On this day 80 years ago, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt kicked off the building of the Brewster Homes, America’s first federally funded public housing project for blacks.
A developer plans to spend $50 million renovating the Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center.
As threats of demolition loom over the long-abandoned recreation center, the city suddenly is sprucing up the building.
The Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center may be demolished as Detroit Mayor Duggan looks for developers for the Brush Park area.
We took a stroll as fog blanketed Detroit this morning.
By now, crews were to begin demolishing the red-brick towers and row houses.
The recreation center, which closed in the 2000s, became a source of hope and pride for children and teenagers at a time when the growing African American population was confined to segregated slums.
Rows of burned out townhouses and high-rise apartments are decaying, windowless and tagged with graffiti. Broken furniture, garbage and dead trees are strewn across the 30-acre ruins near downtown.
The nation’s first federally funded public housing project for black people is coming down on Detroit’s east-side, removing a behemoth eyesore looming over I-75, Mayor Dave Bing announced today.