Monday was a big day for the abandoned Metropolitan Building, which managed to hurl debris directly onto a nearby truck. According to an anonymous tipster, the empty vehicle was parked in the adjacent alleyway when the destruction took place. The historic building, empty since 1979, can't seem to resist sprinkling its surroundings with rubble and the occasional brick.
Semi-permanent scaffolding protects the sidewalk from similar droppings. To our knowledge, this is the first time something has actually been struck. Historic brick-droppers like the Wurlitzer Building or Hotel Charlevoix had negligent, out-of-town owners. The Metropolitan, however, is owned by the City of Detroit and the Downtown Development Authority, and the evidence suggests that they're more interested in demolition than stabilization.
· Neglect Reaches New Heights at the Metropolitan Building [Curbed]
· Tour the Metropolitan's Interior After 34 Years of Vacancy [Curbed]
· Metropolitan Building Inches Closer to Demolition [Curbed]