Image by cleopatra69 via FlickrAt the age of 18, I left Detroit to seek my fortunes on the West Coast. My father, a man who was born and died in the environs of Detroit, used to say, "You couldn't get out fast enough." I know he was proud of me and my accomplishments in life, because he told me so before he passed. I also know that he would have loved it if I had visited Detroit a little more often.
As the years swept by, I did visit my family every once in a while, and each time I would come away with more of an appreciation of Detroit and all that it has to offer. The culture cannot be beaten. Look at all the artists to whom Motown gave birth. Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Jackson Five, Lionel Ritchie, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin and the list goes on. And because I think of "Motown" as synonymous with "Detroit," let's add Madonna, Sonny Bono, Alice Cooper, Eminem and Jack White. And those are just the musicians.
Detroit also boasts this amazing art installation created by Tyree Guyton in the Heidelberg neighborhood which has turned that actual neighborhood into a piece of "found art."
Clint Eastwood went to Detroit to film his fabulous movie, "Gran Torino." My father grew up in a house a lot like that of Walt, the character played by Clint.
I came across this little video which is Part 9 in a series of videos by Chris Hume called "Red State Road Trip 2." If you still have the wrong idea about Detroit, maybe you should take a look and see how Michiganders are plotting to set Detroit free of its decaying corporate bonds (that is happening naturally) and turn it into the first green sustainable city in the USA, a 21st century model for all other cities now experiencing the economic crumbling that Detroit has suffered for the last few decades.
Detroit - Once a 20th century industrial dynamo, now an 18th century rural society? Pheasants and deer wander among the rusting towers and ruined factories as nature reclaims this mighty American metropolis. Even more shocking: there is not a single supermarket in all of Detroit. In this episode, the remaining citizens of Detroit are turning this industrial wasteland... into a life giving urban garden.
Detroit, Necropolis Reborn - A Video by Chris Hume and Amy Sunshine Moon