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No need to wait for Newt Gingrich’s “tax-free” Detroit vision to take a chance on the city

Workers cleaning up a statue by Marshall Fredericks titled 'The Spirit of Detroit.'
Posted on June 25, 2010 by | Midwest Travel | No Comments

Detroit has always been a trailblazer. Even when it comes to being the first to crash the economy. So, it’s no surprise that the city — which now ranks as the first metropolis in U.S. history to see its population drop below 1 million — has become a cautionary tale. For some, of big business; for others, “bad” government. The latest to weigh in is Newt Gingrich. The other week, the former Speaker of the House offered this eye-opening suggestion for the city’s woes: Make it a total tax-free zone. For 10 years. I’m not saying he’s right, and I’m…

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Inside Detroit’s Jeanette Pierce dares you: Fall in love with Detroit (yes, Detroit)

She's got a thing for Detroit: Inside Detroit's Jeanette Pierce
Posted on January 16, 2010 by | Midwest Travel | One Comment

Jeanette Pierce was feeling a little tired the other morning. Then she got to talking. About Detroit. Watch out! “I get really excited,” said Pierce, by phone. “Detroit’s kind of my drug of choice … I’m not allowed to have caffeine and talk about Detroit at the same time.” Before we go any further, let’s get a few things off the table. Yes, Pierce lives in Detroit, and yes, she “loves” it. But, no, she’s not stuck here. “People think we must be here because we can’t sell our homes,” says Pierce. “That is not the case. If you gave…

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Lewis and Clark expedition still fascinates; “Arrival at Camp River Dubois” December 12-13

Photo credit: Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
Posted on December 12, 2009 by | Midwest Travel | 3 Comments

More than 200 years after their historic expedition, Lewis and Clark are still part of the national conversation. That was clear the other day on Capitol Hill when Sen. Christopher Dodd invoked the famed explorers’ names to justify federal support of a National Infrastructure Bank. “You cannot find a period of economic growth in our country … where we did not make investments in infrastructure,” said Dodd, who quipped: “Had Thomas Jefferson had the Congressional Budget Office around he wouldn’t have gone … we’d still be 13 colonies running around.” Maybe so. Maybe not. But this much is clear: Dodd’s…

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