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  • Published: New York : Scribner, [2017]
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Description: xi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781476797984
  • 1476797986
  • 9781476797991
  • 1476797994


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A $500 house in Detroit : rebuilding an abandoned home and an American city

by Philp, Drew.

There are no copies available and 72 requests on 5 copies

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Call number: 921 Philp, Drew

Westgate call number: Adult Book / Nonfiction / History / Social History / Philp, Drew

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Prologue: best bid -- Raw material -- Clapboard siding -- Someone else's trash -- Windows and doors and airplanes -- A fence between me and the world -- Load bearing walls -- The furnace -- A knock on the door -- A chimney to the sky -- Progress gallops -- The years roll by -- Someone else's home.

"A young writer's sincere search (with his dog) for an authentic life--buying a ruined house in Detroit for $500, fixing it up nail by nail, and, in the process, participating in the grassroots rebirth of the city itself."--Provided by publisher.

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The Truth about Detroit

Put yourself in the shoes of the people who live in the slums of Detroit. You know, the place where the statistics are made. The place where abandoned houses dot the landscape like freckles on a red-head. To those of you who think Detroit is not worth saving: read this. To those of you who think you know how to "save" Detroit: read this. Drew will make you re-think everything. And that is a promise.

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