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Detroit Renewal

5 Reasons Why Detroit Can Make a Comeback in 2015

Stephen Mariani | Posted 03.01.2015 | Detroit
Stephen Mariani

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.

Two Detroits, Separate and Unequal

Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 01.17.2015 | Detroit
Laura Gottesdiener

On the brink of a new, post-bankruptcy beginning, Detroit is really two cities. One is comprised of wealthy enclaves linked to a compact, rapidly redeveloping downtown. The other is made up of the rest of the 139-square-mile urban expanse, populated by longtime residents who have fought for decades to survive in an environment that has become increasingly uninhabitable.

Detroit's Future Rise Is Rooted in Its Rich Past

John Hope Bryant | Posted 10.08.2013 | Detroit
John Hope Bryant

Detroit will come back, but the question now is -- how, when and in what form?

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.

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.

Supporting an Urban Rebound in Detroit and Michigan

Nell Merlino | Posted 11.17.2012 | Detroit
Nell Merlino

There are a number of different theories about what can make this economic turn around move faster. Regardless, there is one area that everyone agrees on: women business owners and the need for them to grow and create jobs.

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.

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.

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.

What Turin, Italy, Has That Detroit Needs

David O. Egner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Detroit
David O. Egner

The Detroit region has the assets and tools to be a leader in innovation. For the past several years, a culture of regional collaboration has been taking root, replacing several decades of fragmentation, competition or indifference.

The Well Is Running Dry

Coleman Alexander Young II | Posted 05.09.2012 | Detroit
Coleman Alexander Young II

Water is a precious, life-giving resource, not a commodity to be exploited by greed. The only way to ensure it stays that way is to keep Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, our well, in the hands and control of the people.

Could We 'Fix' Detroit With $800 Billion? Let's Try!

Ned Staebler | Posted 03.21.2012 | Detroit
Ned Staebler

The direct financial costs of the Iraq war were estimated to be about $800 billion, with a 'B.' That struck me as a lot of money. I started thinking: "What else could we have done with $800 billion over eight years?"

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.

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.

Looking to Detroit's Thought Leaders

Adam Corey Ross | Posted 01.23.2012 | Detroit
Adam Corey Ross

We must look to Mayor Bing and the city council to inspire us with thoughtful leadership. What Detroit desperately needs today is new ideas, "aha moments," not fewer teachers in the classrooms.

Vision for Transforming Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 01.21.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Transforming Detroit is not a short-term process. It will not be easy. It will take significant effort from those who care enough to invest our best in the city's revitalization.

Coming Home

Kelly Driscoll | Posted 01.21.2012 | Detroit
Kelly Driscoll

I'm not the only one coming home. There is a huge entrepreneurial movement permeating throughout the city. From technology to the creative sector, the excitement is growing.

Why Detroit? Why Now?

Ned Staebler | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Ned Staebler

I believe that this time is different. This time Detroit is on its way back. So, what makes me so optimistic? It's a combination of things, and that, in and of itself, is a good thing.

Dear Occupy Detroit

Yusef Bunchy Shakur | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Yusef Bunchy Shakur

We recognize that Occupy Detroit has attracted the participation of people from across Michigan. This is a good thing, if people take the time to understand the current work of Detroit's social movements.