folks may remember this post about the end of the birdtown garden. i was riding home the other day and randomly rode by and was greeted to this sight.
the birdtown site fully cleared and with the bulldozer sitting there idle. too perfect not to take a photo, too depressing not to make my heart sink. it seemed somehow indicative of the loss of innocence i’ve felt lately.
things are changing in detroit. it feels intense. state takeover of schools and city government, closure of schools, loss of city services. the marginalization of people’s power, increased control by non-profits, foundation and corporations to shape the city. a media narrative that focuses on the young white people moving into detroit and making it better. worst of all, i’m right in the middle of that mix; part of the problem, and yet trying to do good things. a young white person, often featured in media, working for a non-profit, taking foundation and corporation money, and working to open a charter school as detroit public schools are shuttered. it’s a heavy uncomfortable place to sit, not one that i really like, but i suppose better to acknowledge my contradiction than to blindly go forth think myself a simple do gooder.