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.
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.
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.
Detroit will come back, but the question now is -- how, when and in what form?
Joe Louis may be a hulking, windowless, concrete monstrosity of an arena, but it doubled as the best playground in the world for two young kids.
Most say Detroit is done for, finished. But I just can't reconcile that attitude with what I think is plain to see: Detroit is the best investment opportunity since some numbskull bought Alaska for $7 million.
The landscape of foreclosed and municipally owned Detroit real estate kind of resembles a volcano. Most of the year, everything is rock solid and unmoving, but twice a year, we see violent eruptions of cheap land in the form of the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction.
"We're getting a dog," It wasn't a question just an inevitability.And now, here we are, with this goofy mutt and no yard to exercise him in. Detroit should have a dog park, just like every other progressive and functioning city.
There's something going on in Detroit right now that we should all know about because it's huge, it touches every neighborhood, it sends waves into the future, and if addressed, it could lead to more transparent management of the city's physical space.
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.
These are just a couple of the buildings that I love in the city of Detroit. I'm not an architect or engineer -- just a student, who has dreams to see this city live and breathe again.
Detroit suffers from both over-hype and public derision over the role of artists in the city's future.
After news that Governor Snyder lifted the limits on the number of charter schools operating in Michigan, you may be asking yourself, "What's stopping me from opening my own charter school?" Not much, in all likelihood.