"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"
"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"
"A sharply observed, insightful work of love and fury."
"--The Christian Science Monitor
"Excellent... A stylish, clear-eyed, subtly absurdist panorama... Binelli's engrossing book captures the beauty and nobility of Detroit, and the warmth of its communal life amid hardship and chaos. Binelli also takes full measure of the bizarreness of Detroit's predicament--which is also the bizarreness of a whole nation contemptuously disregarding its achievements."
"--Bookforum""Heartbreaking... Darkly funny and prophetic."
"Mark Binelli's "Detroit City Is the Place to Be" is part history, part explanation and part profile of a city he knows intimately--he grew up in the Detroit area. Sounds complex? It is, and it should be. The city doesn't need any more labels or quick summaries. It needs someone to put a face on Detroit, to show that it's not rolling over and playing dead. Binelli proves he's up to the task in this refreshing, intriguing work."
""Terrific... A long-overdue and hugely welcome corrective to the one-dimensional narrative of urban decay that has been spewing out of Detroit roughly since 1970... Binelli is equally skeptical of breathless hype and received wisdom, and he can also be very funny."
""Binelli went to Detroit and lived theshow more