Podcast #52 – Remembering Detroit with Joe Mahon, Beth Bowman, and Peter Schilling Jr.


Detroit in 1942, “the arsenal of democracy.”

The podcast this week is the first of a series I’ve been wanting to do for a while, where I gather expatriates living in the Twin Cities to talk about their former homes. This episode is a group of three people who grew up in Detroit, but now live in the Minneapolis Saint Paul area, talking about what they miss or don’t miss about their home city. Detroit just declared bankruptcy this week, so it seemed like a good time to discuss what Detroit can teach us about our urban futures.

For this podcast, I had the pleasure of talking with Beth Bowman, a painter from Saint Paul, Peter Schilling Jr., a writer from Saint Louis Park, and Joe Mahon, an economist from Minneapolis. We met at the Aster Café in old St Anthony, and all three of my guests had a lot to say about the differences between Michigan and Minnesota, Detroit and Minneapolis, and I think you’ll find the conversation as interesting as I did. One thing’s for sure, Michiganders love talking about Michigan.

The link to the audio is here. Check out the whole factory of them in the archive feed.


Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.