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The inspiring short documentary “ReMake Detroit” takes a look at i3 Detroit, a hackerspace that is working to reinvigorate Detroit through collaboration, entrepreneurship, and the DIY spirit. The film was produced by the online magazine Dark Rye.

(via ReMake Detroit, How a Hackerspace is Working to Reinvigorate Detroit)

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Paffendorf’s startup, Loveland Technologies, created a website called "Why Don’t We Own This?" It addresses one of Detroit’s biggest problems: abandoned property. Detroit is big, covering 139 square miles, enough to hold Boston, Manhattan, and San Francisco. Yet over the past 60 years, its population has shrunk from 1.8 million to just over 700,000. As a result, thousands of foreclosed, government-owned lots go up for auction for as little as a few hundred dollars. Identifying those properties is a labyrinth for anyone without a real estate license. Loveland’s website provides a simplified and information-rich online map of auction property for anyone looking to buy. Renters, too, can learn if a building is on the verge of foreclosure.

Paffendorf’s website is significant because it represents a new, simplified approach to these problems, from the toilet paper to the schools. Detroit has often sought salvation in big solutions: a car company comeback; the Renaissance Center, a cluster of seven towers downtown; casinos; the 2006 Super Bowl; the 2009 election of Bing, a Detroit Piston star turned steel magnate. Nothing has worked. But the city’s depression—and the depressed real estate prices that came with it—created opportunities. And opportunity lures entrepreneurs. The startup types, like Paffendorf. And the ones with lots of money, like Dan Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, the third-largest mortgage provider in the country; he moved 1,700 employees downtown in 2010, giving him 7,000 employees there and making him Detroit’s third-largest landowner (trailing only the city and General Motors). With slicked-back hair and a perpetual poker face, Gilbert has just gotten started on his plan to transform the area.

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The structure, titled “Mobile Homestead,” will have a mobile part: a trailer, making up much the front of the house, which was completed during Kelley’s life and can be “docked” with the house or hitched to a truck to travel the city. But the rest of the house is permanently installed on a lot across from the museum, which built it with the London-based art philanthropy Artangel and additional financial support from the Luma Foundation, a nonprofit based in Switzerland. (The museum has not disclosed the cost.)

In accordance with Kelley’s wishes, the house will serve not as a gallery of his work or that of any other artists showing at the museum. Instead it will function as a kind of free-form community center, a place where people will be able to hold a concert in the garage, for example, or run a benefit or show their own art. The interior, which has a vague hospital feel, with linoleum flooring, rubber baseboards and bright white walls, will not be furnished like a residential house but will be left in flux, to accommodate projects that the museum and the community come up with.

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Rick Prelinger sez, “I’m not a Detroiter, but I’ve been visiting from time to time since the 1980s, and I hope you will too. It’s really unfortunate that most of what we see and hear about it amounts to repetition of the same old cliches — deindustrialization, poverty, ruins, hipsters, cheap houses. But Detroit’s much more than that. It’s one of America’s most fascinating cities, and if you want to see its unique combination of long-term residents, mostly African American, with rock-hard faith in their city, and new Detroiters aspiring to build Utopia, you better get on a plane soon.
"And when you go, bring Belle Isle to 8 Mile. I just got my own copy, written by three siblings who are seventh-generation Detroiters. It’s full of hundreds of city landmarks, eating places and arts spaces, but it’s more than the ordinary hip insider travel guide. I see it as testimony to places and businesses that have survived years of adversity and disrespect, as well as an incredibly deep guide to the new Detroit, which is an uncommonly exciting city. Excellent, inspiring read."

Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit
(via Travel guide to Detroit written by seventh-gen locals: “Belle Isle to 8 Mile” - Boing Boing)

Rick Prelinger sez, “I’m not a Detroiter, but I’ve been visiting from time to time since the 1980s, and I hope you will too. It’s really unfortunate that most of what we see and hear about it amounts to repetition of the same old cliches — deindustrialization, poverty, ruins, hipsters, cheap houses. But Detroit’s much more than that. It’s one of America’s most fascinating cities, and if you want to see its unique combination of long-term residents, mostly African American, with rock-hard faith in their city, and new Detroiters aspiring to build Utopia, you better get on a plane soon.

