A bridal party walks across 14th Street between Dalzelle Street and Michigan Avenue after a photo shoot inside the burned house on the left in downtown Detroit across from the historical Michigan Central Train Station. The two houses were part of a project called Imagination Station, an effort to place art in unoccupied spaces. Late last June the house on the left, named Lefty, caught fire and spread to the second house, Righty. This was not the first time the houses caught fire.
"...if you live in this stuff 24/7, it’s not cute. And it’s not art. It’s just not art. So if you want to make it art, you know for a minute, that’s fine. But let’s not keep it at that state. Because you trying to make it into something that’s pretty. It’s not pretty. Because we live here.” - Nefertiti Harris, owner of Nefertiti Salon in Detroit
A young boy rides his bicycle in the Brightmoor community.
Diontae Matthews, a Citizen Forester apprentice (fifth right), listens to Chris Hardy (center), a Citizen Forester with the Greening of Detroit, along with several other volunteers, on how to properly plant a tree in the Cody Rouge South neighborhood of Detroit during a tree planting event. The volunteers planted mostly Maple and Oak trees, which will grown to be large shade trees. The non-profit was aiming to plant 1,100 trees by Thanksgiving.
Dana Applebaum, center, farm educator at Catherine Ferguson Academy, pauses as Kanisha Miller touches Shantanique Dixson's belly during a farmers market at the school. CFA has been open since 1986 and is designed for young mothers and expecting mothers trying to finish high school in Detroit.
Ajhane Thomas, 18, a student at Catherine Ferguson Academy, walks back to the school barn as Jon Miller of Detroit carefully leads his draft horses, Tess and Tara, around the urban farm for the first time at the school. Miller and his horses plowed through garlic plots on harvest day at the school. Miller hopes that the horses can stable closer to the city to do farm chores and provide educational outings in the city on a regular basis.
Catherine Ferguson Academy is a school devoted for young mothers and mothers-to-be in Detroit. There are currently 200 students enrolled in the school.
Destiny Marshall picks sunflower seeds at D-Town Farm during a tour of the 7-acre locale in Detroit. D-Town Farm is part of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and began in 2006. It has been at its present location on the west side of Detroit for six years.
Occupy Detroit activists stand outside of 1515 Broadway Cafe on the one-year anniversary of the movement as a People Mover passes through its route.
Mars Psymons, center, cuts and collects wood found on a dead-end street with fellow Golden Gate residents so they can use it for fire. Psymons created the Golden Gate community, an eleven house community that functions as a cohesive group, promoting self-sustainability, urban agriculture and an alternative way of life. All of the residents are essentially squatting in unoccupied homes but have indicated interest in eventually purchasing the property. Psymons along with Tyler Brazley, Shane Clark and Marshall Stephens drive around their neighborhood to scour any dead tree limbs that they can cut with a chainsaw for firewood. Some are found near a dead end street, others are found on overgrown lots in front of abandoned homes. By the time they return, the bed of the pick-up truck is brimming with freshly cut logs.
Kadiri Sennefer, a native of Detroit, is a farm manager at D-Town Farms. Sennefer has been with the farm since it relocated to West Outer Drive in Detroit in 2008. Sennefer is part of the youth movement within Detroit. He teaches children who visit the farm and creates music about food justice and urban agriculture.
Kadiri Sennefer, also known as S.I.R.I.U.S., and Bryce Anderson-Small, also known as BRYCE, rap together on stage at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit during a celebration of urban gardening and farming through art and performance. Sennefer works on an urban farm in Detroit and Anderson-Small helps mentor youth through media literacy.
Bryce Anderson-Small, a former record executive, now devotes his time to youth media literacy with his company, Detroit Recordings. He also raps with Kadiri Sennefer, a farm manager at D-Town Farms. Here, Anderson-Small sits outside the Artist's Village, a space for performers to rehearse and convene.
Members of the community, including the homeless and the church janitor (center), gather in front of Spirit of Hope church on a Saturday afternoon during the soup kitchen time, where free handouts of socks and Bibles were distributed.
Homeless men and women form a line to wait for the soup kitchen at Spirit of Hope church in North Corktown to open on a Saturday afternoon. North Corktown is the oldest neighborhood in Detroit, once settled by Irish immigrants. The church was known as a place of refuge for many seeking spiritual sustenance, and continues to fulfill that role today.
Susan Sunshine, left, an Occupy Detroit activist also known as The Earth Poet, talks to local resident Jerry Peterson while he picks tomatoes out of an urban garden at Spirit of Hope in North Corktown. Other community members forage in the background during a work day open to the community at the farm. The farm has been open since 2007 and was started by Kate Devlin.
Marshall Stephens, 27, shares a meal with a neighbor in the Golden Gate Community collective of Detroit
Dried herbs hang from a ceiling in Marshall Stephens' house in the Golden Gate community. Stephens, 27, is one of 22 people in the collective, which began in November 2011. He lives without electricity or running water. "It's really elemental. There's a challenge to living here," he says. "But you're in touch with the neighbors."
A celebration of women in hip-hop at The Old Miami in Detroit.
Inspired by longtime Detroit social activist Grace Lee Boggs, the quote reads, "Today we need to combine learning with work, political struggle, community service and even play." The mural was painted facing an urban garden by Katie Yamasaki in 2011.
This mural was shot at night using a technique called light painting.