Heavy fog blanketed Detroit earlier this week, giving the illusion of a fading city. But Detroit is anything but.
“Oh, God,” Janet Howard said, fearing the spreading flames would devour the entire block of Garland and Canfield, where an arsonist also set a blaze the day before. “Please. Please, God.”
Investigation: Thieves tear apart Packard Plant for scrap metal in broad daylight; neighbors at risk
Scrapping thieves have become alarmingly more daring and audacious as police have virtually ignored an organized scrapping operation that has sprung up at the abandoned Packard Plant in Detroit.
Behind the scenes: Packard Plant is backdrop for post-apocalyptic film starring David Arquette, Lily Cole
Crews spent the morning filming Arquette and actress Lily Cole, who donned an ornate, primitive headpiece and rode a wreath-wearing donkey.
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.
He screamed; he pleaded. “Please don’t harm my dogs,” he begged police, who moments earlier had barged into his east-side home looking for marijuana.
Whether the west-side building will be salvaged is questionable because thieves stole copper plumbing, unleashing a torrent of water that was quickly rising in the basement.
Tucked inside one of the school’s art rooms were hundreds of pieces of award-winning art dating back to the 1960s. A month before demolition began last summer, I scooped up the art in hopes of showing it once again.
The Egyptian pyramids. Stonehenge. Crop circles. Now Detroit has its mysterious feat – a tangled installation of pianos, pews, sofas, chairs and anything else found inside the abandoned Woods Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Detroit. The meticulously assembled piece spills across the sanctuary and crawls about 10 feet up the wall. It’s unclear who […]
To many, the sprawling Packard Plant is nothing more than a dangerous eyesore and an unsettling reminder of Detroit’s tragic decline. To others, it’s an urban playscape. A mammoth canvas. The Great Ruins of Detroit. But to the embattled city, the 40-acre plant is a stark reminder of how broke and powerless the cash-starved government has […]