A $500 House in Detroit by Drew Philp

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
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Drew Philp, an idealistic college student from a working-class Michigan family, decided to live where he can make a difference. He set his sights on Detroit, the failed metropolis of abandoned buildings, widespread poverty, and rampant crime. Arriving with no job, no friends, and no money, Philp bought a ramshackle house for five hundred dollars in the east side neighborhood known as Poletown. The roomy Queen Anne he now owns is little more than a clapboard shell on a crumbling brick foundation, missing windows, heat, water, electricity, and a functional roof. Drew Philp’s work has been published both nationally and internationally and has appeared in publications including BuzzFeed, The Guardian, The Detroit Free Press, and De Correspondent. In 2017 Scribner published his first book of nonfiction, A $500 House: Rebuilding an Abandoned House and an American City. His essays and profiles have appeared in books and collections in the United States and Europe, and he is a 2016 11th Hour Food and Justice Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, under the direction of Michael Pollan and a 2017 Kresge Arts Fellow. He is also a writer in the film industry, having written two feature length dramas on contract, and built his own house in Detroit from the shell of one purchased for $500.