Tragocephala variegata, the longhorn shoot borer, is a species of flat-faced longhorn beetles belonging to the family Cerambycidae. Tragocephala variegata var. albida Aurivillius, 1923 Tragocephala variegata var. chevrolatii White, 1856 Tragocephala variegata var. kaslica Thomson, 1878 Tragocephala variegata var. nigropunctata Harold, 1878 Tragocephala variegata var. sulphurea Breuning, 1934 Tragocephala variegata var. vittata Tragocephala variegata can reach a body length of about 17–26 millimetres. These longhorn beetles have yellow elytra with irregular black markings. Pronotum is divided by a central longitudinal yellow stripe; these beetles feed on Baobab, Spanish Cedar, Blackeyed Pea, Senegal Mahogany. This species can be found in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, but there have been minor sightings in other Central African countries. Biolib Worldwide Cerambycoidea Photo Gallery Lamiaires du Monde Hans G. Schabel Forest Entomology in East Africa: Forest Insects of Tanzania
The Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects were the largest residential housing project owned by the city of Detroit, located in the Brush Park section on the east side of Detroit, near the Chrysler Freeway, Mack Avenue and St. Antoine Street; the housing project is named after Frederick Douglass, African American abolitionist and reformer. The complex was home to such notable figures as Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, Lily Tomlin, Loni Love, Etterlene DeBarge, during their early years; the claymation animated series The PJs was based on the housing project as well. It was seen in a screenshots for the movie Dreamgirls, as well as D12's debut music video. Brewster-Douglass is mentioned in the first verse of singer/drag queen RuPaul's musical hit Supermodel. Hastings Street was the center of black culture in Detroit between the 1920s and 1950s.. Located at the southern edge of the future Brewster-Douglass Homes, the street was the home of innumerable salons and entertainment venues. With the addition of the high-rises and an influx of people moving into the housing, Hastings Street was billed as the place you could fulfill any conceivable need.
Hastings Street was most famously referenced in the John Lee Hooker song "Boogie Chillen'". The I-75 corridor is now in place of this important African American landmark; the Chrysler Freeway was constructed between 1963 and 1968. The Brewster Project and Frederick Douglass Apartments were built between 1935 and 1955, were designed by Harley, Ellington & Day of Detroit; the Brewster Project began construction in 1935, when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt broke ground for the 701-unit development. An expansion of the project completed in 1941 brought the total number of housing units to 941; the Frederick Douglass Apartments, built to the south of the Brewster Project, began construction in 1942 with the completion of apartment rows, two 6-story low-rises, six 14-story high rises completed between 1952 and 1955. The combined Brewster-Douglass Project was five city blocks long, three city blocks wide, housed anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000 residents, at its peak capacity; the Brewster-Douglass Project were built for the "working poor".
As the Commission became less selective, crime became a problem in the 1960s and 1970s, the projects fell into disrepair. The Frederick Douglass Apartment towers were converted to senior housing. In 1991, the low-rise apartment blocks north of Wilkins Street were demolished, by 1994 were replaced with 250 townhomes; this new public housing, administratively distinct from the Fredrick Douglass Homes project, was dubbed the "Brewster Homes", still exists today. In the meantime, the remaining housing on the project site continued to deteriorate. Two of the six 14-story Frederick Douglas Apartments towers, 303 and 304, were demolished in 2003, in an effort to consolidate living space and reduce maintenance costs. By 2008, only 280 families remained in the Frederick Douglass Homes complex, the decision was made to shut down the housing entirely; the buildings south of Wilkins street were left abandoned after that date. On July 29, 2013, 23-year-old French artist Bilal Berreni was found dead from a gunshot wound on the property of Brewster-Douglass, having last been seen the day before.
Found without identification, Berreni's body was not identified for 7 months. Jasin Curtis and Drequone Rich each pled guilty to second degree murder and received 25-30 year prison sentences in 2015. Demolition of the remaining buildings of the Frederick Douglass Homes began on September 4, 2013. Demolition was complete by the end of August, 2014. From historic marker on the site of Brewster Homes Between 1910 and 1940 Detroit, Michigan's African American population increased dramatically. In 1935, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt broke ground for the Brewster Homes, the nation’s first federally funded public housing development for African Americans; the homes opened in 1938 with 701 units. When completed in 1941 there were 941 units bounded by Beaubien, Hastings and Wilkins Streets. Residents were required to be employed and there were limits on what they could earn. Former residents described Brewster as'community filled with families that displayed love and concern for everyone in a beautiful and secure neighborhood.'
The original Brewster Homes were replaced by 250 townhouses. On March 9, 2012, Mayor of Detroit Dave Bing announced that the Detroit Housing Commission planned to request funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to demolish all remaining housing on the Frederick Douglass Homes site, but redevelop the abandoned Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center; the vacant land would be developed as affordable housing and commercial space. The demolition was announced on November 15, 2012; the six concrete-framed towers were designed in the Modern movement architectural style and faced in brick. They are identical in look and each rise to the height of 15 floors; the buildings were zoned to the following Detroit Public Schools facilities: Spain Elementary School Martin Luther King High School Public housing in Detroit Fredrick Douglass Projects at Detroiturbex.com Google Maps location of Frederick Douglass Homes SkyscraperPage.com's pages on Frederick