Of all the places I've lived, Detroit was the most formative. I spent 4 years living downtown (2002-2006) while studying at the College for Creative Studies (CCS). In the early 2000's Detroit was only slowly being rebuilt, and still full of empty high rises, barren lots, and half-burned houses. History was everywhere and yet simultaneously swept under the rug. I was fortunate to emerge with a portfolio that got me a job, and a few good, talented, and real friends that I still have to this day. I'm also lucky enough to be back in Detroit frequently to see how much it has - at least on the surface - changed.