As threats of demolition loom over the long-abandoned recreation center, the city suddenly is sprucing up the building.
The suspicious fires underscore the vulnerability of a city seemingly incapable of handling the unending arson crisis.
The Detroit Fire Department has been flirting with calamity since then-Mayor Bing laid off firefighters, closed stations and cut money for emergency safety repairs.
The Brewsters are the nation’s first publicly funded housing project for black people.
“How dare someone come into this city and take away the most treasured jewel of our citizens,” Councilwoman Joann Watson steamed.
The project is the centerpiece of Bing’s plan to demolish 10,000 abandoned buildings in four years.
The former red-brick community was the nation’s first publicly funded housing project for black people.
Detroiters have had enough. Arsons are burning out neighborhood cores.
Firefighters were shocked to find two men asleep in a car outside of the burning building.
The apartment building was severely damaged, displacing more than 20 residents.