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Gentrification by Design, or Innovative Thinking for New Detroit?

March 28, 2014

While the local government announces soon to come mass water shut off notices and the appointed emergency manager tells pensioners they’ll face debilitating cuts to their hard earned pensions, the recently arrived billionaire keeps buying up downtown buildings and evicting its elderly and disabled residents. But, things aren’t grim for everyone in Detroit. Pernod Ricard, […]

Inequality & Land Use, Ownership and Control in Detroit

January 28, 2014

In our prior post we barely skimmed the surface in describing the laws recently passed to benefit millionaire land owner John Hantz. In addition to the property tax benefits seemingly specifically written for Hantz and other Detroit Future City related development projects (see below), future analysis will examine the nexus between Detroit’s “comeback” and the […]

The Little $500 House on the Urban Prairie

January 21, 2014

My friend Drew’s story about his life in Detroit has been read by over two million people. The implications of his story could echo far beyond those imagined by Philp or his Buzzfeed editors. Drew Philp’s piece in Buzzfeed, Why I Bought a House in Detroit for $500, provided a wonderful understanding of one particular […]

New Detroit Mayor Faces First Challenge…Labor?

January 5, 2014

Less than a week after ¬†Detroit’s newly elected mayor was sworn into office the trash is not being picked up. Although this neighborhood cat ¬†appears grateful for the overdue trash removal in this strategically located Detroit neighborhood one must wonder if the missed pickup suggests behind the scenes labor issues with the city of Detroit’s […]

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