I suspect the reactions I received when telling people I was moving to Detroit were similar to those one might receive after announcing a plan to move to Yemen or to give up practicing law in order to farm tarantulas. Many just did not understand.
The pop-up restaurant I run with chef Craig Lieckfelt is taking our cooking to new levels, pushing limits, and naturally making a scene. Orion Music & More was our first festival, we got a taste, and will definitely be back for seconds!
Dr. Sushi is just one example on a growing list of nonprofits, renovation projects, and startups whose media buzz is beginning to compete with the persistent bad news surrounding Detroit's serious issues of crime, political corruption and financial ruin.
Because the dominant culture of our nation is white, affluent, and educated, there is suddenly little voice lent to those who are not all of the above. This raises a gamut of questions, especially ones that start with "Why?"
So what makes Detroit different in the public imagination from other cities grappling with budget deficits, unemployment, crime, racial divisions or political corruption? In large part, it's disinformation.