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Detroit Renaissance

WATCH: Former NYT Detroit Chief Believes In Rebirth

Posted 07.30.2013 | Detroit

Do you think Detroit is gearing up for another renaissance? Former New York Times Detroit bureau chief Micki Maynard appeared on HuffPostLive Monda...

Detroit Can Learn a Thing or Two From Grand Rapids

Brandon Helderop | Posted 05.29.2013 | Detroit
Brandon Helderop

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.

Why Detroit?

Amanda Brewington | Posted 04.14.2013 | Detroit
Amanda Brewington

I want Detroit to be the magical place I believe it is for everyone. So I live here, I pay taxes here, I tell everyone it is a magical place.

The Detroit of Tomorrow

Brandon Helderop | Posted 02.20.2013 | Detroit
Brandon Helderop

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.

Progress on Financial Reforms and Restructuring Necessary to Get Closer to a Thriving Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 12.24.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Detroiters have come accustom to the talk of deficits, low cash flow and payless paydays during the past several years. The reality is that the City of Detroit still faces a fiscal crisis that will continue if implementation of reforms is not moved forward.

Expect More Detroit

Jason Lorimer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Detroit
Jason Lorimer

Detroit is unique in many ways, of course, but in the context of solving globally applicable problems, this city's current state combined with an ever-growing influx of creative thinkers are creating a one-of-a-kind platform for innovation.

A Thriving Detroit Is the End Goal

Gary A. Brown | Posted 10.24.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

An efficient City of Detroit government will create the environment to thrive. This is the vision I encourage us all to share.

Southwest Detroit: Community-Driven Revitalization

Jay Walljasper | Posted 10.10.2012 | Detroit
Jay Walljasper

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.

International Intentions of Detroit

Beverly Tran | Posted 10.07.2012 | Detroit
Beverly Tran

The question should not be what a state elected official can do for Detroit, but what Detroit can do for the rest of the world.

Michigan's Newest Suburb? A Response to Karen Dumas

Tim Miller | Posted 09.23.2012 | Detroit
Tim Miller

Most of those driving the discussions about economic progress, urban gardening, land use issues, and governmental policy in Detroit are relative newcomers who do not necessarily understand or appreciate the challenges that the "old Detroit" has faced.

The New Detroit

Imani Mixon | Posted 06.12.2012 | Detroit
Imani Mixon

As a native Detroiter, being back in the city for the summer reminds me that the city is entering a peculiar era as a new group of Detroiters move in while many lifelong city dwellers seek lives elsewhere, oftentimes due to uncontrollable situations.

My One Word for Detroit: Unite

Joan L. Witte | Posted 07.01.2012 | Detroit
Joan L. Witte

Instead of taking sides or placing blame, reach out and help a fellow metro Detroiter with a job, a hand up, or a meal. Rebuild Detroit the sustainable way -- build and connect the people. Unite.

Re-Imagining Detroit Buildings

Chris Zadorozny | Posted 05.02.2012 | Detroit
Chris Zadorozny

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 Is America's Heartbeat

Daniel Cherrin | Posted 04.09.2012 | Detroit
Daniel Cherrin

A lot has been said about Chrysler's Super Bowl ad, featuring Clint Eastwood and Detroit. While the pundits talk about whether or not it was a campaign commercial, let me tell you what Detroiters really think about it.

Detropia: Made for Festivals But Not for Detroit

Erik Proulx | Posted 03.27.2012 | Detroit
Erik Proulx

As a filmmaker, I was rooting for Detropia to weave a story of hope and promise and not dredge up the same old ghosts of ruin and despair. Alas, it seems like the blight temptress has claimed her latest victims.

Detroit Must Take Advantage of Being the Nation's Poster Child

Fred Leeb | Posted 03.14.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

Detroit must take advantage of being in the limelight right now to align all of its stakeholders to be positive forces in the process of change.

Detroit Music and Mayhem City

Tunde Wey | Posted 02.12.2012 | Detroit
Tunde Wey

Instead of working for a progress we can only access in the cinema of our imaginations, "a fantasy of more," we should embrace our station as a struggling city and exert ourselves towards making it better.

Re-Speaking Detroit

Bethany Herr Hatfield | Posted 02.07.2012 | Detroit
Bethany Herr Hatfield

We have the ability to change Detroit by simply changing the way we speak about it. You never know who you're speaking to.

Ich Bin Ein Detroiter: And You Can Be Too!

Ned Staebler | Posted 02.07.2012 | Detroit
Ned Staebler

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.

Social Entrepreneurship: A Budding Industry (of Sorts) in Detroit

Achille Bianchi | Posted 01.31.2012 | Detroit
Achille Bianchi

With the authentic desire to build community and solve problems, it's the local people who have the greatest handle on the solutions our communities seek.

8 Mile, Revisited

Susan Schindehette | Posted 01.31.2012 | Detroit
Susan Schindehette

I have been to Paris and Pakistan, Istanbul and Bosnia. But I have never seen anything quite like this: Detroit is a state-of-the-art, urban frontier. My tattered hometown has, somehow, become "revisionist cool."

It's Not All About the Benjamins, Baby

Zak Rosen | Posted 01.30.2012 | Detroit
Zak Rosen

We are not writing to argue over who is a 'real' Detroiter and who is not, nor who is and is not going to save Detroit. We are more interested in unpacking our region's history with a critical eye.

New Holiday Proposal: Peak Population Day, A 1.3-Million-Person Flash Mob in Detroit

Jerry Paffendorf | Posted 01.29.2012 | Detroit
Jerry Paffendorf

Imagine a day where 1.3 million people from around the world visit Detroit en masse to recreate and experience the high-water mark of a full and thriving Motor City. Maybe a few of them will even fall in love and stick around.

The Tale of Two Detroits

Erik Proulx | Posted 01.27.2012 | Detroit
Erik Proulx

Lemonade: Detroit is a documentary about the reinvention of a city that no longer has a single industry to identify with. Detroit is the perfect mix of grit and talent and risk that breeds innovation.

Saying Thank You to Those Who Support Detroit

Geoff Young | Posted 01.23.2012 | Detroit
Geoff Young

It's time to end this fighting about ownership of Detroit and its future. The more we fight amongst ourselves, the more ownership we all have in the negative image of the city.