LAST DAYS OF CHINATOWN
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 at 8 PM
Detroit’s Cass Corridor, one of the roughest areas in the city for the past 100 years, is now experiencing a complete overhaul, as long-awaited development finally sweeps the area. Known as a center of drugs and prostitution, the area once branded the red-light district of the city was also called “Fire Alley,” in recognition of its status as the arson capital of Michigan. The final incarnation of Detroit’s Chinatown was officially established in the Corridor in 1963, but the new millennium has seen the demise of this enclave.
As over half the neighborhood has now burned or been demolished, Last Days of Chinatown looks at who and what remains in the Corridor. We hear how residents survived, how they sometimes didn’t, who fled the area and why — as gentrification now redefines the Corridor — long home to the poor and disenfranchised as well as to the artists and visionaries of the city.