"At one point in Detroit's history, normal people never had the option to touch, buy, look at, or even walk through some of these properties, because they were for the very rich elite. Some of these historic neighborhoods were home to very important people in the history of our country in the 1900s; it's not uncommon to find a house that a Ford or an Edison lived in [at auction]," Curtis said.
Curtis moved her show to Detroit because she wants to live there herself, and is considering living in one of the auction houses she's currently fixing. "Also," she said, "we wanted to show people: This could happen anywhere, anytime. Detroit was a New York, Detroit was a Chicago. There was so much money and it just went away."