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Thu July 12, 2012
How do stereotypes shape your view of Detroit?
Most of what people think they know about what poor people look like and what their problems are is clouded by stereotypes.
I met a group of young journalists in Midtown Detroit looking to paint a more accurate version of what life in a low-income community is really like. They write for a project called “Our life in the D.” Most of them are in high school and from neighborhoods in Detroit that don’t attract much money or attention.
I wanted these young journalists to tell me what it’s like to grow up in a place people might think of as a “bad neighborhood," but where they see and report on lots of good things. Our conversation ranged from topics like skateboarding to young adult struggles, and how they stay focused on the positive in Detroit.