As an attorney who earned my law degree at the Detroit College of Law, my undergrad degree at Wayne State, worked in the Motor City for over three decades now, and have the privilege to serve as chairman of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, the bankruptcy of this great City is deeply disturbing. The misery is real, and the challenges are staggering.
But with my deep roots and friendships in Detroit, and representing many – if not most – of the housing Cooperatives in the City, I can tell you that the spirit of Detroit is alive and well, and will not be defeated. While others have written us off, I can attest that Detroit may be broke, but we are not broken. We won’t give up, we won’t back down, and we won’t lose faith. It will take time and it will be painful, but Detroit will come back stronger than ever.
The same grittiness is also found in my Coop clients in Chicago. It is a truly remarkable City with a vibrant downtown that rivals any that I have seen. Yes, there is a lot of negative news of murders, shootings and gangs, but the people of the Windy City do most things very well and it shows. Unlike Detroit, throngs of people can be found late at night walking around and enjoying the innumerable bars, restaurants and entertainment venues.
It is exciting to see an urban place where people both work and live there, and it is my favorite “big city.” The variety of Cooperatives in Chicago is quite amazing, all with rich histories, and the “million dollar” view from my Noble Square Cooperative apartment, looking towards the downtown skyscrapers, is unbeatable.
I am truly blessed to have the privilege of practicing law for Cooperatives in both of these great Cities!
Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq.