The couple closed their store in 2009 in order to focus on a community project. The year before, they purchased a foreclosed house in a rough-and-tumble East Detroit neighborhood for $1,900 and have since turned it into what they call the Power House. The structure serves as a hands-on demonstration center for sustainable design—–it runs on solar power and wind energy and will eventually power other homes in the neighborhood—–but it also aims to motivate other individuals to take action to improve their own communities.
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