My sister and I recently took a trip to Detroit, Michigan. Driving around the city, I saw a lot of abandoned buildings and signs of neglect. But I also saw efforts made by residents of the city to turn their communities around. The Heidelberg Project, pictured in these photographs, was started in 1986 by the artist Tyree Guyton as a creative response to the blight and decay he saw in his neighborhood. His work, using paint and salvaged objects he found on the street to decorate the houses in his neighborhood, turned the once-threatened area into a tourist destination. Walking around the block with my sister made me wish that there could be more projects like this in other struggling cities.