Detroit City Is the Place to Be by Mark Binelli audiobook

Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis

By Mark Binelli

Blackstone Publishing 9780805092295
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Once America’s capitalist dream town, Detroit is our country’s greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the farthest. But the city’s worst crisis yet (and that’s saying something) has managed to do the unthinkable: turn the end of days into a laboratory for the future. Urban planners, land speculators, neopastoral agriculturalists, and utopian environmentalists―all have been drawn to Detroit’s baroquely decaying, nothing-left-to-lose frontier. With an eye for both the darkly absurd and the radically new, Detroit-area native Mark Binelli has chronicled this convergence. Throughout the city’s “museum of neglect"―its swaths of abandoned buildings, its miles of urban prairie―he tracks both the blight and the signs of its repurposing, from the school for pregnant teenagers to a beleaguered UAW local; from metal scrappers and gun-toting vigilantes to artists reclaiming abandoned auto factories; from the organic farming on empty lots to GM’s risky wager on the Volt electric car; from firefighters forced by budget cuts to sleep in tents to the mayor’s realignment plan (the most ambitious on record) to move residents of half-empty neighborhoods into a viable, new urban center. Sharp and impassioned, Detroit City Is the Place to Be is alive with the sense of possibility that comes when a city hits rock bottom. Beyond the usual portrait of crime, poverty, and ruin, we glimpse a longshot future Detroit that is smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse, and better functioning―what could be the boldest reimagining of a post-industrial city in our new century.

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Once America’s capitalist dream town, Detroit is our country’s greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the farthest. But the city’s worst crisis yet (and that’s saying something) has managed to do the unthinkable: turn the end of days into a laboratory for the future. Urban planners, land speculators, neopastoral agriculturalists, and utopian environmentalists―all have been drawn to Detroit’s baroquely decaying, nothing-left-to-lose frontier.

With an eye for both the darkly absurd and the radically new, Detroit-area native Mark Binelli has chronicled this convergence. Throughout the city’s “museum of neglect"―its swaths of abandoned buildings, its miles of urban prairie―he tracks both the blight and the signs of its repurposing, from the school for pregnant teenagers to a beleaguered UAW local; from metal scrappers and gun-toting vigilantes to artists reclaiming abandoned auto factories; from the organic farming on empty lots to GM’s risky wager on the Volt electric car; from firefighters forced by budget cuts to sleep in tents to the mayor’s realignment plan (the most ambitious on record) to move residents of half-empty neighborhoods into a viable, new urban center.

Sharp and impassioned, Detroit City Is the Place to Be is alive with the sense of possibility that comes when a city hits rock bottom. Beyond the usual portrait of crime, poverty, and ruin, we glimpse a longshot future Detroit that is smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse, and better functioning―what could be the boldest reimagining of a post-industrial city in our new century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“As fascinating as Detroit’s current, tentative renaissance is, Binelli masterfully provides a broader story, a 300-year tour through the formerly wondrous and now wondrously devastated metropolis…A wildly compelling biography of a city as well as a profound commentary on postindustrial America.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Binelli is a charming writer…An informative, often-heartbreaking portrait of a once-great American metropolis gone to hell.” Kirkus Reviews
“Binelli can really write…A winning combination of humor, skepticism, and sincerity.” New York Times Book Review
“Heartbreaking…Darkly funny and prophetic.” Rolling Stone
“The single best thing to read if you want to understand what Detroit feels like today.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Binelli is excellent writer and a sensitive and careful reporter.” Wall Street Journal

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Author Bio: Mark Binelli

Author Bio: Mark Binelli

Mark Binelli is the author of Detroit City Is the Place to Be and the novel Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! as well as a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal. Born and raised in the Detroit area, he lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English