inspiration     Dec 07 2009

Someone Loves You in Detroit

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And speaking about community/urban/cultural development, my brother took me by the Heidelberg Project in Detroit last week. While we need to think holistically about all the issues facing our cities today, it is important to not be overwhelmed by the task at hand (especially in Detroit).

Every undertaking – from planting a garden to laying miles of light-rail – starts with a single step. In 1986 Tyree Guyton began inhabiting, upkeeping, and transforming one small corner of his city. The result is an ongoing art installation that moves from one abandoned lot or house to the next. Of course Detroit is not saved. But on one block in one dilapidated city, you can tell that someone cares.