There’s a catch, of course. The city is Detroit. Still, this sounds like a terrific idea.
“Write-A-House, a Detroit-based literary organization founded in 2012 by novelist Toby Barlow, hopes to energize the literary community in the Motor City by giving writers not just a room of their own, but an entire home.”
Writers from anywhere are invited, and they’ll start taking applications in 2014. More about free homes for writers at the link.
“The median sales price for houses in the city itself in the fourth quarter is $41,000.”
We don’t have all that much blight in Redding. But it’s interesting to consider the idea of renovating a neighborhood by giving away living space to writers and artists. Thought provoking, now that redevelopment funds have vanished. The government owns plenty of homes around here that they have foreclosed, and simply lets brokerages sell them back to the citizenry. Why not use them instead for something positive? It’s worth considering.
Definitely an admirable literary and housing program. I wish everyone involved great success.