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From Mackinac: Blending ‘Two’ Detroits

May 31 2012 | no comments

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.

Click here to read the entire story on crainsdetroit.com.

 

Nancy Kaffer: (313) 446-0412, nkaffer@crain.com. Twitter: @nancykaffer

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