When in doubt, come up with a flashy name, then figure out what it means.
Operating on the idea that regional economic vitality requires strong air travel connections to the rest of the world, many thought-leaders and regional officials are pursuing the idea of an "aerotropolis". The aerotropolis would use Detroit Metro and Willow Run Airports as anchors for the economy, assuming that, if the transportation links are there, the economy will follow. ("Phase 3: profit!")
If the word "aerotropolis" - reflecting the idea that population would cluster around a key transportation hub – sounds futuristic, welcome to DFW. 65 percent of its annual revenue comes from sources other than airlines. Land leases, commercial development, two upscale hotels, natural gas rigs, and even a pair of 18-hole golf courses are among the ways DFW earns money from its 18,000 acres. Many nearby communities were mere hamlets when DFW opened its gates in 1974, but are now home to corporate transfers and their families.