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What to do when you are stuck

Detroit is a special city, but it is just one city. If you are stalled in your research process, it is time to broaden your search terms. Try some of the following suggestions:

  • Instead of limiting your search to just Detroit, try searching for similar information on ANY U.S. metropolitan.
  • Try using the word "urban" in place of "Detroit" in your search.
  • Search for the type of institution instead of a specific one. (Ex: "urban public schools")

For example, this article about converting vacant lots in Philadelphia into park space could inform your essay about converting vacant lots in Detroit.


Urban farming Public works Citizen watch groups
Public schools Foreclosure Volunteer organizations
Mass transportation Political corruption Tax incentives
Urban parks Automobile industry Tourism