If there ever was one single corporate executive who believed in a renaissance of American manufacturing, and who was determined to make it happen, it was surely my good friend Richard E. Dauch who tragically passed away on August 2.
Obscured by the prevailing gloom, Detroit possesses the essential elements of a turnaround. If built upon and wisely managed Detroit will experience the kind of renaissance that has made a retooled Pittsburgh so attractive and vibrant. Here are some of the building blocks.
Detroit is becoming a place, in certain pockets, where citizenship isn't defined by voting and paying taxes. It's thought of more broadly -- creative collaboration to create new ways of living out of necessity.