Tom McCracken, 62, of Detroit, Michigan, USA poses outside of his house in Detroit's Delray neighborhood on Monday September 11, 2017. "When we first come to Delray you didn’t have to leave Delray for nothing," Tom remembered, who grew up and remains living on the street next door to his sister and down the street from his brother in one of the two surviving houses on his block.
Their parents first came to Delray from the Niagara Falls area in the ‘60s, lured by all the factory jobs, and settled in what was a dense, family-friendly neighborhood.
That small core of people remaining represents the die-hard Delray residents who have stubbornly refused to go — those with deep roots here, with generations in the same homes, and with longtime neighbors that have become like family, or in the case of people like the McCracken’s, actually are.
“Look at the windows, how I got all the windows hooked up,” he said, about the plastic sheets that were covering them. “I mean, I keep it clean, I keep it clean inside, but I don’t have much to work with. You know, I have no money. I’m on Social Security. I only get a thousand dollars a month. What am I gonna do with that? Once I pay the bills I’m broke.”