There is a city in the middle of America that is fast becoming a hipster haven full of artists, young entrepreneurs, and a rapidly rising restaurant scene - and we are not talking about the Windy City. Detroit is on the comeback trail, and travelers around the world will be taking notice.
Much like stubborn weeds growing between breaks in the sidewalk, Detroiters simply will not let their city fall away into disrepair or allow buildings to stay abandoned.
I moved out of the state nearly four years ago, so when I visited recently, I came at Detroit with a fresh set of eyes. What I saw surprised me -- a city that's already on the rise.
Detroit's history and is rich and complex. Learn it. Understand it. Embed it in the way you conceptualize change in the city and how to join in the struggle.
As the month of September approaches its end, the start of construction for the Detroit Red Wings' sleek, state-of-the-art, and highly anticipated hockey arena approaches.
Last week, Reuters reported that a company called Art Capital expressed its willingness to loan the city $4 billion if it uses its artwork as collateral. In fact, the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection may be worth even more.
Every business, including my own, has its own self-sustainment as its primary goal; yet, we Detroiters tend to include in our personal goals a desire - a need - to help Detroit.
Jamaal calls himself a 'working artist,' which spans a broad spectrum. One of America's most talented and recognized slam poets, he has expanded his talents as a writer and performer to the page.
How long and how much would it take to train a critical mass of native-born Americans to qualify for the jobs Detroit needs to bring its economy out of the tank? What happens if we do nothing but import a new middle class?
I believe Fernando Palazuelo, the new owner of the Packard Plant, is going to be successful beyond our expectations in his goal of redeveloping the Packard for several reasons you may not have thought of.
Mayor Duggan cannot rest his laurels on mere trash pick up and snow removal. He has got to attack poverty in Detroit head on.
A deal still has to be made to rescue the city and all stakeholders should have some say if the end result is to sustain a vibrant and viable city.
Why would the Department of Public Works consider removing a traffic light in an area so close to highest concentration of jobs and workers? It's not rocket science. This intersection no longer endures the volume of traffic to justify a stoplight.
The Los Angeles Auto Show is a somewhat quiet affair for the Detroit Three. But the auto show that is in the city where General Motors, Ford and Chrysler all covet better sales, is not without news and a few meaningful curtain raisers.
The question for Marchionne, and those possibly teed up to buy the shares of the storied automaker is this: Is Chrysler a "buy"?
As Detroit has made a game of comparing ourselves to other cities, we've too often overlooked what makes us special and unique on our own terms. Park Avenue is a good example.