Two weeks ago journalist Joey Peters came to Detroit as part of the Association of Alternative news Weeklies annual convention. His home city of Santa Fe, like many American cities, is facing an aging population and a drain of young people. Word on the ground was that for all its challenges, Detroit was attracting young professionals at enviable rates. He wrote:

“…while the city’s overall population declined by 25 percent between 2000 and 2010, during the same period, downtown Detroit reaped major gains in a category that Santa Fe might envy: a 59-percent increase in young professionals under 35. Santa Fe’s share of residents aged 20-35 declined from 19 percent to 16 percent during this past decade.”

Peters took some time to explore some of the innovative social ventures, many funded by regional philanthropy, that are helping to make Detroit a cool and welcoming city to those under 35. Read what he discovered at