Flight of the Rustbelt: Vacant Detroit
Having gone to school in Michigan only recently, this is, sadly, the only Detroit I have ever known. Irregardless, even in spite of its turbulence, Detroit is still a beautiful (in an often dystopic kind of way), fun place, if you know where to look. Most importantly though, despite repeated news reports with cries and claims of collapse, corruption, and violence, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an American heartier or more resolutely hopeful than a Michigander. There are many people, like my friend Paul (I’ve linked to his other site in the past on spicy), who simply will not give up on Detroit.