What would you do if you found your childhood home abandoned, and blighted?
What if every memory of a loved one were inside the house, trapped in the decay?
What if the block, the neighborhood and much of the city around the home were also besieged by 50,000 properties sunken by abandonment and decay?
Would you be inspired to take action?
Stephen Henderson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Editorial Page Editor for the Detroit Free Press, faced that challenge in the blighted visage of his childhood home at 7124 Tuxedo, on Detroit's west side.
He created The Tuxedo Project to marry home renovation with literary arts programs to first transform the house at 7124 Tuxedo, then the other blighted houses on the block, and then the surrounding neighborhood.
One house, one block, one neighborhood at a time.
That's how we are approaching rebirth in Detroit.