Driving Detroit


The Detroit Free Press photo staff decided to jump into the deep end with Driving Detroit, a multimedia piece that uses Google Maps as a foundation and lays over it videos, sideshows, flip book panoramas, written stories, a public forum and infographics to explore the streets, the homes and the people that make the 11th largest city in the US what it is.

The idea was to get a unique view of Detroit, a short-term, street-level survey of Detroit’s 138 square miles, a once-in-a-lifetime snapshot of the city Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and others insist is coming back.

From downtown — where the comeback is evident — through the immense territory of Detroit’s neighborhoods — where the future seems less certain — the trip was never boring.

The 4-month project explores 2,700-miles through 2,100 streets and journeys from the ritziest of digs to the lowliest of slums.

It’s not perfect, but it’s a huge stride forward in community journalism and using the tools and code available to create something that serves the community and takes a historical snapshot of a city.



One comment

  1. I think this is a great project that reveals to the rest of the state and country what detroit really looks like snd what Detroiters are going through. Now if people could find the compassion, courage and wisdom to do something about it we will be in good shape.

    how do I go about getting all of the photos