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I Will Stay in Detroit if… by the Great Lakes Urban Exchange

The Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE) recently did a campaign around the streets of Detroit. They walked around with dry-erase boards encouraging passersby to express their ideas about the future of the city. Everyone was asked to use the board to write what could keep them in Detroit by completing the sentence: “I will stay if…”

Responses ranged from reliable regional transportation to improved education within the city. Everyone had great ideas and I’d guess people are very passionate about what they wrote. It just goes to show you that regular old citizens have plenty of ideas about how to make the city better and that they have faith that it can happen. 

Check out all of the project images,  I Will Stay If…

Inspired by the GLUE project, we decided to recreate it with a few members of The Diff team. While we don’t all currently live in Detroit, we all have strong ties to the city, so we wrote our statements accordingly.

What would make you stay in/ go back to Detroit?

I Will Stay If 004

Kelly: …Mass Transit

I Will Stay If 005

Rebecca: …The City legalizes chickens

I Will Stay If 003
Cora: …Taxes, Safety

I Will Stay If 006
Clayton: No Detroit Income Tax!

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  1. I’d love to include your photos in the IWSI project website — if you’re OK with that, please send them to me at iwillstayif@gluespace.org.
    Glad to see that you were so inspired!

    Posted by: Sarah from GLUE | June 3, 2009
  2. Fix the worst schools in America. Fix the highest unemployment rate in the country.

    Posted by: Renaud | June 4, 2009
  3. I’d move to Detroit if…
    1) I could work for an industry leading technology company
    2) My level of pay would be the same (after taxes)

    Posted by: Dave Rigotti | June 4, 2009
  4. I’d move to Detroit if…
    1)Public transit was created to connect the main city to surrounding suburbs
    2)Desirable store fronts were established to create a community within the city

    Posted by: Mark | June 9, 2009
  5. I love these ideas! I think they’re doable, as long as we’re all willing to chip in to get them done.
    I think more people would get involved if the perception of safety were improved. We all forget that the yucky stuff that happens within the city limits happens everywhere. Yes, it’s more pronounced in Detroit. How do we get a few small wins to encourage people to step back in?

    Posted by: Christy | June 10, 2009

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