Date – July 2, 2010
Street – Crane Street, just south of Gratiot Avenue
Continuing on with my exploration on that Saturday, I headed a few blocks southeast toward Gratiot Avenue and came to this fairly nice neighborhood with two gutted homes across the street from one another. I parked my bike to start documenting and one of the neighbors came out and struck up a conversation with me.
Apparently both of these homes were hit by arson. The first being 5818 Crane about nine months before I took these photos. The home across the street was hit a couple months later. According to the woman I spoke with, there are no leads for either crime, but the word on the street is the folks at 5809 Crane were talking to the police and may have had some information on the first fire. To silence them, their home was then set alight.
Rewards have been posted for both. As of now, there are still no leads to the perpetrators.
A positive note as both of these homes have been earmarked by the City for teardown under the Mayor’s plan to clean up the city. He has 10,000 targeted, with the first 1000 to be cleared by the end of this year. The tag of “W Kut” as seen on 5809-11 is the mark of the City, not a graffiti artist. I have come upon a few structures with this mark, so hopefully the Mayor will keep to his word.
There is a lot of work to do.