The final phase of demolition has begun for a well-known vacant Detroit housing project that once was home to boxer Joe Louis and members of the Supremes. Active demolition began Monday on four 15-story towers that are part of the former Frederick Douglass Homes, better known as the Brewster projects.
The bankrupt city says the demolition is being paid for through $6.5 million in federal funds. It was built in 1935 as Detroit's first publicly funded housing development for African-Americans. The last residents left in 2008.