10/23/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Detroit's Heidelberg Project On Cool Hunting

In a Detroit neighborhood punctuated by little more than defunct traffic lights and abandoned train tracks, Heidelberg Street stands out for its row of colorful houses decorated with repurposed bits of urban detritus and bright paint. I recently spent a little time shooting and surveying the street, the result of artist Tyree Guyton's 24-year-strong mission (dubbed the Heidelberg Project) to inspire a fading community. Like NYC's Highline or the New Orleans biennial, the row of houses make another great example of creative urban renewal, transforming the street into an outdoor exhibition.