Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Doors of Perception in Flint

It was bad enough when the house next door to Matt Schlinker on Kensington was abandoned after a foreclosure, but it was even worse when the lender decided to board up the front door. Not exactly what you expect to see off East Court. So Schlinker got creative with some spray paint and stencils to create the illusion of a door. And this story has a happy ending; the house is now occupied.


  1. Wow, my folks lived for years on Kensington. What block was this, do you know?

  2. It's no Banksy, but I love it!

  3. This is exactly what I am talking about. He took it upon himself to do something. Sure it's no Bansky. It is a wonderful example of self reliance and motivation by a citizen. Can 100,000 people in Flint do one thing a week to help out their area in the city?


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