Detroit offers a powerful narrative of decline, renewal and hope.
Once the symbol of modern mobility, the 1950s saw the city fall prey to deindustrialization, racial tensions and poverty. In 2013, it pulled off an exemplary exit from the largest-ever US municipal bankruptcy.
Today, Detroit continues to reinvent itself. A new wave of entrepreneurs is renewing links between business and community, while a leaner, more efficient car industry is back in profit. Tech is on the rise, giving Motor City a pool of engineering talent to rival Silicon Valley.
Yet stark divides remain – between inner and outer city, employed and unemployed, new and native Detroiters.
This complicated, dynamic city is a compelling place to explore tough transformations and resilient leadership.