Destroy or rehab?

What happens when 61% of an entire city leaves? Do we destroy the abandoned homes to make room for new or do we empower communities to rehab them? Our goal was to raise awareness about this societal issue and warn for gentrification.

''Detroit has spent around $177 million to demolish around 11,000 blighted structures since 2014, work folks in the neighborhoods largely applaud. But without meaningfully reducing tax delinquency and tax foreclosure, demolition is like pouring money into a bucket with a hole in the bottom. '' 

“We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes.” The once-great city, the “arsenal of democracy” during the second world war and home of the world’s most innovative

manufacturers, has almost been ruined a second time. National interest in Detroit has waned since its bankruptcy proceedings, brought on by decades of mismanagement, ended in December 2014. Most tales of the city now take one of two tacks. Either Detroit remains mired in poverty and unemployment, its doom merely forestalled by a few years. Or the hipsters flooding in are, with each overwrought coffee contraption and jam-jar cocktail, returning the city to something like its former glory.

 © 2020 by Bob Hendrikx

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