Archive for the ‘Detroit’ Category
The Detroit resurrection of recent years is being tainted by the inanities of a creeping bubble, and accordingly, a multitude of poorly-allocated business investments. Once again, existing businesses have been growing at unprecedented rates and new businesses are springing up overnight, and that is in spite of many recent contractions and/or failures in the retail sector. [...]
When the government left these Detroit residents a road sinkhole and refused to own up to fixing that sinkhole, the residents turned it into an aquarium. While the hole remained for years, and filling with water, residents cleaned the hole of algae and stocked it with fish. This mini-pond encased in asphalt had become a home [...]
In the little enclave that is Hamtramck, Michigan, they call it Hamtramck Guerilla Road Repair. The county and city can’t get anything done, and the state consistently threatens residents that the roads cannot be fixed without extracting more and more of our money. Consequently, the roads have become awfully bad. Hamtramck’s potholes are notorious for being some [...]
I am as big a booster as anyone when it comes to anything Detroit, especially as it involves bicycles (I have 8 of them) and commerce. And I wouldn’t mind the Detroit Bikes “B-Type” bicycle for myself, perhaps someday. But I have an egg or two to throw at this article on the expansion plans [...]
Here’s a nifty video that starts out with the usual stuff about Detroit’s good, bad, and the ugly. Then the filmmaker showcases the Brightmoor Youth Entrepreneurship Project, a training program that teaches youths various skills and entrepreneurial savvy. It’s referred to here as “curb-side economics,” and the people are known as road-side entrepreneurs. City youths [...]
People carrying guns equals a reduction in crime. This comes from the new Detroit Chief of Police James Craig. For an urban Police Chief this is pretty radical stuff, and it’s a good start.
Here is the podcast I did with the Heartland Institute last week. Topic: “Businesspeople Starting to Make Motown Their Hometown.”
Here’s my article that was just published by the Heartland Institute, a conservative-libertarianish think tank in Chicago. In spite of the same-old, same-old media garbage about Detroit grabbing the usual headlines, it’s interesting to note that so many free-market organizations, online papers, magazines, websites, etc. are interested in all of the good things going on here [...]
The American Daily Herald is running my piece on Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Detroit.
Ian Douglass sent me his article he published on the Movoto blog: “30 Things You Need to Know About Detroit Before You Move There.” I think Ian’s rundown is a refreshingly positive and artfully humorous view of the Detroit brand. I especially like his reference to Vernors, the “oldest surviving ginger ale brand in the [...]