Support Local Journalism. Donate to Detroit Metro Times.

Monday, July 13, 2015

'New York Times' continues to perpetuate the myth that Detroit is an awesome place for artists

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 11:26 AM

A stray dog, like one of Detroit's imaginary 50,000 strays that the media would have you believe roam the streets. - SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Shutterstock
  • A stray dog, like one of Detroit's imaginary 50,000 strays that the media would have you believe roam the streets.

Like clockwork, the New York Times has published yet another awkward story singing the praises of Detroit's comeback, this time focusing on the supposed mass exodus of artists leaving New York City in search of Detroit's warehouse studios ("Last Stop on the L Train: Detroit").

Our gripe this time? We're not convinced that this trend actually exists, outside of the imaginations of the media.

Of course, the true number of New York-Detroit artistic migrants is unknown. Anecdotally, sure — we know a few creative types who have moved to Detroit from New York. We know quite a few more who moved back to their native Detroit after a stint in New York, and the NYT piece provides several examples.

But while the idea that Detroit is a great place for young artists makes for a romantic media narrative, it simply isn't true — as evidenced by a piece from a New York-Detroit transplant from late last year titled "Detroit Artist: Actually, Detroit Isn’t So Cheap." Struggling artists from New York are still going to find plenty of struggle here.

It's just another example of the media's idea of Detroit getting in the way of the reality of the city. Similarly, in 2012 Rolling Stone magazine perpetuated the myth that packs of 50,000 stray dogs roamed Detroit; a later study found that the city likely had less than 1,000.

Again, riveting copy. But reality has yet to imitate the fantasy.

Tags: , , , , ,

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, Metro Times has been keeping Detroit informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to Metro Times. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.

Read the Digital Print Issue

March 25, 2020


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit