Before I left for Detroit, my family and friends, like many others warned that Detroit was one of the most dangerous places in America. But that couldn’t be further from the truth - as much a truth as Donald Trump’s boasts of Pittsburgh as a city still dependent on the steel industry. Detroit’s reputation is not what it truly is - it is not a city filled with dangers and gentrification. It is a city filled with culture, but dominated by an unfair stereotype.
Though widely known for its auto industry and manufacturing, I was constantly surprised by the artistic achievements around the city. From the Detroit Contemporary Museum a short walk away to the street murals all around the city, art really runs in the city’s veins. Then I realized that art was not just some aesthetic display for tourists, but it was something that represented the efforts by its people for change. From the Heidelberg Project to the Spirit of Detroit and its motto, Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus, Detroit is a city ripe for new ways to rise and change.
What I could contribute to the city would be just another part in the greater movement of effort put forth by the people of Detroit. I want to further contribute to the entrepreneur sphere of TechTown and its efforts. I want to be able to say that I was a part of a something larger - a movement that years from now people will look back on, a movement that showed what America is about, a movement of true changemakers.