Several North American cities set the stage for Create: Detroit as each has served as a unique model to draw lessons from:
Lessons from Miami
How did Miami Beach and downtown Miami transform from a crime ridden, retirement community to a luxury hotspot? Once declared as a place as a ‘place where old people go to die’ now a global destination. How does a gritty dangerous neighborhood become home to the world’s top luxury brands including; Valentino, Fendi, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Harry Winston, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani and Van Cleef & Arpels, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Berluti, Emilio Pucci, Prada, Celine and Cartier. Miami’s urban core has been transformed in under two years with nearly 120 top retailers and 50 new stores on the way.
Lessons from Newark
Once a dangerous and gritty city left behind in the shadow of its neighbor Manhattan, a global hot spot, Newark is on the rebound. Donors have contributed $43 million toward matching Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg's $100-million gift to the school system, Panasonic moved its U.S. headquarters there and $15 billion was allocated to revamp Newark Liberty Airport.
Lessons from Queens NYC
Queens New York is one of the most diverse, creative communities in the world. Coalition for Queens aims to tap into that creativity to build a hub for high-tech (and high-paying jobs). A “creative on-ramp” for other communities, C4Q's Access Code is creating a new talent pipeline for the tech community that “is inclusive of all New Yorkers, regardless of race, gender or economic background."
Lessons from Endeavor Global
Hailed by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman as "the best anti-poverty program of all," New York City-based Endeavor is leading the global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. Endeavor has screened more than 40,000 entrepreneurs and selected more than a thousand individuals leading over 650 high-impact companies in 22 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the U.S. With support from Endeavor’s worldwide mentor network, these high-impact entrepreneurs have created more than 400,000 jobs for their communities and generated $6.8 billion in revenues.
Lessons from Toronto
Once a sleepy Canadian City, Toronto now ranks as the 4th largest city in North America and is ranked as one of the world’s “most livable” cities by The Economist. Because of its thriving, stable economy word-class banks, medical centers and cultural intuitions, safety and livability and diverse neighborhoods, people are flocking to the city. For foreigners who have a hard time entering the United States, Toronto is a model of social cohesion where people from across the globe are attracted to the prospect of a better future.
Lessons from Las Vegas
Can a city be turned around by one wealthy enthusiast? Internet sensation Tony Hsieh sold Zappos to Amazon.com in 2009 for $1.2 billion and moved their headquarters from Silicone Valley to downtown Las Vegas in the old city hall. He’s now committed $350 million of his own money to transform the neighborhood. East Freemont, 2 miles from the famous Strip is where his project for a startup city is taking place. Hsieh bought 60 acres and 100 buildings in the area and promised seed funding to 50 small businesses. Seedy check-cashing operations and pawnshops have been replaced with hipster bars, restaurants, and co-working spaces. He owns the Inspire Theater, on the main boulevard, which has a cafe and two bars, plus an auditorium. What lessons can we learn from a do-it-yourself approach?