But what if there's also a cost to living in our own bubble? What if this disconnection also sows the seeds for violence and prejudice in our cities and communities? If you don't know the people around you, is it easier to misunderstand, hurt and be hurt, fight and fear one another?
To dole out fines for wall art, or sell the Detroit Institute of Arts' assets to satisfy creditors in the city bankruptcy, would be to destroy the core of what sustains this city and will continue to make it stronger.
The best work any artist can muster is the kind that comes from a place where career is never the driving force, age is just a number and one's relevance means little, except to himself. And though Crenshaw is apt to file away the chapter of his earlier life of a rock and roller, it's possible that many exciting chapters lay ahead.
It's long past time for the United States to recognize the human right to water domestically and devise national, state, and local policy solutions that both guarantee sufficient financing for affordable public water infrastructure and service.
When children and adults are deprived of the basics to sustain life, their health suffers, which greatly impacts their educational and overall life opportunities. On issues of poverty and for the sake of humanity, we all must work on the same side.
But amidst the overgrown vacant lots close to downtown Detroit can be seen the green shoots of revival, and a growing civic pride. A developer is snapping up buildings to restore, and the roads have been torn up to build a new light rail line. And retail is at the heart of the resurgence.
As excited as I am for undiscovered possibilities in Oakland, I feel tremendous guilt and sadness leaving Detroit. For the past six years, I have had a (small) hand in creating positive change within the city, while reaping the benefits of that change as a resident.
Here's my chat with award-winning pornographer turned advocate Buck Angel.
On Saturday, I rode with some co-workers in the Tour de Troit, a 30-mile loop around Detroit. The route begins in Roosevelt Park where the empty train station loomed large over the near 7,000 cyclists and beer tents at Corktown's edge.
We must respond to the urgency of drought and loss of biodiversity, and we must promote landscaping that feeds either people or wildlife. We don't have the water or the time to waste on anything else.
As the month of September approaches its end, the start of construction for the Detroit Red Wings' sleek, state-of-the-art, and highly anticipated hockey arena approaches.
Last year, I asked an audience in San Francisco, "What would happen if everyone in the Bay Area were to move to Detroit?" Think about that for a second.
Image via Shutterstock We've asked speakers at our upcoming Techonomy Detroit conference to share perspectives on topics they will discuss at t...
These annual firings are tragic, pointless, and inflict great harm. The discharged teachers, of course, are the most seriously injured, but so are all the people associated with the schools -- students, graduates, parents, and staff. The Catholic school system is diminished in the eyes of the public. And the church as a whole is made to suffer.
By Wayne Lam and Adam Ludwig In anticipation of our Techonomy Detroit conference on September...
Cities that do not view all of their residents as equal and deserving of all of the benefits and resources that flow into them will not be intentional about doing what is required to make thriving connections happen.