THIRD PLACE: RYAN GARZA, THE DETROIT FREE PRESS Caption: "I can’t wait to get out of here. I ain’t going to miss this house," George Chene, 39, of Detroit, Michigan, USA said in disgust while sitting in a bedroom of his home on Dragoon St. in Detroit's Delray community on Thursday July 20, 2017. Chene has lived in the home for 16 years with his 63-year-old girlfriend Linda Mynes and Linda’s unemployed 42-year-old daughter Marion.
The Michigan Department of Transportation cut the family a check to leave their house located where the customs plaza for a new bridge being built to Canada will be and find another, better home somewhere else.
Despite having a chance to get away from the smokestacks, the smells, the trains that would stall on the tracks and trap them on this street for hours at a time and the thieves bold enough to come to the door two days before Christmas and rob them at gunpoint of all their presents, the family found a house barely a mile away from their old one remaining in Delray— just outside the bridge’s footprint.
Their home is now twice as close to the wastewater treatment plant as they had been, half the distance to the industrial Zug Island and a couple blocks from the coming entrance ramp to the bridge, and right next to the temporary cement plant that bangs with activity until late at night.
"I’d rather just stay around the people I know,” Chene said. "I plan on sticking around here for the rest of my life. This where I’ll be. Anybody want to see George this is where I’ll be. Probably doing a whole lot of nothing."