Squatters Attempt to Create Oasis in a Rough Neighborhood
A couple of years ago, residents of one of Detroit’s toughest areas were puzzled when a group of free-spirited squatters turned up preaching peace and love. The newcomers set up in abandoned houses off the grid, with outhouses and wood-burning stoves. To give back to the area, the squatters fixed up bicycles for kids and gave away produce from their gardens. But some longtime residents were not impressed, seeing them as disrupters who have sown further discord with their transient, couch-surfing community and nudist morning runs. The neighborhood has become an experiment in how to relate across different backgrounds — and a demonstration that one person’s utopia can be another’s hell.
Source: USA Today