While Detroit was once known as the automobile manufacturing capital of the world, it has since gained a negative reputation for its decades of decline. We’ve all heard about the city’s high unemployment rate, high crime rate, and thousands upon thousands of abandoned homes, but since filing for bankruptcy in 2013, Detroit is starting to make a come back. These three industries are helping Motown grow.
Technology: Motor City can continue to be known for its innovation, thanks to a non-profit organization called TechTown. A business incubator that’s set up shop in a five-story building that was formally a General Motors factory, TechTown is home to 40 different small businesses – and they’re looking for more. As part of the technological hub that focuses on working together to grow and energize the community, entrepreneurs and small business owners benefit from helpful resources, a valuable network, and significantly cheaper office space compared to other nearby cities.
Arts & Entertainment: Detroit has always had a rich musical heritage, hosting their share of noteworthy jazz, techno, R&B, and garage-band concerts. Today, it continues to foster a strong artistic downtown community. While some of the city’s performing art centers have been converted to other uses, over a dozen remain, many of which are in the process of being restored. Thanks to the non-profit Write A House, Detroit is home to a poet, a fiction writer, and a Pulitzer prize winner. It’s also where you’ll find Tommey Walker, the graphic designer who created the clothing line Detroit Vs. Everybody, and Donna Jackson, founder of DMJ Studio.
Tourism: If you didn’t think there were a lot of reasons to visit Detroit, think again. Recently ranked one of the hottest American cities in 2015 by Business Insider, its residents are helping the city reclaim its position as a cultural capital. A new baseball field, a redeveloped riverfront, and some added shops and restaurants complement the museums, performing art centers, parks, and historic landmarks that already characterize the Detroit city skyline. The Detroit Experience Factory is an opportunity for visitors to see the community through local eyes. The Detroiters that lead the tours provide entertainment that ranges from visiting taverns, to taking part in scavenger hunts.