There’s been a lot of change in the area commonly called “midtown” the past couple of decades and Sue Mosey has been at the crux of much of it. In fact many people credit her and Midtown Detroit and its predecessor, the University Cultural Center Association for nearly half a billion in investment in this neighborhood in the last 10 years.
For this and a myriad of other reasons many of Detroit’s playmakers from different generations and disparate corners of the city gathered Wednesday at the Whitney to celebrate a woman who shuns the spotlight herself while making the lights shine brighter for her neighbors.
“Without (Sue Mosey), Midtown wouldn’t have happened,” said Christina Lovio-George during her speech to the hundreds gathered on the stately lawn of the 1894 mansion-turned-restaurant.
The speakers listed off countless independent and national businesses that are now in midtown that were not before – The Sugar Hill Arts district, Biggby Coffee, Starbucks, and many more commercial and residential developments. Mosey also has been recognized by groups like the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) for her non-profit leadership.
The outpouring of support and thanks for Sue’s great work resulted in $25,000 being raised that is “going to be put to work in the neighborhoods tomorrow.”
With so much accomplished and so much great work being done, what is Mosey most proud of?
“I think the relationships and how many things we’ve facilitated, and helped people connect with each other to do things. Also, some of our own projects like the Inn on Ferry Street, which I think is a very special thing for Detroit. A lot of our infrastructure, we’re building parks, gardens, andgreenways, that’s also important. So, it’s a lot of different things.”
There is little doubt, Sue and her partners have accomplished great things and in posing this question, I felt like I was asking a mom trying to pick her favorite child. It’s just not possible.
That said with all that was going on at the celebration, Whitney owner Bud Liebler may have summed up the feeling of the crowd, and the evening, the best.
“I call her the Mozenator, because no one can do what she does.”All photo credits: Karpov The Wrecked Train