Always look on the bright side of blight
March 12, 2009 3:45 PM Subscribe
posted by filthy light thief (35 comments total)
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"Ah, the mythical $100 home. We hear about these low-priced “opportunities” in down-on-their-luck cities like Detroit
, but we never meet anyone who has taken the plunge. Understandable really, for if they were actually worth anything then they would cost real money, right? Who would do such a preposterous thing?"
Amongst others, artists who have hope for the future
and money to invest
A local couple, Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert, began this artistic trend
. An artist and an architect, they recently became the proud owners of a one-bedroom house in East Detroit for just $1,900. The fact that it was stripped of appliances and wiring wasn't a deterrent, it was room for improvement, because they now had the opportunity to renovate it with solar heating, solar electricity and low-cost, high-efficiency appliances.
They bought a few more houses for even less, and put in some work with friends and local youngsters to improve the properties and added a garden. Their efforts were noticed by people at a Dutch museum
, who stated that the "collapse of house prices allows for a new way of shaping the urban environment with relatively modest resources
But it's not just about an influx of artist with big ideas. The Heidelberg Project
was started in 1986 by area resident Tyree Guyton, who worked with his former wife, Karen Guyton, now-deceased Sam (Grandpa) Mackey, and neighborhood kids. They collected trash from empty lots and vacant homes, and made empty spaces into "lots of art.
" (wiki link
) Some of these links were gleaned from Mark Maynard's blog