Social Impact Design
Urban Humanities


Published: March 1, 2016
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 978-0-8166-9709-0

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DIY DETROIT: Making Do in a City without Services

Stuck in a blighted city without basic services such as a bus line, what Detroit’s residents are left with after decades of disinvestment and decline is DIY urbanism—sweeping their own streets, maintaining public parks, and boarding up empty buildings. DIY Detroit describes a phenomenon that has become woefully routine as inhabitants of deteriorating cities “domesticate” public services in order to get by.


Kimberley Kinder