Excerpts from the article:
“As long as people lack access to clean, fresh water—and powerful people are OK with that, nay, enjoy telling them they don’t have a right to it —Detroit won’t see a renaissance, no matter how many new bars, restaurants, or cafés open.”
“I called Antonio Cosme, a local artist and urban farmer, and member of a coalition of environmental justice organizations called the People’s Water Board. I told him what my water was doing. He said I was lucky to live in Clark Park, where the city is good about maintaining services (it’s an area known to be “gentrifying”). In his neighborhood, near McGraw and Lonyo, a tree’s root had grown into a sewer line. Raw sewage bubbles up to the surface. His neighbors burn it off when the smell gets overpowering. He showed it to me a few days later. Children were playing right next to the burned stump and roots. The faint smell of sewage wafted in the air. It’s been like this for almost two years.
And yes, he says, the water department and the city know about it—he and his neighbors have complained—but nothing has changed.”
read the full article here: http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2015/05/27/the-muddy-ethics-of-detroits-water/ideas/nexus/