Another Detroit Resurrection: Alfred Street
I was born in Detroit, the 1957 model year.
For decades the city was synonymous with decay. During the last five years though there has been an astonishing turnaround, which I have posted about several times.
One house, in particular, became THE poster child for abandonment:
Alfred Street is in the heart of Brush Park, which was jammed with striking homes a century ago. Even as late as 1980s the neighborhood was, while mightily battered, largely intact. This all soon changed and within a decade much of Brush Park was bulldozed.
The city belatedly recognized that they could not demolish their way to renewal so they purchased the few remaining vacant houses and boarded them up. Today, these structures are dotted between the massive new developments taking place, adding history and gravitas.
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