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StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: “The city is like one big house”

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One new Detroiter tells of the dramatic welcome gift she received from a woman in her 90s, now her “best friend” here.

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One day while renovating her recently purchased home, 55-year-old Tate Osten heard a knock on the door. When she answered it, she found a woman she’d never met: 90-something-year-old Myldret “Bernice” Leatherwood.

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Tate Osten and Myldret “Bernice” Leatherwood

The average person wouldn’t have had that much nerve. What caused me to do that?” asks Leatherwood, about three years later. “It was something that caused me to stop and meet you, Tate.”

This house has soul,” says Osten.

In this StoryCorps interview, they explain how their mutual love of architecture and a dramatic gift began what they describe as an unlikely friendship. They also tell of their dreams for the city they both call home.

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Laura Herberg, Community Reporter

Laura Herberg is a Community Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here. She has reported since 2010 without owning a car.

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Detroit Journalism Cooperative

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The DJC is a partnership of six media outlets focused on telling critical stories of Detroit and creating engagement opportunities on-air, online and in the community. View the partners work at detroitjournalism.org.

Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.

  

 

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