detroit works http://michiganradio.org en Commentary: Saving Detroit--a blueprint http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-saving-detroit-blueprint <p>Two inspiring things happened yesterday in a place where the word “hope” is too often preceded by the words “little” or “no.” Mayor Dave Bing’s Detroit Works Project finally released its “future city” report on how to build a Detroit that works.</p><p>That might not have meant much in itself. There have been all sorts of bright and brilliant visionary plans&nbsp;that today are gathering dust on some library shelf.</p><p>But the release of the book-length Detroit Future City Plan was accompanied by the announcement that the Kresge Foundation was pledging a $150 million to help it stay on track to reality. While that sounds like a lot, it is, of course, a drop in the bucket, an amount that by itself might not even cover the soaring current budget deficit. But it is a sign of belief in the future.</p><p>The plan, called the Detroit Strategic Framework, envisions a Detroit 17 years from now that seems more like some idealized version of Seattle or Vancouver.</p><p>By then, the planners see the population has having stabilized at between six and eight hundred thousand people, a city transformed by federal, state, local and just good old sweat equity efforts into a variety of green spaces and mixed-use neighborhoods.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:17:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10703 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Saving Detroit--a blueprint Detroit's Roaming Table mixes civic engagement and urban planning http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-roaming-table-mixes-civic-engagement-and-urban-planning <p>Changing Gears reporter <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/kate-davidson">Kate Davidson</a> last week debunked the conventional wisdom that Detroit has 40 square miles of vacant land. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-has-tons-vacant-land-forty-square-miles?nopop=1">In her report she found </a>that in all likelihood the number is probably closer to half that.</p><p>Which, if you think about it, is still a lot of empty land.&nbsp;</p><p>Which is where the <a href="http://detroitworksproject.com/for-detroit-to-work-we-need-action-today/">Detroit Works Project</a> comes in -- that&#39;s the name of Mayor Dave Bing&#39;s revitalization plan for the city.&nbsp;The Detroit Works team has to figure out what to do with all that empty land. To help them find some answers, they&#39;re turning to Detroit&#39;s residents for help.</p><p>They&#39;re also enlisting the help of ... a table.</p><p><strong>A table, you say?</strong></p><p>Yes. But this is no ordinary table, dear reader. The purpose of this particular table is to &quot;disrupt people&rsquo;s everyday lives,&quot; according to Theresa Skora, who helped design it.</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s meant to fold up and be put into a car and be taken around,&quot; says Skora. Which is why they call it the Roaming Table. &nbsp;And believe it or not this table &ndash; with its nifty green logo and stacks of glossy pamphlets &ndash; is key to the city&#39;s revitalization plan aka Detroit Works. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7227 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's Roaming Table mixes civic engagement and urban planning Detroit has tons of vacant land. But forty square miles? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-has-tons-vacant-land-forty-square-miles <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Forty square miles.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s how much of Detroit lies vacant, nearly a third of the city.&nbsp; You could fit Miami or San Francisco inside all that emptiness.&nbsp; At least, that&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;ve heard for years.&nbsp; The thing is, it might not be true.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">This is a story about a number &ndash; an estimate, really &mdash; and how it became a fact illustrating Detroit&rsquo;s decline. I&rsquo;ve read about 40 square miles in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120409/BUSINESS06/204090356" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="Detroit Free Press">Detroit Free Press</a>, the Detroit News,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/1108/focus-dave-bing-motown-autos-detroit-must-shrink.html" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="Forbes">Forbes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703503804575083781073108438.html#U10551877953RJB" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="WSJ">The Wall Street Journal</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/11/detroit-urban-renewal-city-farms-paul-harris" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="The Guardian">The Guardian</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/09/detroit-looks-at-downsizing-to-save-city/?page=all" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " title="Washington Times">The Washington Times</a>. I&rsquo;ve&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/foxe_reports/urban-gardens-flourishing-in-detroit-20100830-wpms" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="Fox">heard it on Fox</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2011/02/14/leadership-dave-bing-reimagines-detroit/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="Dave Bing Leadership">I&rsquo;ve said it on the radio</a>.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">That&rsquo;s when Margaret Dewar called me out.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&ldquo;Wait, this can&rsquo;t be true.&rdquo; Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:38:23 +0000 Kate Davidson 7085 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit has tons of vacant land. But forty square miles? Detroit land use project opens walk-in office http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-land-use-project-opens-walk-office <p>Detroit residents interested in Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s planning project for the city have a place to go for information.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="http://detroitworksproject.com/">Detroit Works </a>long-term planning team has just opened a walk-in office in Eastern Market.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:25:17 +0000 Sarah Hulett 5875 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit land use project opens walk-in office Detroit expands housing incentives to city employees http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-expands-housing-incentives-city-employees <p><a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110818/METRO01/108180455/Chase-Foundation-offers-$1M-to-lure-city-employees-to-Detroit">Detroit is expanding Project 14, </a>a housing incentive program that initially targeted police officers, to all city employees.</p><p>It&rsquo;s part of an effort to entice people to live where they work, and re-build Detroit&rsquo;s population.</p><p>All Detroit city employees had to live in the city until state law overturned a residency requirement in 1999. That dealt a crushing blow to Detroit&rsquo;s already-diminished tax base.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:18:55 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3821 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit expands housing incentives to city employees