Detroit City Is the Place to Be The Afterlife of an American Metropolis

ISBN-10: 1250039231
ISBN-13: 9781250039231
Edition: N/A
Authors: Mark Binelli
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Description: Once America's capitalist dream town, Detroit is our country's greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the farthest. But the city's worst crisis yet (and that's saying something) has managed to do the unthinkable: turn the end of days  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Once America's capitalist dream town, Detroit is our country's greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the farthest. But the city's worst crisis yet (and that's saying something) has managed to do the unthinkable: turn the end of days into a laboratory for the future. Urban planners, land speculators, neopastoral agriculturalists, and utopian environmentalists-all have been drawn to Detroit's baroquely decaying, nothing-left-to-lose frontier.With an eye for the darkly absurd and the radically new, Detroit-area native Mark Binelli has chronicled this convergence. Throughout the city's "museum of neglect"-its swaths of abandoned buildings, its miles of urban prairie-he tracks both the blight and the signs of its repurposing, from the school for pregnant teenagers to a beleaguered UAW local; from metal scrappers and gun-toting vigilantes to organic farming and GM's risky wager on the Volt electric car.Sharp and impassioned, Detroit City Is the Place to Be is alive with the sense of possibility that comes when a city hits rock bottom. Beyond the usual portrait of crime, poverty, and ruin, we glimpse a longshot future Detroit that is smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse, and better functioning-what could be the boldest reimagining of a post-industrial city in our new century.

A first-generation American, Mark Binelli grew up just outside of Detroit, where he worked in his fathers knife-sharpening shop. In an interview, which is available online and will appear in CONTEXT, Binelli said, The knife grinding stuff in the book all comes from my family. Pinzolo, the little town in Italy where my father grew up, for some reason has produced an inordinate number of knife grinders. He graduated from the University of Michigan and received an MFA from Columbia University. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! is his first novel.

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