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Ahead of Okemos visit, author recounts her Detroit fixer-upper story

Amy Haimerl and her husband wanted to move from Brooklyn to Detroit, so they bought an old house at a rock-bottom price. The fixer-upper has become the subject of her book “Detroit Hustle”. Current State's Scott Pohl went to see the house for himself and talk with the author.

In Detroit, there are neighborhoods where most of the houses have been demolished. Along with knocking down long-empty houses that are beyond repair, the city has been encouraging people to buy homes with an eye on making those parts of the city livable again.

One couple decided to move from Brooklyn, New York, into an old Detroit house a few years ago. The project has become the subject of a book.

Amy Haimerl of the MSU School of Journalism faculty is the author of “Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Life, Love and Home.” The home had been empty, save for occasional squatters, for about a decade...and it was falling apart.

On Wednesday night at 7, Heimerl will talk about the book at the Schuler book store in the Meridian Mall. Earlier this summer, Current State's Scott Pohl visited the now-famous house in Detroit for a conversation.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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