In summer of 1963, Mies’ Detroit renewal project Lafayette Park had a lot going on. Neighbors got to know each other. Games were played.
According to that season’s edition of “The Lafayette Sporadic,” a Miss Boomer was in charge of the latter and had organized activities for “Kids and Others.”
Here was a schedule of activities:
12 Noon Dark
2:30-3 Street Showers
3:30-4 Story Time
4-4:30 Games (small children)
6-7 Practice for special activities
7-Closing Adult activities
Included in the text: “For you adults who want some athletic activity. Miss Boomer would be happy to organize volleyball or softball games. Flabby males and trim females are invited to contact her on the playfield [sic].”
That a woman named Miss Boomer was in charge of organizing community recreational activities is too charming. That trim males and flabby females were apparently not encouraged to contact her about activities is… puzzling.
Today’s newsletter page, along with other bits of information we present through July, are courtesy of Betty Brown and the publication, “Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies,” 2012. If you would like to share ephemera from Lafayette Park, send us a copy at email@example.com.› Read more