It goes without saying that Detroit has witnessed the depths of hopelessness and despair. Despite Detroit’s shortcomings, trials, and tribulations, the city remains hopeful. Its people are strong, committed, and optimistic, yet they find themselves overwhelmed by circumstances beyond any one person’s control.

Detroit has witnessed an outright assault on its integrity, character, and zeal, only to observe generations of strife, struggle, and persecution both internally and externally. But there is a deeply-rooted belief that Detroit can and shall rise again from the smoldering ashes of anguish like a phoenix. Detroit, a city on a river, once stood as a giant in the world of opportunity and entrepreneurial genius. It was the downright grunt of the spirit that propelled Detroit to its greatest seasons.

Folks, we get it: we understand what it means to sacrifice through blood, sweat, and tears. We as a community comprehend and internalize the struggle to achieve a certain quality of life for our families. We know exactly what it is like to find your own way or make one from nothing. We desire a bustling city of possibility entrenched in the fabric of what makes Detroit a great city.

Detroit is ready for a comeback, and willing to come together around a common goal and vision. Detroit is energetic with hope. The time is near when all the walls of separation must come down, when new meets old in commonality and appreciation for what makes the Motor City, Motown. We can begin again with hope. We can believe in ourselves. The community can and shall rise again. All hands on deck; Detroit is a city of hope.

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