Detroit in 10 articles & 1 documentary

Detroit in 1942 by Arthur Siegel. Public domain.

By Anthony Chase, Whitney Sherrill and Sylwia Vargas

On July 10, 2018, Humanity in Action’s second annual Detroit Fellowship will begin. Twenty-two Fellows from across Michigan, the United States and the world will convene in Detroit for an intensive exploration of inequality, development and opportunity in the iconic American city.

What is the future of Detroit? Can entrepreneurs and technologists create a new economy for Detroit? What about urban farmers and artists? Or are these new developments just repeating the same inequities of the ‘50s and ‘60s? What happened in 1967?

The Humanity in Action Fellows in Detroit this July will investigate these questions and so many more. To begin, they’ll take a deep dive into the city’s history and diversity to understand the greatness and challenges of Detroit. Join us on this journey by reading along and sharing your thoughts!

  1. Introduction to the Kerner Commission Report (1968).

2. Detroit and the Fate of Postindustrial America, book chapter by Thomas J. Sugrue in The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton, 1996). 

 3. A Quick Guide to the 1967 Detroit Riot, by Bill McGraw in The Intersection: What Detroit Has Gained and Lost, 50 Years after the Uprisings of 1967 (Mission Point Press, 2017). 

 4. Why Do Cities Decline?, chapter by Edward Glaeser in Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier (Penguin, 2011). 

5. The Kidnapped Children of Detroit, essay by Marsha Music (2014).

6. White Washing of Detroit’s Culinary Scene, article by Tunde Wey in City Lab (2017).

7. Don’t Touch My Water, documentary by the Eastside Community Network (2018). 

 8. How Detroit Went Broke, article by Nathan Bomey and John Gallagher in the Detroit Free Press (2013).

9. Arab Detroit after 9/11: A Changing Demographic Portrait, book chapter by Kim Schopmeyer in Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade (Wayne State University Press, 2011).

10. Drop Dead, Detroit!, article by Paige Williams in The New Yorker (2014).

11. The Actually Existing Markets of Shrinking Cities, article by Joshua Akers in Metropolitics (2017).

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Anthony Chase, Whitney Sherrill and Sylwia Vargas lead the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit.