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Wayne State professor's new book explains Detroit's rise and fall

March 15, 2013

Media Advisory

In his recently published book Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City (University of Pennsylvania Press), author George Galster probes why his hometown once enjoyed prominence as a symbol of American industrial might, yet is now the international poster child for urban decline, decay and dysfunction.

Galster, Hilberry professor of urban affairs in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University, a fifth-generation Detroiter and internationally known urbanist, will be the featured speaker at a public and free event featuring a discussion about his book, Q&A with the author, book signing and networking wine reception.

5 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013

McGregor Memorial Conference Center, 495 Ferry Mall, Detroit, 48202

Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City sets out to understand why Detroit developed a reputation for being one of the world’s best and worst cities – all within the last half century. Readers are invited to travel along the streets and into the soul of the metropolitan area to reveal what drives the Motor City.

Throughout Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City, Galster weaves social science into the threads of Detroiters songs, poems and oral histories, offering a unique, intimate and insightful tapestry of their city – and the spirit of resilience.

An interview with Galster is available at:

Galster is available for one-on-one media interviews. Please contact Tom Reynolds to schedule: 313-577-2150;

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 31,000 students.