All this talk of cheap buildings, young entrepreneurs, and artists carving out a new economy, as noted in this New York Times article, is but one facet of Detroit – another is the quality of life. This morning as we biked from my place in Midtown to Eastern Market, one of the largest and most diverse urban farmer’s market’s in the county, I was struck once again by the dualities of the city. We biked alone much of the way, but we also passed others returning from the market on bike and on foot. We rode by vacant lots and abandoned buildings, but we also saw loads of construction, cranes, and bulldozer’s everywhere with the construction a the M-1 line (2 ½ mile street car – it’s a great start in a region that has long neglected public transit) and lots of private development – mostly multi-family housing and medical offices serving a community that is no longer afraid to leave the fortress of the Detroit Medical Center. We rode through vacant lots, but we also passed carefully tended urban gardens overflowing with produce and flowers. We passed lots of graffiti- some of it very interesting, but also quixotic sculptures - often made from salvaged materials. We ended our journey at Avalon Bakery where some of the best breads in the region are baked. As we sat in the sidewalk café out in front of Eastern Market, I felt that 30 years of fixing up buildings given up for lost has helped lay the foundation for Detroit’s “overnight success”. Today, Detroit is a place where one can easily focus on the “glass as half full”, and a glass being rapidly filled.