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Leftover mess


After some debate, the Abandoned Structure Squad, (ASS) decided that this structure at 2719 E. Vernor is best described as an orphaned sidecar. Worth only $600 with no known birth date, its brown bricks hold up a sagging roof that looks as if it was stabbed seven times by an angry giant. Flanked with ghetto shrubbery, the dark doorless entrance cries, “Hide the bodies here!”

The Detroit zoning ordinance defines this type of structure as “a subordinate building or structure on the same zoning lot, occupied by or devoted exclusively to an accessory use.” In other words, it is an afterthought. Except now, our guess is the only people giving it any thought at all are bummed-out neighbors, who just want it to become a memory.

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