An Angeleno urbanist jonesing for the sort of brick and mortar one is hard pressed to find in most parts of Los Angeles, I was excited to be heading back to a place I'd been fascinated with since taking a course at the University of Michigan on urban development in the American rustbelt.
At 220 by 120 by 18 feet tall, it's sometimes been described as the world's largest single-room schoolhouse. Still, Mies split up the space with subtle low partitions, primarily the free-standing oak panels that define the center core.
I consider myself a minimalist. I have certain rules which keep me from overcrowding my life, and this space-saving mentality transfers well to my travel schedule. I have learned to pack light and follow some simple rules that make traveling easier and more pleasurable.
Yes, Detroit has a lot of things that aren't in its favor. But there's so much more positive than negative, from great universities and walkable neighborhoods, to cultural and natural amenities, the city and surrounding region have a lot to offer.