January 19, 2010, - 12:34 pm
I’m not sure if a stunt is really a stunt if it has yet to be attempted. So, perhaps this entry should have been entitled, “Dumb Detroit Stunt Idea of the Day.”
Say Nice Things About Detroitistan
Regardless, a couple of liberal activists, instead of focusing their energies on helping the poor or smoking pot–or some other activity libs like to brag about, want to encase one of Detroit’s over 200,000 foreclosed and abandoned homes in a solid block of ice. It’s called the Ice House Detroit Project. But photog Gregory Holm and architect Matthew Radune have yet to finish their “Detroit flophouse frozen in solid ice” because the weather is too warm, and it’s delayed the effort, which was supposed to be complete yesterday.
They claim this will draw attention to the plight of Detroit and the area’s high rate of foreclosures. Because, it’s really not about drawing attention to themselves (no, not at all). And because, without them, we’d all have thought that the dilapidated houses that dot all of Detroit’s main inter-city/suburban highways, were actually occupied and being paid in full and on time.
Matthew Radune and Gregory Holm Are Ice House Detroit
What–Detroit actually has a high rate of foreclosed and abandoned homes? Who knew? Gee, thanks, guys, for the tip. Without a house encased in ice, we’d never know.
What a waste.
Incredibly, the pair of ice-hosers, er . . . -housers, brag that 53 donors funded this exercise in stupidity. With all of their efforts, they could have rehabbed a house for a homeless family. But, hey, that wouldn’t get ’em in the New York Times, would it?
They did help a Detroit family move into another home, but why waste time and money to freeze a house . . . unless you’re really only interested in becoming an internet celebrity and this year’s version of William Hung?
Tags: abandoned homes, Detroit, Foreclosed homes, Gregory Holm, House, ICE, Ice House Detroit, Ice House Detroit Project, Matthew Radune