Outsiders often come to DETROIT in awe of the ruin and decay. Visitors and urban explorers can’t help but photograph what’s left of a once booming industrial and cultural epicenter. It’s a city that’s so beautiful and vulnerable at the same time. But what we uncovered in Detroit was a thriving community. A community that upholds a value system synonymous with the true American Dream—Support Your Neighbors! Live Creatively! Uphold Kindness!
The hotbed of history that is Detroit, anything seems possible now. With 40 vacant square miles, there’s room to experiment and explore. A place where the optimists shine and wear their resilience with pride. With resemblance to Brooklyn and Berlin, you see a rebounding city entering a modern renaissance fostering creativity, perseverance and kindness above all else. Where the line between industries are blurred, and proud residents are the ones who not only find beauty in the ruin, but challenge those around them to build the future out of it.
We interviewed a handful of creators and makers who are hustling to put their ideas out into the city and the world. They’re all finding an identity in a place where people have so many misconceptions, labels and connotations. Buckle up and follow us on a mini tour across the Motor City as we delve into a community building a Detroit for the people and by the people.