Wildsam Detroit Field Guide


For many, the mere mention of Detroit conjures a shock-and-awe response. They picture a city in decline, one wrestling with urban blight and crippling poverty. Headlines of bankruptcy and political scandal. But look further at the Motor City, and you’ll find signs of new life, large and small, springing up in all direction. An arsenal of ingenuity and new ideas encourages, yet begs the question: Does the surge of new restaurants, tech investments and young transplants serve the Detroit majority who struggle at the margins? What will become of the great American city once thought of as the Paris of the Midwest?

Table of Contents:

  • Essentials

    Hotels picks, annual calendar, city stats and more

  • Bests

    A curated list of donut dives, pizzerias, live jazz, yacht clubs, vinyl troves, printmakers and more

  • Almanac

    Timelines, how-to’s, articles, letters, lists, anecdotes and other historical hearsay

  • Maps

    Hand-illustrated maps of historical architecture, dive bars, hit records, the art world, the city’s future and more

  • Interviews

    Conversations about urban planning, the music business, driving a bus, running a barbershop, writing poems and more

  • Essays

    Stories about utopia, the bohemian life, rock reviews and a selection of local poetry


Rollo Romig - journalist
Martha Reeves - singer
Willie Fortune - boxer
Philip Levine - poet
Rebecca Mazzei - writer
Stephen Magsig - oil painter
Lakishka Raybon - watch assembler
Father Tom Lumpkin - priest
Dream Hampton - filmmaker
Naomi Long Madgett - poet
Lester Bangs - rock journalist
Francis Grunow - urbanist
Amy Kaherl - non-profit director
Meghan McEwan - designtripper.com
Ben Bator - media strategist

Illustrations - James Noellert & Mike Burdick

Type: Books

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