John at Sweet Juniper has another fantastic photographic piece on Detroit. He grabbed his camera and stitched together a panorama of "a street here where 60 out of 66 homes were vacant or abandoned on a single block."
Check it out.
[NOTE: click the picture to view the whole thing—
takes a minute or two to load]
What a waste. Half of those houses were once homes I'd've dreamed of—tons of 20s bungalows... I heard/read that people are going back into some areas in Detroit and "re-settling"—groups of friends and families getting together to buy up a whole block for pennies on the dollar and creating their own neighborhoods. If I lose my job in Asheville, that might be our best option! Who else wants in?
UPDATE: Found a link at BoingBoing: Artists buying cheap houses in Detroit
UPDATE 2: I remember now—Mrs F heard this NPR/Michigan Radio story. Sounds like it's a bit more in the gestational stage than I might have implied...