Billionaire Dan Gilbert sits down with Forbes’ Joann Muller to discuss his historic effort to rebuild the Motor City.
“Detroit has also seen a notable improvement in its Walk Score since 2011. In recent years the struggling city has been the site of substantial downtown revitalization orchestrated by a unique partnership of corporate leaders, such as Quicken Loan’s Dan Gilbert, and local foundations. Gilbert, who famously purchased many older buildings in what he called a “skyscraper sale,” has bought dozens of properties in the downtown area.
With the help of the Project for Public Spaces, the entire downtown area, stretching from the old central business district through the arts and cultural district and over to Corktown, has been transformed into a much more vibrant and walkable area.”
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Detroit will host a national business forum on how employers can upgrade recruiting, training and productivity on May 4-5 at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit.
“REINVENTING AMERICA: THE WORKFORCE SUMMIT,” sponsored by Forbes magazine’s conference division, will feature presentations by Rick Snyder, Dan Gilbert, Mary Barra and the presidents of Michigan State and Wayne State. Local executives delivering remarks also include Felicia Fields, a Ford group vice president, and Cindy Pasky, founder and head of Strategic Staffing Solutions.
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Last fall, construction crews began digging trenches in downtown Detroit to lay super high-speed fiber optics cable below a new street. This workspace wasn’t far from three-and-a-half miles of reconstructed pathways, parks, green space and a refurbished luxury hotel along the Detroit River …
… The city is reinventing itself as an edgy urban center of business, research and innovation thanks to a unique public, private andphilanthropic coalition. This coalition wants to restore Detroit to its long-ago glory days as a center of commerce, innovation and culture – and early signs of a renaissance are beginning to spread from the inner core out.”
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Originally published by Choose Thinking – A Blog by Dan Gilbert
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We did not expect that an extensive report of an earlier design concept of the Hudson’s site would appear in the media. Since it did appear, we are releasing this more refined conceptual rendering looking north on Woodward Avenue near Gratiot.
While we are excited about the direction of this concept, it is important to note that the design of the beloved Hudson’s site on Woodward Avenue in the heart of downtown Detroit is still evolving.
All of us in our entire family of companies as well as our two architectural firms, NYC-based SHoP Architects and Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates are committed to getting this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity right for the landscape and citizens of Detroit. It is critical that we remain extremely thoughtful in every aspect of this project — from the programming we include to the financing — and most importantly; the design and architecture of a building that will be standing as a one-of-a-kind, destination for current and future generations of Detroiters and visitors alike.
We hope to announce the final design and details about the Hudson’s site project this calendar year. In the meantime, we have much work to do with public and private stakeholders.
We are more than excited and feel fortunate that we have the opportunity to redevelop one of the key landmark locations in downtown Detroit. As we have stated in the past, our vision is to develop an iconic building that will have some ties to Detroit’s past, but more importantly, represent Detroit’s rebirth into a creative and high-tech future. We are determined to develop this property for the benefit and enjoyment of all Detroiters and visitors from everywhere. Everyone involved in this project is very passionate about it and we cannot wait to get to work.
Even after bankruptcy, bailouts, massive population and job loss, nightly arson and widespread decay, Detroit still has plenty going for it. It’s a beautiful old city built on America’s original tech industry — cars. In this weeklong Re/code special series, Liz Gannes examines the fast-moving efforts of a hometown billionaire and others to revive Detroit, starting from its center. Sparking this rebirth: Tech startups that draw from the region’s engineering heritage and promise to help restore Detroit’s long-lost claim as a capital of innovation.
What better place than Detroit to stage the next wave of innovation? It lives at the intersection of arts and invention. It is the birthplace of the personal car, the assembly line, the escalator, the paved road, the urban freeway and the radio news broadcast. It was the epicenter of music innovation: Detroit blues, gospel, jazz, rock, R&B, house music and hip-hop. We’re talking Motown and Madonna.
The coolest space in all of Detroit, says local revitalization magnate Dan Gilbert, is the basement of the Chrysler House.
Enter the glistening marble-floored lobby of the Griswold Street skyscraper — long known as the Dime Building, after the bank that built it — and take the one elevator that goes down. You’ll find yourself amid a potpourri of fabric samples, a plush neon-green booth that looks like a sea anemone, a water fountain that appears to be dripping with chocolate, a sculpture of the Detroit skyline made of old computer parts, and a $9,000 black metal full-size-horse lamp that hometown returnee Madonna thought was so neat, she called off the prohibition on social media she’d asked for during her downtown Detroit tour, and posted a picture of herself hugging it on Instagram.
It’s an office for an interior design firm called dPop, the one that puts the pizazz in the 70-some downtown Detroit buildings owned and controlled by Gilbert.