Archives for March 2016

Cass Corridor’s own Casey Kasem

Remember Casey Kasem? If you do, you’re probably among that group of us who mumbles our age when asked. But whether you actually remember the days of Casey Kasem, or know enough about music history to know the significance of the man who single-handedly revolutionized the music industry with his Top 40 format (some would say for the best, others not so much), perhaps not as many know that Kasem is from Detroit. But not just Detroit. The larger-than-life radio personality, who ruled the airwaves for more than 30 years from 1970 on with a worldwide listenership that at its peak reached nearly 8 million, was raised right here in the Cass Corridor (it definitely was not Midtown at the time). But not just in the Cass Corridor. Casey Kasem’s childhood home was located in the exact spot … [Read more...]

Ralph Rinaldi remembers a Cass Corridor in full dimensions Part 2

  If you closed your eyes and listened to Ralph Rinaldi reminisce about the Cass Corridor that surrounds the El Moore, the way it used to be before Midtown was barely an idea, you would see it at first, then you would hear it and smell it. Then suddenly you’re there, looking around at a very different place in time. It is a counter-cultural neighborhood, but also exceptionally tolerant. A diverse neighborhood of artists, students and professors as well as junkies, pimps and prostitutes. But there was room for them all, and somehow they made it work… Because that's what neighborhoods do. This is Part 2 of a fascinating discussion with longtime Cass Corridor resident/activist Ralph Rinaldi. (Read Part 1 here.) The following is a slightly edited transcription. Mr. Rinaldi … [Read more...]

Great Things are Happening on Third Street!

It’s almost Spring here around the El Moore Midtown neighborhood, and as the robins return and the flowers start to appear, we start to shed our heavy winter wear and see what else is blossoming in and around the Cass Corridor. One of the many great things about Detroit is that a lot of the historic buildings have been preserved over the years, and so when new owners have new ideas for old buildings, most are structurally sound enough to refurbish. That’s what we did with the El Moore building, built in 1898, and that’s what’s happening all around us. This week, we are going to profile not one, but two, exciting new entertainment venues within walking distance from the El Moore: Cinema Detroit and the Shag Bar, both on Third Street. If you are a lover of indie films, you will also love … [Read more...]