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January 2, 2011

I used to live in a suburb a few miles outside of Detroit called Southfield but my family, like most other residents, moved because of the city’s decline. My parents still own some properties in Detroit, though, and my brain is busy at work, making plans for those properties.  Despite having lived in the DC area for over 12 years — and after visiting Detroit and seeing its disgraceful state of decline — I still wish we had never moved. Which is why watching these videos reignited my passion for the city and its rich history. I especially appreciate the fact that young people are taking matters into their own hands to rebuilt their city, not waiting for governmental help.

“Once the fourth-largest metropolis in America—some have called it the Death of the American Dream. Today, the young people of the Motor City are making it their own DIY paradise where rules are second to passion and creativity. They are creating the new Detroit on their own terms, against real adversity. We put our boots on and went exploring.” — Palladium Boots

My favorite quote from the film comes from Mr. Larry Mongo at the end of Part 3: “Remember, Rome was sacked how many times? Berlin was bombed. Cities have always gone down but for some reason cities come back. And it’s people who bring them back.” I hope you guys feel as inspired as I am now after watching this series.

Detroit Lives documentary film featuring Johnny Knoxville. Host Johnny Knoxville puts on his boots and explorers a side of Detroit hidden in plain sight and rarely shown by mainstream media.

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Detroit | Palladium Boots, posted with vodpod
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  1. Don permalink
    January 2, 2011 11:17 AM

    I remember going to detroit and remembering how gray the sky was. I remember almost dying there and tellin myself I was never going there again.

    I know a lot of detroit folk down here. And its like naija, in a lot of ways esp coz most ppl will visit detorit but not move back there

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