Dear Parents

Early reports indicate enrollment has increased, however we are experiencing some problems: student tardiness and failure of students to complete assignments... [paraphrased letter to parents c. 1992] #Detroit

Firestone Tire and Rubber Co of Canada

The original portion of the Firestone building was built in 1919 by the Burdick Rubber Company, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co of Canada bought it in 1936 and gradually expanded the complex. At one point of over 50 products were manufactured at the site including fan belts, radiator hoses, military tank treads, a wringer mechanism for washing machines and employed over 1700 people. In 1988 the parent company...

The Ruins of Blaine Shul, Detroit MI

The Mishkan Yisroel Synagogue or Blaine Shul as it was known because of its address on Blaine St, moved to this site in 1925. After the Jewish community migrated North of 8 Mile  in the 1950's the building was sold to African-American baptist church group and was home to the New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and God’s Inspirational Kingdom Church until 2003. The building, like all that is abandoned...

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