New art exhibit examines a Detroit 'Neighborhood on the Edge' of change before Ford Motor Co. moves in

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click to enlarge Longtime Hubbard Richard residents Evelyn Sparks, Vito Valdez, and Betty Kennedy are among those featured in a new photo exhibition about the community. - JUAN CARLOS DUEWEKE-PEREZ
Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez
Longtime Hubbard Richard residents Evelyn Sparks, Vito Valdez, and Betty Kennedy are among those featured in a new photo exhibition about the community.

Detroit’s Hubbard Richard neighborhood is due for even more changes soon. A quarter-century ago, “Matty” Moroun leveled dozens of houses in the community for his Ambassador Bridge. Now, with Ford Motor Co.’s purchase of the nearby former Michigan Central Station, the neighborhood will likely experience an influx of real estate speculators — which could mean many longtime members of the community get pushed out.

A new multimedia art exhibition offers a portrait of the community as it is now. Titled Neighborhood on the Edge: Who gets to choose what happens to the Hubbard Richard Neighborhood?, the show is a collaboration between activist and Matrix Theatre Company founder Shaun Nethercott, photographer Carlos Dueweke-Perez, and sound designer Scott Koué, and features 10 life-sized photos of local residents, who have shared and recorded stories about their community. The installation is part of a city-wide, multi-disciplinary series featuring 22 commissioned exhibitions, performances and events developed by Kresge Artist Fellows.

Opening reception from 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center, 2835 Bagley Ave., Detroit; 313-626-6232; facebook.com/MexicantownLatinoCCDetroit. Show runs through Sunday, Dec. 22.


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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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