Every American loves a good comeback story. We've cheered along as Robert Downey, Jr. went from drug addict to jailbird to superhero; we've watched as Ellen Degeneres went from friendly sitcom comedian to gay pariah to the most beloved talk show host this side of Oprah. Even though we all love the drama that comes along with an Amanda Bynesian breakdown, we all secretly hope she gets clean, [co]writes an emotional memoir, and then does something that gets her nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.
This is why we're so invested in the story of Detriot. It sounds like the motherfucking apolocalypse is going on out there. You get robbed, the police won't come. You get hurt, good luck bleeding to death while waiting an hour for the ambulance to come. The city government filed for bankruptcy, making it the largest US city to do so. Shit looks grim. But the Motor City is gonna get it together eventually—you better believe it.
Efforts like Reclaim Detroit look to salvage the rubble, purposefully demolishing structures the city government has earmarked for destruction and saving what they can for other projects. Holstee in Brooklyn has parterned with both Reclaim Detroit and Urban Ashes to create The Reframe, gorgeous 5x7 picture frames made out of the reclaimed wood found in demolished homes throughout the city of Detriot, proving not everything the man says to knock down should just head to the dumpster.