Archive for the 'Michigan' Category



Three Pink Chairs

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Iglesia de Dios, Inc

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Fear over downsizing

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Some people can’t help themselves, some can’t accept the help of others, and some will never be happy. The latter category is apparently the camp some Detroiters fit into. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, a lot of residents fear what downsizing…I mean “right sizing” will mean for them and their neighborhoods. Because as things stand now, a plan to actually do something is more scary than the present plan, which is to allow the city to continue its long decline towards oblivion.

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Yes, some may have to move from the home they love. And no, the gestapo will not drag you from your house. But once the city consolidates services, your one house neighborhood may be, by all intents and purposes, abandoned (like it isn’t already?).  “Of course you don’t have to evict people to force them to move…” That statement is true of course. At some point some residents may have to move. Like it or not, the road ahead is going long and rough. Many will not be happy, but is anybody happy with the present circumstances?

Detroit Pheasant

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For years I’ve been spotting pheasants in the city of Detroit. This one was out in the late evening during a spring snowstorm. I’ve seen them in many parts of the city, and almost had one hit my windshield while driving down Chene near Mack.

Searching online I came across several articles about pheasants in the city. The Metro Times had this article, the Free Press had this one about pheasant hunters training their dogs in vacant lots in Detroit,   and of course, this Time article mentions pheasants in a piece on urban renewal.

The Craig’s Chapel Baptist Church

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The abandoned house of the week

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City of Highland Park: Working For You

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The photo above was take in October of 2004. The below image is, presumably, somewhat newer.


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Updated map of abandonment

Many houses have been torn down since I last updated the map.


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The abandoned neighborhood of the week

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House of God

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