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Detroit City Is the Place to Be by Mark Binelli
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Jul 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, contemporary-issues, social-science
Read from November 20 to 24, 2012

Fascinating nonfiction book about Detroit. The author, Mark Binelli, grew up in the Detroit suburbs and in 2009 moved back and spent the next three years visiting various areas of the city and gathering material for a book. Some history of the city is included but the book mainly focuses on Detroit in the current day. Binelli covers all the bases--abandoned buildings, urban prairie, the educational system, the political corruption, the auto industry, crime, austerity measures, and a small avant garde art scene. I love city histories and urban planning books and this is one of the best of the genre. I also like how Binelli is a character in the book--he writes in the first person and includes his own family history.

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