I have been listening to these two songs quite a bit lately.
Both are from the album "So Damn Happy" by Loudon Wainwright III. Both tracks appear one right after the other. The first is a song called “Heaven” the second is called “Something for Nothing.”
Located at 4020 Lafayette Blvd in the Hubbard Farms neighborhood of Detroit, the Hotel Yorba is used for government subsidized housing as opposed to an actual hotel.
The neighborhood as well as much of Detroit has fallen on hard times and according to an article in the Detroit Free-Press, the Hotel Yorba could be partly to blame for the crime problems:
"In better days, the hotel was a clean, modest place that became a de facto retirement home, mostly for single older men who liked the cafeteria and laundry service. But its cheap rates and proximity to highways and bus stops made it an ideal location for the state’s prison parole program. For two decades, the Michigan Department of Corrections placed parolees at the Yorba, though it stopped the practice in 2003.
But the hotel became known as a place for people on hard times. Police records from 2006 show officers responded to calls to the Yorba for alleged rape, suicide, gunshots, drug activity and armed robbery. In 2004, a man living there killed a co-worker with a sword he made himself.”
The Hotel Yorba is a bit of rock-n-roll icon made famous by Detroit’s own Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes. The single version of the song was recorded in one of the rooms of the hotel and the music video features a few scenes from outside the building, although they were denied permission to film inside.