A gaping hole in the street near McNichols and Hull, just off of I-75 has been turned into a fish pond by the neighborhood.
The large concrete cutout has been filled with algae and water for the last four years according to Uncle Zeke and Auntie Na (that is short for Sonia Renia Brown) who live on the street.
They decided to take action and raise awareness about the problem, which they have more or less accepted as part of the landscape.
The hole was either a project started by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) that wasn’t finished by some other department of the city, or the other way around. It’s not really clear.
What is clear is now there are fish in there and it’s been far too long to wait for a repair.
“You can imagine it’s caused some problems for some people when they’ve driven through,” said Zeke.
Uncle Zeke cleared the algae in the roughly 6′ x 30′ hole and took the neighborhood kids fishing. The kids then stocked the pond with some of the small fish that they caught. There are a couple blue gills, a koi or two, and a sucker fish.
Auntie Na pointed out that the water isn’t actually stagnant, but is refreshed by the water flowing through the pond from the broken water main.