After a quick visit to Michigan to see the Cranbrook senior art show and spend a day with Russell, I’ve concluded — based solely on billboards — that Detroit has a new growth industry. It’s lawsuits.
There are lots of billboards in Detroit, because there are lots of road. (It is the Motor City, after all.) And I would guess that about half of the billboards are for lawyers who are ready to help you and fight on your behalf. There are billboards for the auto accident attorney with a clever if not grammatically correct alphabetized phone number that an accident victim probably would remember even in an immediate, post-accident daze. There are glamorous billboards for a blonde woman attorney who goes by the initials JK and whose picture is everywhere. There are billboards for people who need legal representation for sexual harassment, billboards for people who are getting a divorce, and billboards for people who are dealing with the police.
Billboards used to advertise businesses and their products; now they advertise lawyers. There’s a message in there somewhere.