The mood was somber as preservationists and parishioners sang a hymn, prayed, listened to somber horns and clutched candles.
Suspicion fell almost immediately on the church’s owner, Salim Kemenko, a property speculator who has wanted to demolish the building but was prohibited from doing so.
The Cass Corridor, long synonymous with crime and blight, is undergoing a renaissance of sorts.
The Department of Environmental Quality received complaints that Bill Hults was forcing employees to work around hazardous materials.
One was a mansion for a gambler and hard-partying bachelor. The other was a police precinct.
The largely abandoned area is littered with trash, tires, furniture, rotting homes and discarded boats.
On this day in 1959, construction begins on the first segment of the $54 million Chrysler Freeway in Detroit. The groundbreaking takes place on Hastings Street at Macomb, the heart of the city’s oldest black business and residential district.