Grandmont Rosedale Bids a Very Fond Farewell to GRDC’s Community Engagement Manager Chelsea Neblett

For those who know Chelsea Neblett, GRDC’s Community Engagement Manager for the past four years, it will come as no surprise that when she ran for class president in the 5th grade, complete with a campaign manager and a catchy slogan (“Be a Smartie! Vote for Chelsea!”), she won. Even as an 11 year old,…

The Grandmont Rosedale Vacant Property Task Force: Our Goals, Our Success, Our Holiday Wreath Sale

“She came ready to get to work, with her cordless drill in one hand and a box of screws in the other.” Vacant and blighted property in Detroit threatens neighborhood health and stability, but also offers the prospect of civic engagement. The Grandmont Rosedale Vacant Property Task Force is a notable example of residents who…

Detroit Partnership Day, Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Grandmont Rosedale community will team up with University of Michigan students on Saturday, March 28th from 10 – 3 PM for the 16th Annual Detroit Partnership Day, (DP Day for short). DP Day is a student-run organization that pairs student volunteers from Ann Arbor with schools and non-profit organizations in Detroit. DP Day is their…

Grandmont Rosedale, Home to the Jim Dandy Ski Club: The Oldest African American Ski Club in the U.S.

In 1958, three young Detroit men established the first African-American ski club in the United States. These men had skied before, but wanted to include after-ski activities where African-Americans would feel welcome.  The wrote up a constitution, and named their ski club the “Jim Dandy Ski Club of Detroit” after rhythm and blues singer Lavern…

The Streets of Grandmont Rosedale

It is common for a city to name its streets after historic military officers or men significant in a city’s early history.  Chalfonte, for instance, was named after a French Lieutenant posted at Fort Ponchartrain during the 1750s.  Henry R. Schoolcraft is remembered as an early 1800s explorer, geographer, geologist and ethnologist whose contributions would…