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What Does Detroit's Motto Mean, Anyway? And Is It Still Relevant Today?

It’s funny how much the past can inform the future. Take the City of Detroit’s motto. It’s inspiring, timeless, and sobering, especially when you consider how it uncannily fit Detroit’s difficult 2013. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Detroit’s motto is “Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus,” which translates to “We hope for better things; it shall arise from the ashes.” The city’s motto was penned by Father Gabriel Richard after a terrible fire swept through Detroit on June 11, 1805. There...

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