Boat left on Detroit street among mattresses and garbage

On the city's west side, you'll find it. On the corner of Appoline and Elmira a boat parked. We don't mean a boat as in the nickname for a piece of Detroit automobile history from the 70s or 80s. This is a real boat.

Neighbors say its been in dry dock for at least six to eight months, maybe even a year. Like everything left alone in Detroit for long periods of time, scrappers have boarded the vessel and stripped it bare from port to starboard and forward to aft.

Gerald Rowe owns some apartments nearby but can't explain why they always pull on this street.

"People just use this street like a dump," Rowe said.

Alice Dye also keeps her property neat and tidy. She says the way people trash their own city is just sad.

"For some reason we're just not as together as we used to be and the blight makes it hard on the community,"Dye said.

She knows a thing or two about it. For years, she worked at the Parker School. It's on the same block and is decaying like the illegally dumped trash. 

Among the mattresses and the boat FOX 2's Jason Carr even found the remains of what he thinks was a dog in a wicker basket. Alice prays the blight will go away.

"I'm a prayer warrior. I pray every day at 12:00 o'clock for the neighbors," Dye said.

Rowe tried to get help from a city power but says he didn't have any luck.

"I've been calling the city. I haven't had any success but I've let them know that trash is over here and they should come over and get it taken care of," Rowe.

Of course, we're not just showing you the fateful ship, we're the Problem Solvers. We called the Mayor's Office Tuesday and they were shocked to hear it hasn't been cleaned up. We're being told a crew is sailing in that direction to tow the boat out of the neighborhood.

If you have blight on your street, the city wants to know! You can report it with the new app Improve Detroit now available in Google Play and iTunes.
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