Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Flashback photo


Imagine standing on the corner of Adams and Woodward, where the Proof Bar is now (recently Sibley Shoes), and looking toward St. John's.

Today, it is a clear view on our side of the street, since there is nothing but asphalt parking lots between Central Methodist and St. John's.
But this is what it used to look like, before Woodward Avenue was widened to 5 lanes, parking, and turning median, in 1936 (St. John's was pushed back 60 feet for the widening). Notice in the distance, on the right side of the road, St. John's Bell Tower.

These photos are a part of a series on Woodward Avenue, the Main Street of Metro Detroit.

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