What will happen to Detroit

I wrote the following while eating breakfast at a friend’s diner and feeling frustrated about the state of affairs for small business owners here with Russell Street Deli closing forever this weekend:

The recent ravenous real estate purchases in Eastern Market are only the beginning of a much larger wave that’s coming for us. We largely didn’t mind downtown getting purchased and restored by billionaires because skyscrapers are usually the stuff of titans. We don’t typically imagine ourselves buying, fixing up and using huge towers. Watching these big buildings get filled back up with life and work was sometimes thrilling but with a handful of missteps and unkindness to those who were still living there.

The changes of leadership in Eastern Market were different. They hit us square in the gut.

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