I went to school in Detroit. This poster caught my eye but I got to say, it's pretty disturbing. A lot of the houses burned on Devil's Night are abandoned or crack houses. People get fed up with the city dragging their feet on demo and do it themselves. You think wildfires are bad, driving down the street at midnight with a bank of smoke coming at you and howl of sirens around you is pretty friggin' frightening. Devil's Night is as close to the end of the world as I want to get.
i've spent a lot of time in michegan (my wife is from there. she used to drum in metal bands in the detroit area). i've been to a lot of places all over the world, and i gotta say, detroit is maybe the toughest city i've ever encountered. it's probably the only city (outside of dc and vegas) that actually frightened me. gotta respect that.
devil's night in detroit is like the day before halloween when it's actually become a sick tradition to torch abandoned houses. on october 30th the whole city lights up. it's very stange and scary. they don't give it a lotta press. i assume that's because they really don't want the idea to "catch fire", heh heh.
this reminds me a lot of peter kuper's work.