Detroit is the urban question America has been asking itself for decades. Over the past century, the city has symbolized American prosperity and the power of unions; the stark gap between Black and white urban experience; the fiscal and economic failure of the postindustrial city; and now the dystopia of large-scale urban abandonment. The Detroit that Kimberly Kinder describes in DIY Detroit is a city in which vast spaces are ungoverned by functional property markets and unserved by city workers or infrastructure.
Hinkley, S. (2018). DIY Detroit: making do in a city without services. Urban Research & Practice, 11 (2), 284-287. April 2018.