much of the Eastside down to Belle Isle, bars and saloons have been part of our identity and culture. Like no other place I know, they operate like historic public houses in the European tradition where ideas, music, art, politics, laughs are shared.
Since I’ve lived in Hamtramck, local bars have shown amazing generosity and charity, giving back to the community in financial support for citizens in difficult situations. In Hamtramck’s growing cultural mosaic, I hope different cultures can see the wisdom of accommodating one-another as we move forward.

Kelly’s Bar

2403 Holbrook St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 873-9428
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The crispiest waffle fries served by most welcoming staff. Home of the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.
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A wistful myth

There is a wistful myth that if only we had enough money to spend — the figure is usually put at a hundred billion dollars — we could wipe out all our slums in ten years, reverse decay in the great, dull, gray belts that were yesterday’s and day-before-yester-day’s suburbs, anchor the wandering middle class and its wandering tax money, and perhaps even solve the traffic problem.
But look what we have built with the first several billions: Low-income projects that become worse centers of delinquency, vandalism and general social hopelessness than the slums they were supposed to replace. Middle-income housing projects which are truly marvels of dullness and regimentation, sealed against any buoyancy or vitality of city life. Luxury housing projects that mitigate their inanity, or try to, with a vapid vulgarity. Cultural centers that are unable to support a good bookstore. Civic centers that are avoided by everyone but bums, who have fewer choices of loitering place than others. Commercial centers that are lackluster imitations of standardized suburban chain-store shopping. Promenades that go from no place to nowhere and have no promenaders. Expressways that eviscerate great cities. This is not the rebuilding of cities. This is the sacking of cities. – Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities