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Detroit Is Giving Writers Free Houses in an Effort to Rebuild


Rod Bastanmehr
Alternet News
December 26, 20013

Good news for struggling writers: the key to sustaining your lifestyle is to go to a city that’s struggling more.

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A new nonprofit organization called Write-A-House, located in Detroit, Michigan (which, earlier this year, became the largest city in the United States to file for and enter bankruptcy) has found something creative to do with the city’s seemingly endless blocks of vacant homes—gut them from the inside-out, fix them up, and give them to writers.

Sarah Cox, one of the founders of Write-A-House, and an editorial director for the real estate site Curbed, moved to Detroit from New York in 2010 in order to start the site’s Detroit blog. There, she witnessed the city’s desire to rebuild and rebrand, and found what was missing in order to make the dream into a reality.

“In the past three years, I’ve seen incredible progress, but there is still so much room for more in the literary arts,” she said in a press release formally announcing the city-wide project. “This is a city with unique, historic and fascinating stuff happening. We think there are writers who will want to come and be a part of it. … >>>

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open quotes blueWriters can begin to apply for the houses in the spring, and the project aims to draw local and international writers. Barlow said already they have received hundreds of e-mails ‘from writers locally, all the way into the Netherlands’


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One Response to “Detroit Is Giving Writers Free Houses in an Effort to Rebuild”

  1. faye menczer ascher Says:

    Wonderful work you are doing, Al. Wishing you and yours a Happy, Healthy New Year with only good news. Always good to hear from you.

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