Detroit – Be inspired by the big-D


Be inspired by the big-D

Detroit is on the cusp to be recognized for its true potential as an International Hub, connecting; diversified cultures through technology and education while rebuilding the city in a positive light.

If there ever was a time for Detroit to think outside of its motor-city roots and create a new image, its now. The drive to remove the city’s past image of billowing smokestacks, along with its infamous history around the world as a dangerous city to live in; to a city of opportunity and inspiration creating their American Dream.

Just like our immigrant ancestors coming to America, a land of opportunity, many young entrepreneurs are coming to the Big D to create a dream of their own. And, why not? Detroit is beaming with new blood, new ideas, new money along with old-money roots, to support, inspire and propel a new dream into the future.

According to PNC Financial Services Data Detroit’s Income Growth looks positive in 2015. The new plans set for ‘Detroit,’ is ‘strait’ on course to succeed with Mayor, Michael Duggan at the helm. The opportunity to change the city’s image is poised to set into motion the kind of ideas that would change the lifestyle of its residents to be health conscious and wise.

Duggan has surrounded himself with incredible individuals who are experts at what they do. Like planning director, Maurice Cox who moved from New Orleans to help with Detroit’s recovery. Detroit continues to grow economically healthy with attention on organic alternatives, including replacing vacant lots with gardens, creating a green friendly environment instead of a lot filled with broken glass.

The city has begun transforming areas into a more peaceful setting of flowers and trees, encouraging a healthier, organic lifestyle approach could improve the overall longevity of its residents. This is not, an impossible dream. This is the Spirit of Detroit rising out of the ashes.

Creating a new dream requires progressive ideas that demand the same spirited passion that all great visionaries of the past like Henry Ford, and Rosa Parks. Both the pride of Detroit.

New investors with the ability to see ahead, such as Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans have come to Detroit to call it home when the city was at its lowest point, inspiring. Then last August, I read in the Detroit Free Press Gilbert partnered with a few others, to help Duggan rehab 65 salvageable homes.

Meanwhile, Little Caesars Pizza founder, Michael Illitch purchased 45 blocks for his plan to build a retail, entertainment and a residential district. Affordable housing is always in demand when young people are starting out, the cost of city living had forced many away, now they are coming back.

One young man from Chicago, Jason Scott DeBolt, was on his way to climb Mt. Shasta in California, commented he noticed a “trend” going on in Chicago, the younger crowd were moving to Detroit for a chance to be “part of something big.” Adding, “why not?” Detroit is a “cool” town with a great history and its cheaper.

To be current – to be economically relevant in today’s world, Duggan is upgrading Detroit’s future with new technology and medical research projects, the money keeps coming in. Again Gilbert is stepping up to inspire investors by relocating his website business, Campless to One Campus Martius.

Money has also poured into research and development at Wayne State University, in the last year alone.

Recently, they received a Federal Grant for nearly $6.Million. Last year Michael and Marian Illitch, donated $8.5 million to the Surgery Department at Wayne State University for research and development that would position the university in a leadership role in health care innovations.

The university’s engineering department received a whopping $25 million a year ago from James Anderson, president and CEO of Urban Science, an International Consulting Firm based in Detroit.

Renewing the city’s spirit requires passion and action, which I’m banking on. Perhaps, the “tough” image can be used to demonstrate the heart and soul of the city, is not to give up just because someone knocks you down but you get back up and start over. This is the city’s strength, Detroiters are not to be feared but admired for accepting this challenge.



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Mayor Mike Duggan leads the way to Detroit’s Return of Excellence, but in a new way, a way other than the Automotive industry. Mayor Mike Duggan is doing it with Technology, Creativity, the help of some of Detroit’s Giant’s, and a very different way of thinking.

The Future of Detroit is NOW…

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 26: New Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivers his first State of the City address at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center February 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Duggan, the first white mayor of Detroit in 40 years, addressed the issue of urban blight and announced an additional $20 million would be used to demolish fire-damaged abandoned buildings in the city. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – FEBRUARY 26: New Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivers his first State of the City address at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center February 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Duggan, the first white mayor of Detroit in 40 years, addressed the issue of urban blight and announced an additional $20 million would be used to demolish fire-damaged abandoned buildings in the city. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Shinola opened it’s doors is 2012 and employs over 300 people


Ilitch Family

Olympia Development of Michigan

Ilitches bet big on land near MotorCity Casino Hotel

Since the late 1980s, the Ilitches have invested more than $1 billion downtown

“The Ilitch activity certainly has sparked lots of interest,” “There’s a lot of potential for retail, housing and they have already demolished one building they purchased,”


Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert, Home Depot to rehab 65 Detroit homes


Detroit initiatives

Quicken Loans moved its headquarters and 1,700 of its team members to downtown Detroit in August 2010, where Gilbert and the company are helping lead a revitalization of Detroit’s urban core. Today, Gilbert-owned businesses employ 11,500 people in the city.

In 2011, Gilbert’s Rock Ventures group purchased several buildings in downtown Detroit, including the historic Madison Theatre Building, Chase Tower and Two Detroit Center (parking garage),  Dime Building (renamed Chrysler House), First National Building and three smaller buildings on Woodward Avenue. In 2012, Rock Ventures (the umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance and integration of Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, investments and real estate) purchased the former Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch BuildingWoodward Avenue, 1201 Woodward (Kresge Building), and five smaller buildings on Woodward Avenue and Broadway Street, totaling 630,000 square feet of commercial space in downtown Detroit. In 2013, Rock Ventures purchased the 1001 Woodward office tower, several smaller buildings in the downtown area and announced, along with The Downtown Detroit Partnership and the Detroit Economic Growth Group, a placemaking plan for revitalizing Detroit’s urban core.

Rock Ventures’ downtown Detroit real estate investments include more than 60 properties (buildings and/or store fronts) totaling 9 million square feet. Four million square feet is commercial space; another 3.6 million square feet is parking (10,096 parking spaces).


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