urban development http://michiganradio.org en Look at this interactive map for insight into one of Detroit's biggest problems http://michiganradio.org/post/look-interactive-map-insight-one-detroits-biggest-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The blighted buildings in Detroit have been a major stumbling block for decades.</span></p><p>How do you start revitalizing a city when so much of it is crumbling?</p><p>Current estimates put the number of abandoned&nbsp;buildings at somewhere between 78,000 and 90,000, but that's a guess. Nobody really knows the true number.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:09:48 +0000 Mark Brush 16499 at http://michiganradio.org Look at this interactive map for insight into one of Detroit's biggest problems Stateside: Local funding assessed by Michigan Public Policy Survey http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-local-funding-assessed-michigan-public-policy-survey <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>One of the major challenges local leaders face is providing services amidst dwindling budgets.</p><p>Today we spoke with Tom Ivacko from the <a href="http://closup.umich.edu/">Center for Local, State and Urban Policy [CLOSUP]</a> about Michigan’s local services.</p><p>“79% of Michigan’s local government leaders told us that, even after the cuts they’ve been making, they’re still satisfied with the overall package of services they deliver,” said Ivacko.</p><p>Ivacko noted, however, that many leaders think their citizens remain satisfied.</p><p>“We asked local leaders how satisfied their citizens are and they think their citizens are pretty satisfied with the packages today.” Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:46:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11014 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Local funding assessed by Michigan Public Policy Survey Ilitch company proposes $650 million hockey arena, entertainment complex http://michiganradio.org/post/ilitch-company-proposes-650-million-hockey-arena-entertainment-complex <p>The Detroit Red Wings could have a new home if Mike Ilitch’s Olympia Development Company gets its way.</p><p>Officials from the company spoke to state lawmakers today, outlining a new $650 million complex in Downtown Detroit featuring shopping, apartments, offices and entertainment -- and a new home for the Red Wings.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:06:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10210 at http://michiganradio.org Ilitch company proposes $650 million hockey arena, entertainment complex Stateside: Film festival shines spotlight on Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-festival-shines-spotlight-detroit <p>People are making a lot of movies about Detroit these days. More than 60 of those films will be screened this weekend at an outdoor film festival in Detroit's Perrien Park.</p><p>Organizers hope to spark conversation about how Detroit is seen by Michiganders, and the rest of the world.&nbsp;</p><p>25 hours, 15 minutes and 45 seconds of film, documentaries and music videos - all about Detroit.</p><p>“It’s kind of wild how many [films] have been made in the last 3 or 4 years...I wasn’t aware it was on this scale,” said filmmaker Nicole Macdonald.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:08:54 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 9177 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Film festival shines spotlight on Detroit Feds, state kick in $44M to finish Detroit riverfront project http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-state-kick-44m-finish-detroit-riverfront-project <p>Efforts to complete a recreational development project along Detroit&#39;s east riverfront are getting a $44 million boost from the federal government and the state, reports the Associated Press.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:32:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8397 at http://michiganradio.org Feds, state kick in $44M to finish Detroit riverfront project What The Truck? Grand Rapids considers new regulations for food trucks http://michiganradio.org/post/what-truck-grand-rapids-considers-new-regulations-food-trucks <p>This week Grand Rapids officials will debate whether food trucks should be allowed in the city. People will get a chance to weigh in on the proposed rules Tuesday night.&nbsp;The rules would allow food trucks but limit when and where they could operate.</p><p>Right now food&nbsp;trucks have to&nbsp;part of a special&nbsp;event,&nbsp;like ArtPrize for example.&nbsp;But some have found&nbsp;a way to operate in a sort of legal grey&nbsp;area under the <a href="http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=12116">same rules that mobile ice&nbsp;cream trucks operate</a>.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7825 at http://michiganradio.org What The Truck? Grand Rapids considers new regulations for food trucks White House hosts forum for urban entrepreneurs in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-hosts-forum-urban-entrepreneurs-detroit <p>Small business owners and hopeful entrepreneurs are in Detroit today to get advice on&nbsp; starting or improving a business.</p><p>The Urban Economic Forum, held by The White House Administration, hopes to help entrepreneurs in Detroit connect to resources and network with other business leaders.</p><p>The White House Administration said it is committed to supporting the Detroit area&rsquo;s small businesses.</p><p>CBS Detroit <a href="http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/05/17/urban-economic-forum-addresses-needs-of-detroit-entrepreneurs/">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Among the topics of discussion were the resources available to minority and urban entrepreneurs who are trying to access capital for their businesses. Mentors were also available to provide advice to business owners.</p></blockquote><p>In a press, release the White House Administration wrote that other Urban Economic Forums will be held in Chicago, Illinois, and Columbus, Ohio. Thu, 17 May 2012 18:10:14 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 7516 at http://michiganradio.org White House hosts forum for urban entrepreneurs in Detroit Empty Series: In Detroit, it's not squatting … it's blotting (Part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/empty-series-detroit-its-not-squatting-%E2%80%A6-its-blotting-part-2 <p>We&rsquo;re looking at the challenges of the region&rsquo;s empty places this month.</p><p>For many people, the most threatening emptiness isn&rsquo;t a shuttered factory.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s the abandoned property next door.&nbsp; But in Detroit, some residents are using that emptiness to quietly reshape their neighborhoods.</p><p>They&rsquo;re annexing vacant lots around them, buying them when they can or just putting up a fence.</p><p>They&rsquo;re not squatters &hellip; they&rsquo;re <em>blotters</em>.</p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 17:29:14 +0000 Kate Davidson 4879 at http://michiganradio.org Empty Series: In Detroit, it's not squatting … it's blotting (Part 2) Empty Series: The economic and social cost of emptiness (Part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/empty-series-economic-and-social-cost-emptiness-part-1 <p>This week, <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/">Changing Gears</a> kicks off a look at Empty across our region. During November, we&rsquo;ll be looking at empty buildings, empty property &mdash; and how we can fill things up again.</p><p>In the first part of our series, I explore the economic and social cost of emptiness.</p><p>Things may be better in some neighborhoods, but problems still abound.</p><p><strong>The numbers</strong></p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 13:06:51 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 4807 at http://michiganradio.org Empty Series: The economic and social cost of emptiness (Part 1) Ex-NFL star Bettis: Detroit project back on track http://michiganradio.org/post/ex-nfl-star-bettis-detroit-project-back-track <p>DETROIT (AP) - A plan by former NFL star Jerome Bettis to build high-end condos and retail on a 43-acre industrial site along Detroit&#39;s riverfront is moving forward with the start of soil cleanup.</p><p>Bettis and Mayor Dave Bing announced Friday that companies that once operated on the site are removing contaminated soil, which stalled redevelopment plans.</p><p>The $20 million first-phase cleanup of a third of the site is expected to take 18 months. Negotiations continue for the remaining cleanup of ammonia, iron, and coal byproducts.</p><p>Bettis says he and his partner are the site&#39;s developers. He says his project is seven years in the making and is expected to help revitalize Detroit&#39;s riverfront.</p><p>Bettis starred at Detroit&#39;s Mackenzie High School, and played professionally for the Rams and the Steelers. Fri, 02 Sep 2011 17:32:58 +0000 The Associated Press 4014 at http://michiganradio.org