not all those who wander are lost

Springtime in the Brewster Projects……ahhhh…..

The Brewster Projects were on fire the other day, so I went to see what the aftermath was like. It was a huge smoke plume, so I expected a lot of damage.

CLICK HERE to see the amount of debris sent into the skies above downtown during the blaze

Everything in this area gets stripped and scrapped, especially since this is walking distance to some of the big scrap yards.

Every single tower had scrappers going full blast, “tink tink tink tink” – working away at the metal remains.

Come to find it was two of these row house style buildings that had gone up. It sure made a mess for coming from these things.. I couldn’t help but notice several buildings had been burned, and none were connected. Arson ?

Of course, this is what you find at almost every such scene… inoperable fire suppression infrastructure.

And does somebody go around to scenes like this to sprinkle ironic objects about, simply so photographers can make these ubiquitous “sad teddy bear” type photos ?

Okay, well I fell for it again….. lol

All these buildings had scrappers working away “tink tink tink tink BOOM….bam KLANK! tink tink tink”……

The police sitting under the towers at the end of the street there, within earshot of all the scrapper commotion.

Scrapped fences, burnt low rises.

Still kitchens in this one, so the scrappers were special noisy in there.

So just how many fire hydrants are just “decorative” and how many actually work ?

4 Responses to Burnt Brewster Projects

  • The caps are in tact and hanging from the plug. Look at the photos. “Just means a worker didn’t put it on tight enough and someone pulled it off for scrap.” is an assumption that I can not make from staring at a dry open hydrant with the cap hanging on a chain.

    I go through all parts of the city but I am an eastsider, so the site learns toward the east side for obvious reasons.

    I am not Jacob Riis and have no plans to become one, but when there is a serious issue that I discover on my travels, you will see it in the Detroit News or somewhere more important than my blog.

  • That second to last picture is almost an iconic shot of Detroit. Describes perfectly my experience there. You should continue to learn the backgrounds behind the photos you take (like Jacob Riis). Just because a fire hydrant is missing the cap does not mean it doesn’t work. Just means a worker didn’t put it on tight enough and someone pulled it off for scrap. Do you ever go through Brightmoor, Oakland or NorthEnd? I’m curious what they’re looking like now.

  • Nah. I mean – kind of, I guess. Im not saying its a “safe” area exactly, but you can see there is a police officer right there in the one photo. There was an event downtown and people parking around that area too. I was probably the sketchiest looking character walking around at that time….lol

    I actually spent most of my time that day talking to another photographer I bumped into walking along Beaubian. Talked about buildings, photography, Brewster, Jeffries, Detroit back when we were kids etc. Then we both went back to taking pics and went our ways. This is something that happens all the time, even in the craziest hoods.

    Detroit is in fact scary as hell in places, but it is also the friendliest darn town…

  • Arn’t you scared going to these places?

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