all who wander are not lost

Where on earth does it require heavy demolition equipment to buff graffiti ? Detroit, Michigan, United States of America.

This is the former Grand Trunk Railroad line, runs along St. Aubin Street from Jefferson along the Detroit River north to Eastern Market Yard. For years it has been a haven for graffiti artists, and a sanctuary for homeless people.

Heres a few of the active bridge birthdate plaques. Not sure if they are demolishing the bridges that are obsolete and have been out of use for years. Some are already gone, and thats what the large concrete blocks are from. Those are getting demoed.

Heres how the ditch used to look:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=R37GyIA7tOQ

This is part of the Rails To Trails project, converting obsolete rail lines into park setting walkways. Check out the project, its pretty cool: RAILS TO TRAILS

Its cool, yet its sad to see this place leveled. Its rough to see all the graffiti murals being blasted. People hate graffiti in general, so no tears will be shed in the City. However, the painters will need other surfaces now, which leaves even more of the City at risk for vandalism.

Some assholes tagged the front of the Art Centre Music School recently. Problem is that a combination of ignorance and lack of respect leads to things being ruined, which aught not be ruined.

That aside, I’ll miss this place.

3 Responses to The Great Buff

  • They’re not actually removing the graf north of Larned, although it looks like it. They’re creating the first exit ramp. The other will be onto Gratiot.

  • I’ve been going down here a few times a week since I moved to detroit over a year ago (we live in the neighborhood) and I can’t believe the change. I never used to let the dog off the leash and in the winter I was always sure we were going to come across a dead homeless person. now I see old white people leisurely walking around down there.

    the brush clearing cleared up a lot of surface for the graffiti artists, and there was a frenzy of good stuff there for a few weeks.

    one thing that does make me sad is the destruction of the old bridges—they were the one last piece of history around here to remind us of the density in the old black bottom. lafayette park has been a success, but it has no through streets and I always liked being reminded of what this neighborhood once was—one of the few places black people were allowed to live in detroit.

  • yeah, i’ll miss it too…i got some pics recently when i went down in there the workers didnt give a shit that i was there.

    it was a trip to see the foliage all stripped away; there were a lot more wrecked cars down there than i remember…and its funny cause they were all rolled into little balls like tinfoil wads, hahaha