Making a stand in a desperate land

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For years, people have been fleeing the corner of Lakewood and Waveney on Detroit’s east side.

If they heard voices, the message was clear: Run! Chuck Brooks says he got a different message.

Over the last several years, Brooks, a contractor, pulled together seven lots and began building his personal paradise in the shadow of two abandoned schools and across the street from a burned out home.

Instead of moving out of Detroit, Chuck Brooks is digging in.

His Chapter 10 is a story of hope. Watch the story in the video player above.

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M.L. Elrick is Detroit born and raised. Now, he's opening a new chapter in Detroit: Chapter 10.