1. Detroit is changing fast and we’re really proud of it.
Detroit may still be a little rough around the edges, but the new generation is turning it around. People are flocking to the city from around the country to open businesses in the affordable property market, and they’re very proud to be there. Rather than forgetting the city’s history, newcomers are repurposing the old into new while maintaining the Spirit of Detroit. Last fall, Pot and Box owner, Lisa, hosted Flower House in an abandoned home as an art installation project. Lisa had bought the home, plus one other, for $500 with the intention of inspiring others to think of these places as potential art and business spaces. She filled 15 decrepit rooms with 100,000 flowers before responsibly deconstructing the place. In addition to Lisa’s cool idea, Workshop is a business that builds furniture from the reclaimed lumber of Detroit’s abandoned and vacant buildings. Even the abandoned Packard Plant, which was once one of the city’s biggest producers, has been purchased and is on its way to restoration.