On November 23, 1999, the best thing that has ever happened to this world occurred. My birth….
No No No. Just kidding. Yeah no.
20 years later, I was going to Detroit with a bud to take pictures of Detroit for the final project. I thought that it was a perfect gift for myself, as it allowed me to be productive and procrastinate at the same time. Anyway, I literally visited all parts of Metro Detroit. The hood, the rich parts, the downtown, as well as some abandon houses! Yeah, the last one isn’t the most exciting place to visit on your birthday, but the look at my friend’s face when he realized we were taking pictures there was priceless.
Something I verified when I went to Detroit was the distinctive difference between classes. As you got closer to downtown Detroit, you would see more whites. To me, this was odd, as I have always learned that downtown Detroit was struggling and through my research with the previous experiments, I was expecting more blacks. This is when I came to the realization that I was literally in the tourist areas of Detroit. As I walked farther from those areas, there were more blacks appearing. When I got to poorer areas, there were more blacks there as well, and when we went t the richer areas (GP), there were more whites.
To me, I was astonished by this divide. It showed me the economic differences between the two races.
When I drove from GP to downtown Detroit, that’s when I noticed my project might actually mean something.
The top picture is Grosse Pointe. It isn’t that clear, but if you look really closely, you will notice that Grosse Pointe starts right after that Stop sign. The bottom picture is Detroit. Immediately walking into the city (GP), there was the sound of Christmas music, and overall, it just seemed like a great place. Everything was kept tidy and organized, while Detroit didn’t. Another thing was that I saw more whites in Grosse Pointe, and none of them would even cross that street to see the other side! It is literally like 5 steps! It as clear this difference in economic prosperity was real, and it has lead to the divide in health.
Although it isn’t something like a guitar (I got a guitar for my birthday. Was low key kinda happy), the trip was overall humbling, as it gave me evidence of what people are actually living through. It also showed me that I can actually make a difference in this community.