Grande ol’ home

The Detroit News has an interesting article on redevelopment of Brush Park this morning. They argue the redevelopment is failing as more buildings remain abandoned and neglected than are fixed.

Considering the state of many of the mansions, I can only imagine the cost involved in rehabbing the buildings. At the same time, it is a shame to see so many amazing old buildings abandoned and decaying.

So the question is what should happen to Brush Park?

6 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on September 26th, 2005 @ 8:52 am

    the developments going on in brush park are not “failing”… there is significant development going on in the area and more people are moving in over the coming months… i think the author was citing past attempts at redevelopment that obviously failed (which was beneficial)… A LOT of brush park is in shambles (most of it actually), but the recent developments have been extremely successful and projected developments show a lot of promise…

    i wish the article hadn’t been printed the way it was because it doesn’t give much credence to the recent and projected developments… the people i know who live in brush park love the area, and others are rebuilding mansions and/or new loft buildings because of that… i’d rather have seen a headline highlighting those developments yet still pointing out how much more work needs to be done… all this article has done is help feed detroit’s negative image… and detroit doesn’t need that… i’m not saying we should step out of reality, a lot of what was reported was legit and needed to be heard, but more focus could’ve been given to the success of woodward place, the brownstones, the hope of other up and coming developments and how all those things can be viewed in light of the amount of residential properties being developed and bought in detroit…

  2. MGal (unregistered) on September 26th, 2005 @ 9:21 am

    Yes but most people will first see the decay. You can not deny that there are a lot of buildings in need of work in Brush Park. Ransom Gillis has even come to symbolize the decay of old buildings in Detroit.

    New condos are great and so is the rehabbing of some mansions, but what else can be done? Should more of the decaying mansions be demo’d? Should landlords be forced to do something? Many of these people own abandoned buildings acrossed the city.

  3. baliad (unregistered) on September 26th, 2005 @ 9:48 am

    i agree completely… as i said, most of brush park is in shambles… calling out landlords and shoddy city management needs to happen, but it could’ve been done on a grander scale, not focusing only on brush park but including other abandoned buildings throughout the city (which they kinda did, but the emphasis was mostly on brush park)… like i said, i agree with you, but it’s just a bummer that great places like woodward place, the brownstones, the carola, the lamar, the carlton and other developments may get a black eye because of this article…

  4. (unregistered) on September 26th, 2005 @ 7:24 pm

    I was in Brush Park last Thursday and toured some of the new loft and condo developments that are going on there. I was very impressed with the work that is going on so far, and commend the individuals and businesses that are sticking their necks out to bring this once-grande neighborhood back to its old self. Like anything else, this takes time, though. I imagine if we revisit the issue a year from now, Brush Park will still have its vacant residences and such, but will be in much better health than it is now.

  5. kevin wise (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2005 @ 10:17 am

    is there any way that I can be sent pictures or at least black and white images of what Brush park and the area used to look like. maybe even floor plans of some of the mansions of the area and how they were build. And is owning one of those decayed mansions still possible if there was an intent to restore one of the mansions for a place to live.Than if that is impossible could I get the floor plans from you is possible you have my email adress thank you for your time. truly Kevin Wise

  6. kevin wise (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 8:43 am

    The unfortunate demise about our American country is the wate,and as I see pictures of Brush park I see this waste is not only evident but is a reflection of our American attitude towartdsa culture as we are a threow away society. I have never agreed with any type of wate especilly that of the \arcitecture nature and I wonder if it is at all possible to buy one of those Brush park decayed mansions so that I may participate in the future to stop this waste and preserve our heritage. contact me at my e maIL ADRESS THANK YOU KEVIN WISE.

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