September 3, 2013
Detroit, Bankrupt, Looks to Colleges as Partners in Recovery
Fabrizio Costantini for The Chronicle
A red beam of light hits the wall of an engineering auditorium at Wayne State University. Standing some 30 feet away, Dan Kinkead holds a laser pointer.
"If I move my hand 1/100th of an inch," he tells a group of economic-development professionals in the university's Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, "the beam will play out three feet across that wall."
The dancing spot of light represents Detroit circa 2043, and Mr. Kinkead, executive director of the