First, credit to DetroitYES for turning me on to this location.
I didn't know that Detroit had at one time a large Jewish population until reading the above article on DetroitYES. In the 50's and 60's the, the Jewish community migrated to the suburbs during the white flight, leaving many synagogues under new ownership. Blaine Shul is one of several in the area that were bought by predominantly African congregations.
On my second trip to Blaine, the staircase I had used to get to the upper level collapsed into the basement moments after a fellow photographer stepped off it. As of August 2011, the left balcony has collapsed.