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Mapping The Last Year In Detroit Building Demolitions

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In the last twelve months, Detroit has lost at least eight significant structures (and more single family homes than anyone can count). Here we take a look back at the most important losses from the last 12 months. Spot one that we missed? Don't whine, tell the tipline. We'll be updating this map as more bricks fall.

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American Axle Plant

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This one fell around late February with a pile of rubble still visible in March. The 108-acre complex was sold with plans for the new buyers to redevelop the land for "industrial purposes."

Temple Hotel

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In May this Cass Corridor safe haven for prostitution and drugs bit the dust. It was an obstacle to a new substation DTE needed to build to power the new Red Wings arena.

First Unitarian Church

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This was was not so much torn down as burned down. In May the building owned by Salim Kemenko seemed to spontaneously combust. The case seems very suspicious.

Matthew Moroun Takes Down a Warehouse

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In July, the greedy land barons of the Detroit International Bridge Co, the Moroun family, knocked down an empty warehouse. Mayor Duggan applauded the rich family for paying for their own demo, pissing many preservationists off.

The CARE Building

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This one was cleared this August to make way for development on the Statler Hotel Site. Right now it just means there is a big triangle of emptiness across from the Kales Building.

Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

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This has been one of the longer demolition processes, which makes sense since there were four tower buildings. Demo started in January but there is still a little something left. (Previously this site lost two towers in 2003).

HQ for Children's Center

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Last summer Midtown went on a demo spree, replacing two building with parking lots.

Freezer Theater

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This building, also owned by the Children's Center, was taken down to become a "gated, well-lighted parking lot."

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American Axle Plant

This one fell around late February with a pile of rubble still visible in March. The 108-acre complex was sold with plans for the new buyers to redevelop the land for "industrial purposes."

Temple Hotel

In May this Cass Corridor safe haven for prostitution and drugs bit the dust. It was an obstacle to a new substation DTE needed to build to power the new Red Wings arena.

First Unitarian Church

This was was not so much torn down as burned down. In May the building owned by Salim Kemenko seemed to spontaneously combust. The case seems very suspicious.

Matthew Moroun Takes Down a Warehouse

In July, the greedy land barons of the Detroit International Bridge Co, the Moroun family, knocked down an empty warehouse. Mayor Duggan applauded the rich family for paying for their own demo, pissing many preservationists off.

The CARE Building

This one was cleared this August to make way for development on the Statler Hotel Site. Right now it just means there is a big triangle of emptiness across from the Kales Building.

Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

This has been one of the longer demolition processes, which makes sense since there were four tower buildings. Demo started in January but there is still a little something left. (Previously this site lost two towers in 2003).

HQ for Children's Center

Last summer Midtown went on a demo spree, replacing two building with parking lots.

Freezer Theater

This building, also owned by the Children's Center, was taken down to become a "gated, well-lighted parking lot."