On the left, a young boy rides a scooter down the street while two people stand near a car between 1016 and 1020 Riopelle St. on Aug. 31, 1949, in Black Bottom. On the right is City Place, an apartment complex whose parking lot and outdoor living space cover the area where Riopelle St. used to run. (Color Photo: Detroit Free Press)





  Officials mull marker for razed Detroit neighborhood

DETROIT - History officials are seeking public input on a potential marker for Detroit’s former Black Bottom neighborhood.

The Detroit Historical Society’s Black Historic Sites Committee plans to host Michigan History Center representatives Monday evening for a two-hour discussion . The Michigan Historical Commission wants ideas about what the marker would say and where one would be placed.

Black Bottom was a predominantly black neighborhood demolished in the 1960s for a freeway and mixed-income development, Lafayette Park. Once home to an Eastern European Jewish community, it and the neighboring Paradise Valley district became a hub of black-owned businesses and featured a nationally known music scene.

The area suffered economic decline and was razed to combat what the city then called “urban blight.”

Black Bottom was named for the area’s native rich and marshy soils.





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