If you count the drug house and squatters, W. Robinwood has eight occupied houses, and the remaining 82 lots are either empty or have abandoned, dilapidated houses.
The largely abandoned area is littered with trash, tires, furniture, rotting homes and discarded boats.
The 15-story gothic-style building is owned by Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority, which has let the building rot while spending $285 million in public funds for a new Red Wings arena.
When one of our photographers approached the scrappers to inquire about the illegal operation, they tried to run him over with a truck.
Key to the transformation is a tattoo artist and a nonprofit that has been wildly successful in Midtown.
The 104-year-old building was popular on Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook.
Brewster-Douglass is considered the nation’s first publicly funded housing project for black people when it was built in the 1930s.
A Grosse Pointe Park company closed the building and left behind bloody syringes, prescription pills, medical supplies and thousands of confidential medical records stacked from the floor to the ceiling.
The area is riddled with abandoned, burned-out homes, dead trees and discarded tires and garbage.
Over the past two years, scrappers have grown bolder and more reckless, causing fires, tearing down buildings and trying to topple the enormous water tower.