Phillip Cooley's 5-year-old restaurant has not only provided a tasty meeting and eating place that gives suburbanites a good reason to come into the city -- it has also provided a pulpit for Cooley to preach about the Motor City's ongoing revival. The co-owner of Slows Bar B Q has taken a lead role in the city's renewal efforts, serving on half a dozen community organizations and chairing a board tasked with mapping Detroit's future. "It's rewarding, the day-to-day work that I do. I wake up and I feel like I'm making a difference."

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