Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Warrendale Rocks!

It's no secret that the Warrendale neighborhood has more than its fair share of vacant homes, many of which have become a blighted due their prolonged state of abandonment. In order to deal with this problem, I'm launching the Warrendale Community Development Corporation - a non-profit entity to preserve those properties that can be salvaged and to deconstruct the ones that can't.

The deconstruction element is important, in my opinion. One that needs a bit of explanation.

With a conventional demolition, a couple of guys come in with heavy equipment. They smash everything and cart it off to a landfill.

In a deconstruction model, a team of eight or more workers takes the building apart piece by piece. The goal is to salvage or recycle all of the materials.

The advantage of a deconstruction over a demolition is that it not only removes a blighted property, but it does so in a much more environmentally responsible manner. Plus, a deconstruction model creates a lot more jobs than a demolition one.

One of the Warrendale CDC's early mission then will be to deconstruct some of blighted properties in Warrendale that are vacant and open to trespass. There is simply more of these properties than the City of Detroit can reasonably handle.

In order to raise funds for this mission, I am pleased to announce that three talented artists have agreed to perform at a benefit concert called Warrendale Rocks! on Friday, March 19 at the Magic Stick (4140 Woodward Ave. in Midtown). Tickets are only $8 in advance (available at Ticketmaster) or $10 at the door.

The three incredibly wonderful performers for that evening are:
Doors will open at 8 p.m.  The first band will take the stage at 9:30 p.m.

I hope to see lots of familiar faces at this event.
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