My latest article on The Guardian discusses the steps that citizens in Detroit are taking to revitalize their proud city. Everything is stacked up against Detroit, but once you get past those first few impressions, a wondrous city awaits. Urban farming, sustainable living and a thriving art scene await you. A clean tech sector around Wayne State University promises to bring clean energy and high tech jobs to its center core--and there is a waiting list for space.

  Here's my take on the city in which my grandfather decided to settle after immigrating a hundred years ago:

There is more than just demolition in Detroit. Families who have lived there for generations, as well as recent transplants, are taking back their city with their own hands. Old Detroit still offers a stunning collection of art deco architecture, a museum with a billion-dollar art collection, and a solid manufacturing infrastructure.

Read the rest of the article on The Guardian, and visit its Built Environment Hub.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.