Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis

Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis

by Mark Binelli
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Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli

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, neopastoral 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 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 both the blight and the signs of its repurposing, from the school for pregnant teenagers to a beleaguered UAW local; from metal scrappers and gun-toting vigilantes to artists reclaiming abandoned auto factories; from the organic farming on empty lots to GM's risky wager on the Volt electric car; from firefighters forced by budget cuts to sleep in tents to 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 longshot future Detroit that is smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse, and better functioning—what could be the boldest reimagining of a post-industrial city in our new century.
Detroit City Is the Place to Be is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429974615
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 293,547
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mark Binelli is the author of the novel Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. Born and raised in the Detroit area, he now lives in New York City.


Mark Binelli is the author of Detroit City Is the Place to Be and the novel Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! as well as a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men's Journal. Born and raised in the Detroit area, he lives in New York City.

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Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Iohannes More than 1 year ago
This work is really well written. The prose is crisp and clear. (At times I found it hard to understand some of the visual descriptions, but that's a minor quibble and may have more to do with my deficits than the writing's!) It manages to convey the tragedy of Detroit, but somehow maintains a sense of hope, a sense that the people of Detroit are decent people making the best they can out of a sad situation. Even in horrible adversity, people maintain a sense of dignity and are driven to artistic expression. It's a real monument to human perseverance and dignity. It made me feel better about humanity, not worse.
pdavisx More than 1 year ago
great read on this urgent subject. Detroit is always pointing the way to the future. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read-- context for current events in Detroit have a much longer arc of history than many people recognize.