Once America's capitalist dream town, the Silicon Valley of the Jazz
Age, Detroit became the country's greatest urban failure, having fallen
the longest and the furthest. The city of Henry Ford, modernity, and
Motown found itself blighted by riots, arson, unemployment, crime and
corruption. But what happens to a once-great place after it has been
used up and discarded? Who stays there to try to make things work again?
And what sorts of newcomers are drawn there? Mark Binelli returned to
his native Detroit to explore the city's swathes of abandoned buildings,
miles of urban prairie, and streets filled with wild dogs, to tell the
story of the new society emerging from the debris.
Here he chronicles Detroit with its urban farms and vibrant arts scene, Detroit as a laboratory for the post-industrial, post-recession world, Detroit reimagined as a city for a new century.
The Last Days of Detroit : Motor Cars, Motown and the Collapse of an Industrial Giant - Mark Binelli
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