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.
The displacement of local seeds with GMOs, and the violent dislocation of peasant communities to make way for industrial plantations in the Global South are not far removed from the urban realities of Detroit.