Saturday, July 31, 2010
Detroit is an interesting story. Back in the 1950's it was the spot to be. At that time it was the 2nd or 3rd largest city in America behind NYC and maybe Chicago. During that time it was what LA/Hollywood is like for us now - as hard as that is to believe. Sadly however, the race riots in 1967 completely destroyed most of the city and some of its most beautiful buildings.
Stevie has a great spot just blocks from Ford Field and Comerica Park overlooking the Detroit skyline. We got back to his apartment sometime after midnight and chilled on his rooftop for hours. It has a 360-degree view of the city and it was amazing to look over everything. Stevie and his friend gave us a complete history lesson on buildings, the incredible old houses that either are still completely destroyed or are being restored, etc. It was extremely sad to witness the devastation we know Detroit as while comparing what it could have been. In all reality, it could have been what Chicago is today, but instead, it's Detroit. It will take a lot of money, time, and people to fully restore it to its glory days - if that is even possible. Personally I vow to dedicate whatever I can do to help in its redevelopment. It won't be easy, but if we all do our part, anything is possible. Dream Impossible; yes, even you, Detroit.