Desire lines, Detroit and walking from one thing to another.

Hilary Ramsden

Abstract


This article discusses the phenomenon of desire lines in Detroit as networks of survival and opportunities across the city; how these improvised signs of everyday life reflect the personal and political histories of neighbourhoods, places and times and how these paths shift, change and are changed over time, reflecting the shifts in economics, demographics and politics. It also discusses how these paths led our company, Walk & Squawk, to the development of a three-year community cultural exchange  - the Walking Project, between people in Southeastern Michigan and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and to a shift and transformation of our performance practices.


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