Detroiters have a resilient optimism. The auto industry collapse and the housing crisis hit Detroit hard. In the last decade 25% of its population has left leaving about 60,000 houses standing empty. The shells of dilapidated factories look out over an urban landscape that has been likened to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina except Detroit’s disaster was man-made and took decades to unfold. The settlement of Detroit burned down in 1805, in response the city father’s installed a latin phase on the city flag: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus. “We hope for better times. May it rise from the ashes.” Signs of better things are on the horizon. Downtown Detroit has seen an increased role as an entertainment hub with the opening of three casino resort hotels, new stadiums, and a revitalized riverfront. The rise of urban farming has lead to new opportunities for some of the poorest communities, and the bailout of the auto industry has got a level of manufacturing going again.

 

Many Parts Make Motor City
Ford Rouge Assembly Plant
Zoraida Pallen - Ford Quality Assessor
Comerica Park - Home of Detroit Tigers
Anthony Brancaleone - Publisher & Editor of The Metropolitan d'Etroit
MotorCity Casino - Intersection of John C Lodge and Grand River Ave
Ruth Synowiec - Photographer
Packard Car Plant
Kef Parker - Artist
Downtown - Bagley Street
Rachel Legg - Owner of Rachels Place
Windmill Pointe Drive - Grosse Pointe
Tenely Lark - Chef

Many Parts Make Motor City

Detroiters have a resilient optimism. The auto industry collapse and the housing crisis hit Detroit hard. In the last decade 25% of its population has left leaving about 60,000 houses standing empty. The shells of dilapidated factories look out over an urban landscape that has been likened to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina except Detroit’s disaster was man-made and took decades to unfold. The settlement of Detroit burned down in 1805, in response the city father’s installed a latin phase on the city flag: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus. “We hope for better times. May it rise from the ashes.” Signs of better things are on the horizon. Downtown Detroit has seen an increased role as an entertainment hub with the opening of three casino resort hotels, new stadiums, and a revitalized riverfront. The rise of urban farming has lead to new opportunities for some of the poorest communities, and the bailout of the auto industry has got a level of manufacturing going again.

Published in Boat Magazine

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