Home is a state of mind, and Mars is a person: A Glimpse of the Detroit Renaissance

Home is a state of mind, and Mars is a person: A Glimpse of the Detroit Renaissance

Lots of people

Not so much space

It’s a problem that most cities face

This lack of land

Creates inflated demand

population gets out of hand.

           Neighbors get grumpy 


           & frumpy

           land turns a bit dumpy

“Why are we here?”

Asks Mr. Benoit

Who knows – lets leave for Detroit! 

My time spent in Detroit was filled with firsts. First time I saw abandoned factories.MIA_2

First time I encountered so many friendly people in a major metropolitan area in the US.
First time I saw a home burn down.MIA

First time I got paid to take pictures of donuts. MIA_5

First time I saw vacant land in a city which had not already been sold to a developer with plans to build high-rise buildings. MIA_9

First time I rode in a Pedal Cab. MI - Detroit Mars11

MIA_7 This is Lauren, a Detroit native who bravely got on the back on my motorcycle, Magnolia, and showed me the different neighborhoods that are all playing a part in Detroit’s renaissance. As we passed some of the more deserted areas I may have begun to show more and more excitement – imagine all the possibilities! Lauren adroitly pointed out that some aspects of Detroit can make it feel like a third world country which causes many people to feel uneasy. It seemed comforting to me. Admittedly I feel more at home in third world countries where there are fewer people, more space and the people who are around tend to be a touch more friendly than the masses of US nationals. 

I stayed with a martian named Mars in his beautiful house which he purchased for about $3000 in a bank auction.MIA_1 It felt like home, warmly reminding me of my unrefined college residence at 60 Railroad Street in Amherst, MA. A few holes in the wall and some rustic hard wood flooring was has never been a problem for me. It isn’t for Mars either, his priorities are in line. 

Possibly best of all, casa de Mars was less than a five-minute drive to Donut Villa – home of arguably the best donuts in the 700+ miles from Boston to Detroit.

What I am saying is that if America is the land of opportunity, Detroit should be its new capital. Sure the factory jobs are gone, but there is cheap space, creative people, and motivation. Sounds like what I can imagine Brooklyn being like in the days of the Warriors.