Brewster Housing Project Detroit

I have been watching youtube videos about all of the abandoned housing, factories and office buildings in and around Detroit.

What struck me was something called the Brewster Project. This was low cost housing built between 1935 and 1955 to help house auto workers in Detroit. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt broke ground for the project.
Some Motown greats grew up in these projects.

Today, Brewster is vacant and in ruins. Most striking are the apartment towers. All of the windows have been removed, and interior shots show abandoned furniture, clothes and other articles. It appears that most of the interior walls have been broken in order that the copper wiring and plumbing be removed and sold for scrap. I do not know if this was done legally or not. The towers are apparently slated for demolition in 2013. This is now considered progress.

I is mind boggling as to how this could be allowed to happen. Where I live and own apartment buildings, Toronto, even in our worst areas, this is not allowed to happen. Yes, we have a lot of run down buildings with high crime, but nothing like this. Structurally, I am sure there is nothing wrong with the buildings. Things do wear out over time and after about 30 or 40 years a lot of work and money needs to be put into these buildings to keep them operating which would make a lot more sense than abandoning them. These were built with 1940 and 1950 dollars, a mere fraction of today's replacement costs. It is not cheap nor easy to keep these buildings in good condition, but in no way is it impossible or too daunting a task.

I have read that this area became riddled with crime in the 60 and 70's. So have areas of Toronto, but this must be attended to. Sometimes you have to kick out or say no to people who will bring trouble. This is management 101. Vandalism and decay must be addressed immediately, not some nebulous future date.

Detroits population has decline since WWII. There is less and less economic opportunity there, but that is another debate. We never hear about the endless need for affordable housing, yet here it is, squandered.
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Jan 12, 2013