Introduction

On the city’s northwest side, Russell Woods is the largest historic district in Detroit. Once home to many of Motown’s greatest stars, the Russell Woods-Sullivan neighborhood boasts stately single-family homes built from the 1920s through the 1940s. Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Diana Ross of the Supremes all grew up in the area, as did Detroit Poet Laureate Dudley Randall.

In 2019, the City of Detroit announced a strategic plan to celebrate the arts, culture and heritage of Nardin Park and Russell Woods. A major step has been removing blight and adding community programming to green spaces. New basketball courts, a streetscaping project and a series of retail pop-ups are also planned.