StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: Chalk Drawings on the Hudson Building


Jennifer Gariepy and Maurice Greenia, Jr.

Maurice Greenia, Jr. is an artist and performer from Detroit. In the mid-1990s, he decided to brighten up the boarded-over display windows of the Hudson Building.

I was trying to do something positive for the city and downtown.”

In this episode of StoryCorps Detroit, Greenia talks with his friend, Jennifer Gariepy, about creating over 500 chalk drawings on the Hudson’s Department store in the years before the building was imploded.

See some of the drawings here.

The real estate company, Bedrock, is planning to erect a skyscraper at the site of the former Hudson Building. If completed as designed, it will be Detroit’s tallest building. See renderings of the futurist structure here.


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StoryCorps Detroit is hosted by Sascha Raiyn. This episode was produced by Laura Herberg and mixed by Rahsaan Cherry. The interview featured in this episode was edited by John Forrest and originally recorded by StoryCorps at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. The StoryCorps Detroit theme music is by Will Sessions.

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About the Author

Laura Herberg

Community Reporter

Through sound-rich storytelling, Herberg covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region and the issues that affect them. Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter 2018 and 2017.

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Sascha Raiyn

Reporter & Producer

Native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.   Follow @raiyn

Rahsaan Cherry

Audio Production Assistant

Most know him by his nickname, RAHS. He’s ambitious and an upcoming audio engineer from Detroit.

John Forrest

Associate Producer

When not fixing cars or lasers, John enjoys working at WDET as a StoryCorp intern.

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