We cannot always look for what's best for ourselves, like better car mileage, and ignore the ghost towns around the county. When I finally passed my driving test, it was important to me to have an American-made car.
For the first time in my memory we have a Presidential candidate killing an entire industry, a major industrial success story -- perhaps because he is being amply paid by the Koch Brothers to do so.
I love to travel, explore and say yes to most opportunities, so when I was told 100 inspiring entrepreneurs were going for the weekend to sleep in tents and check out the revitalization of Detroit, I didn't even hesitate to jump on a flight.
Detroit's brave Democratic Mayor Dave Bing and Michigan's pragmatic Republican Governor Rick Snyder agreed to refurbish Belle Isle Park, a neglected cultural gem in the shadows of a once great city.
Are Mitt Romney's proclivity to inelegant speech inherited? Consider this.
It is hardly news that Suburbia, U.S.A., is not what it used to be. After seeing Lisa D'Amour's play Detroit, which opened last night at Playwrights Horizons, one may wonder whether there is any hope left for the old neighborhood.
D'Amour's intentions might be accepted, and even applauded, if she supported her characters with three-dimensional grounding. But here's where she allows herself to believe that presenting a gloomy prediction of national spoilage is all she needs to do. (Or is she just being lazy?)
The restaurant industry is growing again and it is a good thing. It makes jobs for those who need them most and is a sign that American consumer confidence is improving.
You once filmed an ad where you drove past old Cass Tech, but did you ever stop? Did you ever truly appreciate what Detroit stood for? Dodge Main fell, Hudson's fell and even Cass Tech was demolished, but Detroit did not give up. Why did you give up on them?
This past Friday, I drove to Hamtramck, Michigan, a culturally diverse home to a lot of musicians and fine artists, and it is almost completely surrounded by Detroit. And then I was at my destination: Public Pool.
Who is responsible to ensure that nonprofits operate most efficiently? While the great majority of people in the nonprofit world are good people, this doesn't necessarily mean that the financial system is functioning most effectively.
Eleven years ago, our freedom was violated in a fatal, destructive manner. But we did not elevate to that level of hatred. Instead, we stood together with our fellow men, women and children to protect our nation and to recover.
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady have made documentaries about entire subcultures, but their latest tackles a whole city. Detropia looks unflinchingly at the grim realities of contemporary Detroit, which is where Ewing grew up. The city has changed drastically since then.
Detropia doesn't offer solutions to the financialization of the U.S. economy, but it does point a vivid picture of what our world will be like unless we find the will to turn things around.
"Tommy doesn't have to keep the place open -- he has a healthy pension, and he lives in a really nice neighborhood in Detroit. And yet he does, because he thinks Detroit needs a black-owned blues bar."