Free Houses Offered to Wordsmiths in Detroit
Michigan’s Motor City is fighting to change its bad boy image by putting a new twist on gentrification. Rather than targeting wealthy renovators, the Write a House organization is daring literary artists to move into one of three homes it’s refurbishing. Poets, journalists and novelists can live rent free for two years and, if they meet their obligations, can earn the deed to the house. Organizers hope the campaign will help revitalize Detroit neighborhoods and get the writers-turned-residents involved in their communities while providing a creative backdrop for their writing.
Source: New Yorker