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12/11/2018 - 11:09am How many people are really…

How many people are really in that kind of situation?   Most don't have the chance to just pick whatever region of the country they want to live in.

A much larger number face the choice between the city and suburbs, and that's where Detroit has to focus.

Most of UM and MSU, as well as the top kids at other in-state colleges can easily secure a job in Chicago. UM and MSU have been losing something like 10-20% of each class to Chicago for a couple of decades. My old college mate runs a sales dept. in Chicago, he shared he has many former Quicken kids working for him, who saved some coin (living at home for a bit?) before making the move to Chicago. As I said up-thread, for all of its warts, Chicago is a really easy big city to land in (college kids visit for years, lots of friends there, easy drive from family, affordable neighborhoods), so Detroit will always have to compete with it. And now you have Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor looking more compelling than ever.

12/10/2018 - 2:57pm Morgan Stanley projection.

Morgan Stanley projection.

12/10/2018 - 2:49pm Chicago comparisons are…

Chicago comparisons are frequent because it's only three to four hours west and has been a top destination of UM and MSU grads for the last 25 years. When it comes to major cities, Chicago isn't very intimidating, it's approachable with dozens of thriving neighborhoods from ritzy to fairly affordable. So if a 20-something kid seeks a Midwestern city within driving distance of family, Detroit will always be competing against the Windy City, and also with burgeoning Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. When a young grad does an objective cost-benefit analysis with Chicago, GR, A2 and Detroit, it's challenging to see how Detroit wins.

12/10/2018 - 2:16pm Dovetailing on that, with…

Dovetailing on that, with all the Detroit optimism, Birmingham ritzy as ever, Royal Oak's sustained growth, and Ferndale booming, I thought my route down Woodward Ave. from the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham into Detroit would be totally revitalized. Unfortunately miles of Woodward Ave. look frozen in the post-riot 1970s. If you were scouting for Amazon or Apple or whatever other F500 or tech upstart, you're almost certainly going to take a cruise up and down Woodward Ave. I'd think sorting out the region's most iconic thoroughfare would be top of the to-do list. But of course that's not cheap.

12/10/2018 - 2:01pm On LeDuff's podcast last…

On LeDuff's podcast last night he said the city is down something like 2,000 police officers and 500 firefighters since the year 2000. With such thin manpower, they're only reactive, not proactive, so bureaucrats try to muddy up response time and crime statistics to conceal concerns. I believe city credit ratings are tethered to these statistics, hence urge to juke.

12/10/2018 - 1:36pm I genuinely wish to see…

I genuinely wish to see Detroit blossom and was there all of last week appraising everything with an optimistic eye. What I saw was underwhelming if you've spent much time out of state or in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids; so I didn't leave feeling super bullish about its future. It seems like a really expensive place with few of the perks you get from similarly priced more dynamic cities. But I'm open-minded and look forward to responses from all sides.

12/08/2018 - 8:36pm I hear ya, but isn't it…

I hear ya, but isn't it finals week?

09/27/2018 - 7:39pm MDen just told me 18-19…

MDen just told me 18-19 season Jordan jerseys will be out some time in in mid to late October. That seems unnecessarily late to me but maybe their POV is it nudged buyers towards the football jerseys in summer and fall? Has to cost them lots of sales having no hoop jerseys to buy during warm months and beginning of college. Kids are far more likely to wear (and buy) a hoop jersey when it's still warm outside.

09/27/2018 - 7:36pm Truth talk: where does an…

Truth talk: where does an adult wear a basketball jersey?


I'm looking for jerseys for my teen kids. Jerseys are super popular amongst their friends. Lots of kids wear them to tailgates and casual get-togethers.

09/26/2018 - 10:19pm I'm curious to see what…

I'm curious to see what happens with the Pistons. Gores is a private equity guy, they don't hold onto much. And him moving the team into the hockey arena seemed like such an odd move, so I have to wonder if the Pistons come into play in this deal. Cavs too.

09/02/2018 - 4:35pm Not sure why Pat would leave…

Not sure why Pat would leave. Have you seen NU's new $260M athletic facility right on Lake Michigan? Unlike anything I've seen. Northwestern has deep pockets and now truly world-class facilities to recruit top kids.

