I wish that I had photos of urban farms and gardens in Detroit, but our visit took place in the dead of winter.
It's just jaw-droppingly beautiful in this neighborhood. The architecture is Arts and Crafts, full of the quirks and secrets and difficulties of old homes, and the snow-covered gardens are immaculate. Just a few houses away is Lake Saint Claire.
This, on the other hand, is a common sight just a few miles away in Detroit. More stunning old houses - but these have frequently been abandoned, stripped, and set ablaze on Devil's Night. In between the houses the spaces are even more telling: empty lots full of weeds, where other houses used to be.
There is a quirky ray of sunshine in this particular neighborhood, however. (Taxi anyone?)
Yes, this house is covered with stuffed animals. This is the Heidelberg Project. In a nutshell, artists have bought the wrecks of homes in order to turn them into giant, colorful art projects.
This is the art equivalent of compost. Here, the detritus of the previous city breaks down and fuels the growth of the next one.
I want this fellow for my garden.
More photos of Detroit will follow!