I have been spending a lot of time in The Detroit Area lately. A LOT. Most people bristle at the thought, and I understand why from the vivid portrait of a desolate and destitute city that has been painted over the past 10 years or so. The stories of rampant government corruption and wide-spread abandonment do not help.
All that said, I have experienced a nothing less than amazing spirit amongst the people that I have interacted with there. Positive, progressive and engaged.
The masthead of @noahstephens insightful ‘The People of Detroit’ portrait project reads “because everyone in Detroit is not an abandoned building,” and this soulful, prideful statement could not be more true.
The other thing that strikes me in the city is the architecture. The scale of the buildings and homes, the expansiveness of the plots of land they sit on, the modern industrial compositions, the definitive skyline and the contemporary design choices.
I’ll often take back roads and alternate routes at the chance some awesome structure is awaiting my interest.
I came across this bowling alley in Auburn Hills after a meeting one afternoon and could not resist.
See more about Noah Stephens series @ thepeopleofdetroit.com