The first few weeks and group trips were focused in downtown Detroit, which is only 7.2 square miles. But what about the other 131.8 miles that makes up the rest of Detroit? It’s composed of suburbs, people, and incredible stories we are so lucky if we get to uncover and explore a little bit of.
This summer at Street Democracy, we are interviewing their past 250 clients that have gone through the Street Outreach Court Detroit program. Instead of paying what seems like endless amounts of traffic fines and court fees, low income and impoverished individuals are able to take an alternative sentence of becoming involved in their community, enrolling in job training programs, and doing anything to show effort of becoming a more productive citizen and bettering themselves.
I encourage anyone exploring a new city to look beyond the small square mileage of the downtown area and see what the people around the city do and how they inspire the rest of the city.