The Ecology of Ruin

As a grad student in ecology, I spent a lot of time in the woods with a camera for company. I was living in upstate New York, studying how plants recolonize forests growing up on old fields, and why some return faster than others.

2016-09-26T10:01:26+00:00 September 26th, 2016|

On Not Winning A House In Detroit

This month, a nonprofit called Write A House announced the third and fourth winners of its unusually generous Detroit revitalization scheme: whole houses in Detroit, for writers, forever, for free.

2016-05-05T11:16:59+00:00 May 5th, 2016|

On Leaving Detroit

I have a dear friend who is planning to leave Detroit very soon to move West. After living in and around Detroit all his life, he is taking a new job in sunny California. He is, by definition, the very demographic Michigan wants to hold on to...

2016-03-21T08:23:17+00:00 March 18th, 2016|