Could Portland Learn From Detroit, The Bankrupt City?!?!

An entrepreneur in Detroit (yeah, THAT city) has stepped up the transit game and has started a bus company. In all seriousness, a seriously HIP and COOL bus company!

Do I know what exactly is going on with this company that Andy Didorosi has put together? Not really, but I’m hustling on reading up on it to see what he’s pushing to do. Some of the other great material that he’s put together is the “bus from the bus driver’s view” section of his site which is great in pointing out where the “The Choke”, “The Stage”, “Creep Seats”, “Loud Talker Zone”, “F’you Bus Driver Zone” and other sections of the bus are. Check it out, it’s insightful and entertaining!

This guy is 26 and is making a footprint in Detroit, a city that STILL has 700k people. I’ve got a few suggestions for Detroit, but it’s going to be a battle. One thing to do, since it has all those massive roads, is to carve up a reasonable bike zone that goes everywhere. There’s no reason Detroit can’t be an excellent city. The crux is, it’s got to start from outside and inside the city to really work. My hat goes off to the entrepreneurs that are working to make it happen. Cheers!

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