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Delray Interview: Scott Brines

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Scott Brines, the President of the Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition (SDCBC), takes a us for a drive around Delray. He was born and raised in Detroit, and moved to Delray nine years ago to be closer to his job as a carpenter. Scott is passionate about his his work in the SDCBC, and wants to see Delray back on its feet. Scott and the rest of the SDCBC staff hope to see the residents of Delray rightfully compensated for the disturbances they are experiencing due to the construction of the new international bridge. While there is plenty of distress in the city, there are still three thousand residents who are committed to a life in Delray.

Introducing Scott Brines

 

Burning, Scrapping, and Dumping

Scott explains how trends of burning abandoned homes, salvaging valuable metals, and dumping waste, such as tires, has plagued the community of Delray.


Community, Past and Present

Delray used to be a thriving, vibrant community, but because of the growing industrial presence, the community has faced numerous hardships. Scott sheds light on the history as well as what the community is doing to address certain issues today.

 

Divestment, Neglect, and Isolation

Scott enumerates various ways in which Delray has simultaneously been invested in for industrial and transportation purposes and divested from and neglected from a residential standpoint, because of industries and roads that cut through the neighborhood.

 

Scott on Industry

The coming of industries to Delray made the neighborhood what it is today. Scott describes the impacts, physically, environmentally, and socially, that these industries have had on the community.

 

Produce and Gardening

In this short segment, Scott describes how people in Delray have limited access to fresh produce and are also unable to garden on their own land due to poor soil quality. For further reading on agriculture in Detroit, please visit the Agriculture page.

 

Click here to see all narratives on Delray

Click here to see a timeline of events in Delray

Click here to see resources for further reading on Delray

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