In a profile by Michigan News, professor Nick Tobier reflects on the People Mover, the inspiration behind his book Looping Detroit (University of Michigan Press, 2016).
Years ago, Tobier had the idea to ask other “explorer” types — artists, writers, etc. — to choose one of the People Mover’s 13 stops, spend some time there, and write something about it. He then compiled those entries into the book “Looping Detroit: A People Mover Travelogue,” (University of Michigan Press, 2016). It’s a quick read with several different takes on the assignment and lots of beautiful black and white photos by Tobier.
Originally conceived as a study in Detroit’s under-celebrated architecture and the “shape of the city,” Tobier was surprised by how political, personal, and moving some of the contributions were.