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article imageOp-Ed: Inside Detroit's Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

By Matt Harding     Oct 9, 2012 in World
Detroit - Detroit's Mayor Dave Bing had plans earlier this year to have these buildings demolished by the end of the year. However, plans have been put on hold.
The Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects, the first federally funded housing development for blacks in the U.S., are still standing in Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood, just across the freeway from downtown.
The plans for demolishing the eyesores were halted shortly after Bing announced his plans, as city council said 'no.' They thought the federal grant money the city was given would better serve residents if it was used to demolish houses in neighborhoods.
A table found in one of the Brewster Project buildings that I refurbished
A table found in one of the Brewster Project buildings that I refurbished
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The entire demolition project ― including survey, abatement and demolition ― would cost around $10 million, said Planning and Development Director Tom Anderson.
I visited the Brewster Projects shortly after the announcement was made, as I had always wanted to explore these buildings.
I felt a connection with some of the people that once lived in these buildings. The belongings that were left weren't just tables and chairs; they were memories.
I went back in August, remembering that these buildings were supposed to be torn down. The buildings ― which once housed The Supremes and Smokey Robinson ― remain the eyesores in a neighborhood that is trying incredibly hard to restore itself.
Here's a look at the Brewster Projects in its current state.
Downtown Detroit skyline seen from the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects
Downtown Detroit skyline seen from the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects
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Downtown Detroit skyline seen from the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects
Downtown Detroit skyline seen from the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects
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Two of the four Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
Two of the four Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
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The Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit s Brush Park neighborhood
The Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood
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Different colored walls inside one of the Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
Different colored walls inside one of the Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
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The first floor inside one of the Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
The first floor inside one of the Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
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A television inside one of the Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
A television inside one of the Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
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An ice tray  mustard container  and tequila bottle  along with other items  inside one of the Brewst...
An ice tray, mustard container, and tequila bottle, along with other items, inside one of the Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
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A wall inside one of the Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
A wall inside one of the Brewster-Douglass Housing Project buildings
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This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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