Delray Interviews: Mario Default

Delray Interview: Mario Hernandez

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Mario Hernandez, a lifelong Detroit resident, has been living in Delray for the last 13 years.  Mr. Hernandez, an active member of the Southwest Detroit Community Benefit’s Coalition, operates his own business and is heavily invested in Delray. His personal accounts of living next to heavy industry and Delray’s changing landscape over the last decade is shocking. Mr. Hernandez’s future in Delray is dependent on factors outside his realm of control.

The New Bridge

Mr. Hernandez shares his perspective on the purposed international crossing to be placed in Delray. He hopes to see more transparency and responsibility from the government as the proposed bridge project moves forward. His house is located within the proposed bridge area, and his future is greatly impacted by the construction.



The Changing Environment 

Mr. Hernandez reminisces about his youth, and his memories of the Detroit riverfront. Over the years, his environment has changed. As houses and businesses disappear from Delray, he has to adjust to his surroundings.



Living with Industry

Mr. Hernandez currently lives down the street from Peerless Metals, a metal processing plant, and is surrounded by heavy truck traffic. Mr. Hernandez shares his environmental and health concerns that arise from the lack of government oversight and lack of industry responsibility.


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