Young People’s Fascination With Detroit is Only Part of the New Story for the City

Stories of Detroit’s nascent comeback often highlight the Rust Belt city’s attraction as a destination for America’s young hipsterati. Jay Walljasper endeavors to fill in the gaps in this narrative by exploring the role that native Detroiters are playing in the city’s revival, and what one pioneering program is doing to stem the city’s brain drain. Sprinkled among gloom-and-doom stories coming out of Detroit is some unexpected good news: the city’s growing appeal to young people.  According to plentiful media reports, well-educated twenty-somethings are streaming into the Motor City to test out new ideas, explore art and music projects or launch D-I-Y revitalization initiatives.

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