Who are the scrappers? They are laid-off autoworkers, drug addicts, high school dropouts and others trying to get by.
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Thigh-high grass has swallowed swaths of Detroit that now look more like prairies than neighborhoods. Dozens of parks that Mayor Bing pledged to maintain are a sea of green.
Despite city efforts to keep people off the field, persistent fans have revived the ballpark. Now families visit the park; people bring their dogs; and other come to play baseball.
What Detroit lacks in luster, it makes up for in sweat.
In under a minute, someone armed with a paint-filled fire extinguisher can spray 20-foot-tall streaks of paint on buildings and never been seen.
From the street, Forest Hill Cemetery looks like an overgrown vacant lot with a collapsing fence surrounded by garbage.
An early morning fire tore through an abandoned housed that served as an art installation at the world-renowned Heidelberg Project on the city's east side.
These neighborhoods could be any in Detroit – neglected and cluttered with abandoned homes.
Lens on Detroit: Explore inside historic Masonic Temple as officials fight to save neo-gothic building from auction
The world's largest Masonic Temple was on the verge of being sold at a tax foreclosure auction, but Masonic officials made a $10,000 payment this morning and reached a deal with Wayne County to maintain ownership of the historic neo-gothic building on Temple in Detroit.
Aftermath of Tigers Opening Day: Red cups, blood, rotting food, vomit, broken windows & beer bottles
Cars left in parking lots were broken into. Wind-blown red cups drifted onto exit ramps. Shards of glass were scattered across busy streets and sidewalks.