Driving the Line Between Rich and Poor in Detroit
At the turn of the 20th century, the communities of Grosse Pointe were home to many of the wealthiest families in Detroit. And today, the Pointes are a showcase for some of the most impressive homes in the area. But they're just a half mile or so from ramshackle buildings in Detroit, and form a clear line separating the haves and the have-nots. Multi-story mansions rise from the shores of Lake St. Clair, their opulent rooms visible through floor to ceiling windows, their guesthouses and tennis courts standing in their shadows. Cruise along Lakeshore Drive, marveling at the majestic homes on one side and the shimmering lake on the other. While the neighborhood is idyllic, its proximity to one of Detroit’s most unattractive areas makes it is a stark and painful reminder of the disparity between the city’s richest and poorest residents.