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Hotter Than July

OK so Detroit doesn't have everything working for it like some other big cities right now, but there's nothing like unrelenting heat to make a brother appreciate some of the nicer assets we do boast, like our waterways and the leafy expanses of parks like Belle Isle. (Caught this shot a couple of days back while literally cooling out with friends — and fowl — on the island park's banks along the Detroit River)

Unlike some others, I'm not one who believes all of the city's hopes for revitalization rest on the riverfront, but spending time there always helps me remember the enormous potential still locked away in this town — and also how agonizingly far we remain from harnessing so much of it. The riverfront reminds me that a great but struggling American city is still very much here, still standing, still poised to be great once more. If only we'll let it.

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