I came across this Time photo essay entitled Detroit's Beautiful, Horrible Decline today and it stirred something inside of me, something to do with my Michigan pride. Michigan gets a bum rap...I have talked about this before. I have spent the majority of my life as a Michigander, and I get a little defensive when people start in on my home state, especially Detroit. My mom was born and raised in Detroit, back in its hey-day, and she remembers a magnificent, thriving city. Although the Time's photo essay focused on the heartbreaking decay of the city, I believe that there is still a beautiful side to Detroit...one that I was fortunate enough to capture during my trip home over the holidays.
I mean, sure...there are many vacant lots, an extremely high crime rate and some less-than-beautiful scenery. But there are parts of the city that still speak to its majestic heyday, and there are still amazing people who call this city home.
Can you believe this building? The Fox Theater; absolutely gorgeous, and in the smack-dab middle of downtown Detroit. We attended a matinee showing of DreamGirls and it was a packed house. There is still life here...thriving, rowdy life.
After the show, we stopped at Avalon Bakery, which is a cozy, thriving little haven in a somewhat decrepit and abandoned area. The windows were steaming up as freshly baked bread was being pulled from the vast ovens, and there was hardly a free seat in the entire place.
I would love to see a photo essay devoted to these places- places where people still come together over a cup of coffee or catch an afternoon show. There is another side to Detroit, and it is beautiful in its own way.