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November 16, 2006

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I'm wondering how One D can hope to truly accomplish anything without involving the schools and the city government in the process.

As usual, thanks for going deeper into a major Michigan story. I really feel that a more successful and vibrant Detroit would herald a more successful and vibrant Michigan.

You can click on my name for our article on One D (with links to all the organizations).

Hi Jack,

Thanks for highlighting the efforts of this new coalition. You and I sit on opposite sides of the glass. Mine is full -- but I am also generationally-challenged (read: not tained by the memories of 1967).

Though it reads as if you don't love reports, here's one we've just finished that was sponsored by the Downtown Detroit Partnership and Detroit Economic Growth Corporartion.

If it does anything, perhaps it will awaken those in the 'burbs (of which I'm a product) to come down and have a looksee. There is a heck of a lot of action downtown, PSB (post Super Bowl).

Follow this link to the .PDF report, courtesy of the Brookings Institution: http://www.brookings.edu/metro/umi/pubs/20061025_downtowndetroitinfocus.htm

It's not all gloom and doom. Believe me you, I know gloom and doom, I'm an environmentalist!

Yours,
Kerry

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Hi Jack,
I too am skeptical of the effect that OneD will have on the region. I think that it will need support from most of the suburbs to have any long-lasting or significant effect on anything. But I completely agree with you on the need for a regional government. I just wonder whether that will be any more effective than OneD will at creating cohesiveness in Wayne county and between the new government and Oakland and Monroe counties. Perhaps in 20 years, when the leaders of the region are no longer people who were even alive in 1967, we will be closer to cohesiveness. But I even wonder still, if it's just a matter of rearing, and whether the youth of Metro Detroit are going to be just as racist as their parents. Regardless of the potential problems, I still feel a regional government would be a huge boost, if nothing else, to the image of Detroit and Wayne county.

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