Detroit: Depressing and Amazing at the Same Time
One of the first people I met was Maureen. She waved to me walking by so I asked for the photo and had a long conversation with her. She had heard about the Boards for Bros distribution going on and asked me to get a board for her for her grandson. When I came back with one, she dug through her pockets trying to offer me money. She purchased this home for about $12,000 over 30 years ago and has lived in it since, witnessing the slow decline of the neighborhood day by day. We were both born in the Philippines and the similarities she has to my mother were nearly bringing a tear to my eye.