On May 7, 2010, the Lots in Limbo crew will create a free standing, interactive installation realizing interviewees’ responses to the question: “in your wildest dreams, what would you like to see in the vacant lots downtown?” The installation will take up both sides of the sidewalk on the Westminster side of the plot known as “One Ten Westminster.” On the day of the installation, passersby will be welcomed to interact with and contribute to the piece.
Then at 8pm, following the installation, we invite you to join us for a free outdoor screening of Beyond the Motor City at the Grant’s Block and indoors at tazza Caffe at 250 Westminster Street. This new documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Aaron Woolf (King Corn) examines how Detroit, a grim symbol of America’s diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America. Narrated by Miles O’Brien, the film explores Detroit’s historic investments in infrastructure-from early 19th-century canals to the urban freeways that gave The Motor City its name and made America’s transportation system the envy of the world. But over the last 30 years, much of the world has left Detroit – and America – behind, choosing faster, cleaner, more modern transportation. In a journey that takes us into the neighborhoods of Detroit and then beyond to Spain, California, and our nation’s capital, Beyond the Motor City urges us to ask how we might finally push America’s transportation system into the 21st century. Beyond the Motor City is part of Blueprint America, a national, multi-platform initiative examining the state of America’s transportation infrastructure. Blueprint America was created and produced by Thirteen for WNET.ORG and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Surdna Foundation.
Please stop by to participate and see the screening on May 7! Check back here for images of the installation!