The rebirth of Detroit’s Gordon Park, 1967’s ground zero

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The rebirth of Detroit’s Gordon Park, 1967’s ground zero
Bill Kubota, Detroit Public Television’s One Detroit and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative
12th Street and Clairmount - the intersection of those two streets on Detroit’s west side was ground zero fifty years ago.
The blind pig, the police raid, the lootings, shooting, fires and killing - it started there. A lot has changed since 1967. 12th Street was renamed Rosa Parks Boulevard in 1976.
By then most of the businesses in the once thriving retail center had left.
The printing shop where the police raid started it all was leveled, replaced by a nondescript plaza.
The plaza has since become part of Gordon Park, the neighborhood playground for the area.
Gordon Park has seen its share of neglect, but now, exactly fifty years later, it’s been revitalized, and looks to be the center of a community now on the rise.
Gordon Park sign - Feature.JPGThe newly refurbished Gordon Park features a performance stage and exercise equipment

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