‘It’s bringing my property value down’: Overgrown yard causing concerns for residents on Detroit’s east side
About a week ago, Local 4 brought you the story of a man who doesn’t feel safe going out into his own backyard because he doesn’t know what might be living in the overgrown yard next door. It’s a vacant home, and finding the owner hasn’t been easy.
Detroit mural project outside FCA plant sparks concerns about artwashing
The mural was one feature of the Community Benefits Agreement negotiated with FCA as part of the $2.5 billion expansion of its Mack Avenue facilities. In the agreement, the automaker committed to $7.1 million in infrastructure improvements along Beniteau Street that included wall construction and beautification.But many Detroit artists believe the mural project is an effort to use art to mask injustices with the massive development. Its like a bandaid over a bullet wound.Cassells created a petition calling for a boycott of the mural from Detroit artists. Darnell Gardner, another nearly lifelong resident of Beniteau Street, was a member of the Neighborhood Advisory Council who negotiated on behalf of residents. This could be a healing project in a neighborhood and city that has experienced trauma in recent times, she says.detroit.curbed.com
Detroit, FCA put out call for one of largest municipal art installations in citys history
In total, seven sections of the wall will become a canvas for a 15-foot-high mural spanning 1,500 feet. The city of Detroitthrough its Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship and City Walls Detroit murals programis partnering with FCA to put out a global call for artists and muralists. On Friday, February 14, information on the application and selection process will be on the City Walls site. This wonderful gift from FCA is just another example of how much arts and culture are alive and welland thriving here, Rochelle Riley, the citys Director of Arts and Culture, said in a release. In the agreement, the automaker committed to $7.1 million in infrastructure improvements along Beniteau Street that included wall construction and beautification.detroit.curbed.com