Without a doubt, the most popular city in the world right now is Detroit, Michigan, my hometown. And for my Detroiters who quickly frown when someone says "I'm from Detroit" but actually grew up in the suburbs , let me be specific as I represent my hood - Eastside, Mack Ave. by way of Westside, Rosa Parks and Woodrow Wilson.
Now. No other place is attracting more financial investment, media attention, urban explorers, even refuges fleeing tyranny than the Motor City. And rightly so. Detroit has been on a consistent down slide ever since the 1950's culminating in 2013 with its bankruptcy filing. Now the city is experiencing what some would call a "re-birth". As a son of the city who had to live through some of Detroit's worst financial times, I have yet to concur with such a phoenix. Nonetheless, Detroit is receiving a lot of attention from around the globe and is becoming a true "TALE OF TWO CITIES." 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. Certainly more to come in 2016. Happy New Year and remember " STUD life, STUDI right"
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.
Yes the flood was a bad thing. But some of its effects can be avoided.