How does it feel, friends, to be a redemption tale, a sports film montage and the trendiest city in America, all in one week?
While the last few days weren't kind to either the Tigers (bless you, boys) or the Lions, newspapers across America were high on the Detroit redemption theme, with sports serving as the engine for our latest renaissance.
We here at Model D know that progress in the city is, to pborrow from our upcoming Next Big Thing event
, really the mean result of a million little things -- the hard work, goodwill and dedication of thousands of Detroiters that often go unnoticed. It's the community development organizers, the small business owners, the neighborhood watchdogs, and countless more of you every day that make this city special -- not a scoreboard result or an advertisement for a car commercial.
Still, the recognition is nice. We're glad everyone's coming to understand what we love about this place.
"We're a tough town," said Emmett Moten, a partner in the redeveloped Doubletree Fort Shelby hotel and former development czar for then-Mayor Coleman Young. "If you look back where we were in the '60s and where we are today, there were a lot of, not bumps in the road, but major, major catastrophes. But because the town was strong, they've been able to overcome that. ... "It's picking up," he said. "We have our problems, but we're willing to fight."
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