07/14/2018 - 2:53pm 3 per year isn't near enough…

3 per year just isn't near enough.

07/14/2018 - 2:48pm Funny, I had dead animals in…

So true!

07/14/2018 - 12:27pm Brings me to another point…

Brings me to another point on top of tackling cleanup: Why isn't there any law enforcement to tamp down the behavior? Local jurisdictions could make a mint ticketing litterers. Just have an LEO scout the exit ramp and have five cruisers waiting for the signal. Whether it's a cigarette butt, coffee cup or bag of fast food ticket them $100 each. As it stands, there's zero enforcement, thus no consequence. This should be a state-wide, multi-pronged effort to beautify Michigan. Pure Michigan ... the cleanest state in America.

06/13/2018 - 9:17pm From what I've seen, kids…

From what I've seen, kids know that unless they're in the very top of their class, it's not worth the time or $75 fee to even try. Four years of all A's, hard classes, documented leadership and volunteering, and at least a 90-percentile SAT score. And half of them are still rejected!

06/13/2018 - 1:47pm sorry, it's 15* credits

sorry, it's 15* credits

06/13/2018 - 1:46pm Ross minor* in business. It…

Ross minor* in business. It's 12 credits, I think, and you apply as a rising junior.

06/13/2018 - 1:00pm I hear ya - but my wife and…

I hear ya - but my wife and I donate to the University solely to give in-state students like this a shot.

06/06/2018 - 12:58pm The article states "pass…

The article states "pass rates for in-person sections of the class were similar."

Read between the lines. Admissions standards were just lowered to admit their largest class ever, now they're lowering degree requirements to keep bottom quartile students enrolled and inflate graduation rates. Next announcement will be a big % increase in cost of attendance. Cash-strapped diploma mill.

06/06/2018 - 11:53am That LSA required pre-calc…

That LSA required pre-calc course is three years more advanced than the required algebra course State just got rid of.

06/01/2018 - 4:22pm "Fiats" sell a lot better

"Fiats" sell a lot better when they're repackaged as Jeeps, see: Jeep Compass

06/01/2018 - 2:16pm What about Alfa Romeo?

What about Alfa Romeo?

06/01/2018 - 12:00am I have zero problem with

I have zero problem with athletic kids tranferring into stronger schools – whether for better coaching, facilities, competition, academics, or visibility. God Bless him for giving these kids access to a decent education.

05/30/2018 - 7:12pm Sorry, but Pulte Homes (NYSE:

Sorry, but Pulte Homes (NYSE: PHM) moving their headquarters to Atlanta a few years ago hurt the area far more than any improvement from tearing down dilapidated homes in one Detroit neighborhood. And from what I recall, it wasn't altruism, it was merely an effort to win a piece of the nine figures in demolition funds.

05/30/2018 - 3:15pm I was following facebook

I was following facebook comments about these weekend shootings and folks listening to Detroit police scanner traffic said DPD was admitting over the air they were shortstaffed. It's really sad when city leadership shortchanges public safety. Ann Arbor does it too — they just blew a recent $2M public safety millage on "affordable housing and climate change."

05/26/2018 - 3:32pm I'm bumping this because Old

I'm bumping this because Old Nation's Boss Tweed really is really fantastic (with a 9.3% ABV!). Still working my through many of the other suggestions, but Boss Tweed is a clear standout thus far.

05/18/2018 - 10:42am +1. Seems like official maize

+1. Seems like official maize and blue running shorts (with a subtle M) would sell well.

05/16/2018 - 12:04pm Just an fyi, every car has a

Just an fyi, every car has a screen now because of federally mandated rear backup camera.

I agree though, I too miss simple and elegant interiors.

05/14/2018 - 1:21pm An in-state student with the

An in-state student with the stats to apply to Ann Arbor but doesn't get in is going to haul in bigtime merit scholarships from every college you named, plus out-of-state options. Indiana and Alabama are especially generous. Alabama offers a full-ride to out-of-state students who score over a 30 on the ACT.

