Allow me to preface this by saying that I'm in no way related to Dan Gilbert, or even work for him in any way.
With that in mind, I saw him this evening standing right outside the Compuware building near the attached parking garage all by himself; in a sport coat, with a black backpack, and a Cleveland Cavaliers lanyard. No entourage, no fanfare.
The sight of that made me think about recent individuals, business leaders, elected officials and just about anyone making honest attempts to bring the city back to prominence.
For some reason, I can't think of any names that has done more than Dan Gilbert in terms of raw numbers and speed. Just this week, we hear news that Title Source will be gradually moving 1500 employees to downtown Detroit. Within just a short 2-3 years, his portfolio of companies, including Quicken Loans, have brought many thousands of people to work in Downtown Detroit. It wouldn't surprise me that quite a few of those folks ended up living in Downtown Detroit as well.
Please share your thoughts on the merits of individuals who are making a tangible difference in Detroit.