Friday, December 11
Free to members – $5 suggested donation for non-members. Not a member? Join at the door and you get in for free!
David Mackenzie House
4735 Cass Avenue
Doors at 6:30
Talk at 7:00
Aaron will visit PD to talk about his experiences living in Detroit’s Russell Woods and Lafayette Park neighborhoods. Many people are familiar with Lafayette Park, yet few know of Russell Woods – Detroit’s largest historic district – and its many famous residents of yore, including Dudley Randall and Diana Ross.
He’ll also talk about his new book, “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass”, which, well, we’ll let him explain:
“With advice on everything from buying and rehabbing to house to not sounding like a completely uninformed racist when you talk to a black person, let us help you avoid falling into the “jackass” trap and become the productive, healthy Detroiter you’ve always wanted to be.”
Aaron Foley is a writer and journalist who, by day, is a copywriter at a global advertising agency based in Metro Detroit. Prior to dipping in the advertising world, he was a full-time journalist who started his career at the Lansing State Journal, helped launch MLive Detroit, and worked for WardsAuto. You might have read his work via Jalopnik, Reuters, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Metro Times, BLAC Detroit, CNN, Forbes, Ebony, Next City, Bridge Michigan, The Architect’s Newspaper, Belt Magazine, and several others. He’s also contributed to literary journals, including The Periphery and Transmission. His essay, “We Love Detroit, Even If You Don’t,” was included in “A Detroit Anthology.”
“Where We Used to Live” seeks to highlight the under-told first hand accounts of life in the city before it became the “Detroit” of today’s headlines. The Detroit narrative is so often told by those from the outside through statistics and one dimensional demographic data, storytelling allows for the emersion of the human component of the narrative. Each “Where We Used to Live” lecture will highlight life in a different neighborhood as told from the perspective of a person with roots and connection to that place.
Our Third Friday Lecture Series is made possible by the generous donations of our members, to share the tales of Detroit’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, and architects and build support for historic preservation’s importance in revitalizing our neighborhoods.