Detroit's Revitalization Begins in the Streets

Two weeks ago today, under the banner of the People First Project, I led a group of volunteers to reclaim the parking space in front of Astro Coffee on Michigan Avenue and transform it into a public space. The parklet was an immediate hit and instantly beloved by the community. Like most Detroiters, Corktown residents … Continue Reading →

The Film Tax Incentive Dissolution Will Send Many Talented Michiganders Packing

After eight years, Michigan’s film tax incentives are coming to an end. It’s a government program that pushed Michigan to the top of a competitive and lucrative industry. In bringing Hollywood to the Motor City, Michigan’s crew base—old and new—had reason to stay, and perhaps more importantly, had unprecedented opportunities to develop and hone their … Continue Reading →