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Martha Reeves Encouraging Tourists To Visit Detroit

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Martha Reeves was the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas which had its origins in Detroit. After producing such hits as "Dancing in the Street" she joined the political scene as a Detroit City Council woman.

Martha Reeves was the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas which had its origins in Detroit. After producing such hits as “Dancing in the Street” she joined the political scene as a Detroit City Council woman.

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Detroit (WWJ) – Motown singing legend Martha Reeves is no longer in politics – but that doesn’t mean she’s given up on trying to make Detroit a destination for more people.

The former Detroit City Councilwoman is trying to recruit more people to come to Detroit.  As she travels the globe performing, she sells people on the idea of experiencing Detroit for themselves.  Reeves said she’s one of Detroit’s biggest cheerleaders.

“I invite people here from different countries all the time and I take them to the Motown museum for tourists and they love this place,” said Reeves.  “In fact, I have one friend that’s coming back from Scotland the second time this year because he enjoyed being here so much.  He liked Greektown, he liked the food at Monroe Steakhouse, he loved End Zone and he loved PizzaPapalis.  He loved that Astoria bakery.”

Reeves was in the political mix as a member of Detroit City Council for years – but does she miss the job?

“No,” Reeves sang out loudly.  “No.”

Reeves commented on the current state of Detroit and the city council.

“I love seeing how the council is working.  I wish they’d work more with the mayor. I wish they could get along a little better and I see a lot of help coming to the city of Detroit,” said Reeves.  “A lot of moderate income houses being built, a lot houses being demolished so Detroit’s making a swing up on the upward way.  And I’m not leaving.  Everyone’s saying we’ve got to fight to make it right.”

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