Decades ago, Regent Park was a thriving, working-class neighborhood in northeast Detroit.
It was home to many of Detroit’s firefighters, police officers and teachers. It was a 97 block neighborhood comprised of nearly 2000 homes filled with families and seniors. It boasted two public schools that brought education and opportunity to the neighborhood’s youth.
In recent years, Regent Park has become known for its poverty and hopelessness.
Decades of disinvestment has plagued the community. The quality of educational alternatives, availability of safe, affordable housing, and even access to healthy food choices and good jobs has diminished along with public safety. Over 20% of those homes have been abandoned or occupied by squatters and often drug dealers. The greater 48205 zip code which includes Regent Park has been recognized as Detroit’s deadliest neighborhood. The two public schools are now boarded up and the high school graduation rate is about 40%. Despite this decaying environment, the neighborhood is still teeming with children and youth. However, the hope and opportunity has faded.