In the Media
Peter Allen, who’s shared his real estate investing strategies with more than 3,500 University of Michigan students since 1981, turns his attention to Detroit, which he calls “one of the most undervalued big cities in the world with billions of dollars of real estate opportunity.”
It was an epic transformation. A young man from Southwest Detroit went from gang member to neighborhood leader and police cadet. And the University of Michigan’s Detroit Center was the setting for one particularly poignant moment in his journey.
At a July 18 press conference during his first week as University president, Mark Schlissel reaffirmed the University’s ties with Detroit, saying he was impressed by the work of both students and faculty in the city. Having spent two days in the city prior to coming to Ann Arbor, he remained cautiously optimistic about its future.
Sundance-meets-Detroit could be the three-word pitch for a big event happening this week.
But the reality of the Sundance Institute’s Film Forward program in southeast Michigan is much richer and more ambitious than that.
After a successful first trial year, the University’s MDetroit Center Connector bus has established itself as a viable option for students traveling to Detroit. Now, the goal is to generate more interest to keep the program alive and growing.