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.
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.
Detroit is a city that is all about division. Today's obvious divides -- rich and poor, black and white, downtown and neighborhoods -- are nothing new. We've always loved to find (or invent) ways to separate ourselves.
The suburbs have been trying to run away from Detroit for half a century and all it has brought is ruin and depression for all. It's time to embrace this place. Luckily, right now, it's a wonderful town to embrace.