Tag: blight

The Rhetoric of Foreclosure and Eviction in Detroit

Kaeleigh Herstad , October 6th, 2017


Analyzing the rhetoric around blight, foreclosure, and eviction in Detroit reveals a lot about local attitudes towards/concepts of ownership, poverty, race, and social justice. Over the last two…


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‘This House Is Occupied’: Demolition Politics in the Belgian ‘spookstad’ of Doel

Kaeleigh Herstad , April 3rd, 2017


Last week I visited the small ghost town (“spookstad” in Dutch) of Doel in northwest Belgium. Doel has been at the center of an international controversy for the…


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Squatting and Concepts of Property Ownership in the Netherlands

Kaeleigh Herstad , March 26th, 2017


Yesterday, I spent the afternoon in Rotterdam with a friend, local, and part-time Detroiter, and I learned a lot about housing policy and the long, complex history of…


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Help a researcher out by taking this short survey on neighborhood blight in Detroit!

Kaeleigh Herstad , January 2nd, 2017


My dissertation research involves interviewing Detroit residents city to learn more about how blight affects peoples’ daily lives. I’ve created a very brief questionnaire as an extension o…


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Archaeologies of Displacement and Urban Renewal in Detroit

Kaeleigh Herstad , May 19th, 2016


Last week I attended the “Archaeology and Revitalization in Detroit” sessions at the Michigan Historic Preservation Network‘s annual meeting in Detroit, on the campus of Wayne State …


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Urbex in Baltimore

Kaeleigh Herstad , April 26th, 2016


Reporter Jessica Anderson recently interviewed me for this fascinating piece about urban exploration in Baltimore. I enjoyed talking with her about the allure of abandoned/vacant spaces and learning m…


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Deconstructing Detroit: The Politics of ‘Reclamation’

Kaeleigh Herstad , February 18th, 2016


I attended the Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual meeting in Washington DC in January and presented in the excellent, day-long session, “Contemporary and Historical Archaeologies …


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Getting to Know Gratiot

Kaeleigh Herstad , August 13th, 2015


Gratiot Avenue is one of Detroit’s 5 original main avenues (along with Woodward, Michigan, Jefferson, and Grand River) that branch out from downtown like the spokes of a…


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Lincoln Street Art Park: ‘Teaching Reuse Through Art’

Kaeleigh Herstad , August 6th, 2015


I visited the Lincoln Street Art Park south of New Center in Detroit a few times in the last week (as I researched it, I kept realizing I must’ve…


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