News & Views » Columns

Couched in darkness

by

comment

This week’s abandoned house, 5485 24th St., sits on a lonely block in a quiet neighborhood near the intersection of I-94 and I-96. Both the facing lot, across 24th, and the rest of the block on which the home stands are empty snowfields (at least they were last week), though on the other side of Hudson there are several worn but inhabited dwellings. Built in 1900, the two-family flat was acquired by the city in 1996. Last year it was assessed at $4,250. A passer-by said that the house has been empty for as long as she remembers, though an overstuffed couch in the windowless front room looked comfy enough. A pair of socks draped over the front gate also hinted at an itinerant resident.

Send comments to letters@metrotimes.com

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.