Men Declining?

Provocative and important cover story in the current issue of the the Atlantic. It's entitled The End of Men? Clearly exaggerated, but the main point of the article that men are having a harder time than women making the transition…

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Michigan Ain’t the Worse

Came back from this year's Detroit Regional Chamber's terrific Mackinac Policy Conference with one big take away: next year's conference should be about what is right with Michigan. Folks are so down on Michigan. The public conversation is that we…

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Ficano on Transit

Great editorial from Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano for One D on transit. Ficano makes the case that rail transit is a key ingredient metro Detroit needs to retain and attract young professionals. Based in part on a recent charrette…

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Detroit’s Liabilities

In a previous post I wrote how we are so obsessed with what is wrong with Detroit that we forget it has assets to build from. But then comes a terrific Wall Street Journal article on black flight from Detroit and…

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Ann Arbor II

Lot of reaction to my post on Ann Arbor's anti-density development policies. One theme is Ann Arbor can't be Madison mainly because they are the state capitol and have the two lakes. No question Madison has some assets that Ann…

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College Success Advisers

Readers know that I am concerned about the low graduation rates that characterized almost all of our universities and colleges. The recent Brookings report on demographic changes across the country from 2000-2008 provides data that should worry all of us.…

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Great Editorials

Two great editorials on our just released report on Michigan's progress to a knowledge-based economy. One from Derek Melot at the Lansing State Journal titled "Will Mich. gain passion for learning?". The other from the Kalamazoo Gazette titled "A tale of…

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Paying Attention to Young Talent

Terrific articles on Sunday in both the Grand Rapids Press and the Kalamazoo Gazette on the importance of young professionals to economic growth. Worth reading! The Press' article is part of their terrific Michigan 10.0 series. That the issue of…

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