This is it.
The last episode of our second season of PARTS UNKNOWN.
And I’m glad it’s set in Detroit. Because Detroit, for many Americans, is an abstraction—truly, if incredibly, a part unknown.
One only need look at some of our representatives who, a while back, were actually suggesting…
Everyone in Detroit is talking about Anthony Bourdain today, it seems. Just read this piece from his Tumblr. Now I’m talking about him too.
People ask me all the time why I moved to Detroit. They wince and ask “Is it as bad as it looks on TV?” They give me unsolicited opinions, like “Well you know, it will take a generation to turn around….” Or, “I hope you’re being realistic about the risk you’re taking…. ” And it’s tough, as someone who had a tough time leaving New York and who is new to Detroit, to put into words what it is that people love about Detroit and why people like me — and really moreso Ed — are taking a risk and leaving behind the comforts of family, friends and, let’s face it — basic city amenities — to be here.
Lesson one is I probably should care less what other people think about this decisions we’ve made. But if I do feel I’m in a position to need to explain myself, hats off to Monsieur Bourdain for doing such a great job summing it up for me. I’ve got sound bytes for days.
For example, this:
"Empty lots and burned out buildings are bad. But are cupcake shops, galleries and artisanal baristas necessarily better?
Maybe, probably, but maybe not.
And we better ask ourselves if that’s what we want."