Trip to Detroit (Issue 1128)

In which we are reminded … again … to confirm the gap before recommending a solution. 

I’m thinking about a later-this-year long weekend trip to Detroit with my son. While I’ve flown into the Detroit airport many times for business in Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, and other near-Detroit communities, I’ve never done “tourist Detroit”. I shared my thoughts with a few friends.


“I’m thinking about a trip to Detroit with my son.”

“Aw, Detroit’s a great city. You’ll have a great time there. Go to the Detroit Institute of Arts and Belle Isle. And don’t miss the Riverwalk.”


“So, later this year, I’m thinking I’ll go with my son to Detroit for a few days.”

“That’s great! My wife and I really enjoyed Greektown and the Eastern Market. “


“One of the things I’d like to do this year is a trip to Detroit with my son.”

“Yeah, great idea, The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village are really great. Have you been there? And the Ford Rouge plant if you like cars…or, in this case, trucks.”


“Maybe I’ll take a trip to Detroit with my son later this year.”

“Oh, that’s great. I know you like architecture, so, go see the Guardian Building and take in a show at the Fox Theater. It’s brilliant, even more elaborate than the theaters in Boston.”


“Yeah, I’m early stages planning a trip to Detroit with my son.”

“Why Detroit?”

“Easy for us both to get to. We’ve never ‘done the sights’ there. Lots of history.”

“Yeah, Detroit is nice but think about getting out of the city and driving up to a place like Port Austin.”


“I’m hoping that my son and I can connect for a long weekend in Detroit later this year.”

“Really? Very cool. What do you like to do together? What’s he interested in? What do you like?”


Nick Miller is President of Clarity Advantage based in Concord, MA. He assists banks and credit unions to generate more and more profitable relationships, faster, with business clients, their owners, and their employees through better sales strategies and execution. Additional articles on Clarity’s web site.

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