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.
Buried within the bankruptcy of Detroit is a fundamental political and moral question: Who are "we," and what are our obligations to one another?
The auction is the personal version of the city's financial troubles, showing on-the-ground evidence of the individual struggles which resulting in people's inability to pay for their property.
However improbable it might have seemed twenty, five, or even two years ago, Detroit could well be on the verge of a major turnaround that could make it one of the biggest success stories in urban America over the next decade.
Justice for Michael Brown, for Renisha, for Trayvon, for Eric requires that we confront and acknowledge the legacy of racial hatred and violence that infects our communities and has launched the epidemics of criminalization, brutal, abusive policing and mass incarceration.
This Labor Day Weekend, Detroit will host its 35th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival, and it will celebrate jazz, jazz artists, and Detroit.