Here are some of what the press has to say about all that is going on in and around Detroit!
Lynne Konstantin | Design Writer
Brett Mountain | Photographer
The area of Detroit known as Brush Park began as a farm. Owned in the early 1800s by Adelaide and Elijah Brush (the second mayor of the town of Detroit and treasurer of the Michigan Territory), the farm was parceled out into lots by the Brushes' son, Edmund, in the mid-1800s when the new rail lines brought Eastern entrepreneurs to Detroit — making Edmund one of the wealthiest landholders of the time. He named many of the streets after friends and family members, including Winder Street after his friend John Winder, a local attorney....
by : Rebecca Kavanagh
The official name of Linda Yellin's sightseeing company is Feet on the Street Tours, but after six bustling years of business, she's ready to simplify. Enjoy the D is how Yellin describes her tour company now - short, sweet and to a T. Each time she heads out with a group, whether they're seniors from Southfield or staffers from Wayne State, her goal is to help them fall in love with the city that captured her own heart long ago.
Linda Yellin (B.S.W., ’82; M.S.W., ’83) knows that seeing is believing. So when she wants people to believe in Detroit, she shows them Detroit.
Yellin’s outside-the-box contribution to the city’s revitalization is Feet On The Street Tours, the business she launched in 2007 to showcase the food, art, architecture, history, music and neighborhoods of Detroit by bus, car and foot. The company’s mission is to promote a positive image of the city and the region through cultural tourism and social issues. Tours not only introduce visitors to the city, notes Yellin, but they bridge the gap between the city and suburbs and re-acquaint residents of the region with the cultural, social and economic resources in their own backyard.
Yellin’s abilities as a promoter are evident in her success generating publicity about Feet On The Street Tours. Her frequent appearance in the local and regional press impressed the Women of Wayne Alumni Association, which in April 2012 honored Yellin at its annual Headliners Awards luncheon. The award, which calls attention to the fact that Wayne State women are making a significant mark in society, is given to alumnae whose achievements have made headlines in the media.
Yellin, a clinical social worker credited with some of Southeast Michigan’s first-ever pre- and post-adoption counseling services for those touched by adoption, brings the conscience of a social worker to her programs, which highlight local social services, rehabilitation programs, social justice issues, community art projects, and civil rights. One tour examines food and hunger issues with assistance from Eastern Market Corporation and Gleaners Community Food Bank. Another tour leverages the expertise of Southwest Solutions to explore issues unique to a large Hispanic population. Yet another explores Detroit’s rich African American history, including visits to sites of urban renewal and the Motown Museum. Given their sociological bent, a number of Feet On The Street’s experiential learning bus tours offer Continuing Education Clock Hours for social workers and certified counselors.