Young and Idealistic Take Over Detroit

Meagan Elliott, an urban planning student at the University of Michigan, writes about a young, idealistic generation that is moving to Detroit.
August 17, 2011, 2pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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Elliott says everywhere you look there are young newcomers coming to Detroit, and despite what people think, they're not crazy:

"...it's a strategic move to a place where they see opportunity. The bottoming out of Detroit –the fact that it is number one in many of the statistical areas that no city wants to be number one in- is part of why so many have come to believe in its possibility. There is no better place to go and actually have your voice heard. Members of this younger cohort involved in non-profit work are in positions of those at least five years their elder in other cities. Every new friend I meet seems to run their own small business. And most importantly, the majority of these individuals have an extremely sensitive appreciation for Detroit's history that fuels their commitment."

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Published on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 in 7 Stops Mag
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