"I Will Stay If ..." The GLUE
organization -- aka the Great Lakes Urban Exchange -- asked people in Detroit to fill in the blank at a recent party kicking off its regional campaign.
To some, the question was off base. We're staying, they said, so there's no "if." But to "the young and the restless" -- that elusive group of skilled, creative, talented people who can take their shows on the road with ease -- there's a big "if." So GLUE challenges our city, state and regional leaders to listen up to what they say.
And they need to listen. To hear the Freep's Tom Walsh tell it,
our leaders spent their time on Mackinac Island hating on each other, and pooh-poohing efforts to be a region that works together. To hear some of the really nasty spirited readers of his newspaper tell it, we shouldn't bother working together. It's over. Give up on the city. Go it alone.
Ah, but wait, to hear these people tell it -- the 90-some people who answered GLUE's question -- that mentality is going to get us nowhere. We'd better start acting like a region of grown-ups who can cooperate, or they're high-tailing it outta here.