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It’s Sunday 10th of September and a small portion of the Maltese community are celebrating the Festa of Maria Bambina. Ten days in Detroit, the majority of those days were spent inside one Maltese club or the other, interviewing Maltese migrants and their descendants.

The Maltese Motorcity community started to settle from as early as the 1920s - 5,000 strong - in a neighbourhood now known as Mexican Town.

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It is a city that has seen the power of industrialisation, to the poverty of inflation. Sky scrapers, hospitals, factories, schools, parks, roads, all carry their names. Migrants from all over the world flocked to the city, work was in abundance.

A city truly built on the ideals of the American Dream, and equally dashed by its realities. The golden era of American manufacturing was in full swing, and Detroit was the fastest growing city in the world.

By the 1950s this community slowly bought out the majority of Cork Town from the Irish, with whom they maintain a very strong bond.

Today most of this community lives in the suburban city of Dearborn, yet they still own the majority of the properties in Cork Town.

Works by such Pop artists as the Americans Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselman, James Rosenquist (Rosenquist, James), and Robert Indiana (Indiana, Robert) and the Britons David Hockney (Hockney, David) and Peter Blake, among others, were characterized by their portrayal of any and all aspects of popular culture that had a powerful impact on contemporary life; their iconography—taken from television, comic books, movie magazines, and all forms of advertising—was presented emphatically and objectively, without praise or condemnation but with overwhelming immediacy, and by means of the precise commercial techniques used by the media from which the iconography itself was borrowed.

Pop art represented an attempt to return to a more objective, universally acceptable form of art after the dominance in both the United States and Europe of the highly personal Abstract Expressionism.

” shouts Leno as he approaches the bar with his friend under one arm and a Kinnie and Hennessy in the other.

The smile on his face masks the reality The Maltese American Benevolent Society is facing as Detroit falls victim to gentrification.

On Michigan Avenue, which cuts through Cork Town and ends Downtown.

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