You know how sometimes you see life on screen and think the story unfolding feels a little too real?
That’s how I feel about the Trainspotting movies.
In Trainspotting, we saw the blight of northern England and Scotland. The 1996 dark comedy film, based on a novel by the same name, follows heroin addicts in a blighted area of Edinburgh. The movie explores the topics of urban poverty and cultural richness.
Fast forward two decades to 2017. Enough time for total transformation – literally, and on the silver screen. While it’s the United Kingdom the films focus on, I feel like it’s my life, my hometown, unfolding on the screen before me.
By Trainspotting 2 (T2), Edinburgh was completely transformed into a hip, millennial city. Sort of like Detroit.
Exactly like Detroit.
Time heals all wounds, or should I say, heals all neighborhoods?
Again based on a novel, T2 depicts characters clean from their earlier addictions, in a rebuilt city, showing promise for a brighter future.
I believe in our city. I believe in its potential, long-term and immediate. I believe in our ability to heal neighborhoods, to heal perceptions, to heal Detroit’s long besmirched reputation. I believe in Detroit.Do you?