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StoryCorps Detroit: Chalk Drawings on the Hudson Building

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A Detroit artist uses the Hudson Building as his personal canvas.

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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.

Jennifer Gariepy and Maurice Greenia, Jr.StoryCorps

Jennifer Gariepy and Maurice Greenia, Jr.

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

In this StoryCorps Detroit segment, 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.

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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John Forrest, Associate Producer

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

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This post is a part of StoryCorps Detroit.

Giving people of all backgrounds the opportunity to record meaningful conversations, StoryCorps seeks to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.​ StoryCorps Detroit showcases interviews that were recorded when the MobileBooth stopped in at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. Those conversations are podcast here.



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