Contrary to media report after media report, none of these things are unique to Detroit: Abandoned factories. Boarded-up houses. Burned up houses. Deteriorating houses. Drug houses. Graffiti. Crime. Large vacant lots filled with weeds and trash. Depopulation.
There's no question that test scores are important, but we cannot ignore the impact that chronic absenteeism has, not only on a young person's academic career, but quite possibly on the rest of his or her life.
If Nick Drake, Alan Parsons Project and M83 spawned a child raised on a healthy diet of Prince, Alfred Hitchcock, and classic science fiction films, it would be something resembling Shyboy.
The Detroit duo of Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, known as the unusually named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., are still here and are still making music.
While visiting what is considered one of the deadliest cities in the U.S. in September, I didn't get shot. I saw another side of Detroit -- one of community, trust and social enterprise.
Only Dorkwave, who's Les Infants Terribles parties became the place for fun and sleaze in Detroit for so many years, would do something as weird as celebrate their 9 ½ year anniversary, but why that number.
If someone a year ago were to have told Rodriguez that in a years time he would sell out Radio City Music Hall, he probably would have said they were crazy.
The fights between Wisconsin Governor Rick Scott and the public employees are well known, and Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder may be more under-the-radar than his neighbor to the West, but is in many ways cut from the same cloth.
Sadly, Governor Snyder's bankruptcy plan seems more about weakening unions and protecting corporate subsidies and tax breaks than it does about shoring up Motown for the long haul.
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.
Is Detroit a basket case? Indeed, many of us who work and live in the Detroit metropolitan area are becoming thoroughly annoyed with the tears of the media. It seems as if many Americans are using us to deflect other unsolved problems by implying that "we are not as bad as Detroit."
Detroit may continue to make headlines as the largest U.S. city to enter bankruptcy, but during our visit -- my first time ever in the Motor City, other than changing planes at the airport -- I found a lot more to catch my interest than economic woes.
"Detroit is not just abandoned buildings, people live here." -Jack Watkins, age 25. To be a Detroit native is to have felt that catch in the throat, ...
Words are wonderful and confusing things. On one hand they attempt to clarify our thoughts, but on the other, they lead us to yet more words that muddy up the water.
This week on Bloomberg EDU, Eli Broad, philanthropist and founder of two Fortune 500 companies, discusses his native Detroit public schools, blended learning, school leadership and a national system for education.
Fifty thousand people is a considerable crowd at a ballpark, but a graveside service is pretty remarkable -- particularly in a thunderstorm.