Porches & Lawns
Alleys you can eat off of, perfectly cut grass, and a clean city were often recalled as points of pride in Hamtramck's history. Here are stories of spending time on front porches, of enforcing the city's strict property codes, and of the former Block Club Association that cleaned and repaired the city with a passion.
Vera Burk, longtime President of the Hamtramck Block Club Association, tells the story of the organization's passionate members and their years of work doing everything they could to promote a clean, beautiful, proud Hamtramck.
Sophie Yakubowski remembers many days spent sitting on the porch watching people go by and asking them what they were doing. She considers how Hamtramck has changed but also how she has changed over the years.
Adele Wojtkowski describes the ritual in her neighborhood of sitting on the porch and listening to the sound of the neighbors playing their instruments down the block.
Vera Burk recalls her work as a city code enforcer and her commitment to getting people to do everything from cutting their grass to keeping indoor couches off their front porches. She explains why this is so important to the city and how the culture has changed today.