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Detroit’s Most Embarrassing Eyesores

February 26 2013 | no comments

You can see them from the freeways, and from some of the city’s major streets.

They are Detroit’s most visible symbols of blight.

Earlier this month on Facebook, we asked what do you think are the city’s most embarrassing eyesores?

Dozens of you responded with a list of vacant buildings around the city. The old train station and the former Packard plant were on the list. And there were many others.

In the shadow of Lafayette Park, and just across the Chrysler freeway from Greektown sits this blighted behemoth. It was the home of the Wayne State Pharmacy School.

Just up the freeway—The old Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects.  It’s scheduled for demolition beginning this year.

And there’s the old YWCA on Jefferson.

Along Michigan Avenue in Corktown, there’s the old CPA Building.

And over on West Grand Boulevard just off the Jeffries Freeway…the Lee Plaza art deco landmark built in the late 20’s…but in the 90’s became another symbol of the city’s blight.

These vacant buildings were on Eric Criteser’s list.

He’s proud to call himself a Detroiter. “I couldn’t live anywhere else,” Criteser told Detroit 2020.

Criteser is a property manager who lives in the Villages Community on the city’s east side.  This is his 9th year there.

Along Field Street… with well-kept homes,were a couple of vacant ones. But one building at the corner of Kercheval is especially troublesome to Criteser.

“It’s a ten unit building—right at the entrance to the block…it blights the whole neighborhood.”

Why is blight an important issue for Eric? “It affects the way I live every day…we have it in our neighborhoods, we have it in our downtown area. It affects the way people perceive us who come in from the outside, and it affects the way we view our own community,” Criteser said.

Other eyesores mentioned on Detroit 2020′s Facebook page:

-Old Eastown Theater at Van Dyke & Harper

-Gratiot between 6 & 7 Mile

-Grand River & Greenfield








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