We are Leveraging the Literary ARTs, education anD neighborhood stabilization to rebuild the neighborhood around Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Henderson's childhood home in Detroit.
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.
His answer is The Tuxedo Project, which transformed his childhood home into a writers' residence and literary center, and is now finding futures for the other blighted properties on the block, and in the neighborhood. The idea is to see how one person's effort, in one house, can spread to make change in an entire area.
The project's goal is to improve the quality of life for the people who live around Henderson's childhood home - through literary arts, blight removal and other developments.
Henderson's effort has been joined by a major foundation, an important academic institution in the city of Detroit, his classmates from a premier Detroit high school, and more than 100 individual donors.