Rather than the standard “we have all the amenities you love!” that most cities try to promote, touting urban sameness rather than distinctiveness or authenticity, the message coming out of Detroit is, “we’re still here! We made it and we’re stronger for it!” (Detroit: Rebranding, Resilience and Redemption)
Throughout his post, Saunders has sprinkled videos which illustrate his point, and as I watched the videos, it occurred to me that while the post was about the rebound of Detroit, it could just as easily be a message of hope for 2020. So I include the videos for your viewing, whether as cheerleading for a city I love or as a reminder that while we have miles to go before we sleep, together we have the resilience to start the work of redemption.
2011 classic; I guarantee that I wasn’t the only one that cried when this commercial first aired.
A love song for The D, from the late Allee Willis (lyrics provided on YouTube page)
Amazon didn’t come, but this remains our testimony. We are dreamchasers.
Nothing stops Detroit; Detroit hustles harder.
I have a job interview this morning, but I’ll try to check in later in the afternoon…