Politics & Policy

Battling Blight in Detroit: A Pictorial

An artistic approach to urban renewal

The Heidelberg Project was founded in 1986 by Detroit artist Tyree Guyton as a creative response to the blight and decay in his neighborhood. (See “Battling Blight in Detroit,” by NRO’s Jillian Kay Melchior.) The project uses recycled materials and found objects to transform abandoned buildings into whimsical installations, turning run-down streets into an outdoor community-art environment. 

Here’s a look:

The Heidelberg Project is one of many private-sector attempts to cope with the growing blight in Detroit neighborhoods. NRO’s Melchior traveled to the city in February to research her feature story, and captured these images of abandoned structures across the city:

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