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


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Detroit City Is the Place to Be is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012

Once Americas capitalist dream town, Detroit is our countrys greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the farthest—and, finally, into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. But the citys worst crisis yet (and thats 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 Detroits baroquely decaying, nothing-left-to-lose frontier.

With an eye for both the darkly absurd and the radically new, Detroit-area native Mark Binelli has chronicled this convergence. 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. Binelli does not shy away from exploring the violence, economic devastation, political corruption, and physical ruin that have ravaged his hometown, but he also offers a glimpse of a long-shot future Detroit that is smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse, and better functioning—what could be the boldest reimagining of a postindustrial city in our new century.

About the Author

Mark Binelli is the author of the novel Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. Born and raised in the Detroit area, he now lives in New York City.

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Binelli, Mark
Picador USA
Sociology - Urban
Urban & Land Use Planning
United States/State & Local/Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
Architecture-Urban Planning
Sociology-Urban Studies
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Includes 13 black-and-white photographs
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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