There seem to be two types of stories emerging from Detroit these days: one bleak and one optimistic.
Both can be spun wildly out of proportion, but the two – seemingly contradictory – narratives paint the same city in a very different light.
Detroit’s bankruptcy has garnered attention from around the world – from the U.K. to India. The bankruptcy, the underperforming school system, the lack of public services, the high crime, the dysfunctional local governments: they all contribute to the bleak narrative.
At the same time, there have been a number of reports that have highlighted a more optimistic narrative in the city.
A recent boom in population and economic activity in Midtown and downtown has completely changed those areas of the city over the last several years.