The numbers don't lie. Hundreds of thousands of people have left the City of Detroit and more are leaving every day. However, there are some who say they could leave, but won't, and think they have a plan to save the city.
"I love our community here," said Kim Tandy. "I love the people. I love the houses."
She could've moved her family to the suburbs long ago, but instead she's determined to stay in Detroit despite what the nation says about her city.
"So, their initial response is … why would you want to live there," Tandy said.
However, her family has plenty of reasons to stay in Detroit. For one, their neighborhood, Sherwood Forest, is a community full of historical homes that you can't find anywhere else.
"The access to the water, the activities and things that I remember that we had as young kids as I was growing up in the City of Detroit where all things that I really wanted to have for my family," Tandy told us.
She is determined to help the world see the Detroit that she sees.
"One of the things that I think that has happened in the City of Detroit is that we've been told so much that we're not and we're not and we're not," said Tandy. "We've gotten kind of complacent about it as opposed to saying … we are a good city and we are a good people and we do have good quality of life here."
But face it, most of Detroit does not live in Sherwood Forest. Romona McNeal lives two miles from the Tandys and her reality is a lot different.
We asked McNeal whether she thinks her neighborhood could eventually become as stable as a Sherwood Forest.
"No, I don't think so," she said.
"We just need to pull together and get the resources together to help each other to make those kind of communities be a Sherwood Forest," Tandy said.
Some might say that's unrealistic, but Tandy said what makes her neighborhood so great isn't the homes. It's the people in the neighborhood. They play an active role in the community.
That's something McNeal said she can do.
"We can do it. Not like that (neighborhood), but make it look presentable, decent," she said.
While these women live very different lives, they will both play a big part in writing the next chapter of Detroit's story.
"It's going to take time to get it back on the road, but I think so," McNeal told us.
"We have the potential, and I know that it's going to get back to where it was and even be better," Tandy said.
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