I have made a few trips to Detroit recently and took some photos while driving around and exploring some abandoned buildings.
Last evening, 5 protesters were detained when they blocked I-75 near Mack Ave in protest of the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. At one time, there were about 100 people in the freeway during rush hour. Detroit police responded by moving protesters out of the freeway and restoring the flow of traffic. Numerous other protests erputed throughout the city, at locations including Greektown, Campus Martius, I-94 and Gratiot and others.
Protests such as these have been popping up all over he country since Monday night, following the lead of the protests in Ferguson, MO.
Finally, months after the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, the grand jury reached a decision last night on whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown. The decision was made not to indict Wilson, which then incited riots all over Ferguson, MO.
Several fires were set, including police cars. At least 10 buildings were set on fire. In one instance, a firetruck was prevented from distinguishing a fire because of gunfire in the area. Around 150 gunshots were reported to have been fired by protesters. The police responded by using pepper spray and tear gas to control the bulk of the crowd, which quickly dispersed. However, this was not the end of the violence. Looters damaged local businesses and in the end, over 80 arrests were made in the St Louis area.
Fox2Detroit Reports that another house that is part of the Heidelberg Project on Detroit’s east side burned early Sunday morning.
The “Taxi House,” which is located on Mount Elliot Street near Elba Place is the latest house to burn in a recent string of fires.
The Heidelberg Project has boosted security in the area following the suspicious fires that started last year.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The Heidelberg Project released the following statement Sunday morning on their Facebook page:
We just broke the news to Tyree that another Heidelberg home had been set on fire overnight, marking the twelfth time an art installation in the two-block area has been and primarily wooden construction.
We are thankful for the hard work of the Detroit Fire Department to contain and extinguish the blaze before the entire structure was engulfed. As of now, we don’t know much about the fire and are still trying to learn as much as we can.
This fire comes only one year after a string of arson attacks destroyed four HP homes in less than one month. As we have been taking time to reflect on that chaotic period, we have been repeatedly reminded of the love we received from all of you. Thank you all for your support as we continue to face this negative force; spirits are high. We know one thing better than ever: ‘You can’t burn a vision.’