In Irrational Markets, Bitcoin Mining Uses– And Abuses- Local Power

Economic development is good, right? Well, perhaps not so much if it involves infuriating local residents with noise or point source air or thermal pollution.

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Amazon, Lifeline or Scourge For Retail-Starved, Rural Communities?

Amazon is committed to a money-losing strategy to try and cop rural market share. But it’s not exactly a great deal for consumers, either. Looking at some examples from Maine and an example from California, we can learn a bit about the challenges facing retail in rural communities as well as how Amazon is (maybe) thinking about this issue.

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Detroit, The World’s Racetrack: My First Time At The Belle Isle Grand Prix

At the Grand Prix, presented by [Car Company] on Belle Isle, we enjoyed pulled pork nachos, sunshine, and a haze of particulate emissions.

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Study: Detroit CBO Is Not Quite There Yet

An academic paper looks at the Detroit Community Benefits Ordinance, or CBO. Conclusions? It’s had mixed success. We can get beyond this if we stop thinking about public policy in the simplistic terms of “pro” or “anti” development.

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What If We Can’t Wait? Public-Private Partnership Solutions for Infrastructure

The RTA is planning on returning in 2022– again- to revisit a ballot measure to fund regional infrastructure investment in Southeast Michigan. Can we wait for 2022? Should we explore alternatives in the meantime?

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Why Is Detroit Giving Industrial Slumlords Like Moroun A Free Pass?

The owners of the Ambassador Bridge, their trucking empire, and a plethora of shell corporations own many acres of prime real estate close to Detroit’s downtown. Why have they avoided regulatory scrutiny?

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Yum Village Will Bring The Fire In Detroit’s Takeout Dining Scene This Winter

Experience all three dimensions of Yum Village– and then get you some jerk chicken.

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Detroit Fairgrounds Site: Alternatives to Permanent, Monumentally Bad Decisions

The State Fairgrounds site is centrally located, and it’s huge. Too huge to make some monumentally bad decisions about permanently turning it into a Shelby Township-style strip mall.

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Tour of Ford’s Michigan Central Station Project

Michigan Central Station, the iconic, hulking, centenarian structure that has sat vacant for decades, is perhaps the flagship redevelopment project

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