From The Economist:

Object Orange had plenty of houses to choose from: nearly one-third of the city’s housing stock—more than 100,000 homes—is vacant. In 2003 the average price of a home in Detroit was almost $98,000; this October it was $15,000. Many of the remaining homes sit in swathes of prairie created by untended empty lots. Detroit, where 28% are unemployed, faces a $300m budget deficit.

A group of Detroit artists are turning blighted vacant homes into art pieces.  Baltimore is full of creative people — maybe this project would help to draw even more attention to the city’s problem of abandoned homes?

2 thoughts to “A Creative Response to Vacant Houses: Detroit

  • Tao4mind

    Right now the government has 1,360 uninsurable repo homes in Michigan listed. This seems to be a nationwide problem and our fine government has given loans on everything from travel trailers to condemned structures. I just recently purchased a government home for $20,000 that was financed at over $100,000.00 by HUD one year prior to the forclosier and three years prior to the government financing there was a meth lab disclosier. Owned by an out of town real estate broker and used as low income rental property to unsuspecting young families. Makes you wonder about this need for heath care and the no child left behind phrase.

    • slumlordwatch

      Out of town investors should be forced to live in their blighted homes before renting them out. Unrealistic, I know, but at least it might prompt a small handful of them to understand that not everyone deserves to live in squalor.

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