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The Heidelberg Project: A Detroit Story - for iPod/iPhone

Would you give up a successful career to work for a charity? Can art save a community? Over the course of the last century Detroit moved from being the epicentre of the automotive industry to becoming the embodiment of America’s urban woes. Deindustrialization, disinvestment and White flight have left much of the city a mere shadow of its heyday when Ford’s factory alone employed over 90,000 workers. In this collection we explore the last 50 years of this city with the through the perspective of the Whitfield family and how one of its members; Jenenne was inspired to join the Heidelberg Project. A charity that encourages community development, through the arts and education.This material forms part of the Open University course International development: making sense of a changing world

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The power of art

Jenenne explains how a wrong turn changed her life.

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12 Feb 2013

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A career in Detroit

Jenenne’s father Dan, describes his professional experience working in Detroit.

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12 Feb 2013

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Growing up in Detroit

Jenenne describes her experiences of growing up in Detroit.

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12 Feb 2013

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Detroit’s downfall

Jenenne talks about the degradation that occurred in the city of Detroit.

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12 Feb 2013

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Why Heidelberg is needed in Detroit?

How the Heidelberg project could combat Detroit’s degradation.

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12 Feb 2013

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Winning over the critics

Objections to Heidelberg and its impact on the community.

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12 Feb 2013

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Heidelbergology

What is Heidelbergology?

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12 Feb 2013

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