Detroit’s Transit Needs Crowd Sourcing

James Robertson

In just under 24 hours, we’ve witnessed a paradigm shift.  It’s the undeniable ability of the American people (and businesses) to pull together and make a huge difference, for the good of another.  And, all the world is paying attention.

“We must pay attention”, says Rita Rich in a first ever social commentary podcast story from Patriot-Made Audiocast, and it’s producers from Flatlands Avenue Productions. We express why we are passionate in telling the stories about Detroit and the rest of Michigan, listen to the full commentary here

One man’s walking represents the struggles of many in Detroit. But, the life of James Robertson, a 56-year-old man from Detroit who walks 21 miles to and from work each day, will be changed forever!  Evan Leedy, a student at Detroit’s Wayne State University, set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money to buy Robertson a car.  It began with a simple goal of $5,000 and surpassed everyone’s expectations, exceeding $200,000 from thousands of people after Robertson’s story was picked up by media outlets around the world.

Bill Laitner’s story of Robertson’s daily trek from Detroit to suburban Rochester Hills captured the attention of the nation and the hearts of many readers, who donated more than $250,000 to a crowd-funding campaign to help him.

Is there more good we can do collectively? We could all follow Robertson’s work ethic and these words “I do it with no excuses,” Robertson told CBS News. “If you want something, you’ve gotta go out and get it … You better go ahead and do it because your girlfriend don’t want to hear it, your coworkers don’t want to hear it and you got to get up and do it again the next day.”


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