Detroit Comeback City

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Cars. Music. Art. Architecture. Sports. And Coney dogs. No place in the world knows how to make things like we do in Detroit. And right now, our engines of reinvention are firing on all cylinders. From urban farms to bike trails that double as outdoor art galleries, things are happening in Detroit that the world is taking notice of. See for yourself what America's comeback city looks like.

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The bottom line is that the coverage of the bankruptcy reinforces a tired old story. But the internal narrative of Detroit has already changed direction. There are plenty of positive major economic stories coming out of Detroit, starting with the federally bailed-out General Motors and Chrysler auto companies emerging from bankruptcy with improved sales and record profits, and continuing with the likes of the booming Midtown as a flagship community of the new Detroit.


The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project is art, energy, and community.

It’s an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s East Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 27th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives.

"Detroit is no dry bones,
Detroit you shall live.”

On a hot summer Saturday night, a crowd of hip hop aficionados gathered inside Foot Klan Statepark, an indoor skateboarding facility on Grand River, to hear beats and rhymes by some emerging hip hop artists from the D. The room where the hip hop showcase took place was dimly lit, except for bright, multicolored lighting which pointed towards the stage. Urban graffiti images adorned the walls of the venue and amateur skateboarders performed tricks toward the back of the room.

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