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Homes Mark First 100 Years

Monday, August 01, 2005 4:21 PM | Deleted user

Elizabeth Suh, The Detroit Free Press, August 1, 2005
(Article on Boston-Edison's centennial celebration)

Through a century of change, the Boston-Edison Historic District in Detroit has remained a neighborhood with a classy reputation that holds an attraction for the curious.

On Sunday, the Historic Boston-Edison Association celebrated the 100th anniversary of the district's six oldest homes with walking tours and activities at Voigt Park. The centennial homes sit on Longfellow between Third and Woodward, and have occupancy records that date to 1905....

[Neighbors] are proud of the homes' history and look to maintain the beauty, integrity and security of the neighborhood, said James Hamilton, association president.

Emma Holmes-Farris, who moved into her home on Longfellow in 1951, said she sees more prosperity ahead for the neighborhood as Detroit's downtown prospers. The old home takes work to maintain, she said, but it is her "nest." "To me, it's just an oasis in the inner city," she said.

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