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Carl S. Taylor: Where Scholarship Meets The Streets

If you aren't familiar with Michigan State University sociologist Carl S. Taylor, you need to correct that as soon as you can get to a bookstore. A Detroit native, Carl ranks among the best minds this city has produced -- no small feat in a town that has also given us Michael Eric Dyson and Thomas Sugrue -- and he continues to do some of the most important work in the country on the crises facing urban youth. And his work doesn't just resonate with academics, but also with the communities and young people he writes about, because Carl is just plain real. He doesn't hustle simple solutions, doesn't claim any easy wins. But as the recent on-the-street interview with him below shows, he also doesn't stop believing in the potential of this city to find new glory.

You really want to put together a "committee to save Detroit?" You could do worse than starting with Carl Taylor -- but not much better.

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