The Detroit Free Press has an article about national and international journalists discovering Detroit. They included links to a number of articles, so I thought I’d include the summary here.
An amazing piece I linked to before from the Weekly Standard: Where the Sirens Never Sleep.
From The Guardian:
English language coverage from Der Spiegel: End of a Dream
From the Irish Times: Where the American Dream Breaks Down
From the Times of London: Mighty motor city, broken and humbled
From the Independent: From Motown to No-Hope Town
From the New York Times: Coming Home to Rough Times in a Tough Town
On a more pleasant note, for my readers in “the ‘Ville”, the Idea Festival now has a tool for people to nominate folks they’d like to see present. If you go to this web page, you can download a button to your browser bar. If you see and article or site mentioning someone you’d like to see, you can press the button and they’ll be added to the list. It’s part of a crowdsourcing experiment for them.
Our friends at Chicago Carless have another great post, this time dissecting the tourist info sites for Cincy and Chicago. He picks up on something I’ve long noted about Cincinnati as very telling: calling itself “CincinnatiUSA” instead of Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s like Cincinnati is embarrassed about what state it is in. It also points out again that solipsim you see there, for good (the regional flair it has retained in an era of Generica) and ill (the impermeability of the city to outside ideas). I once said that a world class Indianapolis would have to ultimate be a world class Hoosier city. Trying to cut yourself loose from your roots I think is ultimately a failed strategy. Is there nothing of Ohio good for Cincinnati, or vice versa? Mike also makes some very valid observations about the similarly challenged Chicago site.