What Detroit Needs

What does the city need? Schools. Good schools. That’s it. Fix the education system here and everything else will fall into place. Marketing guru Seth Godin wrote a manifesto on education (check it out here) a few years back called Stop Stealing Dreams, where he assessed the purpose of mass…

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Opportunity for Redevelopment

I’m starting to look at opportunities for redevelopment, purchasing cash flow properties in potentially appreciating areas and in-fill housing to take advantage of that emergence.   Want to get in on the action?  We welcome investors who would like to be part of Detroit’s rebirth and growth. We’re even considering…

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Lending in Detroit

For a long time, lenders have not wanted to participate in most of Detroit.   There’s been no lending in the city for a long, long time, at least 10 years, since before the crash. In general, banks seem to not be interested in lending less than $50,000.   Maybe…

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Demolition to Development

Along the stretch of Jefferson facing the bridge to Belle Isle, a Big Boy restaurant that has served Detroiters for half a century will be reduced to rubble to make way for shiny, new development in the city. A Detroit developer known as the Platform is looking to give the…

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Little Caesars Arena

In Detroit, there is small, residential development and there is big development, like the soon-to-open Little Caesars Arena. We’re hearing a lot these days about what lies ahead. Big flavors, big contests, big visions for a city on the constant cusp of rebirth. It doesn’t open until September, but there’s…

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Summer in the City

Hordes of Slow Roll bicyclers are meandering down the streets and winding up at hip restaurants, bars with outdoor seating. Tables and chairs fill sidewalks, alit with people talking, laughing, sipping and sighing.  Rowers are placing their oars on the water and parting the diamond-flecked waves of the Detroit River…

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Freedom

In honor of July 4th, when we celebrate our nation’s freedom and independence, I want to spend a little time talking about the free market. I truly believe the free market is the answer to whatever your problem is. That’s not to say I don’t believe government has a place!…

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Islandview

Named for its proximity to Belle Isle and views of the Detroit River island, the Islandview neighborhood of Detroit is bordered by Jefferson, Mack Avenue, Mt. Elliot and Baldwin Street. West of West Village, this neighborhood features historic single and multi-family homes, in addition to apartment buildings and rowhouses. Gleaners…

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Father’s Day

While I love my business and am a dedicated entrepreneur, my most important role in life is being a father. This weekend, in honor of Father’s Day, we will watch baseball and grill. Time spent with family is the best time of all. Over the years, I’ve learned some things…

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