Thursday, September 23, 2010

Washtenaw Club View Subdivision Creation (off Packard near YHS)

Do you know the neighborhood around YHS? Here's when "Washtenaw Club View" subdivision lots were originally offered for sale in the paper: the beginning of May, 1924.

The property lies between what is now the YHS campus and the Polo Fields Country Club.

What struck Dusty D was what I take to be coded language. The terms "all-American" and "highest restricted subdivision" lead me to believe that this sub was available only to white citizens.

According to black oral histories in the Archives, the inter-war period was a particularly bad one for prejudice against black residents. Perhaps this advertisement is one relic of that grim period. What do you think?

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