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December 04, 2011
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A Detroit Artist’s Whimsical Beautification Project Spurs Urban Renewal

Derek Lieu, for The Chronicle

Tyree Guyton began to decorate houses on Detroit’s poverty-stricken Heidelberg Street in 1986. His efforts helped create a local arts charity, the Heidelberg Project, and helped tame crime in the neighborhood.

A shopping cart nestles high in the branches of a tree. Piles of mismatched shoes litter the ground. A weathered piano sits on a street corner. Such items are common along a section of Detroit’s Heidelberg Street, in the heart of one of the...

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