The main thing that surprised me about Detroit is how nice and down-to-earth the people are. People are always very willing to have a conversation with you and make you feel included. During the scavenger hunt, Detroiters were always willing to help our group with finding the artifacts. They never made it seem like they were in a rush or that we were wasting their time.
During my time in Detroit, I hope to impact the community by promoting MoGo, which is the Detroit bike share company. MoGo helps improve mobility and give Detroiters another method of transportation. Bike sharing also increases the sense of community in Detroit because biking is a social act. Creating a sense of community increases Detroit pride and will revitalize Detroit. By the end of my internship, I want to see a bunch of happy people riding red MoGo bikes. I also want to get involved in activities in Detroit. For example, my work partner Pauline is very interested in urban farming, and she introduced me to a Detroit urban farm called Plum Street Market Garden which is operated by Keep Growing Detroit. I was never involved in urban farming back at Duke, but it was really cool helping the urban farm out. I helped pick strawberries with some other people there. They were super chill and even let me eat the strawberries!