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Cities

To Revive Detroit, Revive Its Core

It may seem early to talk about Detroit’s rebound, with the city’s recent bankruptcy filing on July 18th, but the fact is this city is ripe for renewal. Its much-needed fiscal reset provides an opportunity to return to a real growth strategy, one that can serve as an example of how to bring any city back from the brink. This renewal is already blossoming in Detroit’s core—a 4.3 square mile section of the city that bridges Downtown and Midtown, encompassing just 3.1 percent of the city’s landmass, but with 36 percent of its jobs. In this core, employment grew by over 4 percent between 2009 and 2011, while the city as a whole saw jobs decrease nearly 6 percent.   More

Cities

Why One Ad Agency Is Moving to Detroit, and Thinks You Should, Too

Skeptics who have long since given up on Detroit dismiss the city as dilapidated, deserted, desperate. Not so, argue some of the country’s leading innovators, who instead see a city brimming with creativity, community, and opportunity for change. Detroit may be bankrupt, they say, but that’s not stopping them from moving there—to be a part of the change that’s unfolding and on the front lines of the renaissance to come. Among those innovators heading to Detroit is ad agency Lowe Campbell Ewald, which recently produced a short video heralding their move. Since it was posted on July 26, the video has garnered more than 34,000 hits on YouTube.   More

Business

The Detroit News Gets Behind the Techonomy Detroit Idea

Columnist Daniel Howes today explains as only a savvy local can why technology and entrepreneurship may be the best and only hope for Detroit's ravaged economy and jobs landscape. His column is a gratifying response to our months of work preparing the conference that begins tomorrow. We really do believe that in a technologizing time, the opportunities for rapid transformation are gigantic and real. But we also believe that it will not happen automaticallly. The changes that need to happen will require business, government, and civic leaders to actively embrace the opportunities presented by technology's headlong progress. We are here in Detroit because we hope it happens. Tomorrow's conference is our contribution.   More

Cities

Is Detroit the Next Berlin?

After the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin had very cheap housing and industrial space, some in spectacularly grand old buildings. Years of division—with repressive communist rule on one side of town and isolation and economic stagnation on the other—had left the city depressed and underpopulated. Reunification initially only made things worse, as uncompetitive Eastern-side state-owned factories closed en masse.   More

Business

Ready to Rumble at Techonomy Detroit!

Tim Smith of Skidmore Studio says that he's so excited to speak at Techonomy Detroit, he's already picking out what shoes to wear. More importantly, he's already formulating his slant on the session he'll appear in, "Is Detroit the Next Berlin?" moderated by Justin Fox of the Harvard Business Review. Smith questions the premise of using the success or failure of other cities as a benchmark for what we should expect from Detroit. Detroit, he believes, is incomparable, and must strive to define success on its own terms. Smith unabashedly proclaims that he'll debate anyone who argues otherwise.   More