Friday, May 1, 2009

the ongoing evolution of Detroit

After reading in this morning's paper about Chrysler going into bankruptcy, I had to go downtown and just wander around my city. I started and basically stayed around the Detroit River. This is where it all started for this city on the straits--de troit in french--and it's where a lot of our history still stands, some of it just barely. Like these old warehouses and industrial buildings two blocks north of the river. I don't know why but seeing them today comforted me greatly, especially with the GM headquarters building glittering like a jewel in the distance. Maybe it was because this juxtaposition speaks to Detroit's ability to weather change, to keep rising like a phoenix from the ashes. So now the Motor City phase of our history is probably on its way out. But I'm sure the folks who saw these old buildings fall into disuse felt sad too. I ask myself, what's next? Something will come along because Detroit never gives up. We just keep redefining ourselves generation after generation. So even if we only have the Big Two, and in a month might be down to the Big One, Detroit is still alive, still fighting, still creating, still evolving. We'll make it...


Anonymous Jack Louis said...

It's a shame how Detroit is being economically dismantled but I agree with your optimistic point of view. Just look at how so many other big Eastern cities have arisen from their industrial ashes: Pittsburg, Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, etc.
Great photo!

May 16, 2009 at 11:18 PM  

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