Pointe by Point

July 1, 2014


A handful of Grosse Pointers this week are passionate about specific issues — whether for or against — regarding the sanctity of the town. Though Metro Times being made a behind-the-counter commodity at local libraries is a talking point of its own, residents are also discussing a barn being installed at the Grosse Pointe Park border at Alter Road, the hullabaloo of the fireworks in Grosse Pointe Woods Sunday evening, and Portia Roberson, the head of the Civil Rights and Ethics Division for the city of Detroit being accused of shoplifting at a Talbots on Kercheval Avenue.

1) The Grosse Pointe Woods annual fireworks, which occurred Sunday evening to a fairly large crowd, usually draw some incidents despite police presence. After Sunday’s events, residents took to the Grosse Pointey Facebook page to voice concern about the event’s traditional location: Parcells Middle School on Mack Avenue. Locals are considering approaching the city council to ask that the fireworks be moved to one of the residents-only parks, particularly the Grosse Pointe Woods Lakefront Park located in St. Clair Shores on Jefferson Avenue. The desire to move appears to stem from concerns that teenagers were increasingly rowdy and starting fights in the midst of the crowd.

2) Portia Roberson, head of the Civil Rights and Ethics Division for the city of Detroit, was stopped by police at a Grosse Pointe Talbots Sunday afternoon after exiting the fitting room. The police were called to investigate a “potential shoplifter.” Roberson said on her friends-only Facebook page that she went to Talbots to return previously purchased items, which she had in her purse, but went into the dressing room to try on some pants before returning them. The officers searched her bag and found that the items in her bag matched information on her previous receipt. Roberson went on to say that the manager informed her that she had asked the police to walk around the store because it was busy, adding that only three other shoppers were there, and that they were not searched. The Grosse Pointe store has since apologized.

3) Grosse Pointe Park is in the midst of building a farmers market smack on the Grosse Pointe-Detroit border on Kercheval Road, which has residents feeling a mixed bag of emotions. So far the market is just a large, tan barn, but road traffic is at a standstill. The area will likely see more foot traffic in the future. Many residents voiced on the Facebook page that they’re excited for the development, and believe that it will benefit both sides of the border. However, some locals were quick to voice that they’re “pro-border,” with comments like “wish they would build a wall from Mack to Jeff. I am SO OVER the crime that pours in from Detroit and I’m not ashamed to say it. Anything that would help deter that … I’m down for!!!!”

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  • shera

    Misogynistic trash rags actually belong in the garbage,not just hidden behind the counter!!! I am one of the women working to put your shameful disgrace of a rag tabloid out of the public sphere,and one day out of business completely, it has been long time coming for feminists to see our this battle begin!!! Your rights to gender based hate speech end where my rights to respect for my womanhood begin!!!! All women who read,advertise within or who are paid by the metro times entity need to wake up and examine your consciences.

  • http://www.gpforlife.com/ GP For Life

    Easy there, pal.

  • MickinDetroit

    Add GP woods skanks vandalizing Gilbert-town.

  • MFC

    ahhhhh… nothing says “Freedom” and celebrating the “United” States like having your fireworks display in a gated park!
    But It’s not just GP that Racism is confined to, this is METRO Detroit, the nations most segregated metro area. Overt and subtle racism is practiced in the Tri County area daily.
    And before someone goes off with a false equivalent about “Black on Black” or Black racism, not only is that not equal, it’s not an excuse white bigotry either.

  • Russ

    I can’t blame the residents of GPW asking to move the fireworks to a gated, resident-only park. There are assholes out there, of all races and residencies, whose idea of a good time is to cause trouble. Moving GPW’s fireworks to Woods Park may prevent said assholes (at least those that aren’t Grosse Pointe residents) from ruining their fireworks. Unfortunately, it will most likely just displace these derelicts to the fireworks displays of the nearby suburbs of Eastpointe, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Warren, Fraser, etc.

  • Russ

    Make sure you leave room in the garbage for your closed-minded, feminist ideals. Yeesh…

  • Guest

    So, the people of GPW should not be allowed to take steps to prevent a family event paid for with their tax dollars from being ruined by people from outside their community?

  • SnowStormsinDetroit

    You gotta be a dude. I just know it.

  • c_galaxy

    It is paid for entirely through advertisements. I’m sure there will be plenty of advertisers in line for fireworks that are obscure. Hidden away from the traffic that the current Mack Avenue brings, there is not a lot of incentive. & GPW does plenty good of a job wasting taxpayer money without adding fireworks. I hope they keep the fireworks, as-is, and bring more police to enforce the few while the many continue to enjoy…

  • c_galaxy

    That seems like a good solution at first glance… We should be able to police this. MSP manages Belle Isle somehow… Giving up the fireworks is an all-out concession. Alternatively, having them at the park will be a barrier for some residents (the park is in SCS & several miles away) and take away incentive for advertising dollars that fund it. If GPW would slow down on their announcement, I am confident the other Pointes would work with them on a good long-term solution.

  • Guest

    Actually, signage placed before a captive audience in a confined space is preferable from an advertising standpoint (see: every pro sports arena and stadium). I didn’t even know there were ads since I, like many others, am able to watch the fireworks from home. If everyone had to go to the park to watch and they placed signage in the park, advertisers would in fact line up. But unfortunately, the fact is the park isn’t set up to handle the crowd/traffic that would result from having the event there, so the only solution is to keep it as is with the additional police presence you mentioned. And who pays for that again?? Hint: It’s not the sponsors.

  • c_galaxy

    It’s not the sponsors who pay for patrols…. That’s absolutely right. If you have no problem paying taxes for the fireworks themselves, why mind paying for the safety patrols necessary? The signage is always plastered on the fence of Parcells. As far as captive audience, I wouldn’t agree that a fireworks show fits your description very well. It is dark (cannot see signage) & most are watching the show. It is not the same level of exposure that Mack Avenue brings with the amount of cars that travel per day. It’s unfortunate that the Woods doesn’t have direct access to the lake without the obscure park.

  • Guest

    “If you have no problem paying taxes for the fireworks themselves, why mind paying for the safety patrols necessary?”

    Because it would be a previously unnecessary cost brought on by idiots from outside the city. Although, like I said, it’s the only option unless the fireworks are cancelled outright, and that’s why it’s unfortunate for the residents.

    “The signage is always plastered on the fence of Parcells.”

    If it’s always there, then how is the signage related to the fireworks, which is a one-night event? Seems like they’re paying to advertise there because it’s a busy spot in general, not because that’s where the fireworks happen to be held. (Especially if, as you say, a fireworks show is not a good place to advertise anyway.) It sounds more like the city is using general revenue unrelated to the event to pay for the event. And revenue generated by city assets (the busy stretch of Mack Ave) belongs to city residents. So isn’t the event taxpayer-funded after all, even if it’s ostensibly paid for with advertising dollars?

    “It’s unfortunate that the Woods doesn’t have direct access to the lake without the obscure park.”

    Not sure what you mean here. The park IS the access and it’s free to enter if you’re a resident. The use of the park and all its terrific amenities is a benefit that residents earn by paying municipal property taxes. A 55-acre park open to all residents is not obscure. To me, it’s the opposite of unfortunate that a city that doesn’t border the lake had the foresight to secure a piece of land with lake access for it’s citizens to use. The park is one of the attractions of living there and, last I checked, there are homes for sale if anyone wants in.