Changing the Narrative: What's the Best Way to Represent Detroit?

Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 01:03 PM


What are current outside perceptions of Detroit, and what can residents realistically do to alter these? Is it in the city’s interest to project an image of Detroit as a “blank canvas” or a place of “endless possibility"? Or is it preferable to present the city as a major metropolitan area with traditional opportunities, despite apparent problems? 

The current national meme of Detroit considers the city a modern version of the Wild West: a place for homesteaders, urban pioneers and experimentation. However, is this a realistic depiction of the contemporary city?

Some worry that this story, while likely to be inspiring to young people and artists, might not be appealing to more traditional business types. Perhaps Detroit would be best served by an external image of a surviving, traditional city with pockets of innovation and experimentation.




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Kurt from West Bloomfield, MI

I've lived in southeast Michigan since 2003. It's the worst place I've ever lived, but things are changing. Over 500 churches representing over 200,000 people have come together to offer hope. In the last 2 months more than 200,000 meals have been given away, 1 new house was given to a single mother, 50 condemned homes have been refurbished, medical and dental care has been provided free of charge to thousands of people, and that's just the beginning. Keep watching!

Jun. 09 2011 02:43 PM

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