Forbes has some makeover advice for Detroit

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"Detroit should follow Popeye’s mantra [I Yam What I Yam]. Embrace its history of manufacturing success and aim to attract and foster a new breed of entrepreneurs who aren’t afraid to take a chance on a gritty, resilient community," states Andrew Levine on Forbes.com. The contributing writer posted an article earlier today entitled, " Memo to Detroit: How to Engineer an Extreme Makeover." 

In the short article, Levine notes that while Detroit has fallen on some hard times and has a pretty bad image around the world, people like Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans are helping to dig the city out of its debts and problems by investing here. 

The article is mostly a mash up of quotes from business CEOs and managing partners who're offering advice on how Detroit should move forward and seek to rebuild itself. 

We particularly like this quote from Della G. Rucker, principal at Wise Economy Workshop: "I know an extreme makeover sounds appealing. You spend a lot of money, you get a brand new fantastic look, right? But it is Detroit’s flaws that make Detroit unique. And real. You can’t hide them anyway. So be honest about them. Strive to address and fix them, but own them. Trying to hide them, when everyone and their mother knows they’re there, just makes them all the more obvious. It’s like putting a heavy layer of pancake makeup over a big scar — it might look better from a distance, but when you get close enough to connect, the caked mess says more about you than the actual flaw does.”

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