Stories from the Rustbelt: Disconnect, Michigan

Michigan gets a bad rap. Newscasters have thrown around terms such as wasteland or dystopia when describing our mitten-shaped neighbor. All of the gloom makes this peninsula seem uninhabitable. Despite visions of empty factories and urban prairies, it’s not true. This place has so much life. People really do live here.

So, I made a sign that read, “Tell Me A Story,” planted myself on benches and curbs in Lansing — and waited. The stories in this video are the uncurated result of that experiment.

What’s clear is that there is so much humanity and resiliency to be found. It might be hard to hear underneath all of the clanking, but even quietly, it’s impossible to ignore.

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