My $500 house in Detroit — and the neighbors who helped me – TED video

My $500 house in Detroit — and the neighbors who helped me rebuild it – Drew Philp

In 2009, journalist and screenwriter Drew Philp bought a ruined house in Detroit for $500. In the years that followed, as he gutted the interior and removed the heaps of garbage crowding the rooms, he didn’t just learn how to repair a house — he learned how to build a community.

In a tribute to the city he loves, Philp tells us about “radical neighborliness” and makes the case that we have “the power to create the world anew together and to do it ourselves when our governments refuse.”   TEDNYC | November 2017  …… PLAY VIDEO

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On April 10, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Philp’s story is both uplifting and disturbing. It’s disturbing to know that poor and vulnerable communities right here in the wealthiest country on Earth are being denied access to running water in their homes. Water is life.

    It’s also an uplifting story about a resilient, battered community that gives us hope for change. In Philp’s own closing remarks: “True change, real change, starts first with community in the radical sense of what it means to be a neighbor.”

    As individuals, as radical neighbors who care, we can make a difference in building better communities.

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