The following copy is an excerpt from a recent article I published on Medium. Check out the full version here.

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Sometimes our greatest creations come out of our darkest hours. The constraints we face are often the impetus for new and creative ideas.

In 2008, the world witnessed a recession cripple some of the nations most industrious cities and hard-working families. There was no American city hit harder than Detroit. With over one quarter of the workforce unemployed, many considered the city a desert for growth and innovation.

The future for Detroit seemed bleak. There were many who doubted the city’s recovery; and with a troubled financial and political network, many wondered if Detroit could ever come back.

While the outside world watched in horror as a great American city collapsed at its hinges, native Detroiters rallied. You see, Detroit is the innovation capital of the world.