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March 15 2013

Incentivizing City Living: The Kalamazoo Promise

March 15th, 2013Posted by 

Kalamazoo Public Schools is the school district neighboring the Portage Public School District that I graduated from. Portage is a suburb of Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the most awful definition of that word, a small town established in 1963 because of white-flight from the city of Kalamazoo. Substitute teachers in the area, for some reason, felt […]

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March 01 2013

Forty Miles from Eight Mile: University of Michigan Engaged with Detroit

March 1st, 2013Posted by 

The University of Michigan is a world-class university with its main campus in the idyllic small-town Ann Arbor, Michigan. Students and Ann Arbor natives often refer to their little slice of heaven as “28 square miles surrounded by reality.” The reality coming to mind now is the high poverty, crime, and population decline plaguing Detroit, […]

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February 15 2013

What Makes a Bike-Friendly City?

February 15th, 2013Posted by 

The League of American Bicyclists has been working over the past ten years to “identify the DNA” of bicycle-friendly cities. The League does not simply put out a list of the most friendly cities, businesses, and universities in the nation, but provides education on the important components of that DNA they have identified. The annual […]

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February 01 2013

A Charter City for Detroit’s Development

February 1st, 2013Posted by 

Months of inspiration for government officials and urban planners are coming to a head in Detroit with the recent introduction of the Future City initiative. Next on the city council’s agenda is a decision on the proposal to sell the Belle Isle park to entrepreneurs for $1 billion. Real estate developer Rodney Lockwood has pitched […]

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January 18 2013

A Return to Detroit’s Roots: An Urban Agriculture Debate

January 18th, 2013Posted by 

Detroit’s downfall is a storied urban planning nightmare. One largely important factor in the city’s decline is the rapid population exodus it continues to experience. Population loss has resulted in vast amounts of vacant, government-owned land. But what is the solution for a bankrupt city that is the owner of more vacant lots than it […]

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