Prelude: Detroit is the 'New' Rome

Prelude: Detroit is the 'New' Rome

Detroit equal to Rome? Some might call this a blasphemous comparison. But the narratives of these two places are incredibly similar. Both amassed great power and international acclaim at the height of their power. Both dwindled into feeble versions of their former glory. The only difference is that Rome has recovered, on numerous occasions. Rome, 'The Eternal City', has endured through time and all its devices, to become the city of over 3 million that we know today. It attracts millions more from across the globe, and is rich in culture, history, mystery, and timelessness. I believe an integral part to Rome’s longevity and its contemporary prominence has been its ability to retain and adapt its timeless urban fabric through the centuries. Detroit could one day become what its ancient predecessor has, rising from the proverbial and literal ashes to achieve world prominence once again. But just like Rome did, it must first realize the irreplaceable value in the things that are uniquely and distinctively Detroit.

Contemporary society looks at old things as having no value, when in fact the characteristic of time adds the most relevant form of value. Cities like Detroit would be wise to study places like Rome, using them as precedents for how to endure the ups and downs of countless centuries. Only then will "Motown" be positioned to ascend to the status of a truly place sensitive and timeless city.  

Revisit our previous photo essays on these two storied places in preparation for tomorrow's new release, "Detroit is the 'new' Rome." 

Detroit is the new Rome

Detroit is the new Rome

Essay-Gram: Rise and Fall of Rome

Essay-Gram: Rise and Fall of Rome