joshuni – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program


Week Nine Blog

Well, a lot has changed in just nine weeks. For one, I no longer intend to major in history, thanks to my experience in Detroit. I’m hoping to apply to the College of Architecture and Urban Planning’s Urban Technology major. Being in Detroit has really made me appreciate cities and all that they have to […]

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Week 8 Blog

My project is almost done, even though I didn’t initially think I’d be able to complete it. With one week left, I may be able to scan all of the photos. Considering my project mostly dealt with photos of Detroit from 70 years ago, and no interaction with the surrounding community, I find it hard

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Week 7 Blog

I read a recent article in the New York Times discussing how Detroit is beginning to reassert the authority of the municipal government in code enforcement and other community needs. While the ability to maintain essential services is great, a quote from the mayor argues that these aren’t what should be celebrated. “Nobody in Chicago

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Week Six Blog

It’s going to be a short blog this week because I didn’t spend as much time fully engaging with things this week. Again, I’ll just talk a little bit about Detroit in general and specifically its lack of good transit. I can’t speak to the buses, but as someone who has taken the Q-line many

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Week 5 Blog

Today I felt like writing a bit free form, specifically on the topic of Detroit sports, something which I think isn’t touched upon enough. After attending a Tiger’s game, I really noticed how few people there really are in Detroit relative to a major sports franchise. First, clearly this isn’t entirely justified, since the greater

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Week 4 Blog

To say I have a lot of thoughts about Detroit’s recent development, based on our readings, would be an understatement. If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to take this time to provide some of those thoughts for public judgement and hope you find my word vomit endearing. I can’t say anything particularly surprised me about

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Week 3 Blog

I feel as if I’ve learned a lot about Detroit in a short period of time. Sure, we’ve only been here for 3 weeks, but from reading How To Kill a City, going out with peers, and talking with the CEO of the Historical Society, I’ve gotten a sense of a city which is both

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Week Two Blog

This week, I’ve really been diving deep into the project I’m working on. The project, organizing and then digitizing a variety of photos taken by one John David Snyder, is based on a random box discovered by my site, The Detroit Historical Society, in their collection. As far as I’m aware, no one really knew

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Week One Blog

Hi y’all, as I’m sure everyone is somewhat aware by now, I’m Joshua. I’m a rising second year majoring in history and hoping to add another major in political science. I’m excited to get to know everyone this summer, and I hope I don’t bore you too much with the odd rambling on a niche

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