Co-published by The Guardian
Months after the federal shutdown, a Detroit childcare worker still struggles to make up for lost pay.
Co-published by The Guardian and Fast Company
A crop of presidential candidates is pushing proposals aimed at Americans who work hard but feel they’re not getting their share of the pie.
“Detroit” has garnered a host of criticism for its brutality, its narrow focus, its failure to depict important dimensions of the black community. But “Detroit” the movie is not trying to be Detroit the city.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when arriving in Detroit, Michigan Wednesday. The city is heavy with symbolism in the American imagination – everything from Motor City and Motown to Broken Dreams and Bankruptcy. A recent article called Detroit “a mixed picture of hope and desolation.” Which side would reveal itself to me?
I craned my neck as the taxi cab sped along a highway. At first, I saw nothing special: clouds low and gray in the sky, SUVs on the road, overpasses and underpasses, and the occasional warehouse or big-box store.
And then I saw them: large, four- or five-bedroom, brick or wood houses alongside the highway. Every house was boarded up, caving in, spray-painted, overgrown with vines, or blackened with fire scars. The cab driver spoke angrily. “See those homes? It’s not safe there — looting and shooting. Do you see those homes?”
I did see them.