Detroit City Is the Place to Be

The Afterlife of An American Metropolis

Binelli, Mark

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Detroit City Is the Place to Be
"Once America's capitalist dream town, Detroit is our country's greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the farthest. But the city's worst crisis yet (and that's saying something) has managed to do the unthinkable: turn the end of days into a laboratory for the future. Urban planners, land speculators, neo-pastoral agriculturalists, and utopian environmentalists--all have been drawn to Detroit's baroquely decaying, nothing-left-to-lose frontier. With an eye for both the darkly absurd and the radically new, Detroit-area native and Rolling Stone writer Mark Binelli has chronicled this convergence. Throughout the city's "museum of neglect"--its swaths of abandoned buildings, its miles of urban prairie--he tracks the signs of blight repurposed, from the school for pregnant teenagers to the killer ex-con turned street patroller, from the organic farming on empty lots to GM's wager on the Volt electric car and the mayor's realignment plan (the most ambitious on record) to move residents of half-empty neighborhoods into a viable, new urban center. Sharp and impassioned, Detroit City Is the Place to Be is alive with the sense of possibility that comes when a city hits rock bottom. Beyond the usual portrait of crime, poverty, and ruin, we glimpse a future Detroit that is smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse, and better functioning--what might just be the first post-industrial city of our new century"--Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805092295
Characteristics: 318 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jan 28, 2014
  • adoranti rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great account of past and present of Detroit. Very fair and balanced account of a city with a troubled history. Loads of fun for a local to read.

Sep 02, 2013
  • juggernaut2032 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read. A multifaceted account of one of the most important cities, for better or for worse, in America. If you are interested in cities, urban planning, redevelopment, history etc., then this book is for you.

Aug 26, 2013

an expansive topic covered in a breezy fashion without leaving out the substance

Feb 26, 2013
  • emily8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

humor, politics, culture, history, art and a great cast add up to a high recommendation to read...


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