Couple buys, restores 100-year-old De...

Couple buys, restores 100-year-old Detroit home once owned by his great-grandparents

There are 19 comments on the Detroit Free Press story from Apr 28, 2013, titled Couple buys, restores 100-year-old Detroit home once owned by his great-grandparents. In it, Detroit Free Press reports that:

Detroit resident rehabs historic family house: Detroit residents Christopher Lee and Amy Feigley-Lee rehab historic family house his family tracked after his great grandfather lost the house during the Great Depression.

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Jesse Jackson Jr

Lewisburg, PA

#1 Apr 28, 2013
A couple of idealists attempting to live in the jungle. The locals will cannibalize them and their house.
bozo ideas

Nashua, NH

#2 Apr 28, 2013
yea can never go back...................
Mencken

Damascus, AR

#3 Apr 28, 2013
Doesn't it make you just shake your head reading this?
Detroit Free Press wrote:
Feigley-Lee, 33, a sculptor and instructor at Oakland University, grew up in Milford and only visited the city for some major events. She enrolled in a graduate school program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, and lived in Ferndale until she met Lee. He also was a Cranbrook student and now is a photographer and OU instructor.
"Instructors" at a university, so we know they don't live in the real world and all that that implies. I pray their unborn child doesn't suffer for the stance the parents make, both feet planted firmly in midair.
Detroit Free Press wrote:
They were aided by a $50,000 Michigan State Housing Development Authority loan.
More well thought out government policy at work here.
Detroit Free Press wrote:
“I always prayed for good neighbors,” says attorney Derrick Phillips, 58, who lives in the house next door.
Well, don't we all? And when you decode "good neighbors," what does that mean? Your answer should start with a "wh," end with a "te," have an "i" in the middle, and rhyme with "flee."
Detroit Free Press wrote:
To stave off further blight, Phillips would mow the lawn of vacant houses just to keep up appearances and says that helped the Lees “decide and take a chance on it.”
If just mowing the grass staved off further blight -- which means your prayer for "good neighbors" didn't get answered -- hell, I'd cut the grass at every vacant yard in town to keep out the Section 8.
Detroit Free Press wrote:
While the house now shows the couple’s artistic eye for color, proportion and design, Lee says “it’s been less of trying to fit into artistic visions, and more just trying to make it a house.”
My Section 8 neighbors have an eye for color, proportion and design as well. The tires stacked on one end of the lawn perfectly counterbalance that washer-dryer with a blanket thrown over it on the other.

Really, who wouldn't wish these two luck. But it shouldn't have to be this way in America, that our cities and towns should become petri dishes for a government that infects its laboratory mice -- productive, tax-paying whites -- with the bacterium of blacks in an ugly experiment the results of which we already know.
Sad Truth

Roseville, MI

#4 Apr 28, 2013
A very sad story, this young couple are going to live A nightmare and they don't even know it yet. First thing, get A burgler alarm. Next each of you get and carry A gun at all times.Third get A couple of BIG dogs. Always keep your cars in the fenced in back yard. Get bars on the windows. Keep guns hidden in every room and in the baement. NEVER stop at any stop signs or red lights, just slow down make sure it's clear then go. If friends come over make sure they are gone by nightfall and make sure they don't park in he street either. Lastly good luck you'll need it I truely hope your famly will wise up and get the hell out of there before something awful happens
bozo ideas

Nashua, NH

#5 Apr 28, 2013
Sad Truth wrote:
A very sad story, this young couple are going to live A nightmare and they don't even know it yet. First thing, get A burgler alarm. Next each of you get and carry A gun at all times.Third get A couple of BIG dogs. Always keep your cars in the fenced in back yard. Get bars on the windows. Keep guns hidden in every room and in the baement. NEVER stop at any stop signs or red lights, just slow down make sure it's clear then go. If friends come over make sure they are gone by nightfall and make sure they don't park in he street either. Lastly good luck you'll need it I truely hope your famly will wise up and get the hell out of there before something awful happens
hummm don't remember the emergency manager or anyone else mentioning those extraordinary precautions when they talked about rebuilding Detroit??
Pete

Livonia, MI

#6 Apr 28, 2013
The couple has been there five years already. They poured tons of cash and debt into the building. Apparently, they were able to borrow against it. The building is 3,500 square feet, rivaling mansions in the suburbs. There has been no mention of crime. Some upwardly mobile young people are willing to take a risk on the future to live a dream as opposed to old white folk cramming for their finals and bitter over having no dreams. People like the Lees are the pioneers that offer hope of rebuilding the city. Not all the pioneers were shot or scalped. Some prospered.

