Today I ventured around a little in the Dequindre corridor near the Davidson freeway and then up Dequindre to McNichols, 7 Mile and 8 Mile. These pictures are mostly from the area near the Davidson Freeway.
Driving by these houses, I wondered who used to live there. I wondered how many families lived in these homes before they were abandoned and destroyed by vandals. What made the families move out? It’s such an interesting concept for me. I wonder how the people who lived there would feel seeing their former home in such a desolate state, or burnt to the ground. I can’t really imagine seeing my childhood home end up like this.
Though, one thing that struck me was on Dequindre from about 7 Mile onwards there were almost no abandoned homes. It was strange seeing the transition from the burnt homes and abandoned buildings of the homes I have shown to seeing well-kept and maintained homes that people actually live in. This part of Detroit reminded me more of the area I grew up in - the houses were almost exactly the same, aside from the bars on the windows and doors. But it’s nice to see that there are still some parts of Detroit that are in ‘the hood’ that are still kept up. I wonder if it will stay that way, or whether these streets too will succumb to the same fate as so many others in the city.