Fall is indeed back and quite beautiful here in Detroit.
We wanted to take this time to offer a few updates on how the year has been going. Quite simply, it’s been both rewarding and tricky. The rewarding part is seeing real results towards our mission to connect people through the sharing of personal stories. We’ve done a lot of that and look forward to doing more. There is little more satisfying than seeing new allies form between city residents who might otherwise have just walked right by each other.
This is a critical component to us as Detroiters moving forward. We should expect as we have been seeing five to ten years of intense economic development and cultural shifts in our demographics. That’s a mouthful.
The reality is the city is changing fast, with all kinds of new people and ideas, and the speed will only increase. This kind of change is really hard on culture and community, because though we can build buildings and open businesses fast, and are excited for all the new opportunities, the truth is people are just a little slower when it comes to this kind of thing. It’s very easy to feel adrift in your own neighborhood and city. A lot of people feel really separate from all this new stuff and we have to find better ways to connect us all to the opportunities. The more we can build bridges and connect these emerging cultures with the ones that have been here for a long time, the better and happier we all will be.
That is what we are focusing on for the next 12 months. In August we received our approval for 501c3 non-profit status from the IRS and will be spending a lot of time re-invigorating the Sparks program. We are also developing a mentoring program to connect our young people to the many emerging creative job opportunities. And we are consulting on development projects in the city about better ways to activate space and connect communities to the new opportunities, in hopefully fun and meaningful ways. And yes, we are still working on financing for the hotel. Expect some news at the first of the year about a crowd-sourcing campaign and how individuals and investors can get directly involved.
So while Fall is Back, Collision Works is definitely moving forward.