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Would you consider Royal Oak a "Hipster Hangout"?

by: Rob St. Mary

September 20th, 2012


Over the past year and a half, WDET has been holding community conversations as part of our “Crossing the Lines” coverage. This week we're asking “What should Metro Detroit know about Royal Oak?”

My first experience with Royal Oak was in the early/mid 1990s. The town, received national attention for two things – one of the first Post Office shootings and being where “Dr. Death” Jack Kevorkian lived. But even then, by 1995, the changes we see today were starting to take place. The small town trappings were starting to shift and a more “hip, urbane” vibe was creating things like coffeehouse culture. Remember, Brazil Coffeehouse – a local business that served up java and music?

In those almost 20 years, I’ve observed – first as a patron, then an employee of the Main Art Theatre around 1999/2000 – how store fronts changed. Local businesses became national chains, at times, and old stores became new boutiques and bistros.

But, I’m sure that if you live in Royal Oak you have seen more than just these cosmetic and economic changes.

So, that it leads me back to my original question: “What should Metro Detroit know about Royal Oak?” Let me know what you think and your concerns & ideas can help shape WDET's coverage of your community.

You can contact me through the following:
rstmary@wdet.org
313-577-5237
Twitter: @RobDET



WDET's newsroom has learned that in order to get authentic ideas & voices you have to go out into the community to meet people where they live. Over the past year & half – through our Crossing the Lines project – we have been visiting communities around Metro Detroit, inviting folks to have conversations with our staff and reporting back what we’ve heard the next day. Pease keep in touch with us and tell us what matters to you. The best way to do it is to become a source for our Public Insight Network.