No big discoveries on the TDH today. A great day out on the road, though it was a bit breezy headed downtown. (Plus half my back is seized up). That said, I did run by some points of interest.
First, the house that comes with its own graveyard (see prior post, please) is no more. I don’t know if they plan on pushing all the debris into the big hole – but maybe next week I’ll be able to report back to you if that turns out to be the case. Voila: The ex-house.
The owners of said house had a clearly non-effective sign trying to keep the area tidy:
Careful! Security Camera is watching!
A couple of weeks ago, I pointed out a couple of sinkholes. The lesser of the two appears to be destined for repair. (At least that’s what I think, judging by the paint. It could also be an alert to walkers, riders, and drivers). If you’re on Kercheval, and you see it, you can tell your friends you saw one of the Tour De Hood landmarks. Gives you instant street cred.
I think Detroit has general issues with its sewage system. While I’m not a civil engineer, I believe most of the sinkholes and enormous potholes I see are because of busted sewer lines and/or water lines leaking into the ground and eroding support for the pavement. On the opposite side of leaking is clogging, as demonstrated by this sewer, which by my lights is a seweren’t. (I had to put this picture in just so I could include that jeux de mots). Or, if you prefer, it’s a Storm Drain that Drain’t working.
You’ll notice it’s lost its ability to actually drain water. A bit further along I rode by the erstwhile “Peace in Heart Crusade Church of God”. Looks like the neighbors prefer lucre to the promise of eternal happiness.
There’s Gold in that there Hood.
I may be wrong, as I passed another building (a former restaurant supply shop) that is much more blinged out.
Gold, Cutlery, Scales and Meat Hooks
You’ll notice on the upper left “MOCAD 3/29”. MOCAD stands for Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit. So this Gold stuff may actually be some kind of conceptual art that I’m too much of a philistine to appreciate.
Until today, I hadn’t known there was a downtown Synagogue. Here it is, or was. I can’t really tell if it’s still in use for that purpose.
The Downtown Synagogue – must be the only one
I love the door handle.
Right across the street is a new (to me – I don’t spend much of my time looking for, or frequenting, adult entertainment enterprises) place to spend some time and money.
Generous drinks for fat white guys
Looks new to me. Maybe this is the result of the Stimulus Money Detroit is supposed to be receiving from the Federal Government. If anyone knows if this place has been around for a while, and I’m just ignorant, please weigh in.
That said, there’s one thing for sure. The Tour De Hood is always filled with interesting things. This graffiti just about sums it up.