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Industrial Resurrection: Visions of Detroit

“Would you rather have a sexy woman or a good-looking one?”
“Can’t I have both?”
“No, you have to choose.”
“Then I guess I’ll go with the sexy one.”

Story by Maria Giulia Prezioso Maramotti Images by Icarus Blake

“Would you rather have a sexy woman or a good-looking one?”
“Can’t I have both?”
“No, you have to choose.”
“Then I guess I’ll go with the sexy one.”
The man at the bar takes off his red hat, while Marsha Evans serenades the scene with her rendition of “Around Midnight”. The Baker’s Club is a living breathing time capsule from the forties… And they make the best damn vodka martini in town.

The Baker's Club Detroit

The Baker’s Club Detroit

It’s sun up in downtown Detroit and the surround sound silence invades your ears with its emptiness. Light has no mercy in the early morning. The drive down Woodward Avenue towards 8 Mile is a giant forest of traffic lights—relics of industrial archeology. Wandering the abandoned vastness of urban sprawl, empty windows stare at you with sad eyes. Palmer Park is the land of the dead, a neighborhood of cemeteries… Everybody buries bodies everywhere.

Abandoned Mansion Detroit

Abandoned Mansion Detroit

Corktown has its own wheels—the plate on the car reads ‘retinto’. The giant train station, like an urban cathedral in the desert, has stood in silence for decades. Corktown has its own walls—free your mind while there’s still time.

Corktown, Detroit

Corktown, Detroit

You imagine Detroit in cold, colorless black and white, but it’s not. From the street-level graffiti to the aquatic-green ruins once called home to Diego Rivera’s painted dreams, the city is full of vibrant surprises. They pop up without warning. Detroit is a master of the unexpected.

M-BAD Museum Detroit

M-BAD Museum Detroit

Floyd Jones used to play trumpet. He was born in Russell Woods, but claims to have lived in every neighborhood of the city. Snow starts falling, and outside an abandoned school a sign says ‘Donuts for Dads’. Floyd drives on.
“The East Side is bad. You cannot leave without having seen the East Side.”
Ghosts and memories of old mansions. Floyd Jones says that you could probably find treasure if you start digging in the land here… You might have found it already.

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West Side Detroit

West Side Detroit

West Side Detroit

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Corktown Detroit

Corktown Detroit

Corktown Detroit

Corktown Detroit

Corktown Detroit

Corktown Detroit

Corktown Detroit

Corktown Detroit

Corktown Detroit

Crime Fighter. Tristan Eaton. Detroit.

Crime Fighter. Tristan Eaton. Detroit.

Midtown Detroit

Midtown Detroit

The D

The D

Palmer Park Detroit

Palmer Park Detroit

Baker's Club Detroit

Baker’s Club Detroit

Baker's Club Detroit

Baker’s Club Detroit

Floyd Jones, Detroit

Floyd Jones, Detroit

Detroit

Detroit

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