Time to get into Detroit


  • edited September 2012
    Congratulations. :) I'm glad that things went better than expected, and that the hurdles you were worrying about all this time weren't as high as they seemed at the beginning of your journey. I'm excited and happy for you that the next phase is finally here, and you're ready to move into Detroit! I wish I could be there to help and to share this experience with you. It kills me and makes me unbelievably sad that I'm not; but I'm happy that I can at least follow all the progress here and be with you guys in spirit.
  • Congrats, @Lincoln. You stuck it out and got what you needed. Now go turn more molehills into dust bunnies!
  • Congratulations Matt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your Dad and I are so happy for you! I'm sure a huge weight has been lifted off those shoulders. I laughed (and teared-up a little) as I read this post, which is beautifully written! Now go about the business of moving in, being proud of what you've accomplished, and thanking all your awesome friends who have helped you so much! We're very proud of you, Matt.
  • Congrats! Glad you got what seems to be a decent inspector!
  • Sweeeeeeeeeeeet! I'm happy for your, Keebs!
  • Congratulations. This is so cool...

    You and I met when you were quite young back in Pennsylvania, and I know your Mom and Dad very well, having graduated from high school with both of them, so very long ago.

    Your Dad told me about your website awhile back, I bookmarked its location, and have been following your progress in Detroit ever since. Until now, I've never brought myself to actually post something here, or for that matter, anywhere.

    As I have read your postings over these months, I sometimes laugh, sometimes cringe, and at other times feel the same smouldering anger at the challenges you have faced. Over the past forty years I have done my fair share of house fix-it projects (in so many places, it makes me scared to think about it...) but never in the extreme to which you have. Thus, from one project manager to another, my hat is off to you!

    I know Detroit quite well from my business travels over the years, and always marvelled at the gritty pride Michigan folks show concerning their city, regardless of the crazy things us people in the rest of the country read in our newspapers.

    As a student of urban architecture, I am keenly aware of the thousands of dwelling treasures in Detroit, from Frank Lloyd Wright examples not all that distant from you, to row houses that speak so eloquently of their origins when the city was an ecomomic magnet to the world. I always found it sad when seeing these treasures destroyed, depriving them of any ability to speak their stories to the future.

    Your postings here shine with a next-generation version of the same gritty pride which, at least for this aging baby boomer now living in the south, provides a window of hope on how optimism, pride, focus, determination, to say nothing of extreme amounts of hard work, can still produce something good.

    There's also an irony at work here; for when the last nail is driven and the carpet is on the floor, it's not about the house... it's about the people who live in the house, the people who live on the same street, and the people who live in the neighborhood. This is what really matters.

    So, congratulations, keep it up, and I look forward to a new chapter in your postings!


  • Thanks so much for the kind words and thoughtful comment, Pat!
  • See this article from the current edition of The Economist:

    Detroit: Metaphoropolis

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