Cool Places of America~ Heidelberg Street Detroit

Its your favorite child travel adviser, Tyler, once again bringing you the best in last minute vacations. Your road trip planner for the weekend getaway to the coolest and strangest places in America. How do I know about them all? My parents are contract workers in the software industry and keep moving the family every 6 months….

My parents had a gig in Detroit that lasted two weeks. While I was there I found this street with polka dot houses and houses covered in Teddy Bears. The Heidelberg Project was created in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey (“Grandpa Sam”) as an outdoor art environment in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood on the city’s east side, just north of the city’s historically African-American Black Bottom area. The Heidelberg Project is in part a political protest, as Tyree Guyton’s childhood neighborhood began to deteriorate after the 1967 riots. Guyton described coming back to Heidelberg Street after serving in the Army; he was astonished to see that the surrounding neighborhood looked as if “a bomb went off”. Now the road looks like a paint bomb went off, which is way cool.

Tyree runs community art projects in one of the houses and supports local kid education. I got to paint a few polka dots on the houses too. It was great. Come check out this street.


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