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Mark Binelli on Detroit, Los Angeles, and our urban future
Mark Binelli on Detroit, Los Angeles, and our urban future

Mark Binelli is a novelist, Rolling Stone journalist and native Michigander. Born and raised near Detroit, he returned to the city to write "Detroit City is the Place To Be: The Afterlife of An American Metropolis." The book explores the many desolate blocks and surprising points of inspiration and revival in a city that is the most extreme example of America's lost industrial heritage. He'll be coming to the L.A. Times Festival of Books taking place at USC on April 20-21. Binelli answered our questions by email. What does Los Angeles have to learn from Detroit? Superficially you’d think the cities couldn’t be more different. Even the most noir...

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