By: Lee DeVito from

Our tour guide waves a plastic fiber optic light wand over her head. "I try to hold this thing up, but most people say it just makes me five-foot-four," she says. 

But what Linda Yellin lacks in height, she makes up for in decibels. "Yes, my last name really is Yellin," she points out

Yellin is addressing a group of some 30 tourists gathered for one of her Feet on the Street walking tours of Detroit, which she invited us to tag along. (The theme of the tour is "Come Hungry, Leave Happy, Learn Healthier," and we can't turn down an invitation for free food.) 


by Lisa Diggs

Trained as a social worker by profession, Linda Yellin accidentally stumbled across her new direction as operator of a tour company in Detroit. A longtime supporter of the city, and passionate lover of food, Linda volunteered to be a tour guide during the celebrations surrounding Detroit’s 300th birthday. She led groups through historic Eastern Market, and absolutely loved the experience, except for one thought that gnawed at her. She wondered how a tour of Eastern Market could be complete without food-tasting being a part of it.


Participants did break into a singalong of 1950s tunes during the four-hour journey, arranged with the help of Linda Yellin of the sightseeing company Feet on the Street Tours. The group also stopped at Eastern Market for lunch. Later, there was birthday cake, dinner and a slideshow of photos through the years.


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