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Detroit: From Motor City to Housing Incubator - The New York Times
The 2008 financial crisis and 2013 city bankruptcy gutted Detroit’s housing market. Now, Detroit is experimenting with unorthodox ways to get people to buy homes and renovate houses.
detroit  michigan  nytimes  housing  houses  economy  urbanpolicy 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Detroit: The Most Exciting City in America? - The New York Times
In Detroit, the future is still being written. Time and time again I felt giddy with possibilities, informed in large part by the innovators I was talking to. Yet many of these same innovators — community activists, artists, small business owners — took issue with the trendy notion of a “New Detroit,” as this term largely ignored the fiercely independent and creative spirit that has existed in the city for decades and made Detroit such a haven for creatives and visionaries in the first place.
travel  detroit  michigan  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Detroit Techno - The New York Times
‘‘The music is just like Detroit, a complete mistake,’’ May said in the liner notes to a seminal techno compilation, 1988’s ‘‘Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit.’’ ‘‘It’s like George Clinton and Kraftwerk are stuck in an elevator with only a sequencer to keep them company.’’ Perhaps it’s Kraftwerk’s legacy that led techno to become such a huge success in Europe. Unfortunately, that trajectory has overshadowed the other half of May’s equation. Despite its heartland origins, techno gets a bad rap in America. We associate it with party drugs, velvet ropes, glow sticks. Rave culture in England, club culture in Germany and a string of Scandinavian superstar D.J.s have made black artists like Atkins, May and Saunderson appear to be an anomaly in electronic music.
detroit  techno  music  electronicmusic  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Detroit Arcadia - Harper's Magazine
It is a remarkable city now, one in which the clock seems to be running backward as its buildings disappear and its population and economy decline. The second time I visited Detroit I tried to stay at the Pontchartrain, but the lobby was bisected by drywall, the mural seemed doomed, and the whole place was under some form of remodeling that resembled ruin, with puddles in the lobby and holes in the walls, few staff people, fewer guests, and strange grinding noises at odd hours. I checked out after one night because of the cold water coming out of the hot-water tap and the generally spooky feeling generated by trying to sleep in a 413-room high-rise hotel with almost no other guests. I was sad to see the frieze on its way out, but—still—as I have explored this city over the last few years, I have seen an oddly heartening new version of the landscape it portrays, a landscape that is not quite post-apocalyptic but that is strangely—and sometimes even beautifully—post-American.
rebeccasolnit  detroit  michigan 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
30-Year-Old Folk Art Project Remains a Constant in a Changing Detroit
The Heidelberg Project offers a different experience every visit. On a blindingly blue and gold fall day, the trees lining Heidelberg street carry heavy canopy, the leaves brown and gold and green and yellow. People walk slowly among the old homes, pausing often to look at new displays. Some of the visuals competing for attention include a fence covered in hundreds of shoes, a park bench made of reclaimed golden oak, circles in sage and indigo and dusty pink on the blacktop of the street itself.
theheidelbergproject  folkart  art  outsiderart  detroit  michigan  curbed 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Cranbrook's Golden Age: How a Freewheeling School Changed American Design
The legend of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and its role as a prewar petri dish for American modernism, revolves around the brief period of time from roughly 1937 to 1941.
cranbrookacademyofart  detroit  michigan  design  rayeames  charleseames 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Post-Post-Apocalyptic Detroit
Black and white, young and old, billionaires and shop owners — a growing chorus of optimists in Detroit is saying that the time is right to invest.
detroit  economy  nytimesmag  nytimes  city 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden

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