By Tiffany Esshaki
C & G Staff Writer

SOUTHFIELD — You might’ve noticed recently that the city of Detroit has seen a surge of support. Near and far, from T-shirts to Cadillac commercials, the struggling city is gaining hordes of fans who believe Detroit is headed for a comeback. And what better way to show your allegiance than to head downtown and explore all that Detroit has to offer?

That’s exactly what Linda Yellin set out to do when she started giving informal tours of Detroit’s Eastern Market to friends in her spare time. Now, 10 years later, the clinical social worker has grown her small walking trips into Feet on the Street Tours, a Southfield-based company that offers a variety of outings, classes, tours and other programs that highlight Detroit’s rich culture and social life.

“The tours are not only showing Detroit off to visitors, but also to people in the suburbs who want to connect or reconnect with the city,” said Yellin....

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The official name of Linda Yellin's sightseeing company is Feet on the Street Tours, but after six bustling years of business, she's ready to simplify. Enjoy the D is how Yellin describes her tour company now - short, sweet and to a T. Each time she heads out with a group, whether they're seniors from Southfield or staffers from Wayne State, her goal is to help them fall in love with the city that captured her own heart long ago.

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Posted by Joni Hubred-Golden
Farmington-FarmingtonHills Patch Editor

When Farmington Hills resident Linda Yellin decided to turn her hobby of introducing people to Detroit neighborhoods and restaurants into a business, people thought she was crazy.

"Detroit had a bad reputation," said Yellin, who founded Feet on the Street tours in 2007. "I started the business never, ever expecting it to grow to this extent."

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The area of Detroit known as Brush Park began as a farm. Owned in the early 1800s by Adelaide and Elijah Brush (the second mayor of the town of Detroit and treasurer of the Michigan Territory), the farm was parceled out into lots by the Brushes' son, Edmund, in the mid-1800s when the new rail lines brought Eastern entrepreneurs to Detroit — making Edmund one of the wealthiest landholders of the time. He named many of the streets after friends and family members, including Winder Street after his friend John Winder, a local attorney....

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