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Occupied Detroit Home Is Threatened by Demolition: House on Junction II

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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Occupied Detroit Home Is Threatened by Demolition: House on Junction IIOur continuing graphic series on the barriers that keep folks from accessing water, housing and land in Detroit has been investigating, in recent strips, a slew of concerns that face homeowners. These include a lack of information about financial assistance programs, a confusing foreclosure procedure, predatory real-estate developers, and a long history of segregated housing policies. Yet, while these all affect residents' abilities to access safe and affordable housing, they do not, at least, destroy peoples' homes. Our current strip looks at how quickly and easily a foreclosed home can go up for demolition -- sometimes while people are still inside them.

In House on Junction II, we talk to born-and-bred Detroiter Joseph Bates. (Don't miss House on Junction I, where we meet Joe's great-grandmother, Dorothea, or any of the other strips in the series so far, all listed here.) Reader be warned: Joe's story is not typical. In fact, it may represent a perfect storm, given the bad housing policies currently at work in Southeastern Michigan. 

Occupied Detroit Home Is Threatened by Demolition: House on Junction II

Occupied Detroit Home Is Threatened by Demolition: House on Junction II

ENDNOTES:

1. "Why Detroit Erupted," Jake Blumgart, Slate, August 14, 2017. Accessed September 18, 2017: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/08/tom_sugrue_on_what_the_movie_detroit_gets_right_and_wrong.html

2. Ibid.

3. Thomas Sugrue lecture, Wayne State University, July 24, 2017.

4. Shirley Davis Interview, June 12, 2015; Interviewer: Noah Levinson; "Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward" (2017, Detroit Historical Museum). Accessed September 18, 2017:  https://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/42

5. "A Half-Century Later: Understanding the 1967 Riot," Detroit Jewish News, April 20, 2016. Accessed September 18, 2017: https://thejewishnews.com/2016/04/20/half-century-later-understanding-1967-riot/

6. Joe Bates's address at St. Matthews & St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, a part of a press conference held on July 8, 2017, by the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures. Further details were provided in a personal interview with Bates that afternoon.

7. "Auto Plant vs. Neighborhood: The Poletown Battle," Jenny Nolan, Detroit News, January 26, 2000. Accessed September 18, 2017: http://blogs.detroitnews.com/history/2000/01/26/auto-plant-vs-neighborhood-the-poletown-battle/

8. Poletown Neighborhood Council v. City of Detroit, Docket No. 66294, March 13, 1981.

Copyright Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes 2017.

Melissa Mendes

Melissa Mendes is the author of Freddy Stories, a Xeric Award-winning, all-ages graphic novel. She received her Master's of fine arts degree from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2010, does comics-making workshops for kids, has been an art teacher and once worked at a convenience store. Melissa lives in Hancock, Massachusetts. You can see more of her work at www.mmmendes.com.

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

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Occupied Detroit Home Is Threatened by Demolition: House on Junction II

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

Occupied Detroit Home Is Threatened by Demolition: House on Junction IIOur continuing graphic series on the barriers that keep folks from accessing water, housing and land in Detroit has been investigating, in recent strips, a slew of concerns that face homeowners. These include a lack of information about financial assistance programs, a confusing foreclosure procedure, predatory real-estate developers, and a long history of segregated housing policies. Yet, while these all affect residents' abilities to access safe and affordable housing, they do not, at least, destroy peoples' homes. Our current strip looks at how quickly and easily a foreclosed home can go up for demolition -- sometimes while people are still inside them.

In House on Junction II, we talk to born-and-bred Detroiter Joseph Bates. (Don't miss House on Junction I, where we meet Joe's great-grandmother, Dorothea, or any of the other strips in the series so far, all listed here.) Reader be warned: Joe's story is not typical. In fact, it may represent a perfect storm, given the bad housing policies currently at work in Southeastern Michigan. 

Occupied Detroit Home Is Threatened by Demolition: House on Junction II

Occupied Detroit Home Is Threatened by Demolition: House on Junction II

ENDNOTES:

1. "Why Detroit Erupted," Jake Blumgart, Slate, August 14, 2017. Accessed September 18, 2017: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/08/tom_sugrue_on_what_the_movie_detroit_gets_right_and_wrong.html

2. Ibid.

3. Thomas Sugrue lecture, Wayne State University, July 24, 2017.

4. Shirley Davis Interview, June 12, 2015; Interviewer: Noah Levinson; "Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward" (2017, Detroit Historical Museum). Accessed September 18, 2017:  https://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/42

5. "A Half-Century Later: Understanding the 1967 Riot," Detroit Jewish News, April 20, 2016. Accessed September 18, 2017: https://thejewishnews.com/2016/04/20/half-century-later-understanding-1967-riot/

6. Joe Bates's address at St. Matthews & St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, a part of a press conference held on July 8, 2017, by the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures. Further details were provided in a personal interview with Bates that afternoon.

7. "Auto Plant vs. Neighborhood: The Poletown Battle," Jenny Nolan, Detroit News, January 26, 2000. Accessed September 18, 2017: http://blogs.detroitnews.com/history/2000/01/26/auto-plant-vs-neighborhood-the-poletown-battle/

8. Poletown Neighborhood Council v. City of Detroit, Docket No. 66294, March 13, 1981.

Copyright Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes 2017.

Melissa Mendes

Melissa Mendes is the author of Freddy Stories, a Xeric Award-winning, all-ages graphic novel. She received her Master's of fine arts degree from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2010, does comics-making workshops for kids, has been an art teacher and once worked at a convenience store. Melissa lives in Hancock, Massachusetts. You can see more of her work at www.mmmendes.com.

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.