Land of Vast Potential

When thinking about a land of vast potential, one would not likely think about Detroit, Michigan. This was struck home tonight on the evening news that did a segment on the plight of Detroit.

The city is rapidly becoming a ghost town, with the population dropping from around 2 million people at its peak, to around ¾ of a million today.

However, earlier in the day I received an email with this movie trailer of a documentary film on the people of Detroit. That got me thinking about all the possibilities for new businesses—maybe even starting a whole new industry. Take a look at the trailer and tell me what you think.

(email subscribers can view on my blog)

When the full documentary film is released, I’ll let you know where you can view it, or obtain your own copy.

In the meantime, let your imagination run with the possibilities of remaking an entire city—and then let me know what you came up with.
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4 thoughts on “Land of Vast Potential”

  1. Now there’s a spin on the American Spirit you won’t see on TV these days! Imagine if we had that kind of inspiration fed to us daily instead of all the finger-pointing, blame-laying and fear-mongering the media shoves at us daily… our country wouldn’t be in the mess that it is today. It’s going to take a revolution of the small businesses to save what the huge corporations and archaic Luddite corporate mentality has done to destroy our country as a leader in so many ways.
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    1. Jeff – I think your comment is spot on. If only the news media would look more at the positives and the potential in this country, there wouldn’t be such an air of defeat all around us.

      There will always be big businesses around—they are necessary, but they are so monolithic and entrenched in the way they do things, they will never be able to take advantage of business opportunities like the small businesses can. If we can save small business from the workings of the politicians, we may just be able to bring this country back to its role as world leader.

      Also, since it appears that Detroit has gotten rid of much of their political corruption, if I was a young man I would load up my car and head for Detroit—the potential there is staggering. I already have the beginnings of a business plan mapped out in my head. There’s magic to be made there.

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. Hey this is really cool!!! It reminds me of Butte Montana and what is happening there! Detroit may have been the auto city, but it will be small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit that will rise from the ashes left behind. It always seems that the good old American do or die spirit has and can always fill the void. Detroit will succeed. I especially liked the garden spaces!! Wow, what somebody could do to revitalize the whole “buy locally” and green industry right in their own backyard. I love it!!

    1. Steve – I know what you mean. After a 70% drop in population (over several years), Butte is redefining itself from a rough-and-tumble mining city to one of the most active art centers in the country. Of course, it is taking strong PRIVATE leadership, and a lot of dedicated artists from around the world to make it happen. It is not something the local government decided to do, or even helped with all that much.

      I also see where several private groups are starting to introduce new concepts of business in Detroit. Having lived in both cities, I see a strong similarity in the attitudes of the people, and I am confident there is nothing but good things ahead for Detroit.

      Thanks for your comment.

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