Dayton isn’t the only place trying to lure the “Creative Class”

The difference between Dayton and Detroit- is that Detroit is actually doing something about it- we pay a lot of different people to talk about it.

At least we’re not going to be paying Maureen Pero anymore- but- this site for Create Detroit is worth a look.

CreateDetroit » About Us

So what exactly is CreateDetroit???? Glad you asked!??? Below you will find our mission statement, statement of purpose and vision to help explain what CreateDetroit is all about.???

Our Vision, Mission, and Values

To??? be an active??? organization comprised of a diverse council of citizens from the Detroit Region, focused on making Detroit become a vibrant marketplace.

To connect people ideas and resources to grow the economy and spirit of Detroit.

Value Statement
To offer an infrastructure that supports city and regional efforts aimed at quality of life improvements and to provide opportunities for companies and individuals to learn about, get engaged and support volunteer improvement.??? ??? Through projects initiated by its members, CreateDetroit will also champion regional efforts to improve Detroit’s image.

Our Overall Purpose
The purpose of CreateDetroit is to provide a hub that can help interested people who want to get involved connect to all the various organizations that are already making Detroit and its suburbs a better place to live & work, to identify new projects that are necessary to fulfill it’s mission of making Detroit a talent magnet for the creative class, and to have fun.

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4 Comments on "Dayton isn’t the only place trying to lure the “Creative Class”"

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Bruce Kettelle

Ok David you got me doing my homework. As a fan of Floida’s writings on the creative class I started looking for more examples. Unfortunately I stumbled onto this article that says the ‘Creative Class’ attraction concept has not panned out as well as advertised. I’m not sure I want to agree with this author but has does flaunt some interesting stats.

David Sparks

New rock club closes before it opens (the old elbos):

To all:
After exploring every possible avenue to keep The Roi alive, the city has wiped us out with one clean swipe. Not going into too many details, the whole situtation became a can of worms. We were willing to deal with a little BS but it kept getting deeper and deeper the closer we came to opening day. We sank a considerable amount of time, hard work and money to make this happen, but we had our hearts broken this past Saturday when the city informed us that they didn’t want another rock venue in that location, after initially giving their blessing. We were looking forward to the fun times ahead.

We plan on contacting everyone who has a scheduled show. The out-pouring of love and support makes this that much harder. We are truly sorry.

The Roi
Craig and Libby


I’d like to know a bit more about what happened to The Roi. How can the city just “say no”. Surely it wasn’t a zoning or building code issue as that place must have been properly zoned to begin with. It was just a change in ownership.

David Sparks

I have no idea. I was to perform the second show there, and was informed that it wasn’t going foward via the message they sent to all booked artists.