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April 13, 2013

A missionary's quest to remake Motor City


New York Times writer David Segal toured around Detroit with George Galster, a professor in the department of urban studies and planning at Wayne State University and author of “Driving Detroit.” Galster is the fifth consecutive George Galster to live in Detroit. “My great-great grandfather came here from Germany in 1851,” he said. As they navigated through the streets of the city, Galster pointed out an abandoned building. “This was the church my great-grandfather built,” he said. “This is the church where my parents met. It’s where I was baptized. “This is what is horrible about Detroit. It takes away your memories.”

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