Dec 20, 2013
commented on Creativity Murder Capital: Today's City? Look at New York, Then Detroit
Write-a-House is four blocks from my house and spun off from a nonprofit that helps low income artists buy and fix up their own home - that's how my partner and I were able to buy our place, something I never imagined possible.
It is most definitely not utopia - housing stock in our neighborhood is total crap because they were all built hastily to accommodate the influx of immigrants who came here in the 1920s and 30s and there's an unimaginable amount of break-ins and a lot of illegal dumping. Overall, I love my weird, complicated, super diverse neighborhood. Not sure that the project "helps rebuild the city," - what does that even mean? For whom? As what?- but I can say that it mean a fuck lot more security and safety (from arson in particular) to fill the vacant houses in our neighborhood.
May 19, 2012
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Show This Woman Some Love
You go, girl! You are amazing. I can't imagine what you've been through, but am so grateful that you found the strength to escape and are showing your nephew that the world isn't only filled with darkness. You are not alone. Love from Detroit.