We support and applaud our students and alumni who are building Detroit's future. Instead of seeing a narrative of woe, our state's business and higher education leaders see a drive toward innovation and new opportunities. We believe Detroit has a bright future.
We're no experts, but we think this is the story that is going to stick. It's the one that's going to show the rest of America how to move past our crises and our outdated models and start to re-imagine and rebuild -- and do it all ourselves.
Steady access to capital is still a long ways off for pioneering local food entrepreneurs in Detroit. However, cooperation amongst entrepreneurs and mounting advocacy for innovative business structures are bringing secure funding into the horizon.
One part of my blueprint however, always stayed the same. After traveling the world I'd ultimately settle down in my hometown. But what do you do when the place you planned your dreams around no longer exists? What do you do when you're from Detroit?
Free college for every single one of Detroit's high school graduates. The beginning of business as usual.
I vehemently believe that Detroit is a place and time where we can come together to design our collective outcomes. It is indeed the opportunity of a generation and it will take everyone, incoming and resident, black and white, young and old to harness it.
This post is part of our Millennial Impact spring series "Getting Fresh." These blogs highlight our young, innovative contributors who have new ideas ...
Detroit is functioning, excelling and overachieving in ways that do not have precedent anywhere else on Earth, and therefore it is profoundly difficult to recognize for those stuck in old paradigms, dreaming of resurrection and emerald cities.
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.
Because the dominant culture of our nation is white, affluent, and educated, there is suddenly little voice lent to those who are not all of the above. This raises a gamut of questions, especially ones that start with "Why?"
Opening your home or other private space is an easy way to strengthen your bonds with people you trust and care for simply by spending time together. At the same time it helps to build community.
Picture a Detroit full of small mistakes. What if, as an existing or would-be community developer, I could be inspired and informed on an issue that affects me and my fellow citizens?
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.
Why do so many communities fail to grow in good economic times and remain durable in downturns? What are the gaps between our immediate surroundings and our ability to significantly affect them for the better?
I believe those investing in the durability of communities can learn from the advent of App Stores. The most cost-efficient and effective solutions will rise up where constraints exists and creativity thrives.
Recreation centers provide a much-needed -- and safe -- "escape." Most importantly, recreation centers enhance the quality of life for all people -- young and old. And the life lessons learned by participating in activities at recreation centers will have a long-lasting impact. I can attest to that firsthand.