Some Thoughts on Detroit.
I had preconceptions about Detroit. It's a shithole. It's terrifying. It's the most dangerous city in America. Don't walk on your own, don't go out after dark. Decrepit, damaged, dying.
I think Moe summed up my feelings best:
And you know what? I was right, and wrong. We went on a tour last night with our boss, who's from here, which he called 'The Ruin Porn Tour'. And it...wasn't what I thought it would be. I was expecting everything to be sad, done and gone, but there are signs of hope around the place. Yes, we saw a lot of abandoned houses and shitty, scary, empty blocks; sometimes mile after mile of destruction and sadness. But we also saw some incredibly cool new developments, some interesting districts and some fantastically beautiful architecture. There are buildings that have been lost to the years, but as our driver said on the way from the airport 'We went bankrupt. We lost it all. Where else could we go but up?' This city is a long way from fixed, but it's clearly heading in the right direction after a long, long period pointing the other way.
I would (and will) come back to Detroit. This place is fascinating. And proof that, like always, you shouldn't believe the hype. Here are some snaps I took.