A while ago I wrote a blog entry on the abandoned boats I see on my bicycle travels across Detroit. They seemed to be discarded everywhere I rode. I’ve seen them in large overgrown fields, in abandoned factories, along eastside streets close to the Detroit River, and within small, fenced-off neglected city parks. Although I still see them on my rides, fortunately, I see fewer of them than I once had. Unfortunately, trashed couches have replaced the cast off boats.
Like the boats I saw in the past, the couches can be found just about everywhere I ride in this city: along neighborhood streets, in secluded parking lots, abandoned garages, and like the boats, stuffed into vacant factories. It seems the couches are more widespread than the abandoned boats. I would assume that’s the case because they are smaller and easier to dump from the trunk of a car or from a small pick-up truck, unlike the watercraft, which usually requires a trailer to transport.
Many of the couches look to be in relatively good shape, perfect for those looking for an accent piece for their living room. They come in a variety of styles, colors, and fabric finishes, including leather. Some have matching love seats and in some cases they come with custom graffiti messages! Perfect for folks interested in a true urban look for their home.
If you’re lucky, you may spot someone illegally unloading one of the overstuffed beauties in a field or parking lot. If asked nicely, they may deliver the couch they are about to dump directly to your home. Of course they might impose a small delivery charge. Their fee will help defray the huge fine they will be paying when they get caught trashing the city, which I hope will happen soon.