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What would you tell a Detroit expat about the current state of the city?

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It’s Detroit Homecoming Week

Michelle & Chris Gerard

Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, etc. Have something you want discussed? Let us know. This week’s topic: Detroit Homecoming.

This week in Detroit, hundreds of former Detroit residents are visiting for Detroit Homecoming. During the next few days, current residents and business owners are hyping up the city, trying to spur investment from its expats, and maybe re-engage them in the city’s revitalization.

So far, we’ve had the big announcement from Dan Gilbert and Shinola for the Shinola Hotel, coming in 2018. A broadway producer said that "Hamilton" will come to Detroit at some point, and Will Leather Goods is bringing some hat-making jobs to the city. Cool!

Here’s your chance, Curbed readers. What would you tell former residents who are thinking about investing in the city? There’s certainly been a lot of good news lately (have you seen how much development has been announced?), along with some pretty harrowing news (the state of the schools). What should expats know about investing in our great city? What has changed? What’s it like now? And what do we need to move forward in the future?

Comment below, and if you have ideas for a Friday Open Thread, hit us up on the tip line!