Brightmoor resident Bill Hickey started to feel at home in his neighborhood when neighbors came to help him on his garden.
Jennifer Guerro of Michigan Radio did a compelling piece about how abandoned homes batter our immune systems and how strong connections to neighbors strengthen them. Read and hear it here.
University of Michigan students help fight blight in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood
WZXY's Ronnie Dahl covered the building of Groundhog Park in this video. The transcript begins:
"DETROIT (WXYZ) - In a neighborhood known for its blight, seeds are being planted as college students transform not only vacant lots, but also attitudes about Detroit.
In an often forgotten corner of Brightmoor, a classroom project is taking root and hope is growing as vacant lots are transformed."
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CITIES | Population loss and official neglect haven’t kept residents of one Detroit neighborhood from banding together to rebuild.
Article by Susan Olasky for World. The article begins:
"DETROIT—Riet Schumack has lived in the Detroit area since 1991. In 2006 she and her husband Mark, an engineering professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy, moved to Brightmoor, a four-square-mile, hard-pressed neighborhood on the city’s northwest side. Some people call it Blightmoor."
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Sarah Hulett produced this story for Michigan Radio on NOV 23, 2011.
The story begins:
"For a lot of people, living the good life in America means having money in the bank, and a big house on a suburban cul-de-sac.
But in a little corner of Detroit, there's a group of neighbors who say you don’t need to be middle class to live a good, prosperous, dignified life."
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In this article, Dennis Archambault writes about Brightmoor for Model D Media. The article begins:
"For urban farmers Billie and Bill Hickey, it's as much about growing community as growing vegetables and flowers. They grow together.
Formerly residents of the Green Acres neighborhood in Detroit, the Hickeys sold their house earlier this year and moved to Brightmoor, a spacious, blight-ridden district of northwest Detroit. They bought a 750-square foot wood frame house in disrepair and adopted vacant lots owned by the City of Detroit and Wayne County. Well into their first growing season, the Hickey farm is sprouting 24 varieties of vegetables and fruit, including kale, green beans, peppers, potatoes, carrots, rutabaga, tomatoes, leeks, broccoli, various herbs, watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkins, along with a line of multicolored zinnias, begonias and salvias. They planted two plum trees, asparagus, and raspberry bushes for future harvests. "
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Beyond 'ruin porn'
CITIES 2010 | The Motor City is facing very hard times, but there is more to Detroit than the usual images of decay.
Susan Olasky wrote this article for World Magazine on March 12, 2010. The story begins:
"DETROIT-It's a challenge to tell stories about people in this city who see its problems and are working hard to be part of its rebirth. It's a challenge because press accounts of Detroit are training us to view the city in three morbid ways."
Read the entire article here.
Dennis Archambault wrote this article for Model D on October 23, 2009. Photo credit Marvin Shaouni. The article begins:
"There's a lot being made of Detroit's urban farming movement - especially regarding entrepreneurs and land-use implications. But urban farming can also change city residents. Take Brightmoor, for example -- a neighborhood where community efforts to establish a plot of veggies and flowers has impacted its residents in a number of different ways.
When young people tend vegetable and flower gardens on Grayfield Street in Brightmoor, they may be learning about "green," as in ecology, but they're also learning about green, as in money."
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