During two weeks of residency in November 2014, Katharina Smets was writing the script of the radio series Detroit Detour, a radio essay in 4 parts about the inhabitants of the bankrupt city. Detroit is well-kown as the capital of murder, corruption and riots. Not only Detroit but also the state of Michigan is seen as “fly-over country”. It is a place where you don’t have to be, and if you arrive there by coincidence, you better leave as soon as possible. It is a detour nobody takes. Still there are people who stay in Detroit. Who are they and why do they stay? The series will be broadcasted in januari 2015 on NPO Radio 1 in the Netherlands. The project was supported by the Mediafonds.