Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Opportunity To Start From Scratch

Workspaces are also popping up around the Detroit area. The i3 Detroit project is a hackerspace, an open community where technology, art and culture all converge in the realism of innovation. The way i3 Detroit works is members pay monthly dues and they have access to a workspace as well as an array of tools ranging from basic handsaws to advanced laser cutters. Members also have the opportunity to tap into the brain power of other i3 Detroiters, a commodity that is just about priceless.

Detroit can appear on the surface as a dying city, and if you check their accounting books, you're probably not far from the truth. But as with many things in life, the face value of a commodity is not always what it's worth. In the case of Detroit, the value of the city lies in its residents, not in the price of its houses. The old adage, "One man's trash is another man's treasure," could not hold more true in any other scenario. One might see an old, decaying Detroit as a diehard relic that didn't innovate fast enough, while another sees an opportunity to start from scratch, to build something better than what once was.

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