Detropia: Rediscovering My Hometown

It would be disingenuous to say that I've always loved my hometown of Detroit. Growing up in this gritty, manufacturing laden area has produced conflicting feelings for me over the years. Not being a big fan of mass production, unions or sports, this city seemed so foreign to me as I was growing up. For many years I was embarrassed by it wishing I'd grown up in a more sophisticated, worldly city like New York or Paris. Over 16 years ago I moved away from Detroit to live in San Francisco, Chicago and Denver; and frequently travel to many large cities: London, New York, Paris and Madrid among others. Along the way I discovered that I love urban environments. The diversity, the decay, the revival, the creativity...intrigues and delights me.

In discovering new cities I've rediscovered my home city--and myself. Like my former hometown I'm scrappy, upfront, diverse and have survived many challenges . This new found love affair is why I'm backing this project on KickStarter about the decay and revival of this iconic city and my former hometown. I hope you'll join me.

You Don't Have To Be a Millionaire To Support Creativity

Growing up I spent most of my free time doing creative activities: writing, singing, theater and playing 5 instruments. As an adult I've always wanted to support the arts more but wasn't quite at the $100,000 donation level. That's why I love KickStarter. I can support creative endeavors at an investment level that works for me.

While I was in NYC for an extended stay, I walked the High Line along the Hudson from Mid-Town Manhattan down to the Meat Packing district. I loved how the project re-purposed old train tracks into a beautiful space. LowLine, one of the projects I funded, seeks to turn an abandoned trolley terminal into the world's first underground park.

They're 96% of the way there. Wanna help them get the last 4% so they can make their "first" a reality?