Motor City, Out of Gas?

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On this DnA, we talk at length about Detroit with Andrew Zago, starting with its outsize cultural contribution: a car culture whose twenty year output of desirable cars equated, in his view, to Jobs' years of productivity at Apple; astonishing music; car culture's close relation, the midcentury Modern architecture, planning and related crafts, centered on Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Then we discuss how it imploded, literally, becoming a strange donut of a city with declining, poor, and largely African-American populace in the "hole" in the middle, ringed by suburbs created by White Flight and, more recently, "Bright Flight." 



  • Andrew Zago - Zago Architecture / Southern California Institute of Architecture


Frances Anderton