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It’s easy to call the stretch of Grand River between Warren and Rosa Parks a hot mess of asphalt. On a sweat-soaked summer day, it doesn’t look like much more than another vacant lot next to another liquor store built on the back of yet another burnt-out neighborhood. When the sun finally sets, the streetlights don’t come on to illuminate some hidden majestic element. In 24 hours, little more is offered here than overgrown grass, long odds of escape, and, as a teasing consolation prize, a towering take on the Detroit skyline.

But if you squint, you can make out Derek Weaver’s vision for this stretch of street. A lack of city services and a high rate of crime doesn’t mean the end of the line. There’s hope in the days ahead for this ZIP code.

In just two years, the aptly named Grand River Creative Corridor project Weaver helped found is taking hold. It’s waking up delinquent building owners. It’s activating the community. It’s sharing the stage in a neighborhood where crime and vandalism seemed like the only act. …

It’s wonderful loving in a vibrant old neighborhood near all this fabulous art!

(via The Art of Transformation - Hour Detroit - September 2013 - Detroit, MI)

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