Sunday, March 14, 2010

Depopulating Cities Quandry: Detroit's middle makes downsizing tough

Really interesting interactive map with percent vacant, city-owned parcels, schools, fire, year of construction, etc. This really puts forth a lot of questions about the challenges Detroit faces.

Interesting article about the challenges of strong neighborhoods on the periphery, a "desolate" [their words] middle, and the downtown core.

And here is Community Development Advocates strategic principles for Detroit.

How does any plan for Detroit make sure it isn't "Urban Renewal 2.0"? In Youngstown, the voluntary and incremental approach is also being criticized. What role should planners play in this? Community organizers? Churches or neighborhood groups? Is it possible for these decisions to be just and equitable?

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