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A People's Atlas of Detroit

Edited by Linda Campbell, Andrew Newman, Sara Safransky, and Tim Stallmann

Detroit, Urban Studies

Great Lakes Books Series

Available February 2020
ISBN: 9780814342978
Pages: 352 Size: 10x8
Illustrations: 52 photographs; 52 maps; 6 charts
Available October 2019
ISBN: 9780814342985
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In recent years, Detroit has been touted as undergoing a renaissance, yet many people have been left behind. A People’s Atlas of Detroit, edited by Linda Campbell, Andrew Newman, Sara Safransky, and Tim Stallmann comes from a community-based participatory project called Uniting Detroiters that sought to use collective research to strengthen the organizing infrastructure of the city’s long-vibrant grassroots sector and reassert residents’ roles as active participants in the development process. Drawing on action research and counter-cartography, this book aims to both chart and help build movements for social justice in the city.

A People’s Atlas of Detroit is organized into six main chapters. Chapter 1 excavates three centuries of Detroit’s past to unearth the histories of racial citizenship that have shaped the city. Chapter 2 adopts a ground-level view of Detroit’s contemporary landscapes and highlights the meanings that land holds for residents. Chapter 3 highlights urban farming as one of the key ways that Detroiters have been repurposing vacant land over the last several decades. Chapter 4 analyzes struggles over governance and finances between the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit and other majority African American cities. Chapter 5 moves beyond the gentrification debate—a dominant paradigm since the 1980s—which is neither the only nor the most important factor behind displacement. Chapter 6 focuses on residents’ plans and mobilizations to reclaim and rethink public services in the city, including water, transit, and schools. As a whole, the book highlights and explains current visions for radical change—both in Detroit and cities around the world.

A People’s Atlas of Detroit weaves together maps, poetry, interviews, photographs, essays, and stories by over fifty residents, activists, and community leaders who offer alternative perspectives on the city’s past, present, and future. This volume will reinforce conversations being had by scholars of many disciplines and will inspire communities to continue to raise their voices in the name of representation and change.

Linda Campbell is a Detroit resident and the director of the Building Movement Project.

Andrew Newman is an associate professor of anthropology at Wayne State University.

Sara Safransky is a human geographer and assistant professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University.

Tim Stallmann is a worker-owner at Research Action Design.

Contributors Include:
Gabriela Alcazar, Rhonda Anderson, Danielle Atkinson, Kaisha Brezina, Lila Cabbil, Michelle Cassidy, William Copeland, Dessa Cosma, Patrick Crouch, Kezia Curtis, Wayne Curtis, Michael Darroch, Isra El-beshir, Dianne Feeley, Tanesha Flowers, Kathy Foster, Lee Gaddies, Janice Hale, Imani Harris, Joselyn Fitzpatrick Harris, Jeanine Hatcher, Elena Herrada, Charity Hicks, Alex B. Hill, Shea Howell, Robert Johnson, Herbert Jones, Sarah Khan, Carmen Malis King, Jacqueline Lacy, Jenny Lee, Kate Levy, Mark Luborsky, Emily Macgillivray, Jeannette Marble, Vincent Martin, Michelle Martinez, Cecily McClellan, Curtis McGuire, Shanna Merola, Tiya Miles, Isaac Ginsberg Miller, Gregg Newsom, Alexandra Passarelli, James Perkinson, Tova Perlmutter, Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty, Jessi Quizar, Josiah Rector, Lee Rodney, Paul Rodriguez, Anne-Marie Romanko, Zak Rosen, Lauren Rosenthal, Joan Ross, Ayana Rubio, Andrea Sankar, Betty Scruse, Amy Senese, Yusef "Bunchy" Shakur, Syri Simpson, Jerry Smith, Lottie Spady, Soh Suzuki, Amelia Wieske, Deborah Williamson, Malik Yakini