Since: Nov 11

Spartanburg, SC

#8 Apr 28, 2013
I sincerely wish this beautiful couple the best. Same for their child. Detroit possesses such an allure...I love it! Detroit is such a beautiful place. Their house is gorgeous. It has that old world charm. A lot of young people are moving into the Midtown area because of jobs, relative safety, and great incentives. Businesses are trying to build up the city center. I hope they succeed. I would love to see the Detroit my parents and grand parents knew.
Brimis

Bolivar, MO

#10 May 15, 2013
Was it the old Parker house?.
truther

Mesquite, NV

#12 May 15, 2013
Kallark27 wrote:
I sincerely wish this beautiful couple the best. Same for their child. Detroit possesses such an allure...I love it! Detroit is such a beautiful place. Their house is gorgeous. It has that old world charm. A lot of young people are moving into the Midtown area because of jobs, relative safety, and great incentives. Businesses are trying to build up the city center. I hope they succeed. I would love to see the Detroit my parents and grand parents knew.
Why not move there yourself and keep the ball rolling?

Since: Nov 11

Indian Trail, NC

#13 May 15, 2013
truther wrote:
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Why not move there yourself and keep the ball rolling?
Because the car insurance is too high. I tried to move back actually several times. It was just too expensive.
Sheik Yerbouti

Furlong, PA

#16 May 17, 2013
Kallark27 wrote:
I sincerely wish this beautiful couple the best. Same for their child. Detroit possesses such an allure...I love it! Detroit is such a beautiful place. Their house is gorgeous. It has that old world charm. A lot of young people are moving into the Midtown area because of jobs, relative safety, and great incentives. Businesses are trying to build up the city center. I hope they succeed. I would love to see the Detroit my parents and grand parents knew.
How about I drop you off at Brush and John R at midnight and then you can tell me how 'lovely' detoilet is!!

Since: Nov 11

Hixson, TN

#17 May 17, 2013
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
<quoted text>
How about I drop you off at Brush and John R at midnight and then you can tell me how 'lovely' detoilet is!!
Go right ahead sweetheart. I know my way around "Detoilet." Especially at Brush and John R. Your statement still does not negate what I said earlier. Detroit is a lovely place. You just have to be very careful is all and know where you're at at all times.
kasshmere

United States

#18 May 25, 2013
So much racism and outright ignorance. Sadtruth is sad indeed that ignorant can not spell Yeah really reeks of intelligence. Im sure If you are white the wonderful, marvelous, city of Detroit is a million times better because your pasty,funky, ignorant, non spelling BODY does not love there
ShaNeuquanekiki

Roseville, MI

#20 May 26, 2013
kasshmere wrote:
So much racism and outright ignorance. Sadtruth is sad indeed that ignorant can not spell Yeah really reeks of intelligence. Im sure If you are white the wonderful, marvelous, city of Detroit is a million times better because your pasty,funky, ignorant, non spelling BODY does not love there
Gansta's walkin down the middle of the street day and night, holdin they dick wif they pants down to day nee,s lookin for someone to rape,rob,stomp,nock out or kill an you kasshmere be wooried bout spellin. You A spellin rasist an a foool
Obskeptic

United States

#21 May 27, 2013
Kallark27 wrote:
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Because the car insurance is too high. I tried to move back actually several times. It was just too expensive.
Why do you think the car insurance is to high in that zip code K? So how far do you think they are willing to drive to put their daughter in a safe school?
The Truth

Roseville, MI

#24 May 27, 2013
Stop-It-Now_ wrote:
<quoted text>Yup, that sounds like a redneck white boy, with 2 inchesin his hand and one in his butt.
Six people have been killed and at least 22 wounded in violence across Chicago since Friday evening
The North Anerican Ground Ape doing what it's best at.\
Will someone please call al or jessie, no wait it was all black on black. al and jessie be too busy werrian bout trayvon

“What's your story? Nevermind.”

Since: Apr 13

none of my business.

#25 May 27, 2013
The Truth wrote:
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Six people have been killed and at least 22 wounded in violence across Chicago since Friday evening
The North Anerican Ground Ape doing what it's best at.\
Will someone please call al or jessie, no wait it was all black on black. al and jessie be too busy werrian bout trayvon
That is just a raciest comment. But if you were smart you would give them more guns and let them wipe their selves out. But from you comment I can tell you lack in intelligence.
Obskeptic

United States

#26 May 28, 2013
GLXGT wrote:
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That is just a raciest comment. But if you were smart you would give them more guns and let them wipe their selves out. But from you comment I can tell you lack in intelligence.
I like your GT. I have a 1965 Fastback GT and love it. Bought it when I was 19, I'm fifty now, and still love it. It is currently getting a new SS exhaust system and new rear springs and shocks. Can't wait to go through the gears.
peedub

Livonia, MI

#27 Jul 16, 2015
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
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How about I drop you off at Brush and John R at midnight and then you can tell me how 'lovely' detoilet is!!
Stick to PA wimp

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