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Thursday, May 26 • 9:00am - 10:00am
A Hurricane Without Water Q&A: An archaeology of Detroit neighborhoods post-financial crisis, through Google Street View

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Everyone wants Detroit to be an illuminating detail for the rest of the country -- either as the canary in the coal mine, or a symbol of recovery and renewal. The reality, as it seems to insist on being, is more complicated. The financial crisis of 2008 ignited a period of expedited population loss and deterioration of property unmatched in Detroit’s history -- even compared to the era including the 1967 riots. Some of the most poignant evidence of the post-financial crisis fall of this impoverished city was incidentally captured by one of the most valuable companies on earth -- Google Street View has documented most powerfully the impact of this metaphorical hurricane on Detroit.

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Alex Alsup

Creator, A Hurricane Without Water
Alex Alsup is Chief Product Officer at LOVELAND Technologies, a Detroit-based property mapping, software company. In his spare time, he enjoys photographing the virtual streets of Detroit via Google Street View as well as the actual discarded fiberglass shells of boats that litter the city. This work can be seen at www.GooBingDetroit.com andwww.DetroitLandBoats.com.