The courage of Detroit

Even if you're not a sports fan, check out Mitch Albom's "The courage of Detroit" in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

"They say your teams are a disgrace and your city is dying. They say you are the past and you will never win again. And yet your are from Detroit and there is strength in that," writes Albom in defense of his city.

And could Detroit's estimated 16% unemployment rate and 40,000 abandoned homes be a preview of what's in store for your community in these tough, and getting tougher, times?

"Do you think if your main industry sails away to foreign countries, if the tax base of your city dries up, you won't have crumbling houses and men sleeping on church floors too? Do you think if we become a country that makes nothing, that builds nothing, that only services and outsources, that we will hold our place on the economic totem pole?

"Detroit may be suffering the worst from this semi-Depression, but we sure didn't invent it. And we can't stop it from spreading. We can only do what we do. Survive.

"And yet we're better at that than most places."

Published by

Jay Robb

I've reviewed more than 500 business books for the Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations since 1993.

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