Is it time to golf across Philly?

    In July, former newspaperman-turned-TV reporter Charlie LeDuff golfed his way across 18 miles of Detroit to learn more about the broken city and the people who call it home.

    I’m late to this, but if you care about cities it’s worth a look.

    It’s a quirky (to say the least) approach to telling a story. But then, when people don’t seem to care enough about important issues, journalists should get creative.

    Besides a crumbling metropolis, LeDuff found citizens who felt abandoned, betrayed and defeated.

    Love or hate LeDuff’s journalistic style — I happen to love it — it’s an alarming statement about Detroit and many similarly hurting cities across the country.

    His closing statement speaks a crucial truth.

               “I am thinking back to what I saw behind me. A city, its people, holding on. Waiting for a savior, a savior who might not be coming, I wonder if people know the savior might be found within themselves, their neighbors, maybe, their families most definitely. The saying is true: No man is an island.”

     

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