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    Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis (Hardback) By (author) Agent Sterling Lord Literistic Mark Binelli


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    DescriptionOnce 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. "Detroit City Is the Place to Be "is one of "Publishers Weekly"'s Top 10 Best Books of 2012

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    Detroit City Is the Place to Be
    The Afterlife of an American Metropolis
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    By (author) Agent Sterling Lord Literistic Mark Binelli
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 526 g
    ISBN 13: 9780805092295
    ISBN 10: 0805092293

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    Metropolitan Books
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    Metropolitan Books
    Publication date
    13 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Mark Binelli is the author of the novel "Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!" and a contributing editor at "Rolling Stone." Born and raised in the Detroit area, he now lives in New York City.
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    A "New York Times Book Review" Editor's Choice "Magnificent... A crackling rebuttal to ruin porn, those glossy coffee table books that fetishize Detroit's decay... A clear-eyed look at promising recent developments, without any saccharine optimism." "--The New York Times" "First things first: Binelli can really write.... Binelli chronicles the various experiments happening inside Detroit with a winning combination of humor, skepticism and sincerity [and] also does the far more important work of squaring the repurposing and rebranding of Detroit by artists and enterpreneurs with the more fundamental reality of the place.... He is a cleareyed and soulful narrator of Detroit's travails." --"The New York Times Book Review" "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.... He does a great job of presenting the arc of Detroit's 20th century: its rise as automotive capital of the world, its economic apex in the 1950s and its thudding diminishment." "--The Wall Street Journal ""Mark Binelli's splendid, must-read "Detroit City Is the Place to Be.".. is the best book on an American city that I've read since Mike Davis published "City of Quartz" (1990) about Los Angeles.... Binelli covers an immense amount of ground without ever being tedious--a tribute to how well he listens, how carefully he chooses his examples and how deft he is at toggling between minutely observed details and the bigger picture, itself informed by his vast reading on Detroit history. And oh, can Binelli write." "--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ""A sharply observed, insightful work of love and fury." "--The Christian Science Monitor " "I can't think of a better work of nonfiction in 2012 than Mark Binelli's "Detroit City is the Place to Be...." Nothing has come as close to realistically documenting the wac