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Detroit's 'Alley Project' Creates a Street-Level Commons

“What are some alternatives for the young people on our block between the porch and the corner?”
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Kriston Capps/CityLab

DETROIT—The street art in Southwest Detroit is far from the most famous in town.

The flashiest mural in Detroit is the 185-foot-tall work alongside One Campus Martius in downtown. Detroit’s biggest mural is also the largest by Shepard Fairey (Obey) to date. Then there’s all of Fairey’s unauthorized graffiti across the city, which nearly landed him in trouble with the law earlier this year. A recent downtown mural by brothers Raoul and Davide Perre (How & Nosm) is another example of Detroit street art operating at the scale of a skyscraper.