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The Heidelberg Project

Art and "Narratives of Blight"

Art and "Narratives of Blight"

A few months back I attended a panel discussion at the N’namdi Gallery entitled “Psychological Gentrification and the Arts”. As George N’namdi, who coined the term “psychological gentrification” explained, gentrification in Detroit operates differently than in many other cities because it’s not as if long time residents are being pushed out in droves by rent prices across the city (although in the case of Midtown, this might be a fair assessment). 

Ark & Flame

Ark & Flame

Within the first month of moving to Detroit two different friends took me to see the Heidelberg Project. For those of you unfamiliar with this incredible public art space, check out their website. Founded in 1986 by Tyree Guyton, his wife Karen, and his grandfather Sam Mackey, The Heidelberg Project has been around for nearly my entire life, and like any great work of art, it has garnered its fair share of controversy.