Category Archives: Detroit

The Heidelberg Project

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The Heidelberg Project, a public art initiative created by painter/sculptor Tyree Guyton, aims to revitalize a community in east Detroit through art. The eclectic project runs along Heidelberg Street and spans approximately two blocks. Brightly coloured houses and patterned sidewalks line the street, with installation and sculptures that fill the spaces in between. The project started in 1986, as Guyton noticed the decay of his neighbourhood and sought to bring people together. It has grown since then and has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from each year. While this year marked three decades of the Heidelberg Project, it also came with the announcement that the project will soon be dismantled. Continue reading

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Rise UP Detroit

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HOUSE OF MEGGS announces the completion of ‘Rise Up,’ David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke’s largest solo mural to date. At over 6,000 square feet, it towers over the eastern section of Detroit’s Russell industrial district and serves as an iconic symbol of the city’s ups and downs. The mural, which features an image of a tiger and the text ‘Rise Up,’ reveals a constant symbol of hope and strength that the city can identify with as it moves into a new era of change and regrowth. Continue reading

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The Door Stops project

bus stopsRiding the bus in Detroit is not fun: Half of the city’s bus routes have been cancelled over the last decade, and waiting for a bus to show up can take as long as two hours. A new project is trying to make that wait a little more pleasant by building mobile bus shelters–and since this is Detroit, the shelters are made out of recycled parts from abandoned buildings. Continue reading

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Book Review: Detroit: An American Autopsy

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Once a thriving manufacturing powerhouse, the Rust Belt is now a vast area of urban decay and economic depression stretching across eight states in the northeastern United States. Cities in the Rust Belt have suffered significant population losses since manufacturing’s heyday in the early twentieth century—none more famously than Detroit, which has lost 61 per cent of its population in the last 60 years.

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