A mural installation in Southwest Detroit, from the photo essay “Bordertown.” Photo credit: Erik Paul Howard
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The Dig is written by Outlier Senior Reporter Aaron Mondry. Aaron has been regularly reporting on Detroit real estate since 2016, covering it for Model D, Curbed Detroit and other outlets. He launched The Dig with Detour Detroit in September 2020. Outlier started publishing The Dig in August 2021.
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