Delray is a neighborhood in southwest Detroit. People who live here are surrounded by heavy industry. A proposed new bridge to Canada is planned to land in the Delray neighborhood. The construction could change how the neighborhood looks. It’s estimated that thousands more trucks will pass by the neighborhood every day.
When we visited one recent summer evening, a bunch of kids were climbing on a playground. Two of them were playing tag, laughing and running themselves breathless.
But just past the red and yellow playground are two tall smoke stacks. If you look closely, you can see a green haze creeping out of them.
Simone Sagovac is with Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision. The non-profit group has been working to clean up southwest Detroit for 20 years.
“People who come to visit here from the EPA, from around the country, say that it's one of the worst places they've ever been to.”