Powering Through Detroit’s Many –isms / Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — This morning at a café in a gentrified neighborhood of Chicago, I sat reading Facebook on my iPhone and came across yet another story relating to Detroit, the city frequently cited for its riches-to-poverty story. This one was posted on the blog of Rania K. Halek, and outlines the story of young Renisha McBride, a […]

A Skate Park as Neighborhood Stabilization in Detroit / Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — An artist-run non-profit organization, Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope‘s Power House Productions works to develop and implement neighborhood stabilization strategies in Detroit, a city where property is cheap and the stakes are high. In opposition to the elitist romanticization of poverty through so-called “ruin porn” — which John Patrick Leary nicely rips down in his […]

For Chicago, Detroit Isn’t a Distant Reality / Salon.com

CHICAGO — Much like the city of Detroit’s epic economic saga, this story took me on a wild goose chase. I’m an art journalist reporting on Detroit from Chicago — or, if you would prefer, the Motor City from the Windy City — and that seems odd. The media craze around Detroit just won’t quit, and Chicago […]