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Transplant energy

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They've come here from New York or the Baltimore suburbs or New Orleans. Maybe they started here and have circled back slowly by way of Australia and other far-flung points. Or maybe they're biding time in Paris, anxious to join what they see as a new emerging Detroit. They're bringing energy, vitality. They're bringing fresh eyes, keener to see the city's possibilities and opportunities than to dwell on the pain of its past. They're working the trenches or, like Toby Barlow, becoming prominent advocates for the city in the national media. How they'll change the narrative of the city, how they'll relate to its past and longstanding institutions, remains to be seen. But in this edition of our annual Fall Arts Issue, we'll introduce you to a handful of these transplants and some ideas about what might be ahead.

The ambassador by Travis R. Wright
Adman and author Toby Barlow has become a leading spokesman for his adopted city

Kristine Diven and District 7 by Ryan Patrick Hooper
Sexuality meets technology vs. art

French connection by Michael Walton
One Paris resident's daring gamble — visiting Detroit in search of a career as a stuntman

Soup’s on by Travis R. Wright
Kate Daughdrill and the art of networking

Dancing back by Larry Gabriel
Aku Kodogo sees her hometown ane

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