Early warning system wrong answer to schools with deficits

A recent release form the Michigan Department of Education says that there are 48 school districts running deficits into the new school year. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan advises there needs to be earlier warning signs so authorities can intervene sooner for districts falling financially behind. What this recommendation fails to address is why school seem … Continue Reading →

Techonomy visits Detroit tomorrow

Anyone in Detroit involved in the tech scene, startups, or just generally curious about the intersection of business, politics, and everyday life should attend Techonomy tomorrow. Hosted at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium & McGregor Memorial Conference Center, this is the third year the conference is convening in Detroit. Speakers include locals like Alex … Continue Reading →

An open letter to young professionals in Detroit

After many years of urging young professionals to remain in the city — as opposed to fleeing to supposedly cooler places for opportunity — Detroit is set up for major impact with a substantial connection to young professionals thanks to countless organizations and dedicated people. As someone who is in his early 30’s and still considers … Continue Reading →

For Detroit, blizzards, floods, and whatever's next

Detroit is a tough city. Its industrial backbone, diverse origins and geographical location have created a community capable of dealing with whatever comes its way. This week’s flood was no exception. The city’s weather has been unpredictable for the entire year — beginning with epic snowstorms in the winter, a cool, cloudy July, and then … Continue Reading →

As others see us, 7.30

There’s been much national attention and coverage of Detroit’s water shut offs over the past month. One piece from the New York Times, “Detroit’s Drought of Democracy,” particularly stood out to us. It’s by a philosophy professor at Yale University, and discusses both the shut offs as well as the decision to install Emergency Manager … Continue Reading →

As others see us, 7.16

Several national outlets have covered various aspects of Detroit again this week. Many of you have probably already seen this New York Times Magazine piece – “The Post-Post-Apocalyptic Detroit” – which covers almost too many facets of Detroit for one article. There’s some good background on Dan Gilbert and his Detroit efforts, although the author … Continue Reading →