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This is my Detroit: I’m living in the city among construction and freeways and noise and activity and I’m living in the country among trees and blocks of green space and flora and fauna. Here I am in the middle, literally. I can stand in my living room and the windows to the east look out to green vacant lots, wildflowers, birds. The windows to the west look out to Fox Theatre, downtown, development.

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I consider myself lucky, I love this balance. I also realize the precarious relationship here between nature and the built /building environment. It’s more than just being aware of all the wild and the designed as I walk around my neighborhood. This is how we connect to a place, this is a restorative landscape. The reason I live in Detroit? I’m here to find, preserve and create this balance.

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