This story of Detroit love starts inauspiciously in a sports equipment warehouse in Warren.
That’s where Russell (Rusty) Young and Patrick McNamara met and found they had a mutual curiosity for Detroit … a curiosity that’s being shared by a lot of people lately. They decided to share their “taste for adventure” on their 450detroit.com blog.
Whether it’s riding through the city on Segways wearing yellow capes, checking out the iconic Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, floating on a river cruise or sometimes talking about their challenges, Young and McNamara share their first-person accounts of life in Metro Detroit.
“The purpose of our blog is to create cultural access to the City of Detroit. Our approach is what sets us apart. We put ourselves in our stories frequently, writing first-hand about what Detroit looks like … feels like … smells like,” says McNamara.
Like many, they call the city home, even though they live in Ferndale and Pontiac. McNamara has a very inclusive view of the word “Detroit.”
“Whether you live in the city, or close by, we are all “Detroit,” he says “Residents of the city should care about what we’re doing because we promote the city and its people by working against the constant deluge of negative Detroit imagery and press. We feature local businesses, community organizations, real people and other avenues of interest in the city, making it a more appealing place for those unfamiliar. Also, we try to keep our stories honest and use humor when we can, which everybody can dig.”
One of the things Rusty and Patrick found (when they moved back from spending time in Alaska, Colorado, and Florida respectively) was just how out of touch they were with their hometown. “We’ve grown close to the city now and we realize what a wild, wonderful, and interesting place Detroit actually is,” said McNamara.
Recently the blog has grown to include four people and has gone through a redesign.
What’s the end goal for 450Detroit?
“In the short term, we will continue to explore the City of Detroit, improve our writing and make connections,” he says. “The end goal is to create a Detroit-based business based on our project.”