Tell any American that you're planning to visit Detroit, and then watch their eyebrows shoot up quizzically. They'll ask 'Why?' and warn you that the city is bankrupt, with off-the-chart homicide rates, nearly 80,000 abandoned buildings and whoppingly high foreclosure rates, a place where homes sell for $1. 'Detroit's a crap-hole. You'll get killed there.'
While the city does have a bombed-out, apocalyptic vibe, it's these same qualities that fuel a raw urban energy you won't find anywhere else. Artists, entrepreneurs and young people are moving in, and a DIY spirit pervades. They're converting vacant lots into urban farms and abandoned buildings into hostels and museums. Plus, they shred a mean guitar in 'the D.' Very mean.