April in Detroit Puts a Little ‘Spring’ Back in Our Step

April 01, 2010 | Detroit
Banishing the Nain Rouge

In recent days, as temperatures ranged into the 60s and we were able to shed our winter coats for the first time in many months, we were reminded of how special it is to live in a downtown urban setting. Is there anything quite like walking through Detroit streets vibrant with people and activity?

Just a block or so east from Lofts of Merchants Row, on Library Street, we passed lunchtime diners enjoying fine Cuban cuisine—outside—as Vicentes “thought fast” and set up, al fresco, for its patrons. Others soaked up the sun at Campus Martius Park in the shadow of the Compuware Building while those seeking exercise donned running shoes and headed two blocks south to RiverWalk, also abuzz with activity along the international waterway.

On the more bizarre side, the sunny weather provided the perfect backdrop to the Mardi Gras-esque La Marche du Nain Rouge in Cass Park where a Detroit urban legend involving a tiny red devil (Nain Rouge) was officially “cast out” of the city during the carnival-like event’s 300th anniversary. The Time blog covered the festivities.

They say Spring is about renewal and optimism and fresh beginnings. We couldn’t help feeling all of that and more as we look forward to new destinations, activities and a city-living lifestyle unencumbered by sleet and snow in the days ahead (at least for the next seven or eight months!) See you out there!

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