Life in Detroit: Becky

Dressed in an elegant blue dress Becky stood in the kitchen of her open concept home greeting visitors as they poured in by the dozens Sunday afternoon.  Unsurprisingly, people were anxious to ask questions about her home and her experience living in Detroit.  Becky was beyond gracious and attentive to her guests and nice enough to answer some questions for the blog.

How long have you lived here?

A year and a half.

Are you from the area?

I grew up in Sterling Heights but I moved back to Detroit after 10 years away.  I was in Warsaw and Los Angeles.

Ten years is a long time to be away from Detroit, it changed dramatically.  What was it like coming back after so long?

I’ve always come back because I have family here.  I was regularly coming back and checking on the city.  I knew I wanted to come back eventually.

What do you do?

I’m an architect and I also teach at U of D (University of Detroit-Mercy).

You like living in Corktown.  What are your favorite things about being in this area?

My neighborhood.  My neighbors.  I love the history and the people that are here.  From the young people that are moving in, to the people who have been here a long time.  There is something nice about the flavor of lots of diversity and personalities.

Why should people move here?

You should move here if you really like to interact with people because you can’t get away with huddling yourself up. My neighbors walk over and want to talk.  Some random person comes over and says ‘hey, I heard about this’.  You have to be open to that experience. It’s nice for me because I can walk to my coffee shop.  I can walk to bars.  I can ride my bike to anything in the local vicinity.  I like that.  I like living in a city that I can access those things.

What are you waiting for, what are you hoping to see?

I’m not waiting for anything.  It’s already happening.

It pains me to write this but I have no other pictures from Becky’s GORGEOUS home.  I was really looking forward to my first home tour post; unfortunately, miscommunication with my photographer leaves me empty handed. So for now it’s an insider interview, perhaps one day a home tour.


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