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
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.
First time I got paid to take pictures of donuts.
First time I rode in a Pedal Cab.
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. 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.