Bridging the Opportunity Divide

From Blight to Beauty in the Motor City

November 17, 2017
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From Blight to Beauty in the Motor City
Sean Ryon, Thomas Shomaker
This story begins with a protective dad boarding up an abandoned crack house near his family home.

In 1988, John George moved his family into a house five blocks north of the Old Redford neighborhood in Detroit. Shortly there after, a crew of drug dealers took up residence in a derelict property behind his home.

“My instinct as a father was to flee,” says George. Instead, he grabbed some nails, a hammer and plywood from a hardware store and boarded up the house.

Almost 30 years later, George is still fixing up deserted properties. Watch the video above to see how his organization, Detroit Blight Busters, is revitalizing the Motor City — one building at a time.

“If you never quit, you can’t lose ’cause you’re still in the game,” says George. “And Detroit is still in the game.”

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