A 500 House In Detroit Rebuilding An Abandoned Home And An American City

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A 500 House In Detroit

Author : Drew Philp
ISBN : 9781476798011
Genre : History
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A young college grad buys a house in Detroit for $500 and attempts to restore it—and his new neighborhood—to its original glory in this “deeply felt, sharply observed personal quest to create meaning and community out of the fallen…A standout” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Drew Philp, an idealistic college student from a working-class Michigan family, decides to live where he can make a difference. He sets his sights on Detroit, the failed metropolis of abandoned buildings, widespread poverty, and rampant crime. Arriving with no job, no friends, and no money, Philp buys a ramshackle house for five hundred dollars in the east side neighborhood known as Poletown. The roomy Queen Anne he now owns is little more than a clapboard shell on a crumbling brick foundation, missing windows, heat, water, electricity, and a functional roof. A $500 House in Detroit is Philp’s raw and earnest account of rebuilding everything but the frame of his house, nail by nail and room by room. “Philp is a great storyteller…[and his] engrossing” (Booklist) tale is also of a young man finding his footing in the city, the country, and his own generation. We witness his concept of Detroit shift, expand, and evolve as his plan to save the city gives way to a life forged from political meaning, personal connection, and collective purpose. As he assimilates into the community of Detroiters around him, Philp guides readers through the city’s vibrant history and engages in urgent conversations about gentrification, racial tensions, and class warfare. Part social history, part brash generational statement, part comeback story, A $500 House in Detroit “shines [in its depiction of] the ‘radical neighborliness’ of ordinary people in desperate circumstances” (Publishers Weekly). This is an unforgettable, intimate account of the tentative revival of an American city and a glimpse at a new way forward for generations to come.
Category: History

Why Detroit Matters

Author : Brian Doucet
ISBN : 9781447327868
Genre : Political Science
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This edited book examines why what happens in Detroit matters for other cities around the world. Bridging academic and non-academic voices, contributions from many of the leading scholars on Detroit are joined by some of the city’s most influential writers, planners, artists and activists.
Category: Political Science

Urban Shrinkage Industrial Renewal And Automotive Plants

Author : Andreas Luescher
ISBN : 9783030033804
Genre : Social Science
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This book focuses on the relationship between the auto industry and the built environment at multiple scales, a topic of particular interest now as the industry is going through a period of major transformation. Drawing from multiple perspectives, including architecture, urban design and urban planning, the authors examine the changing form of the auto factory itself, the changing geography of auto production, and the challenges faced by communities as the auto plants that once brought them prosperity, and often a sense of identity, leave town. They examine four places that are dealing in different ways, and with varying success, with the aftermath of a decommissioned auto plant in their midst. These are Janesville, Wisconsin, and Willow Run, Michigan, in the U.S., and Bochum, Germany, and Genk, Belgium, in Europe. Together these four cases provide some clues about what the future might look like for places that were once intimately connected with the manufacture of cars.
Category: Social Science


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ISBN : IND:30000080765286
Genre : Periodicals
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The American City

Author : Arthur Hastings Grant
ISBN : STANFORD:36105020049222
Genre : Cities and towns
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Category: Cities and towns

Cities And Urban Life

Author : John J. Macionis
ISBN : UOM:39015056844635
Genre : Political Science
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The approach of this text is multidisciplinary but fundamentally sociological. Readers will find here the enduring contrinutions of the classical European social thinkers, including Max Weber, Karl Marx, Ferdinand Tonnies, George Simmer, and Emile Durkheim as well as those of early pioneers in North America. Of course, many men and women have stood on the shoulders of these giants and extended our understanding. Thus, this text also considers the ideas of a list of contemporary urbanists.
Category: Political Science

Usa Today

Author :
ISBN : UOM:39015077220948
Genre : United States
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Category: United States

Preservation Shore To Shore

Author : Jane Celia Busch
ISBN : UOM:39015038180991
Genre : Historic preservation
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Category: Historic preservation

Congressional Record

Author : United States. Congress
ISBN : STANFORD:36105127386030
Genre : Law
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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)
Category: Law


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ISBN : UIUC:30112008403765
Genre : Bus lines
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Category: Bus lines

U S News World Report

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105005445734
Genre : United States
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Category: United States

American Machinist

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105001479869
Genre : Machinists
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Category: Machinists

The Encyclopaedia Britannica

Author : Hugh Chisholm
ISBN : UOM:39015015204574
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Electric Traction

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ISBN : PRNC:32101048867285
Genre : Buses
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Category: Buses