MOTOR CITY VIA MOTOR - DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Here was a new America: a new frontier coming into existence long after the physical frontier had been conquered. Detroit grew as mining towns grow—fast, implosive, and indifferent to the superficial niceties of life. Niceties could wait.
—Michigan, A Guide To the Wolverine State (WPA, 1941)
Jonathan Miller, Your Guide to Detroit, cranks down the driver’s side window and sends this view from Motor City:
Detroit has plenty of room, 139 square miles. The city’s downtown core is roughly 2 square miles (being generous). That leaves 137 square miles of sprawling neighborhoods. Some are intact and thriving, others struggle to hold themselves together, and more then a few have all but completely collapsed. Learning every street could take a lifetime.
Taking frequent drives for work or leisure I always have a camera. I am always trying to find something new, whether a street I’ve never been on or a new scene from streets driven everyday. What better way to see the Motor City then from a car…
1.Northern edge of downtown Detroit looking south
2.Book Tower, Washington Blvd.
3.Spirit of Detroit, Woodward Ave.
4.Reverend Samuel Francis Smith Flagpole, Belle Isle
5.The Gold Mine Pawn Shop, Gratiot Ave.
6.Near corner of Mitchell and Medbury St., looking toward Incinerator
7.Floral Gardens Flowers, 7 Mile Road
8.Northland Roller Skating, 8 Mile Road
9.Hitsville, Grand Blvd. Detroit, USA
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Jonathan Miller is our Guide to Detroit, the city where he lives and works as a hotel maintenance manager. You know that thing you broke at that hotel, he fixed it. His photography is on tumblr at detroitmaintenanceman and everything else is at his website, detroitmaintenance.