What Grit Stands For

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What Grit Stands For

March 9, 2024 Blog Culture Michigan 0

Our great state of Michigan has undoubtedly been through the wringer, at least in my lifetime. We have fought through the tough times, scratched, clawed, and rebuilt. We are the Comeback City of the USA. People have watched to see what we are doing all across the globe, especially lately with our dear Detroit Lions football team. They truly exemplified the Spirit of our City during the last NFL season as they went from the losing-est team to Division Champs.

Grit is a fantastic term that came out of last season’s demonstration of people coming together as a team for a unified cause. It was heartwarming and inspiring to watch. Essentially, grit, or GRIT, can be short for four words:

  • Growth
  • Resilience
  • Integrity
  • Tenacity

Detroit is known for its ingenuity, determination, purpose, resilience, and grit, not just for business in Michigan, but in the magic of it’s people.. One dictionary definition of grit is courage and resolve, strength of character. NFL Lion’s Head Coach Dan Campbell said this about what grit means to him and the Team, “It’s our core foundation, men. Grit,” Campbell went on to explain. “And what does it mean? Really, in a nutshell, I think it means this: we’re going to go a little bit longer, we’ll push a little harder, and we’ll think a little deeper and a little sharper. To me, it means, we’ll play you anywhere,”.

What are the 7 qualities of resilient cities?

Some say characteristics of resilient cities are the capacity of a city’s systems, businesses, institutions, communities, and individuals to survive, adapt, and thrive, no matter what chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.

According to The Rockefeller Foundation and Arup Group (2014), they list seven qualities to describe resilience in urban environments:

  1. Reflective
  2. Robust
  3. Redundant
  4. Flexible
  5. Resourceful
  6. Inclusive
  7. Integrated

Cities that have been recognized to have resilience qualities like those mentioned above:

  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • Portland
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit

Internationally renowned researcher and author Parag Khanna thinks the Great Lakes, and Michigan in particular, will be the best place to live by 2050. “Despite elevated interest rates posing challenges for Detroit’s mortgage and auto manufacturing industries, the city is expected to see economic growth pick up later this year and continue at a steady pace for the next few years”, the University of Michigan experts told The Detroit News.

Which US city has the best quality of life?

Ann Arbor, Michigan, is ranked as the best U.S. city based on quality of life, according to the U.S. News and World Report. Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, which is one of the biggest employers in the city.

What pride we have in that ranking! Again, we have come a long way. Growing up in a fast-growing town about fifteen minutes east of Ann Arbor, my mother took us there to do a lot. We went to art fairs, plays at The University of Michigan theater, free outdoor concerts, delicious dining, shopping, parks, and recreation.

You know, when it comes to quality of life, it’s not just about the infrastructure and opportunities a city offers, but also the little things that make daily life enjoyable. And let me tell you when it comes to enjoying life, Ann Arbor knows how to do it right. The culinary scene in Ann Arbor is a foodie’s paradise. From cozy cafes to upscale dining establishments, there is something to satisfy every palate. The farm-to-table movement is strong in Ann Arbor, with many restaurants sourcing their ingredients locally, ensuring the freshest and most flavorful dishes.

On the other hand, Detroit has also been making waves in the culinary world. The city has seen a resurgence in recent years, with new restaurants and eateries popping up all over town. Detroit’s food scene is diverse and vibrant, offering a mix of traditional favorites and innovative creations. From authentic Detroit-style pizza to gourmet food trucks, there is no shortage of delicious options to explore.

Both Ann Arbor and Detroit have their own unique food cultures, each offering a taste of Michigan in its way. Whether you’re craving a hearty Coney dog in Detroit or a gourmet farm-to-table meal in Ann Arbor, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your cravings in these two foodie-competing towns.

But it’s not just about the food in these cities. The sense of community and camaraderie is strong in both Ann Arbor and Detroit. Residents come together to support local businesses, arts, and cultural events, creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere that is hard to beat.

In the end, whether you choose to call Ann Arbor or Detroit home, one thing is for sure – you’ll be living in a city that knows the true meaning of grit. These cities have faced their fair share of challenges, but they have emerged more robust and more resilient than ever. And that, my friends, is what makes them truly special. So, whether you’re strolling through the charming streets of Ann Arbor or exploring the bustling neighborhoods of Detroit, take a moment to appreciate the grit and resilience that defines these two incredible cities.

Will Detroit become a tech hub?

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation explains how Ford has focused funding in the downtown Detroit area with the creation of the Michigan Central Innovation District. “The company bought the historic Michigan Central Train Station in 2018 to act as an anchor for the 30-acre campus to act as a hub for talent, mobility innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, affordable housing, small business opportunities and community engagement.

Google, who recently joined the project, will work with Ford to help develop the future of mobility in Michigan.

‘This partnership will expand our work in Michigan and help a substantial number of people gain the skills and tools they need to succeed,’ said Google CFO Ruth Porat. ‘By offering digital skills training, mentoring to high schoolers learning to code, and Google Cloud technology for Michigan Central projects and research on the future of mobility, we look forward to contributing to Michigan Central’s mission and all it will accomplish.’

‘The Detroit area is becoming a center of competence for user experience technology and many of the suppliers that exist in Silicon Valley now have representation in Michigan,” Vince Gallante, Stellantis vice president of global user experience design. “We’re supporting all 14 of Stellantis’ brands with hires from Apple, Disney and Microsoft,”

What grit stands for

Grit defines the resilience and growth of Michigan cities like Detroit and Ann Arbor. With a focus on innovation and community, these cities are poised to become tech hubs and continue thriving.