Of course, we have only been exposed to a very small part of this giant city. On our bus tour, we saw everything from blight and abandoned mansions to world-class medical research centers and art, such as the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Heidelberg Project. A walking assignment at my office, Detroit Future City, to examine, document, and analyze vacant lots in four neighborhoods throughout Midtown, Corktown, and Downtown showed me the stark juxtaposition between Downtown, which is filled nearly to capacity, and the surrounding neighborhoods, which were my first real on-the-ground look at residential Detroit life and which were spotted with vacant lots of all types, shapes, and sizes. On our scavenger hunt through Downtown Detroit, we traversed into some of the most luxurious hotels, delicious-smelling restaurants, and chic stores I’ve ever seen, all while passing heart-stoppingly magnificent buildings such as Comerica Park, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Detroit Opera House, and let’s face it, the entire financial district. Downtown is peppered with beautiful statues and works of art that uniquely and inherently represent the city’s culture of resilience, strength, and fortitude. This city is diverse, powerful, and paradoxical, and there’s still a lot to see, but one unifying sentiment rings true throughout every building, street, and brownfield. A change is coming. I think I can contribute to it, and I’m so lucky to be a small part of it. I’m so excited to experience the small adventures that I hope will ultimately make this an incredibly transformative and positive life experience.