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.
When my wanderlust sets in, and I find myself in a cafe on Bourbon Street or sipping a martini on Duval in sunny Key West, the strangers there inevitably ask me where I am from. Detroit, I will tell them, knowing where this conversation will lead us.
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.
Mobility for physically and mentally challenged people in Northern Uganda. Widespread humane education in Australia. Community gardens for all in Chico, California.
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.
Imagine for a moment that you're a mom in Detroit living on less than what it takes for your family to thrive. You face similar challenges as all moms in low-income situations, plus more.
A minor media battle has been raging regarding the "dog count" in Detroit -- that is, determining exactly how many stray and feral dogs are roaming the city's streets.
No matter if the relationship ends on good or bad terms it can be difficult to go your own way and move on without that person in your life, but in time, you do. You do. But what if they don't? What if your ex becomes your stalker?
The power of human touch is profound. Many studies have documented the immeasurable emotional and physical benefits that come from touch.
I used to believe I needed some grooming, spending last summer working at an investment bank so I could eventually make a difference. After three months on Wall Street, I realized that I wasn't content with waiting.
Detroit entrepreneurs start companies that are high-growth and high-technology, but also require very specifically-skilled people in order to grow.
Our plan is to transform this house -- and, in the future, others like it -- into a home for future Venture for America Fellows who will become a part of the local community for years to come.
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?