Wait, wait, wait... Don't leave Dearborn yet. There is a possibility you haven't seen it all, especially if you spend most of your time on the west side. You may have forgotten the gem that is East Dearborn. Or you may have just passed through that little gem. Either way, you should get out and explore the businesses, the restaurants, and the sidewalks of East Dearborn.Excerpt:
While there are vacant suites, as there are in any downtown today, East Downtown Dearborn is a beautiful business district. Visitors will find new sidewalks, landscaping, tucked-in on-street parking spaces and more.
Business owners there wisely decided to keep paying the special assessment district fund and due to their foresight, east downtown has free customer parking.
Boettcher and I visited the M&M CafÈ across from City Hall, owned by Maurice and Elaine Ltief. The food and service was incredible, and M&M CafÈ is a restaurant I highly recommend to anyone looking for great food and service at reasonable prices.
I also spoke with Ron Amen, director of the Arab American National Museum, across from City Hall. Many people do not realize its affiliation with the Smithsonian. It is also the first museum in the world devoted to Arab-American history and culture. What it offers Dearborn, and America, is incredible and can clear up many misconceptions pertaining to our wonderful Middle Eastern neighbors. Visit the museum's Web site at http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/ to find out more.
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