In the past few years, Detroit’s financial struggles have played out across the national stage like a cautionary tale for other major U.S cities. A slumping housing market, a massive flight of residents leaving the city for its suburbs, the controversial shut-down of water for thousands of residents with unpaid accounts, and filing for bankruptcy amid one of the highest unemployment rates in the country all contributed to the story of a spectacular and sad fall from grace. But through all of that, a new Detroit seems to be burgeoning. Green initiatives have sprouted across the city, with urban gardens and farms, the automotive industry looks to be on the verge of roaring back, and there is of course the influx of young urban professionals moving from New York to Detroit. How all this affects Detroit’s economy will have to wait to come into clearer view.

In a new book ‘Detroit Unbroken Down’ that will be published by powerHouse this fall, photographer Dave Jordano returns to his home town to see the shell that Detroit has become, and to reflect on the tiny rays of hope that flicker across the city if one is willing to look close enough. Jordano’s photographs are void of judgment on a place that was once an automotive empire or on the people who still reside there.” ‘Detroit: Unbroken Down’ is not a document solely about what’s been destroyed, but even more critically, about all that has been left behind and those who remain to cope with it,” the book’s press release states.

“When I looked beyond the physical spaces and concentrated on the individuals living there, something else came into focus,” Jordan remarked in an earlier interview with Lensculture. “The people were troubled, struggling, and coping with the harsh reality of living in a post-industrial city that has fallen on the hardest of times — but they were also surviving and occasionally thriving.”

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