About Joanne

Joanne McNary qualifies as having a full-on case of “Detroit-itis,” a condition characterized by swooning at the sight of new business openings, cheering on women leaders and going gaga over local theatre. She grew up in the city and found her way back four years ago - now dwelling in downtown. Joanne's "Deeply Detroit" blog highlights Detroit's crazy patchwork of neighborhoods percolating with the miracles that are breathing new life into the city. She revels always in the warmth of her family. Her children, their spouses and one spectacular granddaughter are her treasures. In Joanne's mind, Twitter rules. Follow her on @DetroitRocks.
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What Will Be Your Random Acts of Kindness?

With the recent act of violence in Boston we thought it was helpful to our hearts to remember Joanne’s post following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Now more than ever we need Random Acts of Kindness …   As I left the Renaissance Center and walked to my car in the […]

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The Zen of Toiling in Obscurity and Exploding Into Stardom

The story of the enigmatic Detroiter who came to intrigue the nation won the Oscar for best documentary in the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony. “Rodriguez isn’t here tonight, because he didn’t want to take any of the credit himself and that just about says everything about that man and his story that you’d want to […]

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Forget Big Boxes! Five (pretty sweet) Reasons for Keeping Your Detroit Dollars Local

A remarkable number of shops are opening in Detroit and many others have stayed the course the past few years. Since moving here four years ago, I’ve made it my personal mission to support these stores and to make every possible purchase I can in the city. Is that always easy?  No, but I have […]

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In Another Lifetime – A Love Letter to Five Great Detroit Women

I have become fascinated with the women in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and especially the women who have a Detroit connection either through birth, living in the city or working in the city. Though they have departed, the more I learn about them, the more they grow closer to my heart.  I have […]

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How to Take a Cheap (but Elegant) “Staycation” in Detroit

Fall is spectacular in Michigan, and Detroit is a cornucopia of fun. So you know those articles in the travel sections entitled “Three Days in Chicago”, “Three Days in L.A.” etc.? I decided Detroit needed one. There may be a few already written but I wanted to do my own version and early fall is […]

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10 Shortcuts to Falling in Love with Detroit

Nearly four years ago, my husband and I left the Detroit suburbs and made the move to the city. The kids were out of the house and we wanted to experience the diverse aspects of this intriguing urban setting. We consider it an adventure and were intent on committing to Detroit in a variety of […]

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“That’s a Very Beautiful Baby,” the Homeless Man Said

“That’s a very beautiful baby,” the homeless man who sits on a ledge at a corner near my residence uttered as we walked by. I see him on a regular basis sometimes passing him on my way and seeing him again in that same spot hours later when I return. On this especially warm day, […]

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