A $500 House in Detroit

A $500 House in Detroit

Rebuilding An Abandoned Home and An American City

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A young writer's sincere search (with his dog) for an authentic life--buying a ruined house in Detroit for $500, fixing it up nail by nail, and, in the process, participating in the grassroots rebirth of the city itself.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781476797984
Branch Call Number: 307.34 P57f
Characteristics: xi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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This is the story of the restoration of a 1903 Queen Ann home in Detroit the 23-year-old author bout for $500. The bigger story is, of course, the reclamation of the once great city of Detroit.

An inspiring memoir that will appeal to fans of accessible non-fiction.

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Aug 07, 2017

It should be easy to buy an abandoned home in Detroit- but it's not. The author (young- 23 yrs old) decides to buy and renovate a house in Detroit. He finds a home he loves that is long abandoned. It does not even have a house number. It's a process but he finally purchases the home, cleans it up and moves in.

I really enjoyed the author's description of the various Detroit neighborhoods. He paints a picture of dilapidated homes. Some so badly damaged that they need to be destroyed. Many have been vandalized and/or set on fire. But he is also hopeful about the future of Detroit with caring home owners moving in and doing just what he is doing.

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