Note the grand ambitions here: A little consulting firm will address homelessness or truancy "for as long as it takes to make your problem our own" (shouldn't homelessness already be "our" problem?).
We need to intrigue others to want to check us out and maybe stay a while. We need bike shops, coffeehouses, specialty stores and retail. We really need a dense retail district.
Over the past few decades, Grand Rapids has seen an exciting boom of sorts. While the magnitude of a Detroit turnaround will require much more, I believe the Motor City can learn a thing or two from our neighbor city in West Michigan as it continues to capitalize on recent successes.
Detroit was made and unmade by the very same forces. The prominence of the automobile encouraged suburban sprawl and discouraged mass transit. Industrialization begat deindustrialization. Cities, like people, are born. They grow up. And they die.
Our future city relies on dreamers who find inspiration in the possibility of really being able to affect peoples' lives. Our community's anchor organizations need to cultivate these folks. We need leaders of all cultures and across generations to unify.
Like most Detroiters, I have a special fondness for Belle Isle. I've lived close to the Detroit River since 2005, and even when I don't walk or bike on the island or enjoy the solitude, which I do fairly often, knowing that our island sanctuary is there provides respite to the soul.
What a year Detroit's Midtown and Downtown has had in attracting new and relocated businesses to its core. Welcome to each one of you.
As Detroiters, we are daily seeing progress being made but I know I have wondered at times, what is the vision behind it all? Thankfully for today's Detroit, those on the front lines are visionaries that have bought into a common vision.
John Hantz may not be the last real estate speculator in Detroit, but he's decided the city is his yard. He won't stop grabbing at the city's empty lots until he owns them... or until he graces the supper table.
There's a lot more to be excited about in Detroit than baseball, and yet it's really spectacular that the success of our team can help expose more people to the success of our community.
Detroit is unique in many ways, of course, but in the context of solving globally applicable problems, this city's current state combined with an ever-growing influx of creative thinkers are creating a one-of-a-kind platform for innovation.
On August 20, panelists from 12 small Michigan-based technology and marketing companies met with U.S. Representative John Dingell at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.
While the rebounding downtown and Midtown districts fit the usual pattern of urban progress-established institutions and developers guiding most of the changes -- other parts of town are following a different playbook for revitalization.
Despite the fact that Detroiters will get the benefits of newfound energy, enthusiasm, and even money, it's unrealistic to expect a group who is scared of the unknown and having power stripped away to welcome outsiders with open arms.
Declining, desperate Detroit is old news. It's not that the city's economic woes, struggling schools, racial friction and crime have been magically solved. But there are new stories to tell about Detroit today.
"Like Detroit, Chrysler knows what it is like to hear commentators pronounce our condition as beyond the point of salvation. "