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How Detroit Passed Silicon Valley

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rick merritt
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Re: Great Article
rick merritt   7/12/2016 4:47:03 PM

@spike_johan  Thx!

I visited Petosky for the first time last summer--wonderful biking and swimming!

My alma mater in Kalamazoo, Westrn Michigan University, is driving a mini local renaissance there with a new tech campus and incubator.




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Great Article
spike_johan   7/12/2016 2:03:48 PM

I opened your post with great interest and finished it highly satisfied. So thank you for that.

I am also a Michigan native, born and raised in Petoskey (Claude Shannon - to us engineers anyway - is the town's singular most famous native son).

I fled Michigan at my earliest opportunity (mid '70s) as I saw no opportunity for a young man given what I perceived (correctly) as the demise of industry; most notably the automotive industry (although mighty Dow Chemical maintained a significant presence in Midland at that time).

And so like yourself and many others, I too all these years have been following the plight of Michigan's - and at one time the world's - greatest and most promising city through its precipitous slide wondering when if ever the hemorrhaging was going to stop.

Your article gave me hope. I've often said that if I were ever to return to live in the US it would be to Detroit. The weather is crap most of the year but the people who have stayed and did so with a purpose in my opinion contain the very spirit of America. Parts Search

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