by Lee DeVito
I stand with the Heidelberg Project and urge Mayor Duggan and the Detroit Land Bank to immediately provide the Heidelberg Project the properties they have taken care of for 30 years.
Tyree Guyton, the founder of the Heidelberg Project grew up on Heidelberg Street. When he saw his neighborhood become crime-ridden and impoverished, he picked up a paintbrush and a broom and turned vacant houses into an internationally recognized outdoor art installation.
The City of Detroit has benefited from the Heidelberg Project for 30 years.
It is one of Detroit’s most visited attractions, bringing approximately 275,000 visitors and millions in economic impact to Detroit every year.
For 30 years, the Heidelberg Project has employed people from the neighborhood to cut the grass and clear debris on more than 40 lots owned by the City of Detroit that would otherwise be blighted and unsafe.
The Heidelberg Project helped make Detroit an art city and has inspired thousands who are helping build the creative economy driving Detroit’s comeback.
The Heidelberg Project is a Detroit institution. For 31 years they’ve invested in the neighborhood and brought people from around the world to see Detroit. It’s time the City of Detroit recognize that contribution and let Heidelberg 3.0 grow.
The Detroit Land Bank should stop trying to silence the Heidelberg Project and provide the property they deserve.