The Future of Detroit

 

From The Atlantic Cities
June 12, 2012

“If you think of a place that was close to death and is now entering into a new life, that’s Detroit. Why does that happen? Well there’s great space available, there’s affordability. But cities attract different people … Detroit is a place where anything goes. It’s a place that’s open to people.” — Richard Florida

In April, Cities readers sent in their questions and ideas on the current state of Detroit and where it’s heading. Over the last several weeks, Atlantic Senior Editor Richard Florida has led a conversation on the future of the Motor City. This is the fifth and final installment.

The Businesses That Will Lead Detroit

 

From The Atlantic Cities
June 5, 2012

“If you want to rebuild a neighborhood, you’re a lot better off starting with stuff people eat and drink. Movie theaters, fine, baseball stadiums great. But where people really want to go is to find places to eat and drink.” — Richard Florida

In April, Cities readers sent in their questions and ideas on the current state of Detroit and where it’s heading. Over the last several weeks, Atlantic Senior Editor Richard Florida has led a conversation on the future of the Motor City. This is the fourth installment.

The Faces Behind Detroit’s Rebirth

 

From The Atlantic Cities
May 29, 2012

“In addition to all the interesting business stuff that’s beginning to happen, [Detroit’s downtown] now has the infrastructure, it has the buildings” to attract businesses like Twitter. – Richard Florida

Last month, Cities readers sent in their questions and ideas on the current state of Detroit and where it’s heading. Over the next several weeks, Atlantic Senior Editor Richard Florida responds by leading a conversation on the future of the Motor City.

Detroit’s Creative Potential

 

From The Atlantic Cities
May 22, 2012

“I think what Detroit offers is for young people or interesting people or engaged people — artists, innovators, musicians, designers, city-builders, place-makers — it offers something for them, and it doesn’t have to advertise.” — Richard Florida

Last month, Cities readers sent in their questions and ideas on the current state of Detroit and where it’s heading. Over the next several weeks, Atlantic Senior Editor Richard Florida responds by leading a conversation on the future of the Motor City. This is the second installment. Watch the first episode here.

The State of Detroit

 

From The Atlantic Cities
May 15, 2012

“So much has been said of the crisis of Detroit or the ruin of Detroit. I think what’s really interesting is, enough’s been said about that. It’s really an interesting place to look at as a laboratory of rebuilding. … Great economic crises are generational events. We’re only four or five years into this one, and already you can see the seeds of renewal and revitalization.” — Richard Florida

Last month, Cities readers sent in their questions and ideas on the current state of Detroit and where it’s heading. Over the next several weeks, Atlantic Senior Editor Richard Florida responds by leading a conversation on the future of the Motor City. This is the first installment.