Stir it Up
The Detroit Narrative
8 million stories in the Motor City.
Published: August 7, 2013
Regional cooperation has been growing this past decade, and even Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson has admitted that a Detroit bankruptcy negatively affects his county’s financial perspective.
Funding for the Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts are region-based, as well as the fix-up and administration of the Cobo Center. Although it’s controversial, it looks like administration of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will soon be through a regional authority.
There are some in both the city and the suburbs who would just as well maintain separation, but there are a lot of people who believe cooperation is the way to go. The Woodward Avenue Action Association works to enhance the “visual, economic, functional and historic significance of the road that runs for 27 miles through 11 communities and two counties. The Eight Mile Boulevard Association works to revitalize businesses and communications along the famous road that runs through 13 communities and three counties.
There just might be 8 million stories in the Motor City. Too bad the national narrative is fixated on just one of them. That’s bad storytelling no matter where you are from.
Larry Gabriel is a writer, musician and former editor of Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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