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63 Alfred Street
December 23, 2011
How do you begin to get your arms around--let alone begin to grasp and comprehend--the malign, sometimes even gleeful, neglect that has over the years brought the City of Detroit to increasing ruin? As superficial (i.e. almost all) observers still do not, amazingly, understand, this ruin does not directly apply to the much larger Metro Detroit--a far more prosperous region of which the City of Detroit is a shrinking component generally subjected to malign neglect. Yet, as many in the larger metro area themselves still do not fully understand, this destruction has had soul-wrenching effects for it and its greater future prospects. How can so much in the city that is/was beautiful, evidence of past and great human capital, be so wantonly abandoned and thereby destroyed by its makers; how can a region and country allow this to happen; and how do you grasp the direct emotional consequences of seeing this? No "explanation" of causes can begin to be satisfactory in addressing the emotional response and emotional question. Kossik's approach goes to the core of the fundamental emotional questions, by looking in unrelenting detail at 63 Alfred Street. How could what happened at 63 Alfred Street have happened so broadly?
This is a book that should be reissued by a serious commercial publisher. With the careful editing that this text deserves but has not yet received, it could sell decently and assume a high rank among the few books that have considered these questions in a serious and original way.