The Tin Tops

There is very little tin left about the Tin Tops. But you know people, they have to be sentimental about everything, even squalor and poverty.


If you’re looking for the place where Motor City keeps its poor and homeless it’s the Tin Tops. More modern folk often refer to their home as the “Tops” or the “Tinnies” though you won’t see that name listed on any signage if you’re looking.

The Tin Tops consist of various sized apartments, rowhouses, and the occasional bit of green in the form of a small park or community garden. There is also a large assortment of ma and pop type stores, resturaunts, and other businesses along the more busy streets.

The Tin Tops cover a majority of the west side of Motor City and are adjecent to Asiatown, Little Sarajevo, and the Heston-Vance Business District. There is easy access to the Port of Motor City and the 80th Street Tunnel which leads to the mainland.

The Tin Tops are so named because of the large shanty town that was constructed here during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The people were so drawn together from the east-side of the island to help the poor folks on the west that a majority of them decided to settle down and stay, especially as the economy grew again during World War II.

The Tin Tops

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