A passionate team is transforming a blighted Highland Park block into a sustainable eco-village.
The art project is aimed at raising money to demolish blighted Detroit houses, but Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration is not on board.
An interactive map shows where each of the 10,000 fires occurred between 2013 and 2015.
The city of Detroit released an impressive interactive map and database that show all 7,740 demolitions, how much each cost and who received the contracts since Mayor Mike Duggan took office in January 2014.
Once billed as “Detroit’s most beautiful dance rendezvous,” the ornate venue attracted musical acts as diverse as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, MC5, Velvet Underground and The Stooges.
Fires were on two floors of the hulking building owned by billionaire Matty Moroun.
The west-side building is owned by the city, which isn’t as quick to take action in some neighborhoods.
The ornamental, dome ceiling on the long-abandoned Eastown Theatre in Detroit has collapsed as scrappers continue to remove steel beams from the historic movie palace.
As more properties fall into foreclosure, the cycle of abandonment, arson and blight will continue.
Billionaire Matty Moroun has pledged for years to clean up the Michigan Central Station, one of Detroit’s most iconic symbols of decay.