Detroit’s entrepreneurial surge is all the rage, these days, with media attention from all corners of the globe. CNN has published an article, “Reviving Detroit from the Ground Up.” As one would expect from the mainstream media, scant attention is paid to the motivation and success of entrepreneurs in spite of government intervention, taxation, business mutilation, and specifically in Detroit, the downward spiral from insolvency to a potential bankruptcy.
The article’s author gives a nod to the upcoming book from Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Broken Economy.
“The cavalry is not coming,” said Katz, who describes local innovations from across the country in a new book, “The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy.”
Cities cannot wait for old programs to return, Katz says. They are not coming back.
Instead, cities should build from whatever assets they have at hand and make a new kind of business case for investment, from within and without.
A Brookings press release for the book release reads:
Across the nation cities and metropolitan areas, and the networks of pragmatic leaders who govern them, are taking on the big issues that Washington won’t, or can’t, solve. They are reshaping our economy and fixing our broken political system.
In reality, government “leaders” in Detroit are not responsible for any of the business boom we are witnessing here in the more dense areas of the city. Instead, the laughable and incompetent bozos on the Detroit city council, as well as the blundering boobs in the mayor’s office, have managed to stick their wrenches into the spokes of many excellent efforts on the part of local business barons to reform this city’s decades of decay and neglect. Still, our city’s finest entrepreneurs have managed to overcome the attempts at political coercion with brilliant strategies for dodging the bureaucracy and accomplishing free-market endeavors. In fact, Whole Foods is getting set to open its new Detroit store.
I’ve long made the argument that it is the lack of a powerful government that has blessed Detroit with an environment where a quasi-anarchy that has spawned multiple grass roots movements consisting of voluntary forces doing good things for the community, as well as allowing for a profusion of these notable entrepreneurial efforts. The battle is not between Big Government (the Feds) and local government; it is between the state (all governments) and the efforts of private entrepreneurs and spontaneous orders within the communities.
See my “Detroit: From Rust to Riches” blog for more on these topics.9:31 pm on May 31, 2013 Email Karen De Coster