It's All Happening in Detroit
I’m an excitable guy, and usually find something to be excited about for all of my work travels, but I’m especially pumped for my upcoming trip to Detroit. As regular Franchise Times readers know, I’m a big fan of cities and urban franchising—and it’s all happening in the Motor City.
First, the architecture. If you haven’t explored downtown Detroit, you don’t know what you’re missing. Towering skyscrapers that are either occupied by hip new officers or, in some cases, lots of pigeons. Regardless, the buildings are classical, very ornate, some have gold plated accents, and the Financial District is beautiful. Also, riding around on the People Mover train (which only runs clockwise in one direction) is a treat. It cuts right through a few buildings!
Second, the reinvigoration of the city. Thanks to some very generous entrepreneurs and gritty small business owners, the city’s downtown area is undergoing a resurgence that wouldn’t have been expected back in 2009. In some areas of the central business district, class A office space is almost entirely leased. There could be a new skyscraper (some day) going up here, which would be a major achievement.
To make the most of this trip, where I’ll be interviewing some very successful, creative franchisees and franchisors, I’ve elected to go car-free (I love cars, but not as much as trains), so I’ll be conducting all interviews and photo shoots right in downtown, while staying in GM’s famed Renaissance Center. See? I told you I loved cars.
Detroit is home to some of the country’s most pioneering entrepreneurs, and I am grateful for the opportunity to meet them while taking in the sights and sounds of one of America’s coolest, most interesting cities.
It’s all happening, and I can’t wait to try Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez!