Written by James F. Dator This post is about what I see happening in Detroit. But to make sense of it, I have to take my readers east. Not east like Windsor Ontario east, but east like Vietnam, Burma, and Thailand east. Witnessing the Feedum Freedom garden in East Detroit, I immediately thought about Zomia, […]
I’d be interested in discussing the idea of organizing a seminar, to be held at a corrections facility in the region, dedicated to addressing philosophical issues related to human freedom. These might include (though they needn’t be limited to)
Take a chair at any boutique-y restaurant and you’re as likely to see its patrons snapping photos of their plates as eating it. Uploading these photos to social networking sites and blogs, indulging in “food porn,” is a socially accepted pastime. In Detroit, you might be more likely to find “ruin porn,” or the photography […]
Professor Dewar’s work on decline as a paradigm for urban planning was utterly fascinating and creative. It was perhaps most striking that a term so closely associated with pessimism—to death—was recuperated to allow for creation and optimism. It is a theme we saw repeated in the various project we encountered, this transforming of space that […]
It is easy to talk about empty space in Detroit. The vacant lots that engulf modest houses, making them seem all the smaller. The abandoned industrial buildings, fragmented shells that hold the absence of the past. The streets and sidewalks, wide and silent, are abandoned stretches of nothing leading to nowhere.