You Might Be From Greater Detroit if…

If you recognize some of the names on this list, you might be from greater Detroit! We’ve got great reads on Detroit history, architecture, iconic businesses, and more. Whether you are a history fan or just like to indulge in a bit of nostalgia, there’s something here for you!

Woodward Avenue

Robert Genat

Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip is filled with stories from the people who cruised and raced Woodward in the wonderful era of the 50s and 60s. Featured are the clandestine and not so clandestine efforts by the factories to build cars that the Woodward crowd would buy and race. Revisit the legendary Detroit DJs who provided the cruisers musical soundtrack, the hang-outs and drive-ins, the high-performance new car dealerships that provided the cars, and the legendary speed shops that provided the hot rod parts.

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Sanders Confectionery

Greg Tasker

For more than 130 years, there has been no sweeter word in Detroit than Sanders. The venerable confectioner was once as much a part of Detroit s streetscape as the Big Three, Hudson s, and Coney Islands. Sanders was more than just an ice-cream and candy shop; a Detroit icon, it served a fountain of memories for generations.

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Greetings from Detroit

Dan Austin

Revisit Detroit's familiar places and long-lost landmarks of days gone by with these nostalgic postcard views.

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Guardians of Detroit

Jeff Morrison

Detroit is full of amazing architectural sculpture. Historian and photographer Jeffrey Morrison has captured some of the best examples of artistic decoration on the buildings of the Motor City, and tells the stories of the architects, sculptors, and artisans who are responsible for them.

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Michael Hauser, Marianne Weldon

For over a century, the J.L. Hudson s Department Store on Woodward Avenue was more than just a store—it was a Detroit icon and a world-class cultural treasure. At 25 stories, it was the world s tallest department store, and was at one time home to the most exceptional offerings in shopping, dining, services, and entertainment. This illustrated history is sure to bring back memories for generations of Hudson's shoppers.

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Forgotten Detroit

Paul Vachon

Detroiters know their history well. Founded in 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the city subsisted on a variety of industries: fur trading, stove building, and, of course, the automobile. Names such as Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh resonate in Detroiters' common memory. Detroit's meteoric rise during the 20th century established the city as an influential leader in commerce, culture, and religion. This growth spawned the development of numerous businesses, organizations, and institutions, many now forgotten. Albert Kahn left his indelible mark. Mary Chase Stratton created a new art form. And Henry Ford II changed the course of his family legacy. Forgotten Detroit delves into the wellspring of history to retell some of these lesser-known stories within Detroit's rich heritage.

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The Faygo Book

Joe Grimm

The Faygo Book is the story of Detroit's beloved soda pop and how it has remained the last bottler standing in "pop alley" thanks to its pioneering techniques, rambunctious rainbow of flavors, and a fiercely loyal community. Joe Grimm carefully measures out the ingredients for a successful beverage company that has forged a bond with a city and its residents for more than a century in spite of dicey economic times in a boom-and-bust town. These stories and facts will tickle the taste buds and memories of Detroiters and Faygo lovers everywhere.

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