This building was a favorite of visiting photojournalists for years to illustrate stories about Detroit. It's right across the street from the iconic train station (a mecca to visiting photographers), and I suspect they felt the words "auto parts" and obvious abandonment said something about the state of the city's economy or industry or something.
At some point during the recent spate of art happenings/installations and cleanups of Roosevelt Park (including the Imagination Station and the Hygienic Dress League's "no vacancy" sign on the Roosevelt Hotel) somebody made this subtle and awesome change to the abandoned storefront. It's been this way for months, but I finally got a shot of it that I like.
Does anyone know who did this? I'd love to give him/her credit.
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