Return to Detroit: Things aren’t getting any better


Volume 79, Number 12 | Aug. 26 – Sept. 1, 2009

West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933


Return to Detroit: Things aren’t getting any better

East Village photographer Q. Sakamaki, who was in Detroit earlier this year to document the recession and the troubled state of the auto industry, recently returned there to continue his coverage of the ongoing economic crisis. This page, clockwise from top: Detroit police guarded GM’s headquarters as, nearby, demonstrators with the People’s Summit, a four-day protest event, called for bailouts for people, not corporations; a People’s Summit participant; a man scavenged metal from an abandoned house, an illegal but common practice in a city lacking job opportunities. Opposite page, clockwise from top: Trying to make ends meet, Jeremy, left, and Jess, both 26, picked beans in their backyard garden, where they and their housemates grow organic vegetables to eat, as well as sell for a living; Kevin, 42, a squatter, smoked in the abandoned house where he lives; a homeless man danced with an activist at a weekend soup kitchen that also distributes free clothes.