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Detroit City is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis

Once America's capitalist dream town, Detroit is one of our country's greatest urban failures, having fallen the longest and the farthest. But the city's worst crisis yet has managed to do the unthinkable: turn the end of days into something of a laboratory for the future. Urban planners, land speculators, and utopian environmentalists have been drawn to Detroit's decaying, nothing-left-to-lose frontier.

Detroit-area native Mark Binelli has chronicled this convergence in Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis

. Throughout the city's "museum of neglect" – its swaths of abandoned buildings and miles of urban prairie – he tracks both the blight and the signs of its repurposing.

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.