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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 - 12:16 pm:   

The current midtown/cass corridor began in 1950. when the late Dr. vincent wall (wsu dramatic literature professor) purchased his home on canfield between 2nd and 3rd. He envisioned a professors row.Kenneth m davies moved in in 1958 and started a family. bill marsh moved in in 1966 snd beulah groehn/croxford came in 1967. Beulah made historic presevation her full time job untill she passed june 18 2001.During her time with the help of bill a broker and ken a lawyer, a historic district ordinance was passed and west canfield designated as detroits First historc district (1970) a new high rise apt bldg was stopped thru fed ct action and an effort by wsu to take housing between 2nd and 3rd forest and hancock was stopped thru a state law suit. Bill found new people to buy and renovate the homes and bill created the first condos in our area in the early 70s which further stabilized the neighborhood. We all worked with the wayne county prosecutor to close anderson gardens(there is an aa meeting there each sat at noon now) and the willis show bar 2 notorious hooker bars. In the late 70s when the ren center was being built the neighbors went and removed the street pavers, stored them at ft.wayne untiil a fed grant was obtained to restore the canfield steetscape to its appearance in 1900.In the 80s and 90s we worked on crime and cleanliness in the belief that if we made it clean and safe people and capital would come because of all the cultural ,educational and entertainmeent assets here, and they have. This is great community with great diversity of life styles cultures incomes and services, in short we are all, the city. kenneth M. Davies President canfield west wayne preservation association
Bob Lueck
Posted on Monday, December 01, 2008 - 3:10 am:   

Some acquaintances lived and worked in the home across from Beulah Groehn. I think they worked on indoor restoration, and got free rent in return. Don't remember who the owner was, just that it was a busy place during the week, with interesting parties weekend nights. It is hoped that the home is now beautiful inside, many decades later!
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 6:36 am:   

Thank you so much for this artclie, it saved me time!
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2011 - 4:03 pm:   

What a joy to find such clear thiiknng. Thanks for posting!
Posted on Friday, July 08, 2011 - 2:58 am:   

Your article was exclleent and erudite.

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