Over the past seven weeks, I have been working with the Detroit Regional Chamber on a project around business attraction narratives in the city of Detroit. Currently, the Chamber and its partners have had great success bringing businesses to Downtown and Midtown, and have pretty comprehensive materials to market these areas to interested businesses. However, […]
I am lucky enough that my company emphasizes flexibility and allows me to work remotely when I can. Here are a few of my favorite spots to work remotely in Detroit.
5. Jolly Pumpkin
This Midtown spot has wi-fi that reaches their patio and an order of truffle fries big enough to power you through at least […]
On May 12, the Q-line opened to the public to mixed reviews. Some people were excited about the opportunity to take a train from New Center to downtown for 3 hours for a flat rate. Some people were disappointed that the train did not reach the neighborhoods. However, it was undeniable that the mood in […]
Lots of April showers means lots of May flowers.
The fact that Slow Roll is back tomorrow!
The fact that a club purely devoted to watching the sun rise convenes in Detroit for the first time this week.
The fact that Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday.
The cult-like following of the Dogspotting Facebook page.
A drive that went […]
I literally cannot believe that I didn’t know Opening Day was a thing.
I mean, I obviously knew that the Tigers had an Opening Day game and that tickets were a hot commodity. But the first time someone asked me if I was going to Opening Day my first year in Detroit, I said, “No, […]
As our fellowship year continues, more and more does my weekday life feel disconnected from Challenge Friday’s. My Monday through Thursday’s are spent in my company’s downtown Detroit office or at client sites outside the city, and Friday’s are spent at Techtown or exploring the neighborhoods. While Friday’s at Challenge are a deep dive into […]
My experience in Challenge thus far has been a crash course in many things, but one of the most rewarding has been the opportunity to refine my interviewing skills. Before beginning this fellowship, I was much more familiar with the roles of stockholders than stakeholders. However, the importance of interviewing stakeholders has been heavily impressed […]
During lunch with ten or so co-workers who live across the state of Michigan, the topic of Detroit came up. Unfortunately, it came up because of a news story about a mugging in the city. The group continued to discuss the crime in the city until one person turned to me, the only person at […]
I drove past the Architectural Salvage Warehouse on my commute to work for nearly five months before I actually noticed this building on Grand River. Ironically, I take this route specifically because I love the scenery of the Grand River Creative Corridor. If you’ve never done so, I recommend taking a drive down this stretch […]
This prompt, “It would be game-changing if…” has stuck with me since our first introduction to design thinking, and it has become particularly salient in the past month. We used this phrase to define how broadly we as a cohort might affect the city of Detroit. Thinking about changing the game has been important in my […]