November 11 2014

Non-Diversified Economic Markets in Detroit, Michigan: Autos and Now Agriculture

November 11th, 2014Posted by 

Detroit, Michigan’s urban agriculture has been enjoying stunning popularity for several years. From a city in exponential decline since the national financial crisis of the end of the last decade, the city’s citizens and organisms are eager to promote a new paradigm that could help save the city from inevitable bankruptcy. The politicians, intellectuals and specialists […]

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December 20 2013

Farewell to The Grid, from Meg Mulhall

December 20th, 2013Posted by 

My first post for Global Site Plans was published in January. I was eager to write for The Grid, and treated it as an opportunity to explore the urban planning issues and interface with those involved in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan. In that first post I asked, “What are some more balanced revitalization proposals […]

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December 06 2013

Detroit Controversy over Converting I-375 into a Pedestrian-Friendly Surface Road

December 6th, 2013Posted by 

Detroit, Michigan is at a crossroads of urban development. I’ve covered the many urban planning controversies being discussed in the area: development and gentrification in Midtown and Downtown, transit problems, and increased bicycle use among them. If you’re interested in following a case study of urban ills and opportunity in the new American context, Detroit […]

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November 08 2013

Detroit Center MConnector Shuttles University of Michigan Students to Detroit

November 8th, 2013Posted by 

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor provides buses for students to more easily traverse the multiple campuses spread across the city. And now the University is making it easier for students to engage with the City of Detroit, situated only forty miles east of Ann Arbor. This fall they launched the MConnector project that […]

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September 27 2013

Attracting the Creative Class to Detroit’s Midtown: What About the Non-Creatives?

September 27th, 2013Posted by 

Detroit, Michigan’s Midtown area has been a hotbed of redevelopment in the City for the past decade and is home to Wayne State University, the public institution that has had a wide-reaching impact on the safety and popularity of the area in recent years. As a starting point, we can look at this year’s controversial […]

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August 30 2013

Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Ordinance Inspires Changes to Vacant Lots

August 30th, 2013Posted by 

If you take a break from the media coverage of Detroit that focuses on the City’s ever-increasing unemployment rate, ample vacant land and rampant blight, you will notice some optimistic trends in sustainability, from organizing around transit justice to increased biking. Another huge trend here turns those vacant parcels of land you read so much […]

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August 16 2013

Governing the New American Municipality: Your Crash Course in Detroit Politics

August 16th, 2013Posted by 

Detroit’s bankruptcy shocked those who obviously hadn’t been paying attention to the pandemic issues of inequality sweeping across cities in the United States over the past half century. The state of governance in Detroit becomes more twisted everyday: the City’s planning future characterized by an emphasis on the Detroit Future City Framework, the controversy over […]

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August 02 2013

Detroit Bankruptcy: A Wake-Up Call for American Municipalities

August 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Detroit’s filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Thursday, July 18th seemed to shock national and international media, even though this next-step for Detroit has been described as “inevitable” for over a decade. In the days since the big news, it has been interesting to examine how national media outlets are covering Detroit. Journalists left and […]

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July 19 2013

Should We Still Be Inviting Private Corporations to Redevelop Detroit?

July 19th, 2013Posted by 

Many revolutionary types in Detroit today will tell you that the City’s downfall was brought on largely by the influence corporate automakers have had historically over urban planning and policy. Even the 1987 film Robocop was a comment on corporate overreach and the preference for privatization in the city. You’d be hard-pressed to find an […]

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July 05 2013

The State of Transit in Southeast Michigan

July 5th, 2013Posted by 

Transit has been a topic of interest in 2013 Detroit. With the M1 Woodward Avenue rail project given the go-ahead and news of the expansion of Interstates 94 and 75, organizations and movements like the Detroit People’s Platform and Convention are shifting their focus to organizing for transit justice. Issues like sustainability and economic viability […]

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June 21 2013

Detroit Healthy City: Health Impact Assessments and the Detroit Future City Plan

June 21st, 2013Posted by 

At the intersection of public health and urban planning, you can find the trend shaping policy across the United States: health impact assessment (HIA). Health impact assessments seek to manage both the effects of and the distribution of the effects on health from specific planning policies or practices. This is achieved by combining many procedures […]

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June 07 2013

Detroit, Michigan SOUP: Feeding Community Projects

June 7th, 2013Posted by 

Hundreds of Detroiters pour into an empty warehouse near the New Center section of the City and gather around tables near the floor made of milk crates and plywood boards. As more people settle in, a woman takes the stage to explain what this night is all about. Boiled down to one word, that description […]

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May 24 2013

It Shall Rise from the Ashes: A Review of the Film ‘Detropia’

May 24th, 2013Posted by 

Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus is the official motto of Detroit meaning “We Hope for Better Things; It Shall Rise from the Ashes.” Adopted after the city of Detroit burned to the ground in 1805, Detroiters today are embracing these words and the city’s potential for and successful history of rebuilding and rebranding. ‘Detropia,’ the film […]

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May 10 2013

Biking in the Motor City: How Detroit, Michigan is Returning to Its Roots

May 10th, 2013Posted by 

Maybe one of the biggest surprises you’ll find in Detroit is the presence of a great bike culture. This is surprising for two main reasons: Detroit is the Motor City: a major part of your associations with Detroit deal with the auto industry here, and the impacts of the industry’s elite on transportation and infrastructure […]

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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 01 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Meg Mulhall: Ann Arbor & Detroit, Michigan

February 1st, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Meg Mulhall from Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan. Meg Mulhall is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan. She calls Kalamazoo, Michigan her hometown but is currently exploring community organizing and urban planning efforts in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan. Planning to pursue a […]

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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 31 2013

(The GRID Assistant Editor) Elizabeth Bastian: Dearborn, Michigan

January 31st, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest Assistant Editor, Elizabeth Bastian from Dearborn, Michigan. Elizabeth Bastian is currently pursuing a B.A. in Urban and Regional Studies and Anthropology, along with a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, from the University of Michigan at Dearborn. Growing up in the metro-Detroit area produced in her a […]

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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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October 05 2012

Global Site Plans Farewell from Alexandria Stankovich

October 5th, 2012Posted by 

What is the future of Detroit? The answer to that question is deeply intertwined with its past, but also enlightened by its present. Global Site Plans offered me the platform to contribute. I am grateful for the opportunity to share in this dialogue and pose my own questions, such as: What encourages bicycle-use in your community? […]

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