Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 16, 2013

City known for Polish ties shows it's much more


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — HAMTRAMCK (AP) — Diversity is snapping in the wind in a small Detroit-area city best known for its Polish heritage.

Eighteen flags were raised Saturday on a busy street in Hamtramck to represent the roots of many residents. They included Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Lebanon and the U.S.

The Detroit News says people of different backgrounds cheered, clapped and playfully slapped each other on the back. Michael Grijak says diversity is one of Hamtramck’s strengths, a sign that people can get along.

The flagpoles on Joseph Campau Street haven’t been used in years. Volunteers paid $1,000 per pole to fix the poles and hang a flag.

Hamtramck, of course, has long been recognized as a Polish community, but immigrants from many countries call it home.