In Brief

Loveland is the vision of Detroit artist Jerry Paffendorf, a project that explores the idea of collective ownership alongside notions of community and the use public space.

Despite Detroit’s well-documented problems as it searches for stability in the wake of failing industries and job loss, the city appears to be quietly emerging as an incubator for creative projects that look for ways to reinvent it from the ground up. The metaphor of city as canvas works especially well for Detroit, a city seeking a new identity. This relatively ‘open’ landscape, coupled with inexpensive living and even cheaper real estate, make Detroit an ideal setting for these roots rebuilding efforts.

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