Happy day of birth, Detroit.
Detroit Abandoned School by Detroit1701 on Flickr.
This is one of my favorite quotes/sayings/things to live by and it makes me so happy that it provides inspiration for so many people.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Anonymous asked: What's your favorite thing about Detroit?
The people. I can honestly say that I have met some of the best people that I could ever have hoped to meet in Detroit. They are courageous and kind. They don’t take “no” for an answer and they have a strength that few have in this world. They are caring and tenacious. There are a lot of things I love about this city — the history, the sports, the cars, the music —, but above all, I really love the people.
This morning I had a meeting at work. It was productive, efficient, and team-building. There was a point during this meeting, however, when I experienced a strange wave of self-awareness. It was odd, but as I sat there I felt very much like a visitor. I began wondering what this meeting would look…
“Our intention is not that somebody point the finger and say, ‘Man, Detroit’s really got problems.’ If that’s what happens, then we’ve failed at our job,” Ewing said this week. “We want people to say, ‘Man, that’s happening in my city, too. How did we let it go this far? What is our American identity when we’ve allowed a city to come to this point? And what are our priorities?’
”Detroit must be helped. It must be propped up. It must be encouraged. You want the audience to walk away with the feelings of pride in Detroit. That’s a lot to accomplish in a film, but you can always hope.”
Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus - We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes. Detroit’s official motto. Source.
“Detroit Turned Out To Be Heaven” posters should be at the Detroit Shoppe early this week. Check ‘em out if you’re out that way.
The Detroit Shoppe
Cadillac Square, Detroit. The grandeur that once was.
Detroit: Renaissance City
Jim Schaefer and John Gallagher write in today’s Free Press about the increasing amount of positive press being given to the city of Detroit by national media outlets. Could the tide be permanently turning finally?
Yes, the narrative seems to be changing. Those outside of Detroit are finally starting to come around and realize what many of us already knew.
But, here’s where the biggest challenge begins, at least I think so. Because, for so long Detroit has been the underdog, the hopeless city, the forgotten town that always had to prove itself.
Now that we’ve finally gotten the attention we deserve, we can’t simply declare victory because we’re nowhere near the finish line. Truth is, there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done. There’s still unemployment, there’s still a failing public school system, and Detroit’s population is still not where it should be.
But at least now, the rest of the country, and maybe even the world is watching, and maybe now they’re more willing and eager to root us on than tear us down.
And what sparked this latest wave of affection from afar? Growing signs of a rebound. And the same thing that so often draws the national spotlight: our sports teams. With an almost perfect storm of success, the undefeated Lions, the Yankee-killing Tigers and winning seasons for our two big college football teams are once again driving the deconstruction, reconstruction, explanations and excuses of an underdog town.
Check out some of the coverage the D has received recently:
Wall Street Journal - Detroit Sees Signs of Turnaround…
USA Today - Detroit Rising
Read the whole story here.
Eric Milliken/Detroit Free Press
It’s far from over yet. Keep at it!