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.