In a 2014 Buzzfeed article that went viral, Drew Philp describes a serviceman’s reaction to reconnecting power to his long abandoned house in Detroit, “You’re either brave as hell or crazy as a loon.” The full story, recently released as a book entitled A $500 House in Detroit, Rebuilding an Abandoned Home in an American City, is a modern coming of age novel connecting his personal journey renovating an abandoned structure to the troubled racial history of Detroit–and ultimately America. As a young man, with high hopes to fix the city for the better, Philp instead discovers himself through the community that changes him for the better. Philp writes poignantly and passionately about community, race, sustainability, craftsmanship, history, and his dog Gratiot.
As part of his book tour, Philp sat down with Googler Matt Mergener to discuss Detroit, a city he describes as “like America with the volume turned all the way up.” Philp expands on the personal experiences of the book, connecting them concretely to the city’s past, present, and future.
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