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Eric Thomas made waves two years ago when he published a blog post on LinkedIn headlined “Why I hate Detroit.” This week, he penned an op-ed in the Financial Times that serves as a kind of sequel.

Both pieces bring a dose of reality to the narrative of Detroit as a “comeback city” and a city on the rise.

We caught up with him Thursday at the Digital Summit, where he was a presenter on the topic of making your brand human and developing your voice for digital. He talked about what he sees as Detroit’s big opportunity to resist the creeping forces of gentrification and remain welcoming for to all races and cultures.

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