"And when you go, bring Belle Isle to 8 Mile. I just got my own copy, written by three siblings who are seventh-generation Detroiters. It’s full of hundreds of city landmarks, eating places and arts spaces, but it’s more than the ordinary hip insider travel guide. I see it as testimony to places and businesses that have survived years of adversity and disrespect, as well as an incredibly deep guide to the new Detroit, which is an uncommonly exciting city. Excellent, inspiring read."

Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit

(via Travel guide to Detroit written by seventh-gen locals: “Belle Isle to 8 Mile” - Boing Boing)

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Photographer Dave Jordano – fresh out of college after being born and raised in the Motor City – was part of the exodus when he headed for Chicago to start a commercial photography studio in the late ’70s. Jordano’s father worked for General Motors and joked that motor oil ran in the family’s veins. Three years ago, Jordano returned to Detroit and began photographing the neighborhoods, people, vistas and communities of his hometown. His resulting body of work is an endearing and sprawling document of a city close to his heart.
“This is the most emotional work I’ve made,” he says. “I don’t get tired and I just keep wanting to go back. I find more and more material every time I go.”
Unbroken Down is also an attempt to set the photographic record straight. Jordano believes that Detroit is more than a tale of decline and images of the associated urban decay. Yet, a lot of celebrated photography projects made in Detroit recently have focused on ruination as if the apocalypse passed through and kept going.

. (via Captivating Photos of Detroit Delve Deep to Reveal a Beautiful, Struggling City | Raw File | Wired.com)

Photographer Dave Jordano – fresh out of college after being born and raised in the Motor City – was part of the exodus when he headed for Chicago to start a commercial photography studio in the late ’70s. Jordano’s father worked for General Motors and joked that motor oil ran in the family’s veins. Three years ago, Jordano returned to Detroit and began photographing the neighborhoods, people, vistas and communities of his hometown. His resulting body of work is an endearing and sprawling document of a city close to his heart.

“This is the most emotional work I’ve made,” he says. “I don’t get tired and I just keep wanting to go back. I find more and more material every time I go.”

Unbroken Down is also an attempt to set the photographic record straight. Jordano believes that Detroit is more than a tale of decline and images of the associated urban decay. Yet, a lot of celebrated photography projects made in Detroit recently have focused on ruination as if the apocalypse passed through and kept going.

. (via Captivating Photos of Detroit Delve Deep to Reveal a Beautiful, Struggling City | Raw File | Wired.com)

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Detroiturbex - a website dedicated to raising awareness of the social and economic challenges the city of Detroit faces through photography - have created a new series entitled “Now and Then.” Taken in the now dilapidated and abandoned Lewis Cass Technical High School, the series shows us the striking difference between the boom years of the establishment and its current state by combining old and new images. For the full series, head over to Detroiturbex.com.

(via Detroit: Now and Then | HUH.)

Detroiturbex - a website dedicated to raising awareness of the social and economic challenges the city of Detroit faces through photography - have created a new series entitled “Now and Then.” Taken in the now dilapidated and abandoned Lewis Cass Technical High School, the series shows us the striking difference between the boom years of the establishment and its current state by combining old and new images. For the full series, head over to Detroiturbex.com.

(via Detroit: Now and Then | HUH.)

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Abandoned houses with overgrown yards may be the image most people associate with Detroit, but the city’s downtown and midtown neighborhoods have the opposite problem: a shortage of rental apartments to meet a growing demand for an urban lifestyle.

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darklyeuphoric:

The Detroit Free Press has produced a truly beautiful and moving short film about the Packard Plant - second only to Michigan Central Station when discussing iconic ruins of Industrial America.
Michigan Central was my first UX experience back in the late ’80s. The Packard, however, has been the site of enough memorable experiences to fill volumes.

darklyeuphoric:

The Detroit Free Press has produced a truly beautiful and moving short film about the Packard Plant - second only to Michigan Central Station when discussing iconic ruins of Industrial America.

Michigan Central was my first UX experience back in the late ’80s. The Packard, however, has been the site of enough memorable experiences to fill volumes.

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I’m actually sick of this topic, but feel obliged to add this to my catalog here.

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