From Mackinac: Blending ‘Two’ Detroits
From Nancy Kaffer at Crain’s Detroit Business:
It’s a familiar story: Detroit is a city of contrasts, of new investments and optimism, an influx of young creative professionals and independent business owners.
It’s also a city of blinding poverty and violence, of governmental dysfunction and severe financial distress.
How to connect the two cities is a challenge civic and political leaders must meet.
The Wednesday panel at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference, “Detroit: A Tale of Two Cities,” addressed some of the problems the city faces — and panelists discussed how Detroit’s wins can become widespread successes for the city.
A major new investment in the city is coming in the forms of a Whole Foods market, located in Detroit’s Midtown, set to open next year.
Coming to Detroit made sense, said Whole Foods panelist Red Elk Banks, executive operations coordinator for the high-end grocer.
“On some levels, it’s really easy for us, because we look at where people are talking about food,” Banks said.
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