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  • Keith Bormuth

    Do you think the utilization of those spaces needs more concrete and economically productive ideas to stimulate the Detroit economy or is sheer creativity enough to inspire production?

    • Doris Yee

      Time is critical. I think if we get something going in those unused spaces that effects even just the local neighborhood inhabitants, it would be an example we could improve, redo, and build upon.

      Most (smart) ideas that have an impact could potentially gain traction and therefore be sustained by neighbors that observe its small yet positive influence (i.e. beekeeping on top of rooftops).

      Square footage in Detroit is cheap. But every dollar counts to every when you ain't got much. There are spaces we don't account for sadly. Farmscape here in LA makes interstitial narrow areas to raise garden beds. Again, an idea that started small that grew across the entire SoCal region.

      • Achille Bianchi

        While many great, creative projects are coming out of Detroit, only a handful of them exist on the level that could affect political change in the city, especially in the realm of education, which if not revived will stop any true progress from happening.

        There are a lot of healthy business developments (see Dan Gilbert), but it's been argued his developments are insular and not doing the community as a whole much good. Phil Cooley is doing a lot of stuff for the Corktown community, which has that area buzzing, at least economically, and is indeed creating a more accessible business climate for small-business owners.

        Some initiatives are doing a great job of reaching out to more of Detroit's citizens, not just the young people moving, but for the generational Detroiters who have lived here all their lives, and don't necessarily see the city as the glowing beacon of opportunity that many young entrepreneurs and individuals do. I most of the ideas are concrete enough to help stimulate the economy, and they are creating the needed buzz, but the social impacts still lack for the greater city of Detroit.

        But, as Doris said, every dollar and drop of perspiration counts. My .02¢. :]

        • Doris Yee

          Would you change anything that hasn't "changed" in decades? For example, Eastern Market is about 120 years old...it's a wonderful local hub for both locals and suburbanites. Not sure what it's growth has been in the last decade (at least from its surface). How could something like that - which has maintained traction - expand beyond what it is now? Or is it safe to remain at a plateau?