On Woodward Avenue near McNichols Road in Detroit there is an older two-story apartment, or maybe a former hotel, that has fallen into disrepair. Many of the windows are boarded, and most of the doors are either gone or open to trespassers. The second level of the compact place has a balcony that spans the length of the building, a perfect spot for those who once lived there to sit and watch the traffic roll by on Woodward Avenue. It’s obvious the place has not been in use for quite some time.
In spite of the rundown condition of the building, there has been some unusual activity at the old place. Not the normal things one might expect to see at a derelict building, such as securing it, rehabbing it, or preparing it for demolition. Strangely enough, someone has mounted four scarecrow-looking people along the railing of the second story outdoor patio. The four of them all have the same clownish looking face, but each is uniquely dressed in bright colorful clothes.
The four characters are drooped over the railings in a hangman fashion. Although all have the same smiling clown face and are dressed differently, everything about them seems to say sadness and loneliness. It’s as if they are hanging their heads in shame. Looking at them, I couldn’t help but think of the characters found in the horror movie, “Night of the Living Dead” or other cultish B films.