Innovative Ways to Address Detroit’s Health Disparities

Healthcare is a global issue that can draw people apart or bring them together. Here in Detroit and the metro area there are institutes that teach, train and employee our communities next generation of doctors, physicians assistants, nurses and other health care workers. These individuals learn how to diagnosis a patient, prescribe a method of … Continue Reading →

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month

New Research Documents Immigrant Contributions to Michigan’s Largest Companies. June is Immigrant Heritage Month and Global Detroit, the nonprofit that I run, joined other immigrant economic development initiatives across the Rust Belt to celebrate this event. Immigrant Heritage Month is a nationwide effort coordinated by to honor our shared American heritage. Global Detroit chose … Continue Reading →

Beating the Summer Heat…

While Detroit is a pretty cool city, there’s no denying that summer here can get quite hot. Fear not, Detroit is home to many fantastic urban parks, 4 of which will be featured as part of Quicken Loans’ “Summer in the Parks 2015”. This series consists of a wide range of events, from opera shows … Continue Reading →

Urban Renewal and Genre Revival: The Future of Detroit's Music Scene

I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Dave Brubeck, The Supremes, Benny Goodman, Elvis, Marvin Gaye, and the Temptations. As a child of the 1990s, I grew up somewhat of a musical outcast. It’s why, in April, I stood at the very edge of the stage at Detroit’s famous Cliff Bell’s, joyous and … Continue Reading →

Detroit Retail: Something for (not really) Everyone

I LOVE Detroit. I love the revitalized neighborhoods, I love the support of business owners, and I love that this city is making a huge comeback. That said, as new stores open and retail begins to roll back in, I can’t help but notice we are missing the most important consumers: the middle class. Now … Continue Reading →

Opera, Sarcasm, and War: The Detroit Art Scene

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Charles Gounod’s Faust, as it premiered at the Detroit Opera House. The story of a man who has grown weary of his life’s pursuit acquiring knowledge and seeking out the mysteries of the universe. In desperation he summons the devil, Mephistopheles, and in exchange for … Continue Reading →

After 5 Intern Program kicks off summer of events

On Thursday June 11, with over 500 interns packing GM’s Wintergarden, After 5 Detroit kicked off its first of six events being held this summer to showcase the Best Detroit has to offer. At the event, interns from numerous different companies eat ice cream, mixed with other interns, and had the opportunity to speak with … Continue Reading →

What I Learned About Detroit Public Schools

“You can’t judge a book by its cover.” I’ve heard this over and over again, so much that at times I completely ignore the message within it. Over the past four years, I have taken a keen interest in Detroit Public Schools (DPS). Throughout this time my wife, Kaniqua Daniel Welch, served as the supervisor … Continue Reading →

Food trucks (and more) have returned to Cadillac Square!

The Food trucks (and more) on Cadillac Square are back! If you work around Campus Martius, you can get lunch from one of the trucks (parked along the north side of the first national building) or concession stands in Cadillac Square Park between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every weekday through mid-October . The food … Continue Reading →

The Naming Game

The naming of infrastructure is important to place-making but needs some guidelines if it is to be effective The naming of civic infrastructure is in the news of late Recent weeks have seen the announcement that the planned bridge between Detroit and the Canadian city of Windsor will be called the Gordie Howe International Bridge … Continue Reading →