A producer looks back, and then ahead to Detroit 2020
After a long and distinguished career, award-winning Detroit 2020 producer Donella Crawford is retiring this week.
Donella has been an integral part of the Channel 7 newsroom for more than 40 years.
Donella’s last story embodies her feelings and sentiment for Detroit:
For the past three years I have been part of the Detroit 2020 team. This has been a dream job. But tomorrow I retire after 40 years at WXYZ, knowing great things lie ahead for the TV station and the region.
I’m convinced Detroit in the next decade will be a very special place. I’ve seen the sometimes subtle clues as I’ve worked with the Detroit 2020 crew during the past three years.
I’ve watched children planting seeds in the spring with the real expectation of an abundant harvest in summer.
Volunteers come together to build new homes to welcome young families. Others bring down houses that will no longer provide shelter for anyone.
And on the land where blight once stood, there is now bounty from the soil, and for the spirit.
Men who were once homeless now feel at home in public as they lift their voices in song.
A couple of guys with bicycles find a new way to share their view of the city.
Almost every month new restaurants open and established ones continue to serve up good food and memories.
The only American built watches are made in Detroit.
Detroiters also sew some mean jeans and are about to brew baby batches of beer.
We’ve begun to appreciate the mixture of cultures that makes our community strong.
Our older citizens look back at lessons learned in the past to help our youth look forward to a brighter future.
Old buildings are getting a new lease on life.
And young people rush to leasing the apartments they offer.
Some of the folks with deep pockets are reaching into them to revive the d.
Sports teams, traditions, and challenges bring individuals together.
To outsiders, Detroit may look down and out. And, indeed the region faces serious challenges. But I would urge those people to look beyond the buildings and blight … and instead focus on the faces of my adopted home town. It’s the people who will make Detroit 2020 the place to be.