Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Urban Wilderness Revived

In the 1950s Detroit was a boom town. It was the world centre of the automobile industry and a hotbed for blues, rock & roll and Motown (which gets its name from "Motor City"). Now much of it is an urban wasteland. With its population around half what it once was, huge swathes of its once beautiful architecture are left in ruins.

But this is only half the story. Inspired by the city's history, the ambitious younger generations of Detroit are determined to re-kindle the once vital creativity of the place. Despite its potential defects (focusing almost exclusively on affluent white 20-somethings, and actually being some kind of footware advert) this documentary highlights the artists and innovators trying to recapture the spirit of a once great town.


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