baldeagle11(Explanation for Juxtaposing Eagles and Detroit in this 420 Character, 9-Line Poem: Recently we went to a couple of Red Sox away games against the Detroit Tigers. We loved Detroit. I’ve begun to try to understand what’s happening to save this storied city. So far, it’s discouraging.–Patty)

ComeBacks: The Bald Eagle‘s took strong endangered species and environmental protection laws*

PLUS active private, state and federal conservation efforts

PLUS common sense.

Detroit needs flying lessons.

How to get to Fenway Park? Practice.

But it’s got to be Perfect Practice.

Detroit’s efforts are imperfect, a sort of absurdist parody,

a type of revivalist porn, fix-it sagas plump with promise

but short on ComeBack.


*The bald eagle is presently protected by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940, Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and The Lacey Act.,29307,1882089_1850973,00.html

5 thoughts on “President Obama Knows About This Says Jay Carney, So I Wish He’d Push All Parties Involved in Detroit to Help It Get to Its Feet Again. (After All: Detroit IS the Mythic Symbol of Our Car Industry that We So Want to Continue to Recover)Detroit’s Uncertain Future and Lessons from How We Saved the Bald Eagle, Another Epic Symbol. (A 420 character 9-Line Poem)

  1. As one who was born and raised in Detroit, it has been painful to watch the city’s downward spiral. What many do not realize is that Detroit has been here before. At the turn of the 20th Century, the city faced very hard times. The city’s economy had been based on the lumber industry and Michigan’s forests had been depleted. Henry Ford built his first assembly line in an abandoned lumber mill and saved the city in the process.


    1. I’d forgotten about the impact of the depleted forests. I would think to live in Detroit during it’s second downward spiral must have been–and continues to be–devastating. On our recent visit we were enthralled at what all was happening near where we stayed. The Detroit River Walk had a fair going on, and it was a FREE day. Families, young folks, old folks, tourists, food, music, nature displays. It looked thriving. Our hotel was fun of diverse people. The Tiger’s stadium was packed. But then there were the blighted areas, and that was pretty sobering. Since getting back I’ve been reading more about what’s happening and came across an article that makes comparisons to Turin, Italy’s comeback and Detroit’s. It was written by the guy who’s the executive director of New Economy Initiatives for Southern Michigan. So, to respond to your sage observation I’ll quote this David Enger (It’s not lumber or cars, but it’s a glimmer. We talked with folks in Detroit who seemed to be on this page too.):

      “Turin’s vision for economic growth has four key elements:

      It is driven by the development of “place” and the creation of vibrant innovation districts
      It is focused on higher education and advanced technology commercialization
      It is fueled by entrepreneurial programs and support systems
      It is supported by public, private and philanthropic resources.”



    1. It’s so disturbing that I’m driven to see what all’s happening to fix it. Turns out that there is a lot, but it’s fraught with the usual. I’m going to follow this David Egner and see what the Detroit Regional Innovation Network is doing. It’s too much of a downer to JUST read the bad stuff.
      So, some sites that have promise:

      Learn more at:


  2. Keep us posted on what you find as you follow this thread…. IT is a heartbreaking commentary on a once thriving city. Remember when the Kennedy administration rallied the youth of our country to bring help to third world countries? We need our own Peace Corps here. One cannot get more “third world” than what the young in your video showed us from Detroit.


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