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Hope Among the Ruins The Heidelberg Project and Urban Renewal

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The researcher of this paper aims to describe the Detroit’s Heidelberg Project as an example of art. The researcher briefly analyzes Detroit’s long, slow economic decline, that has devastated neighborhoods such as the one Tyree Guyton, that turned into a landmark that Detroiters and tourists alike find compelling and confrontational. The persistence of this local icon has changed the very meaning of urban renewal, which has traditionally meant clearing away the old and imposing something new and supposedly improved. The Heidelberg Project has persisted despite this notion. It is particularly remarkable that the city came to accept the Heidelberg Project as renewal, given that it was and always has been nothing more than street art. The Heidelberg Project is all the more phenomenal, in the truest sense of the word, given the political environment in which it took root. The Heidelberg Project teaches us that urban renewal is as much about faith as it is about paint, nails and money. There is little we can know about the long-term effect of the Heidelberg Project and other organic public art crusades, but we can safely assume that it will live on, either as an extension of itself or reincarnated as some other image espousing hope for renewal. In concluding that Tyree Guyton’s art is important because it makes a difference, Moffat explain that The Heidelberg Project offers an alternative vision to young children in one of America’s most blighted urban areas, it broadens community awareness of the power of art…