Sunday, January 25, 2015

busy busy

               Recently I have not been able to go down to Detroit due to my busy schedule. Studying for midterms took practically all my time. Midterm week is finally over so I now have more time to work on my project. My plans for the future is to interview more people in a variety of places instead of just one.I am planning to go to Eastern Market soon and then the Renaissance Center and the YMCA. I also am working on updating my website. I need to post the interviews and the pictures on it. I think I'm gonna make a schedule for the days I plan to go downtown. I will try my best to go down every available weekend. I need to interview a lot more people because by the end of the year I want to make a big collage of all the people I talked to and of the places I went to. I am planning to go next weekend so ill tell you how that goes.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Diversity in Detroit

                I recently went down to downtown to Detroit's Campus Martius and got to speak to some interesting people. When I got downtown I wasn't sure what to except going into this but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a really exciting and insightful experience to go up to people and ask them questions. I felt like a TV interviewer on the streets which was probably the funnest part of this project so far. I am excited to go down to Detroit more and talk to so more people and ask them some different questions then the people I talked to recently. This trip I didn't ask very deep questions because I wanted to get a feel for how ask simple questions went and it went better than I expected. This trip was very enlightening and really calmed my nerves about this project. I am going to share with you the answers I got from the people and pictures I took of them.
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              The first person I spoke to was a security guard. He lives in Detroit because he says, "Its a necessity life." He came to be a security guard because he was unemployed where he used to live and came to Detroit looking for opportunity. He was a retired Veteran of the United States Army Reserve. Looking to find a job he went to the Veterans Residence in Detroit which has a job club. The job club contacted management of strategic protection which later employed him as his current job a security guard.
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           This man works in Detroit as a Programmer. He used to program for Compuware, a computer company that makes software. He grew up in Warren and now lives in Troy and commutes to Detroit for work everyday. People who impacted his life greatly were his grandparents who came here to find jobs as so many others come to Detroit to do.
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           Probably the most interesting person I met would be this guy. He is 29 and works for the Detroit Circus and works in Detroit all the time. The Detroit Circus's home base is the Detroit Fly House which is a circus school in Eastern Market. He comes down to Detroit about 6 days a week. Earlier in the day he performed at the Children's Hospital for kids who just had open heart surgery. He told me his job, "Is pretty much the greatest thing in the world," and he highly recommend everyone tries the circus life at some point. I asked him how he got to become a part of the circus and he told me when he was in middle school which was the late 90's  juggling was really really popular and he never really gave it up fully. One day he was running the door at a soup dinner called 'Detroit Soup' which is a micro-funding project that is held monthly in Detroit. The head of Detroit Circus school he says,  "a wonderful woman named misha" came up to him and said, "Hey, that's really cool," when she saw him juggling and yo-yoing. She went on to tell him about this school and he started taking classes, performing with them and 6 months later teaching classes there. He tells me he really fell in love with it and performing professionally for about  3 1/2 years now.
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         Sitting by the fountain I talked to a brother and sister who brought his daughters and her nieces down to Detroit for their first time. She grew up on the east side of Detroit and now works in Detroit as a civil engineer, her boyfriend is the project manger for the M1Rail. He was born in Detroit then moved to the suburbs and now lives in Lexington up in the thumb.  I asked them what they love the most about Detroit and they had different views.  She loves the culture,diversity, and the urban atmosphere in Detroit. He told me ,"He wishes the best for Detroit but he cant say he loves the place, hes a country boy at heart."
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          This Bride was just married at St. Mary's church tonight and couldn't resist taking wedding pictures with the enormous, lit up tree at Campus Martius. She is 27 and grew up in Commers 30 minutes from Detroit. She loves that Detroit has a great sense of community and how everybody bonds together very well.
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       These ladies aren't just carolers in Detroit but residents. They love to enjoy the festivities Detroit has to offer every year. They love the variety of Detroit and how multi-cultural it is. They also loves that there is events for people of all ages. I asked them where they see themselves 10 years from now? One of the ladies told me she sees herself married, possibly owning a business. She is also a graduate/alumni of Wayne state.
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       This Detroiter has had a busy day. He started off his day with his friends getting breakfast, ice skating, and visiting the places it was to offer. He loves how Detroit is cleaning up and doing better. It feels like home to him because his family lived here for 3 generations.

      I talked to two girls who live here in Detroit. They have lived here their whole life and they love that they can relate to the people there. I asked them who impacted their lives the most, they both said each other because they both grew up together and also got through some hard times together. I asked to take a picture of them but their religion doesn't allow it. 
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      This ice princess is a professional entertainer of the people of Detroit for 7 years. She comes here throughout the winter on the weekends to greet the people who come visit and live in Detroit. She loves the culture Detroit has to offer and especially the kids that come here.
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       I stopped this stopping guard to talk to and her clothes aren't the only thing bright about her, she shines with kindness. She not only works her but she has been living here for 35 years. She says its her home. I asked her what she loves the most about Detroit and she said ,"I love being apart of its transition and of everything that makes Detroit truly beautiful and I mean emphasis on the word truly no matter how other people try to predict it." The thing that impacts her life the most are children and animals. They drive her and she just saw some of her karate kid students because she also teaches martial arts. She loves their innocence and willingness to learn and not have a alternative motive or idea of their own. She thinks children are like sponges they absorb information and do things she could not do herself. Children motive her to do her very best.
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       This guy not only loves Detroit but his food cart. He grew up here,lives here, and works here in Detroit.  He loves everything about Detroit. He comes here with his cart a couple times a week. The person he admires the most is Nelson Mandela. He really believes in his philosophies such as peace and forgiveness. He finds himself the happiest in his cart working.