The End or What I Learned This Year
Today is the last day (for me) of Assignment Detroit. And there is so much to say...and nothing more to say.
So much because Detroit's story still needs to be told. I've written thousands of words, but I've barely said anything. I've told stories, profiled leaders, shared my life. But nothing has truly conveyed what Detroit is -- because we still don't know what's going to happen to this city in decline. (More on Time.com: See pictures of Detroit's beautiful, horrible decline)
Nothing more to say because I've done all I could to explain my little corner of Detroit. You've been with me throughout this journey, so you know the struggles someone has when they live here. It's ups, downs, middles and more. Every day in Detroit starts with potential and ends in reality. That's all we hope for anymore -- just another day.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for writing. I loved the comments, the discussions, the Facebooking, the reTweets! This project would not have been the same without you (especially Bill, Trasher I mean Thrasher...And all of you regulars. You know who you are).
Thank you to everyone who agreed to speak with me for a blog post. Thanks to those who wrote their own! My apologies to those who I talked to and never ended up here -- I blame motherhood, lack of sleep and my own disorganization. I tried my best. Every blog entry was a little piece of me, trying to explain myself and this city. I worked damn hard. I'm so proud of this blog. I think it was a highlight of Assignment Detroit. (More on Time.com: Read why Time Inc. is in Motown)
I had been in semi-retirement after having kids, and getting this blog got me out there again. Detroit is beautiful. The people are beautiful. The city is a wreck in so many ways, but I just don't care.
Here's what I learned over the past 13 months:
* There is a huge number of people who care about Detroit. That matters.
* There are a bunch of haters. They don't matter.
* We are doing the best we can. Even little improvements count.
Oh, and I learned how much I love living here. And that is worth everything.
If you are outside of this area -- Please keep track of Detroit. Keep us in your prayers. Come visit.
If you live here -- Please invest more time, energy, effort, money, interest. If the story of Detroit hasn't fully been told yet, you still have time to add your paragraph, chapter, section, whatever.
Goodbye. I'll miss talking to you. Good luck.
P.S. Forgot to mention...I'll still be blogging about the city over at the Detroit Regional News Hub for their "Unspun" site. Look for me on Fridays...This pro-Detroit place seems like the right fit for me. Hope to see you there!