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I teach on the Detroit side of the border – more like a frontier – between Detroit and Grosse Pointe. Winter only intensifies the contrast. The empty lots frost over and the abandoned houses look even more dreary, while two blocks over the houses look like something from a magazine, with Christmas lights twinkling behind unbroken windows.

This building is on Mack, which is one of the dividing lines between contrasting neighborhoods, but one thing that stays the same is the warmth of yellow light through windows in fading grey evenings.

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