News & Views » Columns

Where's everybody?


Abandoned Shelter of the Week

According to Nell Martin, a 25-year resident of the neighborhood of this week’s featured structure at 498 Peterboro, only two people live on the block where the house is situated. ASS (Abandoned Structure Squad, buddy) is thus astounded when Martin tells us how the nearly vacant block conducts such a busy nightlife. “The police will not keep people off these sidewalks,” Martin says, referring to the throng of loiterers who have adopted the corner of Peterboro and Second as their own. So what’s the draw? ASS entertained the idea of conducting some late-night research into the structure’s mass appeal, but thought better of it two seconds later. So much for investigative journalism. The three-family flat, built in 1909, has an estimated value of $47,650. After ASS caught sight of the menacing interior from the two front doors, though, the crew decided to hold off on a bid.

Editor’s note: If you know of an abandoned home you would like to see featured in this spot, send a photo and pertinent information to News Hits, c/o Metro Times, 733 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48226 (or e-mail

Check out all of our Abandoned Shelters of the Week

Send comments to

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

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.