Even on a Tuesday, ardent Detroiters are out on the town.
You’ll find 400 or more people kicking a soccer ball around an athletic field on Belle Isle. Others scarf down pizzas in Eastern Market. A retro group twirls hula hoops in an art gallery.
What’s the group identity about? Authors Watts Wacker and Jim Taylor of the best-selling book 500 Year Delta suggest that the swarms of friends who frequent city hot spots are akin to a cohabitating affinity group. In other words, a posse.
These groups, which often encourage the intermingling of people regardless of age, race, gender or martial status, have erupted with the help of close-knit community supporters and the proliferation of social media.