December 19, 2011 § Leave a Comment
In the new Detroit edition of the Huffington Post, a recent article features the “Best Detroit Tech Startups of 2011.” Included in the story is Detroit native Dan Gilbert, a majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Quicken Loans, and many other ventures. Gibert has been pumping money into small technology start-ups, fueling a resurgence in the Motor City.
June 27, 2011 § Leave a Comment
The environmental blog Grist recently posted a listing of the best/worst suited US cities for climate change. We were entirely unsurprised to hear that the very best-suited cities are the very same cities prominently featured on this humble blog: Cleveland, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Chicago. Why? Says Grist, “Because they have a sustainable water supply (in four of the cities, the Great Lakes); their heat stress rankings are relatively low; and they are less vulnerable to natural disasters that will be exacerbated by climate change, such as floods, landslides, and wildfires.”
April 24, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Part of what this symposium aims to do is bring together people with similar visions, but who are approaching their visions in different ways. The Heidelberg Project is wildly different in its scale and its approach from anything we’ve encountered.
April 19, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Johnny Knoxville teamed up with Palladium Boots to put out this brief documentary a few months ago. It’s an excellent oral history and update on some of the stuff going on in Detroit. The perception of Detroit as a ruined, decaying city versus the more complex reality of the struggle and experimentation that’s been happening more recently speaks to the crisis of many other cities. But Detroit is seen as Ground Zero in many ways, and with good reason. Recently learning its population has shrunk to under a million, the city faces an additional set of crises from vacancies to funding.
Watch it in full below.
April 17, 2011 § Leave a Comment
In 2009, the Harvard economist Richard Florida wrote a piece for The Atlantic called “How the Crash Will Reshape America.”.” In it, he preaches a brand of economic determinism wherein “creative class” cities stand to recover from the current recession–and Rust Belt and Sun Belt cities don’t.
We foresee–and are dedicated to working towards–different fate.