Forbes writer amazed by Detroit’s progress

The Detroit of the 1980s is nothing like today’s city.

So says Forbes writer Joann Muller in a beaming story about the city’s progress since she first moved to Detroit nearly three decades ago.

Muller was thrilled to see Woodward Avenue teeming with people and occupied buildings.

“In any other city, this would be unremarkable,” she wrote. “But in Detroit, it was an amazing sight. Seriously.”

Sure, she says, “Mayor Dave Bing has been a disappointment and he and the do-nothing City Council can’t seem to agree on anything.” And she predicts the “appointment of a slash-and-burn emergency financial manager to run Detroit or a municipal bankruptcy filing.”

But hey. It’s Detroit, and the progress is undeniable, even if it comes at a low time for the government.

Muller reports that young professionals are moving in, partially drawn downtown by an estimated 10,000 jobs created there over the past 18 months.

Developers are remodeling old buildings, and entrepreneurs are opening restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

“I was at a friend’s bar over the weekend and was delighted as he rattled off all the development activity going on in his neighborhood, where the only other business currently is a strip club,” she wrote.

Forbes and other national publications are paying closer attention to Detroit’s revival. We’ll bring you those stories – the good and the bad – as they’re published.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.