Time Inc. Leaves DetroitFriday, November 26, 2010
From Time magazine’s “How to Shrink a City“:
Barely a mile from Betty Corley’s lonely house on Dubois Street, on a typical autumn weekend morning, the stalls and booths of Detroit’s Eastern Market are a gastronomic wonder — and a social one as well. Nearly 40,000 people from throughout the metropolitan area flock to the market for the best produce from the Midwestern countryside, and also for the very urban experience of being part of a multifarious, multigenerational and multicolored crowd. The Eastern Market vibe is evident, too, on those summer nights when the Tigers game at Comerica Park ends at around the same time as the soul act across the street at the Fox Theatre and the last notes of La Bohème die out around the corner at the Detroit Opera House. As the three crowds swirl together on the rim of Grand Circus Park, you’d think you’re in a version of the ideal 21st century city.
Now that the magazine’s Assignment Detroit has come to a close, I am missing it. This assignment was a one-year project focusing on the people, events, and issues of the city. Detroit was all over the pages of Time, Fortune, and CNNMoney. I thought the Time assignment was unique – instead of the hit-and-run journalism practiced by the rest of the media, Time hired a full crew of observers/writers and put forth an entire year of effort digging deep down into Detroit culture, its problems, and its potential. Time writers and editors did not hotel in and out of the city; they lived in a house on the west side – dubbed the D-shack by Kid Rock – and used the house as its headquarters. The D-shack is now up for sale, and no, it’s not selling for $1.
Now for a final quote from the article “How to Shrink a City” that should strike a chord with everyone who has lived here and has witnessed the crumbling of this city underneath the giant and visible hand of a corrupt and arrogant Marxist power structure (specializing in the welfare-entitlement-nepotistic state) that began under the dictatorship of mayor Coleman Young:
It may be wishful to think so, but in a city where race is the insidious sword that slices its way into every conversation, this reversal of migration patterns could turn out to be a uniting development — if Detroit gets lucky, and if people of goodwill recognize their mutual dependency. The increasing African-American presence in the wealthier suburbs heightens suburban concern for the city’s problems. At the same time, a growing presence of more-affluent whites in the city enhances both the tax base and the perception of progress. “I hate to admit it,” native Detroiter Greg Thrasher recently commented on TIME.com’s Detroit blog, “but I am fully aware that the presence of white folks in America increases the quality of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nonwhites.” He concluded, “It is a reality I have confronted all my life as a Black activist, yet I do hope the return flight is full.”