Journaling, composing, and waxing poetic about the people I meet and the places I go permeates everything I do. I suppose this mentality comes from a profound love for expression and an insatiable curiosity for finding and communicating a deeper truth behind the images and headlines we absorb on a regular basis.
I’m incapable of taking most things at face value. That’s why after a few months of wondering about the current state of Detroit, the bankrupt city I was once scared to drive through while growing up an hour and a half north of it, I decided to take a trip there to see if I could find any stories of value not being covered by mainstream network news.
Guess what. While visiting what is considered one of the deadliest cities in the U.S. in September, I didn’t get shot. I didn’t see any stray dogs, and I didn’t come across anyabandoned houses being set on fire. This doesn’t mean I’m blind to the fact that population decline, urban decay, and $18 billion of debt are taking a toll on the D. This simply means I saw another side of Detroit — one of community, trust and social enterprise. A burgeoning ecosystem in the largest city in the Great Lakes State is filled with change makers who are collectively building a new Detroit.
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Read the detailed experience of her trip on The Huffington Post