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Abandoned Shelter of the Week

A sticky July breeze blows through the open windows at 7557 Morgan. A likely summer scenario if it weren’t for the fact that every single window is open — permanently. This house, built in 1918, now stands abandoned. The front door opens with a simple turn of the handle.

The house contains many remnants from a past habitation. In the kitchen, flour and tea canisters sit on the counter, gathering dust. The dining room contains scattered pieces of furniture. Perhaps the most interesting feature is a poster lying on the living room floor. Although it is yellowed and wrinkled, the text is still readable: “To The World’s Greatest Mother.” As the ASS (that’s Abandoned Structure Squad to you, pal) is shutting the door to leave, something in the tree above catches the breeze: A pair of red-and-white Nike high-tops are kicking around in the summer heat.

Editor’s note: If you know of an abandoned home you would like to see featured in this spot, send a photo and pertinent information to News Hits, c/o Metro Times, 733 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48226 (or e-mail

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