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Alan Kaniarz
Furniture Designer, Woodworker

I’ve lived in this city my whole life. And you know at one time this city was called the “Paris of the Midwest.” I remember it as being quite a beautiful and vibrant place, and never thought in a million years it could turn into this. And one of the things with Detroit is that just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. But there are signs of things happening. This place [the Russell Industrial Center] is becoming a kind of artist’s mecca. There are more and more people that are starting businesses. There are a lot more artists here than when I first moved in. They have the People’s [Arts Festival] in the fall, and there are open houses that encourage people to come here.

There’s a lot of enthusiasm for the city with young people. [People] that are willing to invest their time and energy. You see it happening. There’s a lot more movement. I’d like to be an optimist and say that I think it’ll be better in five years. I would like to think that it will be a lot better in ten years. Am I confident that it’ll be a lot better in ten years? No, but you see some really positive signs.

From June 12, 2012, interview