Revive(D): A present Detroit past
By: Sara Snyder
A photo essay reflecting on the temporality of Detroit’s success and squalor through its representative food spaces.
This is not a city returning to greatness | It always was.
This is not a city that lost its power | Its people were and are visionary.
This is not a city without conflicting histories | It epitomizes strength and widsom.
This is not a city that chose to fall | It shares a cyclical city tale.
This is not a city without struggle | It ponders whether this revival will fail.
In the aftermath of "collapse", who’s responsible for a city’s revival?
Is the food only good now because it’s a city of reemerging wealth?
Was it always good and now being perceived as good by those with the authority to say so on a national platform?
The passing of time challenges the notion of success and failure as it ebbs and flows delicately through past and present. And while Detroit's present appears hopeful for its future, the past shades the progress of the moment. These intricate temporalities dance with expectations of those who are 'claiming' the space as their own and those whom have always felt at home in the D.
Watch the film below from April 2015 to take a look at how the city has changed in a few years. Credit: Producer, Shooter
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Text citation: Glaeser, Edward. Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.