The number of innovative businesses within Detroit is higher now than it has ever been. Detroit was once known for being the automotive capital of the world, that’s no longer the case. Detroit is no longer a city bound to a single industry. Detroit is becoming a city that resembles a 1000 piece puzzle, each puzzle piece represents a new idea, a new business, and new innovation. My goal for our project is that we are able to help add a few additional pieces to this vast puzzle. As our pieces find more pieces to fit around them, our contribution has the potential to extend far beyond what we can directly see.
Our ability to help add a few pieces to this puzzle is only possible due to the time that we’ve spent in Detroit thus far. As intelligent as we might, this is not a project that could be accomplished effectively if we did not understand the current resurgence that is happening in Detroit. This is a place that cannot be described through a few pictures or articles on the internet. My perspective and understanding of what Detroit currently is and what it hopes to become has been completely changed through the short time I’ve spent here. If you had asked me at the beginning of our trip whether I thought Detroit would ever return to its former glory, I would’ve said no. I would’ve said that Detroit is simply a victim of misfortunate. However, I now feel as though Detroit will certainly regain its glory. It won’t be in the same fashion it once was, but Detroit will find a way to come together and assemble a grand puzzle.