urban http://michiganradio.org en A former housing project challenges Detroit's urban planners http://michiganradio.org/post/former-housing-project-challenges-detroits-urban-planners <p>To those of us who have seen those decaying buildings along I-375 near downtown Detroit, it’s pretty difficult to realize that the Brewster-Douglass Projects were once seen as a shining example of public housing.</p><p>First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt turned up on Sept. 7, 1935 for the groundbreaking. And when Brewster homes opened in 1938, they became the America’s first public-housing project built for African-Americans.</p><p>Brewster-Douglass went on to become home to names like Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, Smokey Robinson and Lily Tomlin.</p><p>The projects helped launch many blacks into the middle class.</p><p>Now the last phase of demolition is under way. No one will miss the crime-ridden, decaying housing project that sat empty since 2008. And now the question is: What should be done with the site?</p><p>We welcome June Manning Thomas. She’s an urban planner with the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning. We also talk to her colleague, urban designer Roy Strickland.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:26:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17075 at http://michiganradio.org A former housing project challenges Detroit's urban planners Wayne State hopes 'Detroit Fellows' program will help revitalize the city http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-hopes-detroit-fellows-program-will-help-revitalize-city <p><a href="http://wayne.edu">Wayne State University</a> hopes its new <a href="http://wayne.edu/detroitfellows/">Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program</a> will help give an economic boost the city of Detroit.</p><p>The program is modeled after a <a href="http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/news/press-releases/rockefeller-foundation-teachers-collegehttp://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/news/press-releases/rockefeller-foundation-teachers-college">similar program in New Orleans</a>, which recruited folks from across the country to help rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina.</p><p>Ahmad Ezzeddini from Wayne State University will run the new Detroit fellows program:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;If we look at the New Orleans model: Out of the cohort of 25, 22 of those folks are still in New Orleans, and 18 of them are with the same employer. And that&rsquo;s four years after the program ran. We hope to duplicate the same thing here.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Ezzeddini says they plan to hire 25-30 people who have &quot;three to five years&rsquo; experience, preferably [with] a graduate degree in urban planning, business, law.&quot; He says the fellows will be paid to work in Detroit for two years, and the <a href="http://wayne.edu/detroitfellows/resources.php">jobs </a>will focus on neighborhood and economic development. They will also get leadership training from Wayne State.</p><p><a href="http://wayne.edu/detroitfellows/application.php">Applications</a> are due April 15.</p><p>The program is funded with support from the <a href="http://www.kresge.org/">Kresge Foundation</a> and the <a href="http://www.hudson-webber.org/">Hudson-Webber Foundation</a>. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 20:44:12 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1800 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne State hopes 'Detroit Fellows' program will help revitalize the city Report: How land speculators in Detroit make a buck http://michiganradio.org/post/report-how-land-speculators-detroit-make-buck <p><em>"If you walked up to him on the street, you wouldn't know that he was a land baron. He's a guy in blue jeans walking around looking like he's working on somebody's building."</em></p><p>- Detroit city attorney Avery Williams talking about Detroit land speculator Michael Kelly.</p><p>Christine MacDonald of the <a href="http://detroitnews.com/article/20110203/METRO01/102030395/Private-landowners-complicate-reshaping-of-Detroit">Detroit News</a> has a story on how land speculators make money in the city of Detroit.</p><p>MacDonald profiles one of the more prolific speculators, Michael Kelly.</p><p>The business model for a successful land speculator in Detroit is simple - buy a lot of land for a little money, then sit on the property until it sells for more than you paid for it. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:34:43 +0000 Mark Brush 1156 at http://michiganradio.org Report: How land speculators in Detroit make a buck Making Detroit more liveable http://michiganradio.org/post/making-detroit-more-liveable <p>Today's topic for <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/people/whats-working"><em>What's Working</em></a> - "What can help Detroit?"</p><p>Morning Edition host Christina Shockley spoke with Susan Mosey, the President of the <a href="http://detroitmidtown.com/05/index.php">University Cultural Center Association</a> (UCCA) at <a href="http://wayne.edu/">Wayne State University</a>.</p><p>The UCCA aims to guide development, encourage reinvestment, and celebrate the cultural assets of Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood.</p><p>Lately, Midtown has become a source of optimism for Detroit.</p><p><em>You can listen to the interview here:</em></p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-949400.mp3</p><p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:12:06 +0000 Zoe Clark & What's Working 1098 at http://michiganradio.org Making Detroit more liveable Michigan Municipal League calls for region-based taxes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-municipal-league-calls-region-based-taxes <p>Michigan’s local governments say if the state cuts revenue sharing, then they should be allowed to ask voters for new taxes to replace that money.</p><p><a href="http://www.mml.org/home.html">The Michigan Municipal League</a> met with Governor Rick Snyder last week, and has answered his call for proposals to save money and cut costs for local governments, and to make communities more viable and attractive.</p><p>Dan Gilmartin is executive director of the Municipal League. He says it starts by looking at regions:</p><blockquote><p>Economies in Michigan are regional. The dirty little secret is there is no state economy. And there’s certainly no local economy. Economies are regional.</p></blockquote><p>Gilmartin says local governments need the authority to ask voters for region-based taxes to support development, and maintain roads and services. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 22:09:18 +0000 Laura Weber 1029 at http://michiganradio.org Flint and Detroit among the top 5 in crime rates http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-and-detroit-among-top-5-crime-rates <p>CQ Press released it's report "<a href="http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2010/citycrime2010-2011.htm">City Crime Rankings</a>" over the weekend and two cities in Michigan made the top five. Detroit was ranked third, and Flint was ranked fourth. The city with the highest rate of crime was St. Louis.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101121/NEWS06/101121022/1001/news">AP</a> reports this as a list of "most dangerous cities," but the CQ Press says it no longer uses the phrase "most dangerous" because the data used to make the list doesn't necessarily reflect danger.</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:12:17 +0000 Mark Brush 361 at http://michiganradio.org Flint and Detroit among the top 5 in crime rates