These Entrepreneurs Are Rebuilding Detroit One House at a Time

What do you hope for Detroit in 20 years? Colom: I think we’ll see some diverse neighborhoods filled with people biking around. I think we’ll see some young children living in the neighborhoods, because once they resolve the state control of the public education system, a lot of innovative thinking will come here like it went to New Orleans. I think you’ll see interracial neighborhoods, which will be so beautiful for Detroit. Alade: People usually think of developers as the Donald Trumps, the Dan Gilberts—very well-capitalized, older guys. What I hope is that we’re able to create this new legacy for what a developer looks like. If I can play a role in shaping or changing what a developer is traditionally supposed to look like and encouraging and thinking about ways to build generational wealth, I will consider that a huge accomplishment.

What do you hope for Detroit in 20 years?

Colom: I think we’ll see some diverse neighborhoods filled with people biking around. I think we’ll see some young children living in the neighborhoods, because once they resolve the state control of the public education system, a lot of innovative thinking will come here like it went to New Orleans. I think you’ll see interracial neighborhoods, which will be so beautiful for Detroit.

Alade: People usually think of developers as the Donald Trumps, the Dan Gilberts—very well-capitalized, older guys. What I hope is that we’re able to create this new legacy for what a developer looks like. If I can play a role in shaping or changing what a developer is traditionally supposed to look like and encouraging and thinking about ways to build generational wealth, I will consider that a huge accomplishment.