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DIY DETROIT: MAKING DO IN A CITY WITHOUT SERVICES. Kimberley Kinder. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2016. 248 pp. with 12 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780816697076 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 171563. Publisher's description: For ten years James Robertson walked the twenty-one-mile round-trip from his Detroit home to his factory job; when his story went viral, it brought him an outpouring of attention and support. But what of Robertson's Detroit neighbors, likewise stuck in a blighted city without services as basic as a bus line? What they're left with, after decades of disinvestment and decline, is DIY urbanism -- sweeping their own streets, maintaining public parks, planting community gardens, boarding up empty buildings, even acting as real estate agents and landlords for abandoned homes. DIY Detroit describes a phenomenon that, in our times of austerity measures and market-based governance, has become woefully routine as inhabitants of deteriorating cities "domesticate" public services in order to get by. The voices that animate this book humanize Detroit's troubles -- from a middle-class African American civic activist drawn back by a crisis of conscience; to a young Latina stay-at-home mom who has never left the city and whose husband works in construction; to a European woman with a mixed-race adopted family and a passion for social reform, who introduces a chicken coop, goat shed, and market garden into the neighborhood.
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Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171562
Hardcover $87.50    

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