Detroit Is a Paradise

Detroit isn't the happiest or wealthiest place in the world, but my rent is only $200, so I don't have to scrape together too much each month. That gives me plenty of time to indulge in fantasies while walking around and photographing the city.

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Dec 2 2013, 4:15pm

Detroit, along with the country's prison system, is one of the places where America puts everything it wants to hide—poverty, racism, violence. The city is one of the most racially segregated in the US, with 8 Mile Road quite literally cutting a line between black and white neighborhoods.

Being white and unemployed in Detroit is often an euphemism for being a drug dealer or having a modest trust fund. I am neither, but my rent is only $200, so I don't have to scrape together too much each month. That gives me plenty of time to indulge in fantasies while walking around and photographing the city.

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Previous Paradises:

Lahti / Budapest / Leeds / Dublin / Birmingham / Miami / Phoenix / Tbilisi / Los Angeles / Berlin / Rotterdam / Bristol

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