05/14/2018 - 12:39pm "What do you expect an
"What do you expect an in-state student with, let's say, a 3.5 GPA and a 28 ACT to do?"
Kids with a 28 on the ACT are going to have higher than a 3.5 GPA. Due to grade inflation, 50% of all high school seniors have all A's.
MSU cost is attendance is 28K. From what I see at my kid's school, students that can't get into Ann Arbor chase merit scholarships. MSU is stingy, so they look at IU-Bloomington, Grand Valley State, Oakland, Tech and privates like Kettering, Loyola-Chicago, Hope. Between high cost, culture and scandal, many smart families seem to be avoiding MSU.
05/13/2018 - 10:50pm Tried it. So-so.

Tried it. So-so, quite pithy. Squeeze of fresh grapefruit lightens it up.

05/12/2018 - 8:00pm Had one of those last

Had one of those last weekend. Not bad, but struggled to find a quality that made it distinct. Then again, I only had one.

05/12/2018 - 7:40pm Not mandatory it's Michigan

Not mandatory Michigan made, just prefer. Thanks!

05/09/2018 - 7:05pm Porsche 911 Turbo (993).

Mid 90s Porsche 911 Turbo (993). Still so flawless.

05/07/2018 - 7:14pm ?


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05/04/2018 - 10:29pm In addition to the

In addition to the handholding, is it wrong to think the lack of party culture at UofC is a really good thing for teen boys, who tend to be more susceptible to overindulge? It would seem that atmosphere would force boys to buckle down, or maybe it could backfire. I'd hate to nudge him away from the joy of football Saturdays and all the unique Ann Arbor experiences, but he could always take the Amtrak to visit UofM friends a few times a year, right?

05/04/2018 - 6:55pm Chicago's acceptance rate is

Chicago's acceptance rate is 7.2% this year. For comparison, Yale is 6.3% and Penn is 8.4%. I'm not sure many kids are juggling more than one hyper-selective offer, nor can they pick and choose where exactly they want to attend. I think most go about app process with a spray and pray gameplan.

05/04/2018 - 5:28pm It has changed. BBA since

It has changed. BBA since class of 2021 is over 90% pre-admit.

04/26/2018 - 5:58pm So when they inevitably do

So when they inevitably do bring back [more] sedans, they'll be imported from China instead of assembled in a Midwest USA factory? I think that's the real key takeaway here.

04/20/2018 - 4:16pm So it's not transferring in

So it's not transferring in online courses from some web-based institution? I thought I've for sure read that various times - not at UM, I think most recently it was in reference to a basketball player.

04/20/2018 - 3:58pm But spring and summer

But spring and summer schedules are abbreviated, making it very difficult to load up on credit hours.

03/30/2018 - 4:54pm "But alumni quantity and

"But alumni quantity and scarcity/prestige is unfortunately a trade off, so Wharton or Sloan or Stanford etc certainly turn more heads than Michigan once you're in the work force"

Can you elab on this a bit more - you have personal experience in this regard? Makes me wonder why Ross has grown the BBA program in recenty years. I think it's 20% larger?

03/29/2018 - 5:35pm Thanks. Is there really an

Thanks. Is there really an exclusive Ross-only fitness center in the new Ross building - are there other perks only open to Ross students? How do other students treat BBA students? It seems the BBA program has grown, is it still seen as really special?

03/29/2018 - 4:10pm Not bragging in the

Not bragging in the slightest. I really don't know anything about Ross or the finance-consulting-tech landscape in coastal major cities.

Are you saying it's really uncommon for in-state students to get pre-admitted into Ross?

03/29/2018 - 4:07pm Sorry, I edited that out. It

Sorry, I edited that out. It was tongue in cheek as he hasn't given much thought to career goals. But at this point he would like to live in a major city and make good money after college. Not sure that's much help – I assume that's pretty generic for teens his age.

03/18/2018 - 10:16pm I'm pretty sure Gores offered

Gores offered him Pistons head coaching job when he first bought the team 4-5 years ago.

03/18/2018 - 9:41pm Would it be crazy to think

Would it be crazy to think this is the off season Izzo finally leaves for the NBA? Van Gundy's tenure in Detroit appears over. Owner of the Pistons, Tom Gores is an MSU alum.

03/03/2018 - 8:09pm Re: "pendulum has swung too

Re: "pendulum has swung too far"

Google's YouTube recruiters were allegedly instructed to cancel interviews with male applicants: