Lens on Detroit: Downtown bustled with people, optimism Friday evening

Downtown Detroit was bursting with the energy of an awakened city Friday evening.

Tens of thousands of people waited in traffic jams for an Eminem concert at Comerica Park and a Lions preseason game at Ford Field. At Campus Martius, hundreds of people gathered for a jazz concert. New basketball courts installed this year were teeming with teenagers.

Two unrelated protests were held; a DJ pumped out music in Capitol Park; and people flocked to the waterfront.

All photos by Steve Neavling

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • 1Joshua

    Some of us remember the optimistic “Say Nice Things About Detroit” Emily. She left, senses intact. It’s not optimism rising in Detroit. It’s barbarism.

    • bebow

      Emily Gail left after losing everything. LKA: Hawaii.

  • BennieSmalls15

    Seeing pictures of Detroit bustling brings tears to my eyes. I feel very sentimental and proud because I am Detroit. I haven’t lived there in years, but Detroit is where I learned how to ‘Be’. It’s where I learned how to be everything I am. It’s where I learned how to be a boy, how to be a man, how to be a son, a member of a community, how to be compassionate, understanding, patient, tough, hard working, dedicated, strong, funny, happy….it’s where I learned how to be alive. And I won’t say Detroit is better than any other city, because anyone who grew up in Chicago, or New York, or LA, or Houston, Miami, etc., etc., they all feel this way about their hometown. It is in my blood and my mind and my heart and I cannot separate myself from Detroit…just as, even though I haven’t lived there in years, Detroit can’t separate itself from me.

    • bebow

      Me, too, which is why I’m still here for the moment. Enjoy your memories. The reality of 2014 Detroit is 95% horrid. When I leave, I’ll never set foot in this city again. Such is the level of offense I’ve taken from what has happened here in the last decade.

  • bebow

    Sweet. The neighborhood bustled with the dopeman and his associates. I spent the day battling for a response to that element. The situation calls for a quote from A Tale of Two Cities. “The sea did what it liked, and what it liked was destruction.” Someone could float a dissertation on this material.