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1943 Detroit Riot

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Reviews & Interviews

Craig Fahle Show, Interview with Author, 1-24-11, wdet, 101.9fm, Detroit.

Midwest Book Review,   Library Bookwatch: January 2011

63 Alfred Street: Where Capitalism Failed: The Life and Times of a Venetian Gothic Mansion in Downtown Detroit is more than the tragic history of a grand residence built 130 years ago that has fallen into virtual ruin today, used by crack dealers and the local homeless for the past 40 years. 63 Alfred Street is an extremely critical examination of the urban decay that has plagued Detroit's inner city, and the factors that cause it. Author John Kossik, a former resident of Detroit, compares the inner city's social ills to a Hydra - just like the mythical monster of legend, it has many heads (causes), which must be tackled as a whole and dealt with properly or else they will regrow. Kossik names many culprits in Detroit's degredation, from the demolishing of vibrant neighborhoods to create road systems that encouraged white flight, to a tax burden that drives out young families and keeps them from returning, to a culture of entitlement amid union auto workers that cripples Detroit's auto industry, to Detroit's unhealthy dependence on the auto manufacturing industry in the first place, and more. Kossik doesn't have all the answers, but through his judiciously researched blend of history and sociology, he hopes to spread greater awareness of the problem and aid the search for solutions. A thoughtful and invaluable study of seemingly intractable social problems, 63 Alfred Street is highly recommended.

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Locally literate: Another banner year for books about Detroit, Michael Jackman, Metro Times, November 24, 2010.

Craig Fahle Show, Books about Detroit, 11-24-10, wdet, 101.9fm, Detroit.

New Michigan Books, Dennis Allen, Historical Society of Michigan Chronicle, Volume 33, No. 3, Fall 2010.

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