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

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 […]

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

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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