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.
Revisit our previous photo essays on these two storied places in preparation for tomorrow's new release, "Detroit is the 'new' Rome."
They handcuffed me, slammed my head onto the front-end of one of their three police cars, patted me down, and stuffed me into the backseat. Frozen in a state of fear, anger, and confusion, I sat in the uncomfortably tight and hard back of the police car, praying to God for forgiveness and to get me out of this, because I only had a few more weeks left in Detroit.
Hell, being a Black man in America is frustrating. Still, this place is nothing without intelligent Black men, especially those that are charismatic, caring leaders. I thought that’s what you were, and because I idolized you, I spent my teenage years learning to become nothing but that.
Detroit is receiving a lot of attention from around the globe. As with any topic, STUDI GROUP's position is always to help educate. Here is a collection of STUDI GROUP posts from 2015 all focusing on Detroit, its layered history, its diverse culture, and its unwritten future.
A short documentary about the abandoned Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Michigan and grassroots perspectives of the people who travel, both near and far, to marvel at it's ruins.
This is what STUDI GROUP is all about. Local people investing time and resources into local things and institutions, in order to produce strong sustainable communities for all that are apart. This scholarship will help finance the education of a young native Detroiter, who desires to study psychology at Wayne State University. Many of you reading this will not know Dr.Bell, but you know some one like him. You will know a person whom had it not been for their influence, you would not be where you are today. That is what Dr. Bell was to me, and even more so to his family and countless others. In the spirit of that significant individual I ask that you join in helping us to raise the funds for this scholarship. Help us to remember our loved one in a way that would truly be fitting to him
Had it not been for these two empires, the world would certainly look different. Rome, over the centuries always managed to realize the value in its ancient, yet, abandoned structures. Now the city is reaping the benefits of history and longevity. Detroit, poised to be America’s version of the “Eternal City”, now sits at a critical pivot point in its history. Will it make decisions in response to economic urgency? Or will it make decisions of historical sustainability that yield innumerable dividends in the long run? I hope the latter, holds true; for there is no town, like Motown.
An unlikely, dare I say, blasphemous comparison? I would argue not. The city of Detroit and the City of Rome have more things in common than in contrast. Had it not been for these two empires, the world would certainly look different. Rome, with over 2500 years in existence as a civilization, is now reaping the benefits of its history and longevity. Detroit, poised to be America’s version of the “Eternal City”, now sits at a critical point in its history. Before we release our latest post entitled, "Detroit is the 'new' Rome", revisit our previous collections on both these storied places.
By the 1930's. Detroit had the most expansive and complex public railway system in the United States.
Yes the flood was a bad thing. But some of its effects can be avoided.