Hamtramck Festival is a great weekend to showcase our city

Well here it is, the end of summer as we know it.
While this weekend isn’t officially the last days of summer, the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival is a signal for many of us that warm summer days are nearing an end.
(Sept. 22 is the first day of fall, just in case you were wondering.)
For kids, it’s the end of summer vacation and the start of school next week.
We don’t look forward to cooler days ahead, but we always appreciate Festival weekend. It’s a special time in Hamtramck that brings out the best of the city. It’s a chance to see the entire community on display, and embrace our incredible ethnic diversity.
The festival is also a way to enjoy urban living. Detroit can only dream to one day be like Hamtramck. Although we have our financial problems, the city is on the road to recovery and ready for development.
There also have been a number of new business openings, including one opening this weekend by Mayor Karen Majewski. It’s called Tekla Vintage, and it’s located at the former Cody hat store, 9600 Jos. Campau.
The mayor is having a grand opening today, Friday, in the early evening. Stop by and wish her well, or better yet, purchase something.
Anyone notice the recent influx of young adults in the city? You can see them walking, biking and skateboarding around town. Thanks to rising rents in the Midtown area, many people are being pushed out, and a number of them decided to make Hamtramck their home.
We say “thanks” because their energy is infectious. We have a good hunch that these young adults will be making major contributions to the growth and development of the city.
These are exciting times in Hamtramck.
With all this in mind, there is plenty to celebrate this weekend. Beside the good music and food, the festival gives us a chance to mingle and get to know each other and welcome our visitors.
Hamtramck has a lot to offer, and this weekend is a great showcase to prove the city is a desirable place to live and work.
Have fun, Hamtramck. We’ll be out on the festival grounds, too, noshing down a plate of Polish food, enjoying a cold brew and listening to some of the best performers Detroit has to offer.

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