Berliners want to invest money in Detroit. Big news, right? The Wall Street Journal thinks so. They recently ran a story
about how Dimitri Hegemann, owner of Berlin electronic music label and club Tresor
, is in love with the idea of opening a techno club in Detroit's long-abandoned Fisher Body 21 plant.
As quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Hegemann had this to say: “Fisher Body is my first real love.”
Of course, if you read Model D, this isn't really news to you at all. Walter Wasacz, Model D's former managing editor and a frequent contributor, worked with Hegemann to put on "The Detroit-Berlin Connection," a forum that happened in conjunction with the Movement Electronic Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend. (Check out Wasacz's recap of the forum
.) Wasacz recently traveled to Berlin to partake in the Atonal Festival, of which Hegemann is the founder, and wrote this reflection
on what Detroit can learn from Berlin.
Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check out our Q&A with Dimitri Hegemann
from back in May.
Model D will continue to follow developments in this story.