Pages Bookshop Presents: Alex B. Hill

We are excited to spend GIS Day (Geographic information system day) with author and GIS Director at Wayne State University, Alex B. Hill to discuss his new book "Detroit in 50 Maps." If you love maps, Detroit geography, or Detroit history,  you won't want to miss this event! 

Come join us on Wednesday, November 17th at 6pm to learn about the Motor City from an entirely new perspective!

Mask will be required at all times during this event.

About Detroit in 50 Maps

Detroit in 50 Maps shows you the Motor City from entirely new perspectives, from neighborhood coffee shops to the legacy of redlining.

There are thousands of ways to map a city. Roads, bridges, and railways help you navigate the twists and turns; topography gives you the lay of the land; population growth shows you its changing fortunes. But the best maps let you feel what that city's really like. Detroit in 50 Maps deconstructs the Motor City in surprising new ways. Track where new coffee shops and coworking spaces have opened and closed in the last five years. Find the areas with the highest concentrations of pizzerias, Coney Island hot dog shops, or ring-necked pheasants. In each colorful map, you'll find a new perspective on one of America's most misunderstood cities and the people who live here.

A conversation starter for Detroiters past, present, and future, Detroit in 50 Maps is for anyone keen to understand the city in new and surprising ways.

ALEX B. HILL is GIS Director at Wayne State University and Project Director of the Detroit Food Map Initiative, which has been mapping nutritional access in Detroit since 2011. He started the website DETROITography ( in 2013 to bring together various Detroit cartographers and their work. Alex teaches in urban studies, public health, geography and data visualization. His work highlights the intersections of power, privilege, and race in regards to health equity, access to basic needs, and the social implications of medicine. He is the author and cartographer of the book, Detroit in 50 Maps, from Belt Publishing.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
19560 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48223
Detroit in 50 Maps Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953368027
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Belt Publishing - November 2nd, 2021