When the recession hit, so many great America cities lost their footing. We saw it happen here in Sacramento and watched as similar stories took shape across the nation. Detroit's story, however, was one that I had been hearing about long before foreclosures, balloon payments and bailouts became part of our daily lives.
To put it simply: Detroit has been put to the test for decades.
Yet, I recently had a chance to visit the Motor City on a press trip for Clementine Daily and Buick and I must say: the energy we found in Detroit is unmistakable. You can see the pride in people's eyes as they talk about their city. Investors are making moves to return downtown to its former glory; businesses, both large and small, are choosing to set up shop in Detroit; and the companies that have been there all along are picking themselves up, dusting themselves off and rising to the challenge.
While there's still so much work to be done and the city will have to move forward with all residents in mind (as all cities should), I truly believe that Detroit is one to watch. If you've never had a chance to visit, go. Go now. I, for one, am already plotting my return.