We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I live in the Detroit Metro area. The story misses at least two major parts of the possible Detroit recovery story: 1) the Byzantine rules required to a new business [only the really well-to-do and/or connected can get everything done is less than a year], and; 2) the irrational, angry, delusional, entitled majority of residents who continue to elect incompetent, crooked governments.
In the almost 15 years I've been here I've seen just about every chance of a revival strangled by the "will of the voter" who want to a) punish suburbanites [especially white ones] while b) getting given large amounts of tax dollars from the rest of Michigan [especially the suburbs], while complaining loudly the whole time about how they've been screwed by "outsiders."
I don't see either changing very much. I have and have had a great many students from Detroit, and it never ceases to amaze me how many of them are quite intelligent and reasonably well-educated and they still fall into that mindset.
So, until they get a new set of voters [or the equivalent of the current Emergency Manager who can cut through the crap] or the culture changes not much is going to get revived.
I suppose parts of Downtown can be quite nice to the extent that they can basically run it privately.
It reads like a professionally manicured public relations puff piece. Lots of positive spin about reclaiming lovely old buildings and the altruistic replacement of light bulbs. Not much about the fact that without massive federal subsidies, very few housing loans would be granted and precious little rent would get collected. The feds are pouring hundreds of milions into Detroit each year and the smart rich guys are happily collecting it. Any chance of real, sustainable economic activity is being drowned by subsidized failure. It's just more of the same plantation/carpet bagger/command economy system we have everywhere. If a republican gets elected, he will add some 'defense' plants or expand a base or something. Pretty much the only free enterprise left in America is slinging dope, everything else is stagecraft.
A functioning city needs a rational, educated public in order to operate and thrive. Detroit does not have that...and neither does a growing number of ever increasingly lawless cities. All of the old cities have a large number of "golden age" relics that would be worth rehabbing if the cities were functioning but they are not functioning and will increasingly look like the old Roman ruins.