Category Archives: Cities & Urban Planning

Gentrification: Inevitable In Detroit, Still Not Actually Our Biggest Problem

Have you heard the good news? Detroit’s coming back! New stadia, high-density development, a 3.3 mile streetcar line, and the fact that everyone in the city of New York is suddenly super excited about The Next Brooklyn, all of this heralded by … Continue reading

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Ontario Hydro vs. Michigan Coal: A Cross-Border Perspective on Energy Policy

Michigan’s neighboring state, also known as the Canadian province of Ontario, has been struggling for months with untenable increases in electric rates (what they call “hydro”). It’s gotten so bad that citizens have started organizing protests about bills. Let’s chew … Continue reading

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Low-Density Redevelopment of The Most Iconic Vacant Site In The City Is Just So Detroit

Construction crews recently broke ground on the long-awaited redevelopment of the former Navin Field / Tiger Stadium site in Corktown, which is to be turned, variously, into a youth sports facility for the Police Athletic League and a 105 apartments, 35 townhouses, … Continue reading

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The ADU as Community Development Tool?

While managing the Detroit Land Bank housing development programs at Southwest, I’ve come across a number of scenarios in which a single-family home might almost– but doesn’t quite- fit the bill of the desired housing arrangement for the purchaser. They want … Continue reading

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Die Handgemachte Stadt Tours Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in Germany

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected to attend the Ecologic Institute’s Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow (POCACITO) program this June in Germany to tour the country’s model projects for sustainability, energy, and urban innovation. We will be … Continue reading

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Highlighting Detroit’s Sustainable Community Development Projects

  “We often hear about how it’s great to get like-minded people together in the same place,” one USGBC-DRC member said in a lunch conversation, “when, in reality, preaching to the choir is about the last thing we need for … Continue reading

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Greenbuild to Canfield Green: The Missing Link of Social Equity in Sustainability

In a few short hours, I am going to be attending a holiday party, a joint event put on by the Chicago-based Illinois chapter of the US Green Building Council and the Passive House Alliance Chicago. There will be food, … Continue reading

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American Manufacturing’s Complicated, Fraught Comeback

I figured it was time to weigh in on the debate over Detroit-based Shinola, a company that has gotten a lot of attention as well as some seriously critical coverage in recent months, after I read Philadelphian blogger Zoe Gould’s … Continue reading

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Clever Crowdfunding: Risk, Regulation, and Social Capital

The crowdfunding movement raises many questions about how to protect investors from fraud or risk. A recent article on CrowdClan discusses the debate between “self-attestation” by investors, that is, a fairly typical process wherein investors declare information about themselves and … Continue reading

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Social Media Meets Investment: A Primer on Fundrise

Many loyal followers of our Twitter account or Facebook page have probably read about Fundrise, or have individually been invited to join our network. I figured I’d give a bit of background to help along the process and explain what … Continue reading

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