Displaced Detroit

Presented by Allison Gross and Nicole Macdonald


Displaced Detroit looks at demographic shifts in the city's "7.2" via interviews of individuals who have been pushed out of midtown and downtown due to rising rents. The project will publish on the Detroit Free Press site and also have a public installation component where interviews will be live streamed around the city.



About the Artists

Allie Gross is a business reporter at the Detroit Free Press, where she covers development, housing affordability and income inequality. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Allie joined the staff of the Free Press in 2017 after time as a staff writer at the Detroit Metro Times, at Mother Jones as a Ben Bagdikian Fellow, and a freelancer. Her work has appeared in VICE News, Slate, The Atlantic, FiveThirtyEight, GOOD, Chalkbeat, and Jacobin. In 2017 Allie was named a Kresge Literary Arts Fellow. She is currently a Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Fellow and a John Jay Juvenile Justice Fellow. Before pursuing a career in journalism, Allie worked as a 5th-grade teacher in Detroit for three years.

Nicole Macdonald is an artist who paints and collages her Detroit environment in miniatures and maximums, portraits and landscapes, with brush and camera. Her documentaries on the Detroit environment and city history have won Best Michigan Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Humboldt Film Festival, and the John Michaels Filmmaker Award for Social Activism and Community Empowerment at the Big Muddy Film Festival. They have also screened at Media City International, and Full Frame film festivals. Nicole’s paintings and collages have been exhibited in local and national shows, including Casco Gallery in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and The Detroit Institute of Arts. She is involved with the boards of various non-profits and galleries in the city of Detroit including: City Sculpture (founder), Southwest Artist Latino Network (founder), Detroit Artists Market, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. Nicole’s roughly ten-foot portraits of historical Detroiters have been erected throughout the city starting in 2014, as part of the Detroit Portrait Series. Her work was published in Canvas Detroit (2015) and Essay’d, Vol 1 (2016) by Wayne State Press and in Hyperallergic and Art in America magazines. In 2017 she was awarded a Kresge Artist Fellowship in visual arts and a residency at Signal Return print shop in Detroit in 2018. Her recent documentary film, Last Days of Chinatown, has played at festivals around the country and will screen on PBS this May 2019.