The scraping of Detroit, sad… I love Detroit…
For generations, scavengers have prowled this city with impunity, pouncing on abandoned properties and light poles to pilfer steel, copper and other metals they could trade for cash at scrapyards. The practice left tens of thousands of buildings so damaged that th
ey could not be restored, turning places like the North End into grim cityscapes that appeared to have been ravaged by a tornado.
In recent years, the city has become serious about fighting back. It razed dozens of rickety homes — lucrative scrapping targets — in this neighborhood alone in the past year.