Don’t rebuild. Instead, rethink, urge filmmaker Carrie LeZotte and author John Gallagher. And if you want to see what can result when that happens in challenged cities like Detroit, tune in to our Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner DPTV at 9 p.m. to see the documentary film, “Lean, Mean and Green.” It offers a glimpse of Detroit’s freshest, forward-looking projects and some in other cities that maybe can help drive some ideas here.
LeZotte, like many of us, took inspiration from Detroit Free Press writer Gallagher’s recent works: “Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City” and “Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention.” Indeed, the pair are among the top books I recommend to people who say they want to understand Detroit. In a city where the past, of course, is prologue, Gallagher both respects the history of the city and its people and looks forward. He asks AND answers questions about what new history could be written.
While doing so, he visits urban farms, business incubators, specialty museums, public art projects, outdoor recreation centers and other creative public, private and community ventures. LeZotte is there with a camera, and what results is an energetic, inspiration, people-focused story about what’s possible here in Detroit.
Some people say these cities are finished. … Other people disagree.
Tune in to see if you agree.
-By WDET’s Sandra Svoboda
@WDETSandra and email@example.com