Jackee, a fabulous fourteen-year-old-boy, takes us on a tour of one of Detroit’s oldest neighborhoods between 2007 and 2034. From the neighborhood’s urban blight to the gentrified renaissance, Corktown chronicles the life cycle of a city, affected by and affecting the lives of its residents. This tale filled with gospel music, graffiti, and organic coffee shows how—even when the music gets turned down, the graffiti is painted over, and the streets become safer—there’s a beating heart in a place’s history that can’t be erased.

Commissioned by Western Washington University

Published by DPS