This looks like it was a really interesting exhibition and conference at the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg: http://www.carl-schurz-haus.de/images/stories/detroit%20derelict%20ghetto%20and%20hipster%20capital_small.pdf
Here is an interesting article in a German magazine about Detroit’s development from motor city to bike city. Having ridden the tour d’troit last year, I can confirm that it actually is a great city for biking with lots of interesting things going on around biking: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/detroit-wandelt-sich-von-der-autostadt-zur-fahrradmetropole-a-912873.html – If you are interested also check out the guided tours offered by the Wheelhouse and the organized rides by tour d’troit.
This is an interesting summary of life lessons learned abroad. http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/12-01/10-important-life-lessons-you-learn-from-living-abroad.html