New Book Features Photographs of Royal Oak, Michigan

November 18, 2008

Eclectic and vibrant, Royal Oak has historic buildings, funky shops, and great restaurants; and it is one of the hottest spots for nightlife in metro Detroit.

Royal Oak, MI (PRnine – November 18, 2008) – A new book showcasing the City of Royal Oak, Michigan is now available. Royal Oak, Michigan Photographs can be ordered online and it is also available at several area stores (see below).

According to author Rod Arroyo, “Royal Oak offers a photographer so many opportunities. The iconic commercial signs, eclectic mix of architecture, traditional urban form, and beautiful parks are just some of the amazing visual elements that this great City offers.”

Besides sharing his images, Arroyo hopes to promote Royal Oak businesses and encourage people to shop, dine, and enjoy this vibrant City. Arroyo notes that “the City of Royal Oak fosters creativity, and this creativity can be found in elements ranging from historic structures and commercial signs to storefront windows and flower gardens. A stroll in downtown Royal Oak is invigorating and lively, and it is unlike any other place you will find in southeast Michigan.”

Another goal of the book is to partner with a non-profit organization in the Royal Oak area and offer this book as a fund-raising opportunity. The Royal Oak Historic Society will be selling the book as a fund-raiser and a portion of the proceeds from all retail sales of the book in Royal Oak stores will go the Historical Society. For more information on the Royal Oak Historical Society, contact Jay Dunstan, President (

Arroyo’s first book, Birmingham, Michigan: A Year of Photographs, was published on October 1, 2008 and it is available via,,, and select local stores.

About the Author

Rod Arroyo’s profession is city planning and transportation consulting with Birchler Arroyo Associates, Inc., a Lathrup Village-based firm he co-founded. He is also a co-owner of clearzoning, a company that transforms municipal codes. He studied photojournalism in college and worked for a daily college newspaper, but he eventually chose a career in city planning and traffic consulting. His projects include the award-winning Big Beaver Corridor Study for the City of Troy and traffic consulting for Royal Oak’s Main North mixed-use development.

The Royal Oak book is available at:

The Ladybug Shoppe, 210 W. Sixth Street, Royal Oak

Frentz & Sons Hardware, Inc., 1010 N. Main Street, Royal Oak

Royal Oak Books, 28806 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak

Royal Oak Historical Society, Churchill Community Ctr, 707 Girard Ave., Royal Oak

Sue’s Hallmark, 17690 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills

Amy’s Hallmark, 655 S. Adams, Birmingham

It is also available at,, and


Media Contact Information:
Rod Arroyo
Phone: 248.790.2530