An Eastside Venice and the ‘Hurricane without Water’

I visited the historic riverfront community of Jefferson Chalmers on Detroit’s lower eastside on Saturday for a walking tour with residents and members of the Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP) and Hope Community Outreach and Development (HCOD). The first part of this post is a gallery of images I took during my visit and a discussion of the neighborhood’s history and its current efforts to manage blight.

The second part of this post focuses on the foreclosure crisis that created much of the present-day blight in Detroit and other Rust Belt cities today, as well as a brief discussion about the differences between a “vacant” and “blighted” property (and why that terminology matters).

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